Paying for things is so overrated. Especially subscription fees. Those are just silly.
Funcom has announced that The Secret World no long requires a monthly fee to play. However, a purchase of game box is required to create an account and jump into its horrific world—see what I did there?
Unlike other MMOs which have gone free-to-play recently—*cough* Star Wars: The Old Republic *cough*—no content will be restricted. However, membership is available for the continued price of $14.99 and will carry some exclusive benefits. The benefits as listed on the official site are the following:
- 'The Time Accelerator'. This clickable item increases experience gain for defeating monsters by 100% for 1 hour and has a 16 hour cool-down. This item can only be used by Members and Grand Masters.
- $10 worth of Bonus Points given out every month which can be used towards any product in the Item Store of The Secret World (bonus points are valid for 6 months).
- Membership Item-of-the-month gift (given out every month).
- 10% discount to everything in the Item Store except Content Packs or other Packs (discounts to the Item Store do not stack with other offers).