Posted Mon, Dec 31, 2012 by gunky
Ancient Mayan Prophecy: "The spearless hunter cannot hope to fell the mighty tapir."
Earthrise was an innovative sandbox-style post-apocalypse MMORPG developed by Masthead Studios. Despite the apparent market-interest in an open-world sandbox MMORPG and plans to convert to a F2P model, the game was released too early and failed to meet player requirements. The plug was pulled before they had a chance to give F2P a try.
Game servers were shut down in Februrary, but it was announced in May that Wuppertal-based developers SilentFuture would be reviving Earthrise in Q4 2012 as a free-to-play title. The re-imagining will no longer be post-apocalyptic, but set during the apocalypse itself, and with a revamped backstory, improved gameplay and new features. Th Q4 2012 re-launch is not happening, but the new Earthrise is beginning closed alpha testing as of December 28. And Masthead Studios has recovered from the loss - they have a new project, Guns & Robots, in the works. We can keep our fingers crossed for an Earthrise re-launch sometime in 2013, and for the future of Masthead.