Post-apocalyptic MMO Fallen Earth returns as Fallen Earth Classic

Last week marked two years since post-apocalyptic indie MMO Fallen Earth was officially taken offline after a nearly 10-year run. But now, the new owner of the game announces that Fallen Earth will soon return under the new name: Fallen Earth Classic.

According to a new post on the GamersFirst forums, plans are underway to get the servers back up and running soon. “[J]Please know that in each case, I had to balance getting back online in a reasonable time against the long list of things players would definitely have wanted,” Little Orbit CEO Matt Scott said in the post. “We did our best. I hope players enjoy the challenge of reclaiming the wastelands from scratch while waiting for the next version of the game.”

Fallen Earth screenshot

The original Fallen Earth was first released on September 22, 2009 by independent game developer Icarus Studios in North Carolina. The game was unique in its size (1000 square kilometers of explorable land), its combat (FPS mixed with traditional MMORPG mechanics), and its extensive crafting system. It also featured a breakthrough faction system that worked on a wheel, causing one faction’s positive reputation to work negatively on the opposing faction.

The game’s story centered around a deadly virus that spread across the globe, causing those infected to convulse. But it wasn’t the virus that caused the end of the world. As nations blame each other for the origin and spread of the virus, political views shift the blame to each other until a nuclear war breaks out, wiping out over 99% of the population.

Fallen Earth was a finalist for Best New MMO of 2009 from Beckett Massive Online Gamer magazine and won Best Online-Only Game of 2009 from Game Industry News.

As Matt Scott notes, restoring the server will be an experimental process, so the team has no plans to monetize “this version” of the game at all. the world,” he notes in the forum post. “but there will be no possibility to buy anything in the online store.”

You can see a breakdown of these subscription tiers in an archived version of an article I wrote about the business model when the game was acquired by GamersFirst in 2011.

So not only will Fallen Earth return to its original form, but it will also be completely free. The bad part here is that none of your previous in-game progress has been saved, but now is your chance to relive classic gameplay while starting from scratch.

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Shawn has been enamored with the post-apocalyptic genre ever since he wore out his horrifically American VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former editor of Joystiq’s Massively.com, creator of the post-apocalyptic immersion event Aftermath, and host of the Through the Aftermath podcast for over 11 years. He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.