Bit Tech noticed that Funcom has axed the subscription model of The Secret World, an alternate-modern-day MMO that was launched in July. Despite relatively positive reviews, the game managed to hit just 200,000 sales so Funcom, but even though the subscription model is gone you still need to pay to buy the game.
Players will only be required to play an upfront amount for the client and will then have access to all of the game's content after that for free. A premium membership option will still be available granting players bonuses if they continue to pay $15/€15 a month.
Being a paid up member will give players a Time Accelerator item that grants them faster experience gain for one hour every day, a 10% discount from the in-game store and €10/$10 of credit to spend in said store each month. A higher Grand Master Lifetime tier to the membership is also available and grants a further 20% discount at the store.