news\ May 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

The Secret World MMO delayed by two weeks

Funcom's upcoming MMORPG The Secret World has been delayed by two weeks due to "marketing reasons."

The new release date will be July 3rd, the company announced today, with Early Access starting June 29th.

"The new launch date places The Secret World in a more positive launch window which will benefit the launch of the game," Funcom said in a statement.

Funcom also announced the dates and content of the remaining Beta Weekends.

The third Beta Weekend, titled 'Hell Raised', will begin on June 15th and run until June 17th. In this Beta Weekend players will be able to experience the Illuminati and Dragon starter experiences as well as the Templar experience. Players will also get to leave Kingsmouth and  venture into the massive region known as Savage Coast, where they will soon find that the very gates of hell itself have opened up! This will allow players to experience the epic 'Hell Raised' dungeon where you will have to battle the demons of hell itself.

The fourth and final Beta Weekend will begin on  June 22nd and run until  June 24th. This event will focus on the player vs. player experience in The Secret World, and players will get to sample both the Eldorado battlefield experience as well as the massive warzone gameplay where over a hundred players clash together in persistent battle. Here the Illuminati, the Templars and the Dragon will get to duke it out and hone their battle skills on each other before the real conflict begins when Early Access opens on June 29th.

You can check out our preview of The Secret World from PAX Prime, but be aware the game has probably changed quite considerably since then.

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