Fallen Earth Takes The Apocalypse to MMO Levels
Clearly, video games like Fallout 3 and other post-apocalyptic venues are not enough as a new MMO called Fallen Earth is about to hit the market.
I am not certain if this is the first post-apocalyptic MMO to hit the field, but I believe that the post apocalyptic genre has the potential to be the most imaginative. I can imagine that all the developers of Fallen Earth are scampering like crazy to make players a realistic landscape of what the world would look like after the buttons are pushed.
Then again, is that what happened in Fallen Earth? According to the Press Release, a disease started in Asia that was nicknamed the Shiva Virus. Thousands were dying, and, from out of nowhere, the release says: then the nukes started going off. What?! What is this, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy? No, you can’t have an apocalypse without a sufficiently written backstory, Fallen Earth!
Or maybe you can, but whatever the case, don’t just start some backstory without completing it. Perhaps the player will find out how the world ends in the course of the game. I don’t really think that I have seen that in an MMO game before. That could be interesting.
As it is, I have included a trailer that discusses some of the backstory and how the last ember of civilization assembled at Hoover Dam. I’m guessing that every character starts out there, and I would imagine that the first stage of this game takes place around the Grand Canyon area.
Hopefully, the player can go to bombed-out areas nearby like Las Vegas, Reno, or maybe even Los Angeles! I’m certain that you see the potential here of a virtual landscape that is just like the real world, but destroyed. Then again, many cities that you see in MMO games are just giant boxes of buildings with minimal traffic. At least I can understand the lack of traffic in this game.
As you can also see from the trailer, there are six different factions fighting: The Enforcers, the C.H.O.T.A.s (Child of the Apocalypse), the Vistas, the Techs, the Lightbearers, and the Travelers. I wonder if these are the character classes? Probably.
I have included another trailer of the game so you can see more of what Fallen Earth is about. There was one that I couldn’t find that boasted: Sick of ogres, elves, and pixies? So are we. Clearly, Fallen Earth is supposed to be sticking it to the World of Warcraft crowd. The slogan about bury your crystals and quit playing with your wand is just way too innuendo for me.
Apparently, the game also says it is the real deal and this isn’t your Daddy’s MMO. By the way, most MMO players don’t have daddies who play MMO games. You really should be stealing that old this is not your father’s Oldsmobile slogan unless your father has actually used an old version of that product!
Anyway, feel free to venture over to the Fallen Earth website if you want to learn more information about the game itself. This game has been under development for about four years, which is no surprise for an MMO, and I believe they might be ready for Beta soon.