In todays press release, Masthead Studios CEO Atanas Atanasov explained the reason to remove the subscription fee was that while Earthrise boasts strong visuals and content, the game contains some annoyances that spoil things for some players and that it lacks some much needed polish.
For now, Earthrise servers will be used for testing the new free-to-play model and new accounts will be limited, but existing subscribers will receive a number of invitations later to bring friends into the game.
You can visit the Earthrise website for more details about the game.
EARTHRISE BECOMES FREE TO ALL ITS CUSTOMERS
Free-to-play model will come in effect in 2012
November 15, 2011 - Masthead Studios announced today that its massively multiplayer online game (MMORPG) Earthrise is removing the monthly fee for everyone who has already bought the game. The changes will come into effect starting December 1, 2011. In addition, the company announced that they are transitioning Earthrise to a free to play model in the beginning of the next year.
"We decided to let all our players unlimited gaming experience until we all are satisfied with the experience in our game. At the moment Earthrise features one of the best visuals, content, and gameplay of all sci-fi MMOs on the market. However it is missing polish and has annoyances that spoil the fun in the game. We are learning from our experience and that is why we will remove monthly charges until we bring the game to a quality state that is satisfactory to us and our players, said Atanas Atanasov, CEO of Masthead Studios.
The company also announced that after reaching their quality goals, they will change the business model to free-to-play. According to Atanasov: The free-to-play model will offer convenience for players, it will not be "pay to win with items that ruin the balance of the game.
Meanwhile Earthrise will be used as a test for the new free-2-play model and Masthead will limit the creation of new accounts. Invitations will be sent to selected new players and a new sign-up option will be provided. All existing subscribers will receive a number of invitations to bring their friends in the game.
Earthrise is a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi MMORPG set in the distant future. Featuring a unique skill-based advancement system and player-driven economy, as well as extensive, meaningful player-vs.-player combat, Earthrise gives players countless options to forge their destiny through its sandbox-style game mechanics. Whether a noble soldier in the raging conflict between the Continoma and the Noir, a criminal hiding from the law, or a world-renowned engineer whose power extends into intricate trade and politics, players actions will echo throughout the game world. Visit www.play-earthrise.com to learn more.
About Masthead Studios
Masthead Studios is an independent game development studio focusing on innovative, next-generation MMORPGs. The companys first game, Earthrise, is a next-generation post-apocalyptic, sci-fi MMORPG, integrating its own proprietary engine technology that is specifically designed to handle dynamic, persistent online worlds while providing top-notch graphics and realistic physics. Masthead Studios is located in the emerging technology hub of Sofia, Bulgaria, enabling the studio to leverage local and international talent. For more information please visit www.mastheadstudios.com.