Little Orbit offers Fallen Earth rebuilding update, say it’s temporarily ‘low priority’

    
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Little Orbit offers Fallen Earth rebuilding update, say it’s temporarily ‘low priority’

Fans of the post-apoc MMO Fallen Earth were thrown a bone by publisher/developer Little Orbit recently as the studio’s CEO Matthew Scott checked in with an update on where the game’s in-progress rebuilding efforts currently are after the game was taken offline in September 2019. And it’s not particularly great news overall.

First off, Scott stated that “out of the three projects going on in the studio, Fallen Earth is currently the lowest priority” — a statement offered in order to set expectations early. That said, Scott does expect that will change by the end of September or early October.

Secondly, the studio has run into some conversion code issues which has resulted in a lot of weirdness with game items. “Simply put, the more we looked at objects that were moved across, the more we found they looked very odd. Some where see through in places they shouldn’t be. Some where shiny in places they shouldn’t be,” explained Scott. The rest of the post goes into extremely technical detail of the issues and fixes made by the devs, so fans can certainly get a sense of the progress being made on the reboot, slow-going though it may be.

source: official forums. Cheers, Bruno!

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cursedseishi

APB is definitely a likely culprit, but it’s not the only pot Little Orbit has spinning actively.

Unsung Story (the first project they swooped in and rescued from idiot/dead developers) is looking to get an Alpha for sometime in late August to early September for the first chunk of game. Between getting that ready as well as balancing a currently operating MMO/live service title on top of updating/fixing Fallen Earth? Yeah, things would take a hit…

And, unfortunately, it makes sense to dial back on something that isn’t yet playable and generating revenue. Unsung Story’s just about to launch a playable alpha but its part of a bigger picture of a mess (Playdek made a monster of a mess like they do with all their other games, and I got to see it firsthand) and I doubt they want to delay and push back on a project that has hit issues like it has. And, well, APB is a currently live title and is generating money.

Imagine if Blizzard decided they were going to pull back on developing updates for World of Warcraft and labeled it a ‘low priority’ while they worked on Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Re-Invade-orated.

… which isn’t to draw a parallel between the two games other than both see likely little online play and definitely aren’t receiving support in the moment for players. I… just like snubbing Acti-Blizz. And ridiculous remaster names like ‘Reforged’ or ‘Re-Reckoning’.

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Bruno Brito

Imagine if Blizzard decided they were going to pull back on developing updates for World of Warcraft and labeled it a ‘low priority’ while they worked on Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Re-Invade-orated.

… which isn’t to draw a parallel between the two games other than both see likely little online play and definitely aren’t receiving support in the moment for players. I… just like snubbing Acti-Blizz. And ridiculous remaster names like ‘Reforged’ or ‘Re-Reckoning’.

I mean, yeah, because it doesn’t work as a parallel. WoW is Blizz’s main cashcow. FE isn’t LO’s main breadbringer.

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cursedseishi

I mean…

Fallen Earth is the ‘Warcraft: Orcs & Human’ in the situation. It was definitely a little late when I posted it so I might not have made it the clearest, but I was drawing a line between Fallen Earth and the least likely title to get revamped from Acti-Blizz–which would be Warcraft 1, as well as the studios main moneymakers. Which, for LO is APB (which I mentioned just before the quoted bit for being) and for Acti-Blizz World of Warcraft.

Hence the ‘Imagine if’. It would be crazy for LO to put development on one of their main sources of recurrent income in low priority. But to further ground that statement, I posed the hypothetical ‘what if’ for Acti-Blizz since I’m sure nearly anyone and everyone could immediately see how insane it’d be if they announced they were halting/slowing development on WoW to focus on revamping one of their older titles.

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Bruno Brito

I don’t know about september/october, simply because MMOs are neverending work. APB will always demand LO’s attention and it’s also their main moneymaker.

This is the confirmation i needed to know that G1 really was with a skeleton crew before being bought by LO.

I really hope everything goes pristine. FE in a new engine will be great.

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Raidervc

Fallen Earth is one of those MMOs I really wanted to enjoy long term but never managed to get hooked on. I do appreciate what Little Orbit is trying to do and their candor as they go about doing it. If it relaunches in a good state I’ll revisit the game.