The Black Watchmen is a Massively Multiplayer Online Permanent Alternate Reality Game (MMOPARG) where players join the Black Watchmen forces in a series of challenges involving real world and in-game puzzles, geo-caching, research and hacking. Based on the ‘authorization’ level you give, your real life becomes part of the storyline, from simple text messages to a black SUV parked in front of your house. The gameplay includes a companion app which expands the game to your region of the world, adding playfield every time a player joins in. You can be stalked by a virtual sniper or currently helping a player eradicating enemies in his little town up in Siberia. Missions range from single player to large-scale raid of 4,000 players.
The Black Watchmen team has sent word that the beta has officially started and interested players are invited to sign up as a tester on the official site. In addition, the team sent along an interesting infographic to show off some of the stats from the beta so far.
The Black Watchmen KickStarter page has been updated with a pair of interesting features. The first is a video interview with The Secret World's Joel Bylos who takes a wide range of fan questions. A new blog has also been posted that details the mechanics of the game, most notably how multiplayer missions will play out.
The Black Watchman has reached the halfway point in its KickStarter campaign with an additional twenty days to go to raise the full amount. To celebrate the milestone, the team has released a brand new trailer that shows off the first tutorial mission from the game.
The Black Watchmen team has announced that it has started a new funding initiative via KickStarter as well as launched a new trailer and that a new comic based on the game is being created.
Human Equation is looking to change the alternate reality game scene with their persistent ARG based on The Black Watchmen from The Secret World. I had the pleasure of chatting with Andrea Doyon from Human Equation to find out more about what they have planned, what they plan to do if their fundraiser is a huge success, and also what happens if it doesn't make it.