The end of Earth & Beyond is nigh

Electronic Arts announces that it will close down its sci-fi massively multiplayer online role-playing game in September.

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Electronic Arts has recently updated its official Earth & Beyond Web site with the unfortunate news that its "online role-playing galaxy" will effectively cease to be on September 22, 2004. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), which was developed by Westwood Studios, will have been in operation for a little more than two years when it is switched off.

EA made the decision to close the game so that it can focus its resources on future games. Players are advised to check their e-mail accounts for updates and information on what this announcement means for them.

[UPDATE] Electronic Arts provided some additional background on the decision. An EA spokesperson, who chose to remain anonymous, told GameSpot that the title currently has between 20,000 and 25,000 active accounts. When asked to comment on what lessons might come from the Earth & Beyond legacy, the spokesperson said, "Our most enduring lesson comes from Ultima Online, which has been going strong for eight years now. Ultima taught us that there is an audience for persistent world games. However, we may have overestimated the size of the audience for persistent-state worlds. Games based on medieval fantasy have done very well; other genres have not."

The spokesperson added that monthly billing for the title will end on August 1, 2004.

EA added that there are no plans to sell or license the Earth & Beyond intellectual property.

Discussion

7 comments
rotnem
rotnem

This game was very fun! I remember playing it. It was very good. Damn shame too.

murixo
murixo

A Damn Shame, that at least a single player version with a plot is not being considered

robert1927
robert1927

no kidding it was the best sci-fi game out there better than any new ones so far

Docthebutcher
Docthebutcher

@rotnemEarth and beyond is back and so much better then when EA wrecked it  the 3 missing classes which were always in the game.....missing systems again always in the game

http://www.net-7.org/

Docthebutcher
Docthebutcher

@murixoEarth and beyond is back and so much better then when EA wrecked it  the 3 missing classes which were always in the game.....missing systems again always in the game

http://www.net-7.org/