Fallen Earth is back online after nearly a week of downtime

    
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Standard patch updates for MMOs generally take a day or two at most to apply, but the folks at Fallen Earth appeared to have run in to a bit of a small problem during a one such update, which saw the game’s downtime spread from a matter of hours to a matter of five days.

The initial announcement of this maintenance started with word that the game would be down on the 29th and come back up on the 30th. Later replies to the thread alerted to a downtime extension of two hours, then four, then another two.

On Wednesday, CEO Matt Scott offered an update that explained that the maintenance window was being extended thanks to “unforeseen issues” thanks to operating systems that don’t exist anymore and a need to hand deliver servers to a new location. Later updates explained that setting servers up to talk to one another was taking more time, then a trouble ticket had to be resolved. To the forum community’s credit, most appeared to be taking the maintenance extension with good humor, posting a variety of memes and supportive messages.

As of today, the maintenance has finally wrapped up after the self-described “tiresome and unexpectedly long” delay, though not without some after effects; namely, a loss of levels and items. As of this writing, there’s no update on how Fallen Earth plans to restore what was lost in the shuffle, but I suspect they need a break and a very long sleep after the tech SNAFU.

Source: Official forumsTwitter. With thanks to Wayne for the tip!

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waynen12

Yeah, they had to do a rollback to the 23 April so we lost about 2 weeks progress. They’re giving everyone 2 weeks of premium sub to catch up. I’m just glad it came back up. While it’s technically a dated and bad game, I really like the atmosphere of it – so desolate. Especially with only about 100 people online at any one time! I’ve been spending most of my MMO time in it lately.

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That’s a relief. Fallen Earth is in such a precarious position, being an older game with a relatively small playerbase this could have escalated into a situation where it was more trouble than it was worth to fix and keep the game up.

Thankfully Matt Scott clearly cares about the game, and is willing to put the work in. As someone who still plays Fallen Earth I find that very reassuring. It couldn’t be in safer hands.

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Bruno Brito

Actuilly, it’s a bit more precarious than that. Matt really cares, but he was pretty clear that any changes to FE will take a ungodly ammount of time, and this, coupled with G1 years of neglect made the playerbase dwindle further.

The game is full of bandaid fixes for issues it shouldn’t have ( split stack ), and it’ll take a lot of time to solve. The code is a mess. These long ass downtimes show how sick FE’s body is.

That being said, Fallout76 being a shitshow helped bring some people back.

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tiltowait

I love Fallen Earth, and am eager to see the updates. Only reason I’m not playing it is because I play with my wife usually, and the game depressed her with it’s brown-ness

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Bruno Brito

Sector 2 is pretty green and all. Make her join Vistas, they have a beautiful base.

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tiltowait

couldn’t get through the starting area though. Ahh well. Would be a cool in-game item ‘Rose-tinted glasses’- See the world as it used to be! (applies color filter).