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Cary gaming company Icarus falls to earth

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We can't resist the metaphor: Icarus Studios, a game development company based in Cary, flew too close to the sun, abruptly laying off 82 people Friday, just two months after launching a Beta version of its Fallen Earth game for Mac OS X.

The Indy confirmed this news account with a former employee who was among those laid off.

Fallen Earth, is a massively multiplayer online game that fast forwards to the year 2156 and plops players in a post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Grand Canyon (so this is what happens to Arizona after it passes its immigration bill ) where they shoot phantasmagorical creatures and scavenge to survive.
The game was released in September 2009 to mixed reviews, including a criticism that "Fallen Earth risks rejection by offering a virtual world based more closely on our own reality — set in a version of our own planet."

Read reviews at Gamespot and MMOCrunch.

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