Nuclear Holocaust Is Awful Popular Today

Zomg! Run!

Zomg! Run!

Who knew the end of the world was so popular? Ever since Doom ignited a fury of scandal decades ago, the concept of surviving in the remnants of a society decimated by war has been a persistent game genre. From Fallout to Duke Nukem, Bioshock to S.T.A.L.K.E.R, Resident Evil to World in Conflict…you get the idea. Developers love playing with our fears about a post-apocalyptic world.

The latest contender is Fallen Earth.

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Not content to just be another “Fallout” knock-off, Fallen Earth LLC and Icarus Studios LLC are trying to beat secret project “V13” (mentioned earlier today in my blog) by becoming the first MMO set in a terrible future. According to the official Fallen Earth website:
Fallen Earth is a massively multiplayer online game mixing first-person shooter style action with traditional role-playing game design.
Set near the Grand Canyon in 2156 after a deadly plague wiped out most of humanity, the game features six factions, a classless advancement system and a unique crafting feature in which players can make 95 percent of game items.
With 70 towns, real-time settings and interesting character modifications—woven together in a post-Apocalyptic plot—Fallen Earth provides ultimate player-versus-player and player-versus-environment experiences.
Where will you stand in the fight for Fallen Earth?

Game Informer Online was able to get the inside scoop last week at the GDC. Their in depth article is available here. Go read it. I’ll wait.

So Fallen Earth is what you get if you mixed the tv show Jericho with the Fallout franchise and add a dash of Tanith Lee’s “Biting the Sun“. (On a side note, both Jericho and Biting the Sun are excellent and should be tried ^_^ )

With the exception of EVE Online, the MMO genre is in sore need of more diversity and Fallen Earth certainly fits the bill. But…honestly I’d probably be more excited about this if I hadn’t already blogged about the possibility of a Fallout MMO looming the future. This just seems like a case of getting Snorks instead of Smurfs, you know?

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