Fallen Earth’s new owners try to sort out a messy situation but aren’t discouraged

    
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It’s one thing to say that you’d like to rebuild an aging MMORPG that you just purchased. It’s another thing entirely to figure out how you’re going to accomplish that.

This is the situation that Little Orbit finds itself in as it attempts to figure out a path forward for the post-apocalyptic MMO Fallen Earth. In the first state of the game report that the community has seen in many years, the new owner explained that it is still investigating what it has on its hands and what can be done for this game. The short version: It’s a mess, and it’s going to take a while even to figure out a roadmap going forward.

The company said that it’s attempted to reach out to the former developers, but in the meanwhile it’s going to have to figure things out on its own: “We have all the code, and it is theoretically possible for us to patch the game or the updater. However this code is significantly old. It requires tools that are more than a decade in age, installations of old libraries, and very customized windows installs to even build everything.”

However: “Please don’t read this as Little Orbit giving up, or even us being discouraged. I knew most of this before we took over GamersFirst. I just want to share where we are at, and that it’s going to take some time to provide a clear roadmap of how we’re going to rebuild.”

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Bruno Brito

So, here’s the tl;dr version:

– The code is a dumpster fire.
– G1C was completely negligent with this game, and the overall status of it right now is we don’t know how much duping and hacking damage has been done. A huge part of the veteran community ( which is to say, not many people at all ) are against a full wipe/reset.
– The in-game balance is terrible.
– The number of rerolls is unknown, given that LO wants to unban people and give them a new chance, we may never know.
– The game itself is holding up nicely, but it does feels like it’s in some kind of maintenance limbo.
– Little Orbit’s declarations kinda injected some life in it. They are pretty much pressured now, from what i can see from the community. I don’t think they’ll understand “take a while” when G1C took years to do anything with FE. The players are really skeptic.

Anyway, i do cheer for LO. No one wins if they fail on this, and i hope they take their time to actually deliver. There’s a load of good that can be done with FE getting some tweaks or even a new code.

More specifically for me: The damn memory leaks. This game leaks memory like my kitties leak pee in my whole living room.

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Tobasco da Gama

– G1C was completely negligent with this game, and the overall status of it right now is we don’t know how much duping and hacking damage has been done. A huge part of the veteran community ( which is to say, not many people at all ) are against a full wipe/reset.

Sloppy legacy code sucks, but it’s something that can be addressed with enough time. But this right here is a huge problem with no clear way out.

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johnwillo

Maintaining and extending ancient code is a major pain in the ass. Often, if you want to (or circumstances require you to) modernize one part of it, you end up having to modernize everything that part touches. And then everything that touches those parts, and so on. You end up with a chain-reaction of modifications which stretches across the entire project, which dramatically increases the chance of unintended behavior.

I think that Fallen Earth is one game that might be worth the effort.

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Randy Savage

If they manage to pull this off, it could provide the industry with a viable means of keeping older MMO’s alive. Not necessarily profitable but at least still online.

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Blake

I wish the best of luck to Little Orbit. Hopefully they can get this mess organized.

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Ernost

The fact that they are willing to be this honest is a very good sign. Hope they do well.

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Paul

Nice to get such open dialogue from the new owners and surprising how much G1 were missing.

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Paul Hurtado

I was a very early adopter of Fallen Earth, from alpha… it was right in my wheelhouse with it’s post apocalyptic setting, and deep crafting focus. It’s definitely an aged MMO, but well worth keeping it going. I was super stoked to hear the news of a new owner and am heartened by them not giving up on the game. It deserves to live on.

Looking back it was November of 2008 when my alpha invite came… man that was a long time ago!

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biophazer242

I was there in the early alpha stages too… those were rough days but man was it exciting. The crafting system and the 6 factions split around the map made the game feel so unique and refreshing. I loved that it actually took time to get around the map.. it just made the reward of finally crafting a bike or car so much more rewarding. Remember the first time you crafted the engine key to a vehicle?! That was something I worked towards for weeks.

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Paul Hurtado

The music and the sunsets… Played it last night after having not touched it for several months. I still have fun with it. Probably wouldn’t be my main MMO, but I’d definitely put more time in it if it had a good team behind it fixing bugs and adding a little content.

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Rees Racer

I’ve reinstalled and been playing again the last several days after more than 5-6 years. For today’s audience, some of the mechanics and UI might seem impenetrable, but it still remains quite engaging. I don’t envy Little Orbit, but if they manage to put in even a modest percentage of the love it took the make the game in the first place, it can be quite a successful niche title for some.

It still seems fairly well populated for a game many perhaps thought abandoned, and the help chat channel is as active as always. Most of the community is understandably close-knit, and more than willing to answer questions for newbies. The game rewards patience in everything, especially crafting, which can be hugely rewarding given that even simple recipes might take many minutes to complete. As for crafting a fine weapon or a vehicle at later levels…be prepared to spend hours to days (or weeks) to complete. Still, satisfying when done! ;)

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aYates

Does FE still have the gambling/video BJ machines..?

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Vinicius Gonzalez

I hope they succeed.