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Funcom has revealed the first details of how player factions - or rather, secret societies - will work in its forthcoming modern-day MMO, The Secret World.
Players will start as members of the ancient Dragon, Illuminati or Templar societies in the starting cities of Seoul, New York and London respectively. The Dragons are shadowy political manipulators; the Illuminati is a decadent, greedy organisation stuffed with celebrities and power-brokers; the Templars are military and religious zealots.
The secret societies are factions that players can join. United by a common goal to battle evil, they are nonetheless in conflict with each other in the pursuit of power. In the player-vs-player aspect of the game, they will compete with each other for resources, territory and world domination.
The Templars stand on the far right of the political spectrum, morally incorruptible and uncompromising in their fight against evil.
At the opposite end are the Illuminati. Ambitious and ruthless, they use blackmail, treason and deceit as weapons in their bid for more power.
The Dragons are, as Ragnar puts it, the wildcard. It's a little hard to pin down their nature because they are the gray to the Templars' white and the Illuminati's black. They believe in the teachings of Sun Tzu's Art of War, their chief characteristic is patience, and they use deception in order to pit their opponents against each other.
Originally posted by tk2dsky
I've been part of the game forum and a Dragon cabal for 2 years. I am anxiously awaiting its release. It is going to be so kick butt! Ragnar Tornquist is a genius when it comes to storyline. He also is also responsile for the Dreamfall series.
The fact that its based on conspiracy and secret societies is a bonus.
They say it'll be on pc and xbox 360, but I'm guessing just pc to begin with. If you are into MMO's I enourage you to check it out.