Via Massively’s post I read that Funcom have hinted at a new content update for 2017 as part of their latest quarterly financial report. There’s just one bullet point of interest to me, as a player of The Secret World:
Major upgrade to both retention and acquisition mechanics and content of the game.
That’s slated for the first half of 2017, so a rather large potential window at present, more info was promised in the first quarter of 2017 on this so, presumably, the actual update is more likely in the second quarter. It will be most welcome to have new content for the game, but it is too far away and too nebulous for me to get excited about it now. An old and rather vague schedule of issues hinted that the next zone after Tokyo would be tied to the events of Tokyo and to exploring the background of “one of the most notorious factions” in-game.
That made me think immediately of the Phoenicians in-game as one of the prominent, non-player, factions messing with politics and dark, dark secrets in the TSW game world. Although I wouldn’t have thought we’d find the Phoenicians main base this early in the game’s life, there is at least one location linked to the historical Phoenician culture that I hope might be the obvious go to location for a future issue – Carthage, the largest of the Phoenician city-states of old and a fascinating mix of a modern North African city and impressive ancient Roman ruins. I suppose another possibility would be Alexandria or Cairo – Egypt already has two zones in the game, of course, but these are desert zones, not city-based. Issue 6 had us travelling on the Last Train to Cairo but we didn’t reach the city during that mission, so it is still untouched.
Ideally I’d like somewhere totally new for the next zones, the Aztec-parts of Mexico would be my personal wish; but I can see the logic behind the next zones being evolutionary rather than revolutionary given the recent financial constraints Funcom has experienced. The game has plenty of art asserts for Egyptian landscapes, buildings, flora and fauna. So a zone set in the North of Egypt, or in another North African city like Carthage, would be less effort to put out.
Where do you think we’ll go next? Where would you want to go next?