Turns out it's not such a small (secret) world after all.
Last week saw the launch of Funcom's modern conspiracy MMO The Secret World, and players have been shooting, slashing, and spell-slinging through the forces of darkness ever since. With the dust settling and one patch already deployed, Secret World Producer/Director Ragnar Tornquist has spilled some secrets of his own regarding the future of the game. The inaugural State of the Game post on the official forums reveals plans for regular, monthly content updates. Also, it's free.
The future updates contain a laundry list of features, which both add new content and expand on what's already in the game. This "fresh and tasty" new content, as Tornquist put it, includes monthly mission packs to give players more to do in every adventure zone. Early mission packs will focus on investigation missions in particular, with tasty new cutscenes and media clues. In addition to filling the existing areas with more quests, there are two new adventure zones in the works as well as a fourth player-versus-player zone. According to Tornquist, these new areas will "carry the story past its first act and into its thrilling and shocking second act!"
On the social side, a dungeon finder tool is on the to-do list, which will certainly be handy in August when the game's first raid (set in New York) goes live. Players will also have the chance to partake in some less murderous activities via seasonal events, and new customization options should allow "role-players and would-be thespians to spread their wings."
The update schedule is sprinkled with other promises, including new weapons and other combat tweaks. It's certainly a lot, but Funcom seems to be settling in for the long haul. All that remains now is to hold on to the playerbase for long enough to show them this new content - no easy feat in the current MMO market. The first of the updates is scheduled for July 31, so players won't have to wait long to get a taste of what's in store.
Source: The Secret World Forums