This week, after much post-E3 speculation among staff and players about GamersFirst's intentions as to Fallen Earth, the company gave us the exclusive news that it had acquired the post-apocalyptic IP and planned to overhaul it into one of its tiered free-to-play offerings a la All Points Bulletin: Reloaded. The existing Fallen Earth dev team, fully intact and eager to parlay its acquisition into enhanced game development, followed up the announcement with a new dev blog that promised love for often-overlooked populations like roleplayers and PvPers, leaving sandbox aficionados to wonder whether the revitalized wastelands might just have a long life ahead of them.
Join us past the break for a look at this week's other top MMO stories!
Massively's E3 2011 awards and impressions
We passed out our staff awards to the best of the best at E3.
Fox unveils Family Guy Online... really
Add this one to the list of MMO IPs no one saw coming.
Rumor: Is Pottermore the upcoming Harry Potter MMO?
Potter fans pondered whether a Potter-themed MMO is in the cards.
E3 2011: Hands-on impressions of Star Wars: The Old Republic
Massively's attendees collated their SWTOR experiences.
EVE Online server offline due to DDOS attack
CCP was one of many companies affected by recent DDOS attacks.
Steam now offering F2P MMOs
Valve's download service now offers several F2P MMOs along with perks.
Ra's al Ghul's Revenge goes live for DC Universe
SOE's superhero MMO got another major patch.
Captain's Log: The Gospel of Tribble
Brandon checked out the incoming Star Trek Online update.
Eden Eternal rides into open beta today
Aeria's much-anticipated F2P MMO entered open beta.
Quaggan SMASH: Guild Wars 2's most cute and deadly race yet
GW2 treated us to a reveal of the adorable dolphin-like race.
PlanetSide Next to be unveiled at SOE Fan Faire
We learned SOE will officially unveil the PlanetSide sequel this summer.
Third-party development acquiring monetization options from EVE Online
CCP discussed how players could monetize their EVE Online apps.
RIFT's 1.3 update bringing new raid, free transfers, and more
Trion set Waves of Madness for a June 22nd launch date.
Final Fantasy XIV's latest producer's letter shows off auto-attacks
Players debated FFXIV's E3 presence and delayed updates.
Battle.net authenticator process updated with smarter log-in detection
Authenticators became a lot more convenient.
Patch 4.2 class balance explained
Blizzard discussed the philosophy behind its newest class balancing.