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Earthrise shuts down
« on: Mar 20, 12, 08:16:25 AM »

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"Sofia, Bulgaria - February 9, 2012

Masthead Studios announced today that it will be shutting down the Earthrise servers on 9th of February.
“One year after the launch of the game, we have decided to stop the Earthrise servers. Earthrise was released too early and did not meet the expectations of its fans” said Atanas Atanasov, Director of Masthead Studios. “We did our best to revive the game in 2011, but the time was not enough to keep up with the user requirements. There is a huge interest in high quality open world sandbox MMORPGs, unfortunately the big publishers do not show any interest in the genre. It is unfortunate that low budget companies like ours are trying to bring innovativeness in the already saturated MMO market. I hope that one day an independent studio will be able to release the long anticipated open world sandbox MMO, which everyone is talking about, but no one is making. We tried, but did not succeed. We would like to apologize to those who were disappointed from Earthrise and to thank everyone who supported us during the years.”
The free to play version of Earthrise, which was planned for 2012 may be released only if there is investor or publisher interest."
I was looking forward to playing this when it was supposed to go F2P. Its unfortunate that publishers don't find sandbox games preferable. I would hope that this doesn't discourage developers from creating innovative games and try to break away from the WoW and EvE-clones out there.

My hope is that word of mouth would spread and maybe a decent publisher would pick up this game and bring it back from the shelf.
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Re: Earthrise shuts down
« Reply #1 on: Mar 20, 12, 10:30:48 AM »

the games was not well received by many. it had tons of bugs, flaws, poor design on release. from my personal encounter, i played the trial, bad taste in the mouth. good games don't die young, it shutdown fast because the game was not good. http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/02/09/earthrise-shutting-down-today/ to see what others thought.
« Last Edit: May 21, 12, 08:40:55 PM by Stadi_Thompson »
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