While it's been a few months since we last heard about the game, this new information provides some hope that we'll see more of it soon. With PAX East and GDC San Francisco coming up, it's a great opportunity for Funcom to kick-start the marketing machine and get The Secret World out into the limelight.
“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’.”
This is going to free up the burden of having to manage retail distribution channels, affording Funcom the chance to focus on a specific section of the market: digital distribution.
Sadly no release date has been given, so it's probably a bit premature to add this to any "what to watch for" lists for 2011. Anticipated game? Absolutely.