Iceberg Interactive and game developer Masthead Studios have announced that the MMORPG Earthrise will become Free To Play in 2012. Starting  December 1st, Masthead will no longer charge players monthly subscriptions. The boxed edition that is currently available in the retail market from Iceberg Interactive, will still represent 20 Euro of value and the included key code will give access to the premium version of the game.

Earthrise is a post-apocalyptic science fiction MMORPG set in the distant future. In the aftermath of the Third World War, mankind has managed to survive and build a new society. Cloning, nanotechnology and quantum engineering are part of the new reality. Thanks to these technological advances, the human species has become immortal. Each individual’s consciousness is stored in a data vault, ready to be uploaded into a cloned body as necessary.

There is a unified government that takes good care of those citizens who abide its strict laws. It appears paradise might have really come to Earth and the people have embraced it. But not everything is as perfect as it seems. By exercising full control over the cloning process, Sal Vitas’ government decides who will live and who will not, playing the role of God on Earth. Insurgent forces have accused the city’s rulers of crimes against humanity. Armed factions fight for resources and power within the new system. And from the waves of discontent, a revolution has fomented forming a rebel government: Noir.

Featuring an unique skill-based advancement system and player-driven economy, as well as extensive, meaningful player-vs.-player combat, Earthrise gives you innumerable choices to forge your destiny. Whether you’re a noble soldier in the raging conflict between the government-run “utopia” and the rebellion opposing it; a criminal hiding from the law; or a world-renowned engineer whose power extends into intricate trade and politics, your actions will echo throughout the game world.

Key Features

  • A unique post-apocalyptic setting where the cloned remnants of mankind battle to survive and rebuild.
  • Highly customizable characters with over 100 different skills, abilities, and tactics.
  • No artificial “class” restrictions get in the way of making the character you want.
  • Fast-paced action-combat featuring dynamic targeting, customizable power armor and hundreds of high-tech weapons.
  • Sophisticated Player versus Player (PvP) mechanics that let you fight for the established order, join the revolutionary underground, or carve your own bloody path as an independent criminal.
  • Territorial conquest and defense that matters. In your domain, you create your own rules – or let anarchy reign.
  • Character progression that keeps you advancing in your career with no limits.
  • An advanced market-based economy with in-game supply and demand based on player activities.
  • Deep crafting mechanics that let you design and manufacture unique items from customizable blueprints and raw resources.

Gamers can learn more about Earthrise by visiting


  1. I haven’t played this game but I’ve played LOTRO, DDO, and a lot of other games as a sub player then they turned into F2P. The *only* game I’ve seen that has done a great job under F2P is DDO (Dungeons & Dragons Online). They even added new content for F2P players to level up characters easier and allow us to pay for the services or dungeons we want and save money in the long run over keeping/maintaining a sub. Someone above said LOTRO was successful. Only as a cash cow for Turbine. As a prior-sub-turned-free player, I can still use fast travel but my girlfriend gave up on the game because she could not. Her sub ended months before it went free to play and they considered her to be the same as someone just starting out. She quit so I saw no reason to continue. Now I read that the new expansion’s content is pay to win. I’m glad I didn’t bother. I’m convinced that games convert to F2P because they’re dying and its just a way to draw in a few extra bucks.

  2. I find it funny each mmorpg review website has a different take on the story. This site, like a few others, uses the “hollywood” take on it. There is another site, mmosite. They use direct qoutes and interviews from the developers…where it is clearly stated: “We found this game unsatisfactory to the public. We are are aware of numerous bugs and lack of content that we did not address. Instead of taking the liberty to address those issues, we do not feel it in our subscribers interest to continue asking them for a monthly fee. Therefore we are realising Earthrise as a Free to play game”…AKA The F2P is the trash bin for game developers. Nuff said.

    • it’s the trash bin for THIS developer. many developers perfer the F2P arket because it’s proven to be more lucrative than the P2P. while it is true that some of the p2p-f2p conversions are to save the game from death, LOTRO was a thriving lucrative game as P2P and still went F2P so your generalized assumption is rather short sighted.

  3. This was pretty stupid I must say. If they are trying to show the game to the community they should be doing something a little more apelative. Run the game in a better pc so it can show nice graphics,… If the game is not that good atleast trick people. You prolly don’t want it to be successeful -.-

    • Great idea. Encourage people to make their crap games look good in gameplay footage. Except for the part when people then play it and everyone finds out it’s actually really horrible. Or didn’t you realize that’s what your meant to do with games. Actually play them.

  4. seriously people just standing there and shoot at each other ?? where the hell is “Fast-paced action-combat featuring dynamic targeting” lol

  5. Sad, what are companies doing: As they lose more and more p2p players and lose money, they open the game for everyone, and add that old trading system that still works, we pay for items (which mostly are temporary use only) and use these items that are 500% better than free items, as they become a need to keep winning, people pay more, and they get money for it, the problem is that there is no guarantee that people will keep paying as there were in p2p, so f2p gives them more time to create another game that will start p2p and get f2p, or start f2p already.

  6. For those who don’t know I am Bulgarian, as well as the developer studio. So I am proud to see the first Bulgarian F2P MMORPG. Enjoy!

  7. I don’t think this was a very smart move. From what I’ve heard this game has many, many bugs and horrible performance. Is it really a good idea to open the game up to more players when it’s in that kind of state?

    • this game is desperately trying to survive … the free 2 play move wass only an act of desperation. they probably lost 80% of their payng customers allready cause the game sucks. now they`re just throwing it on the net for free and hoping for the best

    • i totally agree.. a friend had a 2nd account and let me jam on it to try b4 i decided on buying or not.. the game was a gd mess compared to.. well basicly anything else ive ever seen. it’s pretty bad when you pass up playing with some friends on a free account .


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