On Dec. 21, the world ends. At least that’s what many believe due to it being the last day of the Mayan calendar. It has caused tons of speculation, conspiracy theories and capitalization by businesses. Game developer Funcom has jumped on the bandwagon. The Norwegian game developer has launched a special end of days event for its popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game The Secret World.
Part of the event’s main features will be hosted on the game’s main site and located in the Situation Room. There, players can engage in a new alternate reality game (ARG) that is played entirely from an internet browser. The game will put players to the test in order to solve a series of unique and distinct challenges that increase in difficulty as they are completed. These range from hacking into a security network (which is fake, of course), exploring strange websites and cracking mind bending codes.
The ARG has been designed specifically to expand and appeal to fans of the game’s main feature, the investigation missions. The ARG itself will continuously add new content and challenges to ensure players have incentive to keep coming back. The updates and the game will remain active until Dec. 21. When that day arrives, the ARG will end and the Situation Room will return to normal. Whether or not the world will end as well has yet to be seen.
The main game will also tie into the apocalyptic themed event and has already added brand new content. Players who frequent the game or are just starting to play it can encounter undead Mayans. They are accompanied by formidable and gargantuan creatures known as Harbingers. Both of these new additions can be encountered in various locations in the game’s huge, expansive world. They are bound to provide a great challenge for anyone looking to give their virtual personages a challenging fight.
The Secret World can be downloaded directly from the game’s official site. A subscription is no longer required.