It's exciting because things that had been slowly building up have kicked into higher gear and are gathering speed; long-anticipated things are just barely out of reach but will soon be within our grasp. We are also this close to getting Issue #8 with its scenarios, augment systems, and Venice. And there's a new issue cover with a name and date to prove it! We are also inching ever closer to getting -- for the very first time ever -- a whole new region in the game, replete with new missions, new nooks and crannies to explore, and new foes to face. Oh, and new lore!
But that's not even all. We have a long-term event going on now as well as the return of a favorite very soon. So if you haven't been in The Secret World lately, now would surely be a good time to jump back in.
So what's in store in this soon-to-be-available issue? We've learned about the new scenario system that will be implemented and can look forward to more replayability. These repeatable scenarios with their random elements will be a training ground that the Council of Venice will use to test the mettle and skill of players. And although we knew long ago that Venice would not be a major new area to explore and play in like Tokyo (a fact also shared by Bylos), we can still look forward to having a physical place in game to put with the Council lore that permeates TSW. Add to this the fact that the duo versions seem to be the most popular during testing, and I am happy as a clam; duoing is my preferred playstyle.
However, If you thought there were too many choices before, brace yourself: The augment system will offer players even more customization in their various combat builds, further differentiating players from one another. Newer information also notes that augments will have their own ability wheel just as the Auxiliary weapons do.
And even as I await the next phase of the event, the fact that each phase is literally one step closer to Issue #9 and the introduction of Tokyo just amps the anticipation. Just think: there are only six more phases to go!
Who here isn't excited to get to Tokyo? Hm? I thought so. Besides being a totally new zone with all the trappings of a whole zone (I cannot wait for more investigation missions!), well, does there need to be any more? We may not have a whole lot of information about this area, but we know that it will have exciting new stories and plenty of things to do. Now that Tokyo is not just some far off dream in the distance but something that is tantalizingly close, I am more excited for it than ever.
Adding no less to the excitement is the fact that Halloween (which just so happens to be my favorite holiday) is the holiday of The Secret World. While most games throw their biggest parties and host their biggest events at Christmastime, All Hallow's Eve is definitely more fitting for this spooky game.
Now, since my plea for an encore of events was obviously heard, I wonder if I could convince them to add a day where I could get the lore from the Opening Night and End of Days events. It wasn't that I wasn't there; I was! I just didn't know there was special lore to grab as I was too busy oohing and ahhing over the game for the former and trying to kill as many zombies as possible in the latter.
My final bit of excitement involves the new player-designed clothing creations that will be going into game thanks to Funcom's recent contest. As you should well know, I am always excited by player-generated content. Which creations will we be able to don? That is yet to be decided, as the contest has been reopened for voting due to the first selection having to be disqualified. But just the fact that players are getting to make a permanent mark on the game is great to me and gives me a feeling that even more chances for PGC are to come. And that's worth getting excited about!
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