The Secret World is a massively multiplayer online role-playing video game set in a modern-day real world under attack from occult forces. Ragnar Tørnquist led development of the initial game for Funcom. The game was released in North America and Europe on July 3rd, 2012. The Secret World character starts the game by joining one of three "factions": the Illuminati, the Templars, or the Dragon. The faction determines the character's home city as well as a set of faction specific missions and their allies in PvP. After choosing their faction, the player is taken to the character creator where they can choose their character's gender, height, face, hair, make-up and clothing. The missions come in several varieties. The main plot follows a faction-driven quest storyline. Characters can also take on a main mission, a dungeon mission, faction-limited side quests, and three open side quests. Some missions involve fetching items or fighting monsters.