FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions about The Secret World. V.2.)
as the Frequently Asked Questions about The Secret World. V.1. from 2007 is rather outdated (last updated 30th March 2010), here is an updated unofficial FAQ on the questions often asked these days.
Index and quick answer, for references and details, see the long answer in the post.
When will The Secret World be released? -July 3rd 2012
What are the computer requirements to be able to run the game? -Computers less than 5 years old / See post
Can TSW run on a mac? -Yes
Will TSW be out for Xbox 360? -No
Does TSW require EA's Origin to run? -No
How much will it cost? -49,99€/US$ & 15€/US$ a month or 250€/US$ for lifetime
What will the in-game shop (not) contain? -Cosmetic items only, no power
How do I register for the BETA? (and do I need facebook?) -see post, facebook not needed
What is "The Secret War"? (why facebook?) -Facebook game, giving you access to the beta-weekends
What is a Guild called in TSW? -Cabal
Can we team up with people of other factions? -Yes, for PvE
Can a Cabal (guild) have members from multiple factions? -No, not at launch at least.
How will the format of in-game names be? -First name "Nickname" Last name, where nickname is Unique
What does "ARG" mean? -Puzzle
Will there be an ingame browser? -Yes
I am an RPer, where do I find others like me? -see post
What kind of targeting system will the game have? -A mix of target(tab), cone (shotgun) and AOE reticle (grenade)
Will there be player housing at launch? -No
Will you be able to have mounts or vehicles at launch? -No
How will TSW handle long distance travelling? - Teleport/Gate network called Agartha
I am about to make my first forum post, any advice on what to do first? -Read Forum Rules - Please read (Updated) and Take a deep breath please...
Any books or movies you could recommend me to read/watch? -See post
What are the Tokens we got from solving a puzzle for? Has Funcom forgotten about them? -Not forgotten, use is still secret
Existing threads on popular topics:
• Talk about Collectors Edition (CE)
• Micro-transactions / items for RL$
• Historical/fictional character- Templar, Illuminati or Dragon?
• Suggestions for Clothing
• Suggestions for hairstyles
Q: When will The Secret World be released?
A: July 3rd, 2012 Quarterly report and presentation for 1Q 2012
June 19th, 2012 Stock exchange notice
"The launch month of The Secret World(TSW) was in 3Q set to April 2012" Funcom investor presentation Q3 2011, TSW Website, EA Summer Showcase video, Stock market press release
" "The Secret World" has been set to 24 April 2012. This date was communicated at a press event in the Funcom offices in Oslo today - as an internal production date.
Funcom has previously announced the launch month for the game to be April 2012 and wants to stress that there is currently no change or update on the expected time for commercial launch of "The Secret World". " Stock market press release(English) 8th February 2012, Gamer.no tweed(Norwegian) 8th February 2012
Q: What are the computer requirements to be able to run the game?
A: "If you can run Age of Conan you can run this game" Templars Q&A
A: "8800 and a dualcore that is the min[imum] spec[ifications] for the game to be running on relatively low settings. 2 Gb of ram is the baseline as well. That is what we consider to be a 5 year old technology" Joel Bylos interview March 22, 2012
Test if your computer can run Age of Conan:Online test
REQUIRED: 512 KBPS or faster Internet Connection
OS: Windows XP (SP 1)/Vista (SP 1)/Windows 7 (SP 1)
DVD-ROM: 8X or faster DVD drive**
PROCESSOR: 2.6 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
MEMORY: At least 2GB RAM for Windows XP / 3GB RAM for Windows Vista and Windows 7 *
HARD DRIVE: At least 30GB of free space
VIDEO CARD: nVidia 8800 series 512 VRAM or better/Radeon HD3850 512MB or better
DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
Debate on PC hardware: The "I need a new PC, what should I buy" thread
Q: Can TSW run on a mac?
A: Yes, via Boot Camp
Ragnar Třrnquist: Playing #TSW at home. On a MacBook Pro (Boot Camp). Via the external pre-Alpha server. And it is glorious. Let the hating commence. Twitter Oct 11th, 2009
Q: Will TSW be out for Xbox 360?
A: No, it was once considered to be launched both on PC and Xbox 360, but it is only launching on PC.
A singleplayer xbox 360 game is still under consideration though.
Ragnar Třrnquist: "I think it will only happen if The Secret World turns out to be a huge success." Eurogamer article from April 2011
Debate on the topic: -please help me here-
Q: Does TSW require EA's Origin to run?
A: "No, this is very unlikely. We have our own system and are contractually obligated not, bind us to Origin."(translated from German) German interview with Joel Bylos 16 December 2011
Q: How much will it cost?
A: "traditional paid subscription model combined with micro-transactions through an in-game store." Regarding new details on The Secret World's planned business model
15$/€ is the monthly cost for Funcom's other MMOs, so it is assumed by many to be the same (120$/€ for a year).
Price of game:
There are places offering it as pre-order already:
GameStop.com 49,99 US$ / 37,54€ (3rd April 2012)
Amazon.com 49,99 US$ / 37,54€ (3rd April 2012)
398 kr NOK 57,58 US$ / 52,65€ (3rd April 2012)
349 kr. DKK 62,46 US$ / 46,91€ (3rd April 2012)
429 kr. SEK 64,95$ USD / 48,78€ (3rd April 2012)
The official Funcom price: 49,99€ or US$
Q: What will the in-game shop (not) contain?
A: "convenience item and character customization items such as clothing" / "no character power" Regarding new details on The Secret World's planned business model
Debate on the issue: Regarding new details on The Secret World's planned business model
Q: How do I register for the BETA? (and do I need facebook?)
A: www.TheSecretWorld.com (direct link), and you do not need facebook to sign up for the BETA.
Further information: FAQ – Beta Registration & The Secret War Experience
Q: What is "The Secret War"? (why facebook?)
A: 2nd September 2011 funcom send out an E-mail announcing a facebook game named "The Secret War" (use TSwar to not confuse anyone). You can sign up for it at http://secretwar.thesecretworld.com but it has not started yet.
Further information: FAQ – Beta Registration & The Secret War Experience
Debate on the issue: Facebook
We have older/longer threads, but many are locked as they were fuelled by anger, rather than debate.
Q: What is a Guild called in TSW?
A: Cabal /k?'bćl/
Short form: qbl /qibbel/
Origin of the word
Q: Can a Cabal (guild) have members from multiple factions?
A: Not at launch, but it is considered as a feature to be put in later.
Martin Bruusgaard(Snow): "All I can say is that it won't be in for launch, and if you want to be 100% sure to be in the same cabal as your buddies, you should roll the same Secret Society." 6th January 2012 forum post
Martin Bruusgaard Interview December 2011
Debate about the feature: Cabals will eventually have multiple factions
Warning: Oldest/longest thread, but contain trolling.
Q: How will the format of in-game names be?
A: Your Nickname is your unique character name, but people will see your full name as well
Lead Designer Martin Bruusgaard (Snow): "John(1) "Sledgehammer"(2) Smith(3)
No 1 and 3 can be whatever you want. No 2 has to be unique, and is used for identifying you " 15th August 2011 forum post
Ragnar Třrnquist: "Your Nickname is your unique character name, but people will see your full name as well" 15rd March 2012 GDC video
Debate on the issue: Forenames and Surnames Will be a Necessity
Q: What does "ARG" mean?
A: Alternate Reality Game, but in TSW puzzles to be solved using real life historical events/persons/knowledge/occult/google/wikipedia
Q: Will there be an ingame browser?
A: Yes, Awesomium Lead Programmer Řystein Eftevaag interview January 9, 2012
Read more about Awesomium here: www.Awesomium.com
Q: I am an RPer, where do I find others like me?
A: The Sanctuary is the In-Character part of these forums. For a list of Cabals (Guilds): Fans and Fansites. People with facebook RP profiles: ((Facebook RP profiles))
Q: What kind of targeting system will the game have?
A: It is a mix: Some of it is target/tab based, though it also contains a reticle feature for AOEs and shotguns firing in a cone in front of you.
Debate on the issue: How is the game going to play?
Q: Will there be player housing at launch?
A: No, but they are likely to be added later. mmoz.pl Joel Bylos interview 23/11-2011
Debate on the issue: Player Housing
Q: Will you be able to have mounts or vehicles at launch?
A: No, "The player will not be able to use *personal* vehicles" -Joel Bylos mmoz.pl interview 23th November 2011, "We have a challenge with a game set in a contemporary setting. Riding a dragon is really cool, and in our game there is definitely potential for dragons - but do we want players to ride dragons through London? That would be a little harder to explain!
So we have a challenge in terms of believability. We really want to be believable; we want people to buy into our setting." -Ragnar Třrnquist eurogamer.net interview 7th April 2011 (good interview)
Debate on the issue:
On the question of player mounts RT says this... New thread
Vehicles and Mounts Old discussion/suggestions
Q: How will TSW handle long distance travelling?
A: Teleport/Gate network called Agartha, "It is simply a doorway to where you need to go" -Joel Bylos mmoz.pl interview 23th November 2011, "Like I said, in our mythology, it's going to make sense. Has anybody read any Robert Jordan books? The Wheel of Time?" -Ragnar Třrnquist zam.com interview 10 Sep 2009
Q: I am about to make my first forum post, any advice on what to do first?
A: Read: Forum Rules - Please read (Updated), search for threads already containing the topic you are thinking about. Writing in old threads (necroing) is better than starting a new one.
Preferably also read: Take a deep breath please... (by Super Moderator Sappho)
Super Moderator Sappho: "I have stated that necromancy is OK if it can add something new to an older thread. Necro'ing just for the sake of it is not OK." April 2009 forum post
Q: Any books or movies you could recommend me to read/watch?
A: There is a good list here: TSW themed Books & Movies. My personal recommendations can be found in that thread too.
Debate on the issue:
TSW themed Books & Movies primarily RolePlaying books
Recommended movies for conspiracy and mystic freaks Movies
TSW flavored Movies Movies
There are other threads on books sadly; they are not in one place.
This list contains the good movie and RPG threads though.
You are welcomed to suggest more for the list, hopefully we can get some merged with time, so we have one single place.
eg. one for books and one for movies.
Q: What are the Tokens we got from solving a puzzle for? Has Funcom forgotten about them?
A: "hold on to it a little longer, you might be needing it in the near future" Gamescom 2011 question/interview
So no, they have not revealed what it does/gives, but yes they are aware of it.
Questions being worked on:
Can you play without choosing/joining a faction? -No
-searching references, recall something in "the longest road" interview
Debate about this issue: non-locked, non-flamewar PvP thread
Starting a new theme:
Existing threads on popular topics:
Suggestions for Clothing, Suggestions for hairstyles, Talk about Collectors Edition (CE)
If you have suggestions for others, it is welcomed
Reserved for more questions 3
Added a 3rd pre-order site.
Collected all the questions in an index.
Re-ordered the list a bit
Thank you for the feedback.
Added player housing, mounts/vehicles and Agartha, thank you for the PM with a link to an official source.
I have PMed Sappho on including it in "The ULTIMATE TSW Resource Thread".
I think that is better than "bumping"
In all honesty I think we have a good forum on that topic; we don't bump just to get attention
Added Existing threads on popular topics
So New people can see existing talks and join in, rather than creating new threads.
added that April 24th is confirmed to be a goal, not a final date.
Added Historical/fictional character- Templar, Illuminati or Dragon? to Existing threads on popular topics, and re-ordered the links
GameStop and Amazon added as places to pre-order the game
Specs from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfluNIEJtbs#t=04m38s added
Not requiring Origin is added
Pre-order day. (information updated)
Official minimum system requirements added
Confirmation of the First name "Unique Nickname" Last name, added.
Thank you for putting in the time to do this AC!
This is why you're one of my favorite lumies! <3
Originally Posted by Valiah
I have started a few threads just to delete them before posting because I found a link to what I needed from you or Vankel. I nearly don't have any more questions
One of the things not covered (unless I have gone blind which is possible) here that I did a search on was about names and naming. There was a thread with links to other threads.
Also FAQ on Kairava was very helpful.
Same as the other guys above ^
Thanks for this, Crowley. It looks like it will prove to be very useful by the time the game launches
Infernal bumpage until this becomes a sticky.
Though I am dissappointed in your un-Lumie-ness, Crowley:
"How to become a success in life: Never give away all the info."
still glad its comin out in April 2012 whew