I’d like to throw something out for fun, so just hang with me for a minute; we’ll return to MMO-land momentarily. Recently, we’ve had a spate of “cryptological discoveries” in the news:
- The Montauk Monster
- A Texas deputy filming what some think is a chupacabra
- A press conference this Friday to annouce that a bigfoot carcass was discovered in Georgia (the state, not the country at war with Russia)
Of course, it’s not that cut-and-dried:
- A film director claimed credit for the Montauk Monster (and of course, there’s no proof that’s true) as a viral marketing scheme for his new movie, Splinterheads, which makes sense only if you believe a movie about carnies would feature a bloated, naked animal carcass as a star. (Although, Rosie O’Donnell has been in a few movies, so anything’s possible.)
- A previous chupacabra sighting was theorized by animal experts to be a mix-breed wolf with mange.
- The Bigfoot carcass shows a striking similarity to this.
However, I had an odd thought…what if all three of these stories are in fact part of a viral marketing campaign…for Funcom’s The Secret World?
As I have said before, Age of Conan hasn’t been the only child of Funcom for the few years or so, it’s just been the only child that Poppa has talked about. The “black ops sheep” of the family has been The Secret World, but it hasn’t been shame that’s kept Funcom from discussing it.
Far from it.
The company (and rightly so) decided to devote their resources to AoC as the game drew closer to launch, with a promise from Lead Developer Ragnar Tornquist that the game would take center stage at some point after AoC had it’s feet under it.
This game has been shrouded in mystery since it first appeared in the Funcom financial statements (in the third quarter of 2005), from the cryptologically-based websites that initially announced the project on May 6, 2007, to a lack any specific details of the game itself, other than a few things:
- The game has been in development for three years.
- The game world has some connection to various myths and beliefs, such as the Illuminati, the Knights Templar and the “day the world ends on the Mayan calendar“.
- The Secret World team was diverted to the final crunch for AoC, so there’s been little news for months.
Beyond that…nothing. However, the fact that we don’t know a darn thing about this game leaves open the possibility (however small) that crypto-creatures play some part in the game, including things like Bigfoot and the chupacabra.
No, it’s not likely, but it is fun to think about. And let’s face it…this sounds right up Tornquist’s alley, since TSW started with a cryptological viral marketing campaign to begin with.
(By the way, the Montauk Monster is a dead raccoon carcass, the chupacabra is a deformed wolf-coyote hybrid with a skin disorder and an enormous freakin’ head, and the Bigfoot carcass is a stuffed costume in a Kenmore chest freezer. Or possibly not. Paris Hilton still has a career, so nothing is too weird for reality on this planet as far as I’m concerned.)