The Secret World's Joel Bylos has penned this month's Producer's Letter. In it, he discusses the addition of Mystery Boxes to the game's item shop. Bylos spends time discussing what these boxes are and are not, in essence assuring players they are not "lockboxes" and contain nothing that can't be earned or found in the game world. In addition, Bylos informs players that Tokyo will be divided into two sections and will be delayed by a few weeks from its original projected release date.
The second is that even with the division of the patch, Tokyo is still going to be later than we hoped by a few weeks. The reason is simply quality. In terms of visual quality – Tokyo would be “okay” by our original release date. But that isn’t what we are aiming for. Tokyo needs to be, just like all the other locations in The Secret World, better than okay. It needs to ooze (somewhat literally) personality and quality.
Issue #9 is a large content patch precisely because it frontloads a lot of what is coming in Issue #10 and #11. The playfield of Tokyo, for example, needs to be fully built before Issue #9, but that is an overhead we will not have for Issue #10. The same applies to many of the monsters, animations and systems like AEGIS. I do expect Issue #10 and Issue #11 to take less time than Issue #9.
Read the full letter on The Secret World official site.