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Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:12AM Piaskowy said

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Looks nice....not much time till release.


PS: @massively when we can expect little Earhtrise gifts from you? Only for testing ;)

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:15AM Vorender said

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Sounds good. I'll see how this is turning out at the end of March then. Not playing until I can trash pick!

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:26AM dawmdt said

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Does anybody actually know anyone that's in or been in the beta for Earthrise. I'm looking forward to see how this one turns out but it's weird that the beta seems to have been very closed and small.

Usually for any upcoming MMO release you get at least one comment that says "Am in the beta, can't say much due to NDA, but this is \ isn't definitely worth a look" or similar. Looking over the last four Massively articles there isn't a single comment like that.

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:35AM Khannington said

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Lots of keys went out last week (when I got one) but the servers were taken offline until today as the other keys went out early.

The NDA was lifted an hour or two again and the beta forums (although not that busy) do have a lot of players all ready playing the game. I have patched and ready to play tonight.

Khannage
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Posted: Feb 4th 2011 2:16PM eyeball2452 said

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@Khannington

I was a little miffed about this move. I pulled a beta key from another game site yesterday, only to find out that the beta had ended. I don't know who's fault that is, but I'm neither happy with the other game site or the developers right now.

The game looks intriguing and like people said above, I respect the honesty from the developer posting about what features are going to be in the launch. However, it seems like they're releasing an incomplete game, which is never a good indicator of future success. As consumers, we need to expect more from MMOs. I have higher standards for every other game I play and I'm not sure why MMOs always seem to get a free pass on incomplete or buggy launches.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:27AM Darkstryke said

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I'd say it's not ready for release, as there are still some very bad performance issues going on. Hopefully that can be patched in this week as they've stated there is an optimization deployment later this week.

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:40AM Fauzty said

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I've really been tempted with this. Was one of the first 10 people on their forums when the game was first announced and have followed ever since, but I'm just feeling sceptical. With Rift right around the corner and the quality I've seen from that, I'm having a hard time deciding if it's worth droping the $$ on this. Really wishing there was some "testing" that could be done to help make the decision. Without it, I don't think I can pull the trigger on picking this one up, though I'm so in need of filling my Sci-Fi void.

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:46AM paterah said

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Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:48AM tk421242 said

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While I can appreciate their being open about what features are not going to be in the title at launch, I am put off with the idea of paying a box price AND monthly sub fee while they iron out details and mechanics. Just to many titles these days seem rushed out early to replenish the bank instead of finding more funding and depending on the player base to pay the box cost and the monthly fee while they work things out. I loved Fallen Earth, but it seemed after launch so many drastic changes were made to the mechanics that is was no longer the same game.

At this moment, ER is in the same category for me as DCUO... loved it in beta, but needs just a bit more work to justify the monthly sub from me. Of course, I could be totally wrong, perhaps it is further along than it appears. If I can snag a key from here when they release them and its solid and stable, I will recant my opinion of course!

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 11:11AM Saker said

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@tk421242
"I am put off with the idea of paying a box price AND monthly sub fee while they iron out details and mechanics. Just to many titles these days seem rushed out early to replenish the bank instead of finding more funding and depending on the player base to pay the box cost and the monthly fee while they work things out"

I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately this has become the basic 'standard" for the "development" of these games.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2011 1:45PM DancingCow said

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@tk421242

I agree.

Though at least they're telling us what will/won't be in at launch ahead of launch so I'll give them credit for honesty.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2011 10:52AM Addfwyn said

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I was initially really excited when I heard about Earthrise, but the term "sandbox" always sets off warning flags in my head. It's usually keyword for "no coherent game structure or goals or anything actually fun to do unless you invent it yourself". Which I suppose is what a sandbox is, but I'd rather pay for a game, not pay for an environment to make my own game in.

Usually a bit skeptical of classless systems as well, as they just don't allow for some of the creativity that often goes into creating each class in more traditional systems. I'll give it a shot still of course, I don't judge something before I play it. I'm just a touch less excited than I used to be.

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 11:45AM Darkstryke said

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@Addfwyn You should probably stick to the more themepark style games like WoW, Rift, etc. They're (themepark vs sandbox) about as polar opposite as you can get in terms of gameplay styles.

Some people disdain themepark style, some people love it. Whatever works for you.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2011 11:51AM Addfwyn said

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@Darkstryke Yeah, but Earthrise was my hope for a good non-fantasy MMO. Well, more specifically sci-fi MMO (since superheros aren't quite my cup of tea either).

I feel a, as you put it, themepark style scifi MMO would appeal to a lot of players that want a new setting with more purpose driven gameplay. It's a niche that just isn't really filled at all yet, unless a game came out I totally missed. Whereas sandbox players that want something scifi have that need met by EVE Online already (as I cannot think of any more game less purpose-driven and sandbox oriented than EVE).
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Posted: Jan 25th 2011 12:15PM Darkstryke said

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@Addfwyn The upcoming starwars old republic game may fit your bill then.
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Posted: Jan 25th 2011 11:03AM Greyhame said

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Sounds interesting. Might wait a few months to get it though, or wait for a free trials so I can try it out. Have to see what more is said of it.

Plus there's the sand-box PvP aspect that I'm not sure I'll like, but have to see how it plays out.

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 11:43AM Thasri said

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Alright you beta testers, let see the youtube game play!! link it!!!

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 1:05PM Ardan said

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I think i will buy this game when it's released if there is a downloadable version.

Posted: Jan 25th 2011 1:12PM tk421242 said

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Not connected with him in anyway, but found a link from mmorpg forum to this guys livestreaming of the beta at the moment.

http://www.livestream.com/vinterchaos?t=890327

Posted: Jan 26th 2011 8:11AM Le Chat Noir said

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@tk421242

Thanks for this, you've now given me something to do in my otherwise boring lunch break today at work.

+1 to you sir!
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