MMO The Secret World sneakily becomes almost free-to-play

MMO The Secret World sneakily becomes almost free-to-play

You still have to buy The Secret World, but Funcom has ditched the monthly subscription.

Sneaky little Funcom has quietly announced that its unique, but struggling, MMO The Secret World is ditching its monthly subscription.

On a post on the game's official site, Funcom reveals the game is going free-to-play - after initial purchase that is.

This means that after buying the game you can play all of the heralded story-line and all content available right now without a paying a monthly fee.

With four major updates released, which introduce much new content such as a Raid in New York, Auxiliary Weapons and many new missions, the game is better than ever.

Buy the game before December the 31st and all the content in Issue #5, which will be released shortly, will also be included and you will receive the Initiate Pack, which includes strong starter weapons, a Blood Raven pet and extra social clothing.

It's a pretty good deal for a game that is remarkably solid. In fact, the move pretty much negates the biggest issue most people had with the game - that it didn't quite justify a monthly sub. Those who do want to keep up there $US15 a month debit can do so, and get access to more content, and a host of other bonuses.

Going forward, Funcom's planning on releasing less content patches, and charging a nominal amount for them. This means new content can be consumed by players at their pace.

There's no doubting that World of Warcraft will continue to get away with a subscription model, but it's very likely going to be the only game capable of pulling it off. It looks like models like Funcom's  - and competitor MMO, Guild Wars 2 - are the way of the MMO future.

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