It’s not easy making a success of a game in today’s MMO market, even if you have a real gem on your hands like The Secret World. So much so that many have abandoned the traditional subscription model in favor of free to play or buy to play options. And when your company is on borrowed time to turn things around, you’ve really got to pull out all of the stops to make a success of things.
The Secret World is often lauded as being one of the better MMORPGs out there today with a fiercely loyal community behind it, yet even so it is not doing as well as it perhaps should be doing. So with Funcom announcing a revamp to their current membership benefits for The Secret World subscribers during last night’s livestream, we’re pretty sure they can turn things around!
The Secret World Membership Benefits
Membership Benefits are constant perks that remain active for as long as you’re a member! They include:
A 30% increase to all Experience earned. (This replaces the Time Accelerator)
A 50% boost to all Black Bullions gained.
20% extra capacity for Black Bullions and Marks of the Pantheon.
8-hour Mission Cooldowns.
18-hour Raid Lockout Timers.
2 Lockout Timer Resets every 30 days. This item resets all active Cooldowns (Missions/Raids/Scenarios).
A 10% storewide discount for everything in the item shop (20% for Grand Masters).
1200 Bonus Points every 30 days.
Free Anima Leaps!
All Members will receive regular Loyalty Rewards which include all sorts of new items such as pets, vehicles, and outfits. These will be based on how long you have been a Member for, very similar to what we have already seen in Final Fantasy XIV and WildStar, and increase in awesomeness the longer you’re a Member for, with new rewards announced every 6 months. These will replace the Item of the Month.
The Secret World subscribers will unlock their first rewards the moment they sign up, as well as further rewards depending on membership length. So, rewards will arrive at 30, 60, 90, and 180 days of Membership and every 180 days after that. It is important to note that this is a fresh start and all time earned towards Membership Loyalty Rewards begins February 1st, 2016.
What About Grand Masters?
Funcom certainly haven’t forgotten about their Grand Masters! You guys will receive all Membership Benefits, including the 20% store discount, and you will get all available Loyalty Rewards automatically. So basically, you guys are all set! However, players wishing to become Grand Masters will need to consider picking it up within the next week or forever hold their peace as this package will be going away forever as of February 5th, 2016. To make it a little easier on you, this package is now available for a 25% discount so if you can afford it, you absolutely need to get this now.
You can read more over on Funcom’s Membership FAQ page.
Here is a quick preview of the loyalty rewards we can all expect within the first year of this new system.
- 30 Days: Anima effect on sprint and faction jackets
- 60 Days: Hoverboard and Panoptic Core in faction colors
- 90 Days: Ur-Draug pet and an additional Agartha Conduit
- 180 Days: Portable bank and a baller costume
- 360 Days: Weapon skins and a scooter mount
Not bad, eh? Will you be picking up a Grand Master pack before they’re gone for good?