Funcom has announced that players of the Alternative Reality Game set in the realms of The Secret World have spent over 30,000 hours working to unravel the mysteries of the end of days. As December 21st approaches, players are investigating events in the ARG at an astonishing pace.
The ARG takes place online (and outside the actual â€˜The Secret Worldâ€™ MMO) in the Situation Room, a main hub where participants can live chat with each other, see updated video briefings and access several intricate puzzles that are being made available over the course of the ARGs lifespan. Among some of the tasks participants encounter are situations where they must â€˜hackâ€™ (obviously not the illegal kind) computer terminals to access information, investigate strange websites, and go through other challenges and mini-games that will put their mental capacity to the test. Players accumulate points, and they have access to a special profile page where they can track their progress.
PriorÂ toÂ inferno,Â IÂ alwaysÂ bought/keptÂ itemsÂ withÂ dexterityÂ andÂ vitalityÂ andÂ IÂ hadÂ aÂ healthÂ poolÂ ofÂ aboutÂ 35,000Â HP.
ComeÂ INFERNO,Â itÂ doesnâ€™tÂ matterÂ ifÂ IÂ haveÂ 35KÂ orÂ 70K,Â IÂ simplyÂ cannotÂ getÂ hitÂ andÂ survive.Â SoÂ IÂ ditchedÂ allÂ myÂ vitality
andÂ protectionÂ gearÂ andÂ stackedÂ theÂ onlyÂ alternativeÂ attackÂ speed.Â Iâ€™dÂ beÂ extremelyÂ happyÂ toÂ goÂ aroundÂ withÂ noÂ attack
speedÂ butÂ beingÂ ableÂ toÂ withstandÂ aÂ hit.Â DyingÂ fromÂ somethingÂ offscreenÂ isÂ extremelyÂ frustratingÂ andÂ gameÂ designers
Runewalker, the creators of Runes of Magic, is now working with Sony Online Entertainment to bring a new game, Dragonâ€™s Prophet, to the world. In todayâ€™s Free Zone column, we speculate as to whether or not Runewalker can â€˜hit another one out of the parkâ€™. Check it out before lending your voice to the conversation in the comments.
This former status, has contributed to my interest in Dragonâ€™s Prophet. The IP is new and thus unrelated, but itâ€™s from the same developer, Taiwan-based Runewaker. So, I wonder if the studio can follow up with a second success. As well, thereâ€™s a personal factor. I simply happen to like the concept, which is based on taming the great creatures to accompany and aid you on your adventures. So, any title featuring this element tends to grab a bit more of my attention than average.
Read more of Richard Aihoshiâ€™s The Free Zone: Can Runewaker Repeat its Success?