In preparation for The Secret World's launch, Funcom is kicking off the very first Beta Weekend.
Titled "Kingsmouth Calling", The Secret World beta weekend will allow you to experience the game as an initiate of the Templars.
After being instructed on your task in your secret society’s headquarters, you are sent through the Hollow Earth to arrive on Solomon Island, a small place off the coast of New England.
Here the small town of Kingsmouth is under siege and you must discover what dark force lies behind it all. A strange fog has come in from the ocean and death has followed in its wake. The dead are rising. The monsters of the forest are stirring. An ancient and terrible power is awaking.
Some brave islanders are still fighting for survival against the dark forces, but they are completely cut off from the rest of the world. You can help them in their struggle, or investigate purely for selfish reasons. Team up with any of the thousands of other players also joining the Beta Weekend, or go solo and enjoy it at your own pace. The choice is yours.
During this Beta Weekend you will get to explore London, one of three hub cities and home of the Templars, and Kingsmouth, one of three regions on Solomon Island, which in turn is just one of three world locations in The Secret World.
In later Beta Weekends you will also get to play as the Illuminati in New York and the Dragon in Seoul. Once the game launches, you will get to explore other world locations such as Egypt and Transylvania. In addition to providing valuable feedback for the devs, this Beta Weekend is meant to give you a glimpse of the content and gameplay that will be available in The Secret World at launch.
The Secret World Beta Weekend technically began this morning at 9 a.m. PDT, but it is running until Sunday, May 13 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. The best way to ensure you get to play this weekend is to pre-order the game, which grants access to not only this beta weekend, but all additional beta weekend events.