Week in Review: Fun with acquisitions and mergers

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On the eve of this year's E3, a number of MMOs and MMO companies are in limbo, struggling for solvency and partnering up with F2P publishers. Fallen Earth's new special relationship with GamersFirst, well-known for its popular F2P titles and resurrection of All Points Bulletin, prompted even our own Fallen Earth guru to wonder whether the wastelands are due for a freemium makeover. Abandoned by Atari, Cryptic Studios has been snapped up by Perfect World Entertainment, another successful F2P distributor; our Star Trek Online and Champions Online columnists offered tentative cheers for the new owners (and the possibility of a free-to-play STO). And Interplay, still beleaguered by legal battles over Fallout Online, now teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. Will it take a F2P bailout to save FO?

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