Funcom‘s new MMO, The Secret World, may still be pretty new, but it seems that the developer already has big plans for the title. Ragnar Tornquist, the game’s senior producer and creative director, has stated in a recent blog post that the MMO is currently set to be receiving some pretty substantial content releases on a monthly basis, free for any who have subscribed to the game.

Tornquist stated,

“Now that players are progressing further and further into the game, uncovering all those things we’ve managed to keep secret for years and years, we’re starting to see a lot of questions about what’s next. What does the future hold for The Secret World, for our players and subscribers? … We’re going to be releasing fresh and tasty new content FREE to our subscribers on a regular, monthly basis. The first update is due on Tuesday, July 31st, and we will be releasing more details about that particular update later this week — including a couple of fun surprises. (You’re going to love it.)”

He only went into a little detail about what these “fresh and tasty” content updates would entail, but the list included things like regular mission packs, new weapons, the addition of raids, improved character customisation, a dungeon finder tool, (plus a PvP dungeon, which will be interesting to see), and two new zones for adventuring currently in the works, featuring new characters, missions and lore. If you want to see the full list, head over and check out the blog post (link provided above.) There’s quite a lot there, and Tornquist promises that it’s “just the beginning.”

In a world where the free-to-play model is rapidly becoming the rule rather than the exception, subscription-based MMOs will live and die on their content. World of Warcraft will push on, Star Wars: The Old Republic is being pushed by BioWare‘s promise of more and more content as the year moves forward, and TERA won’t be able to rely on its combat system to hold interest forever. Whether or not The Secret World has what it takes to survive in this WoW dominated market remains to be seen, but monthly content updates are definitely a good way to start.

via [CVG]