EA To Co-Publish Funcom’s The Secret World MMO

by Jeff Cork on Jan 10, 2011 at 03:30 AM

Funcom is no stranger to the MMO space, having launched Anarchy Online and Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, and the company’s third MMO is currently in the works. Even with that experience, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help when it’s time to release The Secret World. Funcom has announced that it’s entered a partnership with EA to help co-publish the game.

“We are tremendously excited to be working with what is undoubtedly the world-leading games publisher for the past decade, and it is also a great testament to the fantastic work of our development team,” says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. “The experience and the knowledge that Electronic Arts brings to the table will be instrumental in allowing us to realize the full potential of The Secret World.”

EA is no stranger to the space either, having worked on games like the Sims Online and the upcoming Star Wars: the Old Republic.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Funcom, one of the world-leaders in the development of massively multiplayer online games,” says David DeMartini, senior vice president and general manager of EA Partners. “We are very excited to be able to take part in the growing online gaming category with such a highly anticipated title as The Secret World.”

The Secret World is set in modern times, with players battling enemies such as vampires, werewolves, zombies, and Lovecraftian monstrosities across the globe. Conspiracies and paranoia seem to be the order of the day, with players joining guild-like cabals to increase their influence in the underworld. Funcom showed off some early footage of the game last year, which you can check out here. No release date has been announced for the game.