In response to the latest Funcom announcements for The Secret World, I headed over to the official site to see if I could register for the beta. (Okay. I know. I’m late to the party. What’s new over this last year?) Once there, I did the test which registers an account and puts me in line for a beta key.
I just hope I don’t get it before Ysharros, otherwise she’ll hunt me down, I’m sure.
Anyway, TSW is looking pretty darn good. I just hope Funcom have learned the lessons of the Anarchy Online, and Age of Conan launches.
- Don’t screw up the launch. Anarchy Online had the worst launch in MMO history, until Vanguard.
- Don’t stop the quality content after the newby area. Tortage was wonderful. After Tortage? Meh.
- A cororally to 2. Your players aren’t stupid. Don’t try and fool them. You might get great reviews in the first day, but after that you will be roasted.
Anarchy Online and Age of Conan both improved dramatically in the months after launch. AO still has a loyal playerbase, and Age of Conans middle levels are now pretty good. But despite how good both AO and AoC became, the dropping of the ball at launch impacted how well both games did later. TSW is gathering steam, it’s being eclipsed by SWTOR publicity, but there’s a lot of anticipation building. If they pull of a perfect launch, it will be hard to stop this one being one of the big games of the next few years, and not the flop AoC is regarded as.
There’s another thing that Funcom needs to consider. Rift. There’s a lot of talk about Rift having the best launch ever. I’m not sure what happens at the end-game yet, but it’s pretty clear that Rift has raised the bar for MMORPG launches. Funcom should be keeping an eye on this.
So when does the beta start?