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 from 2007 is rather outdated (last updated 30th March 2010), here is an updated unofficial FAQ on the questions often asked these days.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 Tørnquist: 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 Tørnquist: "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