Developer Funcom has updated The Secret World website with some information on a new zone: Atlantic Island Park. The designers have made it clear in past interviews that it is committed to creating zones that are based on real-world locations, with a slight twist to fit the story line. According to the game’s site, Atlantic Island Park has a dark history shrouded in mysticism and the supernatural. Here is an excerpt on the evolution of the new zone:
In the early 1970s, ruthless industrial magnate Nathaniel Winter purchased the land around the old Henderson farm. With its picturesque location on Solomon Island, a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, and easy access from Kingsmouth Town — a burgeoning tourist destination — it seemed like the perfect location for an amusement park.
As soon as the ground was broken, the freak accidents began. Several workers fell to their deaths; others committed suicide, seemingly without good reason. Rides would fall apart as soon as they were switched on, employees and visitors complained of recurring night terrors, and there were persistent rumours of strange whispers and ghostly sightings.
Now the skeletons of the enormous roller-coaster and Ferris wheel cast long shadows over the abandoned paths and candy stands. For more than thirty years, the Atlantic Island Park has remained silent and asleep…