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Funcom CEO steps down as The Secret World launches today

Funcoms eagerly awaited MMO, The Secret World, officially released today opening up a modern-day world filled with dark conspiracy, fable, and urban legends for players to explore.

In a surprising event, however, Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas has stepped down from his role. He will remain with the company as a strategic advisor to the board of directors as well as chief strategy officer.

According to GameSpot, Aas will be "actively working" on Funcom's recently announced LEGO MMO game. Aas' role as CEO will be filled by the company's current COO, Ole Schreiner.

"The company's financial position is strong and the foundation of the company's long-term product and technology strategy is in place," Aas said. "It feels like a very natural point in time for me to make the transition to a new and freer role in the company, but I will remain committed to the Company both as a major shareholder and as an employee."

“This launch represents years of hard work here at Funcom and we are thrilled to share this unique immersive experience with players around the world," he said of The Secret World's release today.

The Secret World launched today and players will now fight as part of the three secret societies - the Illuminati, Templars, and Dragon - for power to rule the world. In the game, players will encounter the evils that have been present in myths and folklore for centuries. Players will encounter Dracula, werewolves, and even the Bodeyman as they adventure across the globe in recognizable cities like New York and London.

The Secret World puts its own twist on real world stories, myths and legends and we cannot wait for players to dive in deeper and unravel the mysteries that are showcased throughout the game first-hand," said creative director and senior producer Ragnar Tørnquist.

The Secret World is available today on PC worldwide for $49.99. It does require a $14.99 monthly subscription, but the first 30 days of access to the game are included with the initial purchase.

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