Funcom has announced the launch of their fifth major game update, The Vanishing of Tyler Freeborn. Available to play in-game today, this update brings a load of new content, plus sets the stage for the End of Days event which will start on the 21st of December. Here's what you can expect:
End of Days Event
In addition to all the new and already live content in Issue #5, an in-game End of Days event will start on the 21st of December and will last until January 7th (if the world survives). During the event hordes of Mayan zombies will rise, three giant Harbingers will walk the earth, and the God of the Nine Underworlds will come to end this age. The players get new missions, face new challenges and can earn many unique rewards, such as pets or special weapons.
End of Days Contest
A competition will be running during the event. Players earn points by defeating these new threats and gaining their special loot. The top thousand players will be rewarded with a unique title, and the top hundred will get an exclusive pet. Players will be able to track their standing in the competition through The Secret World’s special Chronicle system.
New Auxiliary Weapon
Players can get their hands on a very special weapon in Issue #5. The Quantum Brace warps both space and time to unleash devastating attacks. Hit once with the weapon and your action bar will change, revealing a new icon for a completely different follow-up attack. The Quantum Brace is great for doing damage, but also has some very handy abilities for healers.
Exciting Story Arc
The main character in Issue #5 is the Solomon Island blogger Tyler Freeborn. He has taken it upon himself to investigate the grim happenings on the island and has now disappeared. The players can follow in his footsteps and enjoy a completely new story arc consisting of several missions and hours of gameplay. The climax of this story arc is particularly revealing and should not be missed by anyone.
This update also introduces a new Investigation mission in the Shadowy Forest, where Alina is trying to escape her Morninglight past, and a new Sabotage mission in the Scorched Desert, which lands you in the middle of the conflict between the undead arms dealer Said and the mysterious Phoenicians. Issue #5 also makes all Investigation missions repeatable, so that everyone can enjoy their deep stories and puzzles again and again.
More details on the End of Days happenings can be found on Senior Designer Tanya Short’s developer blog.
For those who haven't played, The Secret World blends elements of MMO gameplay with alternate reality gaming and social networking in an original setting with contemporary elements.
Imagine if every myth, conspiracy theory and urban legend was true. Imagine a world where you can become anything you want to be, without restrictions such as classes or levels. This is the premise for The Secret World, Funcom’s newest massively multiplayer online game set in the modern-day real world.