9 February 2012
| | Mike
Today Masthead Studios announced that their sandbox MMOFPS, Earthrise, will be shutting down today permanently, and the free-to-play version has also been canceled barring any new investor interest.
Earthrise was plagued with troubles from the start with bugs, not enough features, and just a lack-luster MMO experience all around. In November, Masthead Studios announced that Earthrise would be closed to all new players, but would remain open and free for currently players while they transitioned the game to a free-to-play model. Unfortunately, it looks like the studio has run out of money and will have to shut down.
Below is the official announcement from the Earthrise forums.
31 January 2011
| | Ronix
“I’m the eternal kid in a sandbox, I love dirt” ~ Mark Renz
Things are slowly but surely picking up on the sandbox MMOG scene. A couple of years ago, out of all the major games that can be considered successful, only one of them belonged to this sub-genre – EVE Online. (In reality, there was another prominent title, Star Wars Galaxies, but it’s just not the game that it used to be). Looking at the market today, sandbox lovers have a more options to choose from in increasingly diverse universes.
There is Darkfall, a game that is slowly but steadily improving and the devs seem to release meaningful updates fairly regularly. Some claim that it does not fit neatly into the sandbox category, but I’m willing to give it the benefit of doubt and would like to see where Aventurine takes it. There is also Mortal Online, a title that isn’t as successful, but can still boast some truly dedicated fans that are willing to support the game’s vision. We also have the recently launched Perpetuum Online. It’s a sandbox game that allows players to control large mechs and fight for territorial control. If given enough time and attention, it may become a real contender to EVE’s popularity.
Nevertheless, compared to the numerous themepark titles, you can see how sandbox games have been getting the short end of the stick. This is soon bound to change as there are not one, but three new titles waiting to welcome players into their worlds upon release. Let’s take a brief look at each one so that you may decide the one game (if any) that has the most potential. Continue Reading
7 May 2008
| | LHStaff
Starting tomorrow until May 12th players who have left LOTRO will have the ability to come back for free for during these 4 days. LOTRO has changed quite a bit since it first was released and Turbine is looking to boost it’s subscriber numbers by giving players the opportunity to take another look at the game. This come only 8 days before Age of Conan is set to be released, so maybe Turbine is trying to snag any borderline players before the game is released.
I myself rejoined back in Feb after a 6 month hiatus and signed up for 3 months, however I again lost interest in the game after a month of playing and haven’t been back since early March. Since its a free weekend, I’ll probably hop on for a bit, but I doubt I’ll signup again. I’m going to hold out for AoC.