Earthrise: First Impact is a free-to-play reboot of the 2011 MMO Earthrise. Set in a post-apocalyptic universe where clones perpetuate the human race, the player sides with either the authoritarian Continoma Project or the radical Noir rebels in a battle for survival. Each side will be given free reign of a dynamic open world that is altered and responds to the player's actions. Crafting and PVP elements are featured heavily, as resources are required to construct items and the quickest way to get them is from a fellow player-character's corpse.
- Earthrise is Back: The post-apocalyptic setting where cloned humans fight for survival returns
- Dynamic Sandbox Gameplay: Claim in-game territories for your faction, but watch out for opposition if you make a name for yourself
- Design Your Clone: Hundreds of skills and abilities encompassing combat, crafting, and social interactions
- PVP: Fight fellow clones as either the authoritarian Continoma or the radical Noir
- Crafting: Secure resources to design unique weapons and armor
- Free-to-Play: Personalize your character using microtransactions that don't effect core gameplay
The original Earthrise was one of those MMOs that sounds great, but ultimately failed to meet player expectations. After stumbling out the gate on launch day to a poor critical reception, low subscription numbers eventually forced Masthead Studios to close the game's servers after a single year. It's a shame, because the Earthrise's backstory and features held a great deal of promise. Thankfull, developer SilentFuture has announced they will be revisiting the concept in a free-to-play prequel titled Earthrise: First Impact.
Following the outbreak of thermonuclear war, a group of leaders and scientists create the Continoma Project, a massive DNA database allowing for any living thing on Earth to be reborn indefinitely. When Continoma's leadership begins adopting an authoritarian approach, heavily policing citizens and purging criminal DNA from its records, the Noir resistance movement quickly rises up to oppose them. Player characters will join either the Continoma or Noir factions, fighting to preserve their ideals for humanity's future against an apocalyptic backdrop.
SilentFuture is playing it quiet about First Impact's features, but given Earthrise's gameplay and post-launch reviews we can make a few reasonable assumptions on what to expect. Despite its criticisms, Earthrise's environments received special praise for being visually impressive, presenting an aesthetically pleasing setting without relying on ever-so-common brown-grey wastelands. Earthrise's detailed crafting system will likely also make a comback, although First Impact's likely won't be tied to its predecessor's PVP gameplay. PVP matches allowed combatants to loot player corpses for resources, offering an increased chance to obtain rare resources and uniquely crafted loot drops. It sounds great in theory, but the downside was that even though players perpetually resurrect, their hard-earned loot was lost with their old body. This approach made venturing into unprotected PVP zones incredibly hazardous, but if balanced properly it could allow PVP battles to have more meaning than two player-characters butting heads.
Perhaps the most interesting feature however was Earthrise's dynamic sandbox world, lending consequences to actions beyond PVP. A territorial warfare expansion allowed players to seige and defend in-game territories, opening the door for player-managed guilds to conquer the world themselves. In turn, the game world could also react to player actions. Killing characters of a particular faction will cause your alignment for that group to shift. Repeat kills eventually lead to being targeted by police, or even worse, getting a bounty on your head that other players might attempt to claim. Unfortunately, the original Earthrise lacked the content to make these features engaging in the long-term, but as games like EVE Online or DayZ have shown, sandbox premise has great potential when handled correctly.
Earthrise presented a concept and backstory that engaged players but couldn't live up to its expectations. Earthrise: First Impact is a rare opportunity to make up for missed opportunities, returning players to a fresh take on the post-apocalypse.
- OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (experimental)
- Hard Drive Space: 10GB
- CPU: 2 GHz (Core 2 Duo)
- RAM: 2GB
- Graphics Card: 256MB VRAM supporting shader model v3.0