Pre-ordering get you early access to The Secret World in the form of beta weekends. Leading up to the launch of the game, Funcom will be hosting beta weekends for folks with beta access. Each weekend, the team will introduce more content, giving you a feel for the game before it is released for keeps. When you start a character in the beta, you will be able to carry it over to the next beta weekend, so that you can check out all of the new content without starting from scratch. The first beta weekend will kick off on May 11th.
If beta weekends aren't enough to entice you into pre-ordering The Secret World, Funcom is looking to make the deal a little sweeter with some more bonuses, including:
- An exclusive in-game item providing an experience boost to progression
- An exclusive in-game t-shirt featuring a unique monster design
- A powerful pet (Ferocious Wolf, Egyptian Cat or Loyal Hound) to support the player in combat
- A head start on character naming before the game launches