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The Secret World delayed to July

New release date "places The Secret World in a more positive launch window"

The launch of Funcom-developed MMO The Secret World has been delayed by two weeks to July 3 "due to market reasons".

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The developer elaborated: "The new launch date places The Secret World in a more positive launch window which will benefit the launch of the game."

Early access to the EA-published title will kick off on June 29 following a series of 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.

Unlike many MMOGs The Secret World doesn't feature any orcs, castles or dancing elves - it's set in the present day, and sees you battling zombies and other supernatural horrors with an array of modern weapons. But is this enough to separate it from the likes of World of Warcraft and The Old Republic? Get our opinion on the game in this recent preview, and this longer one from February.

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