Earthrise: The game some of you may not have heard of, is back! Well, not at the moment anyway. If you haven’t been paying attention to this or other MMO news sites, Earthrise is a sci-fi sandbox MMO that launched in February 2011 by Bulgarian developer Masthead Studios. Earthrise was panned rather widely in the reviews, and fizzled out pretty quickly in terms of population. Over time, Masthead Studios attempted to convert the game into a free to play model, only to run out of funds partway through. In a post released in early 2012, Masthead Studios announced that Earthrise would shut down in February.
Long story short, the game was picked up by Silent Future, who are converting it into a free to play game. The first alpha testing stage has started, and players are encouraged to sign up at the link below to test it out.
(Source: Earthrise Website)