The Secret World beta registration open

It may have only been announced a few months ago, but beta registration for Funcom’s The Secret World is already open.

This first phase of the beta will establish an interactive online experience where players learn about the game’s three major factions: the Templars, the Illuminati and the Dragon. Users will take tests to discover which of these societies they should sign up to and then choose for themselves.

Doing so will sign you up for beta’s the second phase, a web-based game where friends team up and assign each other missions to rack up points for both themselves and their society. Keep ranking up and you’ll earn in-game items and eventually guaranteed beta access for the real try-outs.

The beta phases will be running right up until the game’s release in April 2012, with Funcom gradually increasing the number of participants by the month.