It's been a while since Funcom announced PC MMO The Secret World, but today we finally get to see the game running...sort of. The trailer (below) is rendered using the game engine, but I'll eat my headset if the game is played from a black-and-white interlaced security cam perspective. I mean, nobody would make anything like that, right?

Set in Kingsmouth and taking advantage of H.P. Lovecraft's public domain mythos, The Secret World posits an Earth where secret societies are real, supernatural threats lurk under every rock, and we're all basically boned. Funcom has been talking a good game about changing the MMO paradigm and getting away from being a World of Warcraft EverQuest Ultima Online DikuMUD clone, so I'm holding out hope for this one despite the overall disappointments of Age of Conan and Anarchy Online. Besides, zombies!

If Cthulhu is a raid boss, though, I'm going to buy a plane ticket to Norway for the sole purpose of having some very stern words with the developers. Either way, we should know more at GDC in March, when Funcom plans to reveal actual color in-game footage.