The Secret World: Joel Bylos Is The New Game Director
The Secret World: Joel Bylos Is The New Game Director

Joel Bylos Becomes The Secret World’s New Game Director

With Ragnar Tørnquist stepping down as the Game Director for the Secret World comes the announcement of his replacement, Joel Bylos.  All the Ragnar fans out there, don’t worry, he’s still with us!  “Ragnar Tørnquist will continue in his role as Creative Director with even more focus on the overall setting and story for the game… Mr. Bylos will work together with Creative Director Ragnar Tørnquist on expanding and enhancing the game”

 

Ragnar’s Words Regarding These Changes

Hi all,These are exciting times for The Secret World! With issue #2 out the door, issue #3 just around the corner, and issue #4 well underway and on schedule, the team has managed an impressive feat, smoothing out the speed bumps and getting to grips with an ambitious content release schedule.

I’m very proud of what the team has accomplished, and it’s been a pleasure and a joy to shepherd The Secret World through these post-launch months — but the time has come for a change.

As of today, I’m stepping back from my position as senior producer to focus on my role as creative director. At the same time, Joel Bylos, who has been instrumental in bringing The Secret World to life, is taking on his brand new role as game director.

As lead content designer, Joel can take credit for much of what our players love about The Secret World, and I couldn’t be happier about leaving the game’s direction in his capable (and large, Australian) hands. I know he’ll do a bang-up job.

As creative director, I will continue to be involved with the story and universe and overall direction, but I will also take a few steps back and let Joel lead the team and maintain the vision and direction for the game, together with the very talented Scott Junior, who takes over my duties as producer.

For now, I just want you all to know that I’ve treasured and appreciated my time managing The Secret World. Interacting with you guys — our passionate and loyal community — has been a joy and a privilege, and I will continue to be involved on a daily basis. But with a new management team in charge of the game, I’m also finally going to be able to enjoy The Secret World as a fan and a player.

Thanks everyone, and I’ll see you in the game!

Ragnar

Source can be found here.

 

Issue #3: The Cat God ?

Later on in the announcement post, the name of the next content update is finally made public.  If you’ve been in game, you may have noticed large groups of cats walking around?  Well, now it makes sense.. The latest issue is called “Issue #3: The Cat God“.  Chances are we’re going to be getting a lot of content for Egypt this go-around.  They have still not stated a release date for this update, but I can expect that we’ll hear about it shortly.

 

The Official announcement from Funcom can be viewed below, or at the source, Here

Durham, USA – September 24th, 2012 – Funcom is excited to announce that Joel Bylos has taken the new position as Game Director on ‘The Secret World’, the company’s recently launched massively multiplayer online game (MMO). Mr. Bylos will work together with Creative Director Ragnar Tørnquist on expanding and enhancing the game through quality post-launch content. The team has already launched two major content updates in just over two months following launch, and focus going forward will be to expand the storyline, introduce entire new areas such as the upcoming New York raid, and much more.
Ragnar Tørnquist will continue in his role as Creative Director with even more focus on the overall setting and story for the game.
Mr. Bylos, who has been instrumental in shaping ‘The Secret World’ as Lead Content Designer’ throughout development, has extensive experience with developing post-launch content for MMOs. This includes serving as Lead Designer on the critically acclaimed ‘Rise of the Godslayer’ expansion pack for Funcom’s previous MMO launch ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’. Mr. Bylos will manage the development team together with Scott Junior, who continues in his position as Producer on the game.
“Being given the opportunity to lead the game into a bold, new future is definitely a dream come true for me,” says Joel Bylos, Game Director on ‘The Secret World’. “I am very proud of what we as a team have created with ‘The Secret World’, and it is truly a brilliant canvas that will allow us to create more groundbreaking MMO experiences for many years to come. ‘The Secret World’ is only really getting started, and with a game world that draws upon our own, real world, there is no limit to what sort of amazing stories we can tell and fantastic locations we can visit in the upcoming content updates.”
“Joel and I have worked together for many years, and I cannot think of anyone more suited to maintain the vision and lead the game going forward than him,” says Ragnar Tørnquist, Creative Director on ‘The Secret World’. “I look forward to continue working with Joel on bringing the game forward through many, exciting post-launch updates, and I especially look forward to spending more time expanding on what I truly enjoy the most about ‘The Secret World’: the story, characters and the setting itself.”
The development team is currently working on wrapping up ‘Issue #3: The Cat God’, the latest content update for ‘The Secret World’, and production on ‘Issue #4’ is also well under way. This update puts players in the middle of a devastated New York City where they have to battle an enormous monster crawling up from the depths of the New York subway system and onto the streets of Times Square.
‘The Secret World’ is developed by Funcom and co-published by EA Partners, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA). For more information about the game please visit www.thesecretworld.com. Media assets can be found at ftp.funcom.com/press.

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