Little Orbit on Fallen Earth: ‘There is something special here worth rebuilding’

Could the acquisition of GamersFirst — including APB Reloaded and Fallen Earth — be what actually saves these games? Players of these long-abandoned MMOs are holding onto a fresh hope that Little Orbit is going to actually give these titles support, marketing, and development.

For the first time in literally years there is movement on the Fallen Earth front. New forums under the Little Orbit management have opened up with additional features, security, and discussion areas. But that’s not all! Little Orbit CEO Matthew Scott told the Fallen Earth community that he not only personally enjoyed the game but feels that it deserves the publisher’s help in rebuilding it.

“We have a lot to do in the next 30 days,” Scott wrote. “Expect to see GDPR updates for GamersFirst including new privacy policies, code of conduct, and term & conditions. We will also be cleaning up the social pages, implementing a new forum, showcasing a general roadmap and announcing a significant change to our banning and cheating policies. This is all critical for setting up an environment where you can give us feedback. Nothing is going to happen overnight with Fallen Earth. But it’s clear to me that there is something special here worth rebuilding. We need to spend more time mapping out exactly what that looks like.”

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Paul

Loved this game and played in beta through launch and for a good while after – in fact its the only game where I have an account filled with all available character slots and all max level toons.

Then, an accumulation of bad decisions gradually killed it for me: Alpha County was terrible after waiting ages for it, they wasted so much time fixing what wasn’t broken – dumbing down the combat (ie getting rid of half the skills), getting rid of shoulder factions, ‘revamping’ Embry Crossroads (used to love hanging out in the old one – new one was meh), reducing the number of starter towns, messy endgame with non-craftable items etc, and (a big one for me) – redistributing all the resource nodes “more evenly” so all my favourite little known scavenging spots vanished and you didn’t have the option of finding nice spots to hang out and scavenge in – oh and reducing junked cars to standard harvesting nodes :P

Assuming the code is there they could do far worse than roll it back to 1.0 and start the whole thing again imho and learn from the mistakes G1 made. I’d be there in a flash. (hell if they just fix the lag and start adding new content I’ll be there)

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Grave Knight

At this point wouldn’t it be easier to just rebuild it from the ground up?

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Ceres Outpost

I had HUGE high-hopes for this game when it was in development. I didn’t really even hate it that much after release, but it was lacking in many areas and felt very incoherent as an MMO, even for a sandbox. I’d love to see it reimagined and fleshed-out!

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Bruno Brito

I’m playing FE, doing the entire S1 and i’m loving it. I think there’s really something here worthy.

If they revamp endgame, make the good stuff craftable and open-end your options, i’m sure the game will be pretty much solid. Revamp some skilllines like Willpower, Coordination and Charisma, and we’re gold.

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RJB

is it time for a revisit boiz? think i’ll wait till this rebuild is over with

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Fisty

Big fan. Downloaded it again a week ago, and while dated, still has some great mechanics. I’m not sure what rebuilding means, but they have the closest thing to a Fallout MMO out there and with a little polish they could get an influx of new people.

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Solaris

I would totes go back to FE if it were revamped.

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Pandalulz

This is interesting. These are the same guys who took up the Unsung Story Kickstarter, and are reviving it, best I understand, having taken on no money. Dude posts a good update at least once a month, and they seem to be moving along, just finalizing the art style (I like it but it’s divisive), and displaying some WIP zones and whatnot. I also dig the fact that he’s done a pretty good job of explaining why they’re making the design decisions they’re making. This could work out pretty well for Fallen Earth if he actually does the same for it.
It’s like he’s decided to make a mission of saving charity cases. Unsung is still WIP so we’ll see how it actually turns out.

EDIT: I’ll also admit that I have no experience with their previous output, seeing as it’s mostly tween shovelware, so who knows…

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Rees Racer

I was literally on the cusp of reinstalling it today (before seeing this news). I was very fond of the title a few years ago (5+). I spent a lot of time in it, and had great fun. The crafting system was top-notch…before they began introducing gear that couldn’t be crafted, and was superior.

Regardless, I may have another go. The gunplay was quite satisfying, and I had a lovely large motorcycle and a few versatile buggies I’d lovingly crafted over several weeks as well.

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Armsbend

Big money laundering opportunities – the new paragon in recycled online games.

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Utakata

…there could be an argument that some games are being worth recycling though.

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Armsbend

Not at the cost of your/my private data – which is the only reason I can see their bevy of failed games all of a sudden being snapped up by relative nobodies.

Daybreak is where all of this is going – if you are comfortable with that – more power to you. For now, I’m sticking to reputable publishers.

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Bruno Brito

Uh…life must be great over all that cynicism.

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cursedseishi

just because you never heard of them doesn’t mean they aren’t reputable or that they are nobodies. They are a publisher/developer, and while most of their work has been licensed games, they’ve had a hand with Hex TCG, serving publisher for Descent: Underground, and doing some development on a Mistborn game before it was pulled. That was a minute of googling anyone could of done, mind you, rather than waste time being paranoid.

And two mishandled games and kickstarter project ran as a scam by Playdek a bevy it doesn’t make. I also very much doubt anyone solely interested in money laundering would waste their time and money trying to bring back big, well-known names to a project like they’ve done.