The acquisition of Fallen Earth by GamersFirst today was finalized and didn’t take long for GamersFirst to announce that it would be moving the MMORPG to the free to play model. The 12 man Fallen Earth development team will stay intact and will help transition the game into the new business model and continue work on the Alpha County expansion.
Once transitioned to Free2Play, Fallen Earth Gold will give free players completely unrestricted permanent access to every zone and instance in the game. Several types of services, items and conveniences will continue being sold in the Fallen Earth store. Subscriptions will be replaced by a tiered membership system that caters to players of all levels of engagement, and each membership will include reward points that can be used to obtain store items for free on a monthly basis.
Players with a current subscription will maintain them through the transition period and will receive significant rewards one the transition is completed later this year.
Current subscribers who maintain their subscriptions through the estimated five month transition period will collect significant rewards when the game completes the transition, projected for Q4 of this year. Those players who remain on their subscriptions during this time will receive lifetime upgrades to a premium tier membership for the price of an existing subscription, as well as unique veteran-only items, the value of which will be determined by the number of months the player subscribed between June 2011 and the completion of the transition.