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.