I just can’t see the attraction of multiplayer PC games (and yes, I’ve tried some, from LoTR via Ryzom, to SL), but it’s interesting that Funcom has announced that The Secret World MMO game has sucked in more than half a million registered users. The Secret World is basically Lovecraft meets the Illuminati/Knights Templars in the modern day. And those figures are for a closed beta test, which makes the figures even more impressive. Size isn’t everthing with MMOs though, and as Age of Conan showed. What matters is the quality of the users. Get a half million 13 year-old idiots and the game is ruined. Although the website graphics for Secret World seem to pitch it at the early-teens market, the storyline is from Ragnar Tornquist — creator of the excellent Dreamfall: The Longest Journey — which might give it some adult appeal. The game goes live in April 2012. There’s some nice concept art floating around the web…

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