Masthead spots Earthrise

Postapocalyptic MMOG from Bulgaria-based studio will obliterate mankind in 2009.

2008 seems like it will be a pretty good year for postapocalyptic tragedy. Games already announced to be running with the theme include Bethesda Softworks' Fallout 3, Take-Two's Borderlands, and THQ's S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and Darksiders, among several others. Cataclysmic events will now apparently extend into 2009 as well, as Masthead Studios has announced Earthrise, a postapocalyptic massively multiplayer online role-playing game slated to go hot in 2009.

A large rat, post-nuclear winter.

The first project from Sofia, Bulgaria-based Masthead, Earthrise posits a world in the wake of civilization-leveling World War III, which nearly eradicated Earth's human population. Now, a tyrannical corporate government has assumed control of the remainder of humanity, pumping out human clones in an effort to create the perfect society. Players can choose to align themselves as an agent of the totalitarian regime or join the resistance movement known as the Noir.

Rather than licensing technology, Masthead has developed its own game engine for Earthrise. The developer plans to emphasize a customizable play experience, where players will be afforded dynamic fighting mechanics, as well as influence over the game's market-driven economy. In addition to player-versus-environment elements, the game will include player-versus-player combat that will let players employ "customizable power armor, huge mechanized exoskeletons, and an arsenal of weapons to control contested lands and their resources."

In a divergence from traditional MMOG play, Earthrise will also feature offline play. However, Masthead has not yet elaborated on what those elements will entail. More information on Earthrise can be found at the developer's Web site, which went live today.

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16 comments
Azwhtknight
Azwhtknight

Bethesda is a awesome developer so I think that the real winner here will be Fallout 3, but the others do sound promising. It will be interesting to see each developers take on the post-apocalyptic theme.

_MEDUSA_
_MEDUSA_

this sounds interesting...but in a flooded market of MMOG..not a chance but ill still give it a try tho..maybe gives us something better.. but for now i think WoW will keep rulin the mmo world...

Cablestein
Cablestein

Same old BS scifi-shooter-mmorpg

cjcc
cjcc

I am watching this game since late 2006 (I am from Bulgaria) and I am happy to see that it finally got the attention it deserves, it's really promising

Sardonacus
Sardonacus

What, no pc game companies left in USA?

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I won't hold my breath but I could be surprised. haha 2008-2009 truly will be the time of post-apocalyptic games.

Gruug
Gruug

This sounds interesting! Finally something other then Sci-fi and fanasty! Ok, it is still a bit Sci-fi and fantasy but at least the setting are different. Thing that really interests me is that there is NO LEVELING! I have been looking for more of this type of MMO for a long time....and it's about time!

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

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FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Another day, another MMOG. Big deal.

infect999
infect999

interesting premise and gameplay...might be worth a free trial

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Eh, I'll pass. What's with this damn glut of MMOs all of a sudden? It's a crowded market that you can't make that much money on. You can make money on a typical PC/Console game, because eventually, it will end, and then the players will move onto others within a short span of time. With MMOs, people only stop playing them when they become tired, and no one in their right mind could play more than 2 with any dedication. Having one you spend your time on is hard enough. For most MMO players, it's either WoW, City of Heroes, Lineage, or Ragnarok. Good luck with trying to wedge in there. Not even FFXI and PSO/PSU could do it.

NuZZ01
NuZZ01

Runstalker Yeah, I love twitched based especially in MMOs. However I don't really like the UT3 fighting system. It is too... Unreal? No but all you are is getting better at moving the mouse faster and trying to aim at a moving target (which may be moving with speed) with various imaginative guns while controlling your own vehicle/body and dodging other peoples fire. HOW IS THAT SKILL! :D No but I have to say I prefer the COD4 online experience better... You better believe I will be playing huxley though.

Tremere1
Tremere1

A Bulgarian game? It is nice to see that the Balkan is seriously taking the gaming-world. Now all we need is a game from Macedonia. :)

runstalker
runstalker

The only post-apocalyptic action MMO you need to play this year is Huxley. A friend in the Korean closed beta loved it. Unreal-type FPS speed with MMO stats/levels/gear, meets UT 3-grade visuals. Just what the doctor ordered. Too much clicking of hotbars makes Johnny a dull online player.

diablobasher
diablobasher

I love Post Apocalyptic settings, Fallout is the mother of them all though. I'm not looking forward to Bethesda Presents: Fallout 3. But this sounds cool, as well as the slew of other post apoc games coming out.