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Posted: Oct 31st 2011 10:25AM Gaugamela said

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A free game with no cash shop?? awesome.

Posted: Oct 31st 2011 11:23AM Lenn said

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I just looked at Beau's list from last year again and, speaking of development hell, whatever happened to Chronicles of Spellborn? Will that little gem ever see the light of day again?

Also, I could have sworn that there was another picture accompanying this piece an hour ago.

Posted: Oct 31st 2011 11:36AM (Unverified) said

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@Lenn Chronicles of Spellborn got shut down at the end of August last year after Acclaim didn't do anything with it. I played it during the time it was f2p, it was a ghost town. This game may never see the light of day.
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Posted: Oct 31st 2011 12:00PM Lenn said

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@(Unverified) I played it two years ago, when it was in between developers, so to speak, and even then there was hardly anyone playing it, other than a small group of very dedicated fans. That MMO never being picked up again by someone else is probably the single biggest shame ever. It was such a unique game.

I think advertising was their problem. It was a Dutch game, and I'm Dutch, and I didn't even know about the game until someone on some forum happened to mention it in passing. I wouldn't have known about it for the utter lack of advertising.
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Posted: Oct 31st 2011 12:01PM Pingles said

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Earth Eternal had some pretty big issues:

- It required grinding Bounty Quests to get from one level's main quests to the other
- It had very little direction on the maps. You had no idea where level-appropriate quests were. You just had to scour the countryside until you found an NPC
- The cities were sparse with next to no help on finding merchants or trainers

I really liked the model designs and look of the game but grew tired of just racing from town to mob group over and over for the same mobs.

Posted: Oct 31st 2011 1:49PM PhelimReagh said

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Maybe they'll allow non-Facebook users to play. Certainly couldn't hurt.

Posted: Oct 31st 2011 5:16PM pcgneurotic said

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I always get Earth Eternal and Eden Eternal confused. Which is the one with the animal classes that takes place in a far-future world? It was going to be shut down or something and then it was rescued somehow. Or something.

Posted: Oct 31st 2011 6:09PM Lenn said

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@pcgneurotic That would be Earth Eternal. This one.
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Posted: Oct 31st 2011 6:12PM tidalkraken said

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@pcgneurotic that's earth eternal. Great lore.
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Posted: Nov 1st 2011 3:34AM RoninEE said

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When TurnOut Ventures acquired Earth Eternal from the bankrupt Sparkplay, they inherited their contractual obligations to a Japanese publisher called Sankando that wished to create a localized version of the MMO to their market. It is most likely developers have been pulled to complete their obligations to Sankando so the English version can be properly buried; it is likely there was a stipulation in the contract not to close the English version of Earth Eternal Reborn until this contract is complete so as not to tarnish their marketing and promotional efforts in Japan.

Posted: Nov 1st 2011 6:29AM MewmewGirl said

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Maybe they should think of a little something called Advertising? You can't just let a few MMO sites report on your game and have that be it - you have to get the word out and around about it and hope it just gets players by way of ESP or something.

Posted: Nov 1st 2011 6:30AM MewmewGirl said

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arg that's NOT hope it just gets players by way of ESP. *looks for edit button* *doesn't find one* *sighs*

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 1:26PM RoninEE said

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Just a note that over the weekend the Earth Eternal forums are now enforcing "no negativity" and only want positive, supportive, encouragement posts on the forums. People have been banned for comparing Earth Eternal Reborn to other games such as Antilia, a start-up, indie MMO about to go alpha with anthro-races, as well as Pocket Legends, a game for hand-held mobile-devices that resembles much of the look and feel of Earth Eternal.

Indeed it is a cluttered and competitive MMO field and unfortunately Earth Eternal Reborn has new competitors such as Eden Eternal and others that took advantage of Sparkplay's bankruptcy in Aug. 2010 and copied much of the game's look and appeal.

Earth Eternal Reborn was never able to distinguish itself in this market and actively tried to distance itself from its anthro-races just as other games were recognizing the growing market and audience wanting to play those characters.

With TurnOut re-prioritizing its games to push more into Hand-Held mobile-devices and taking all developers off the Earth Eternal project, it is unlikely they will ever back Earth Eternal strongly. I suspect its only a matter of time the game is pulled permanently and the new "no negativity" on their official forums is only indicative of their problems.

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