WHAT IS FIREFALL?
<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/27311539?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/27311539">Firefall ChinaJoy 2011 Trailer</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/red5">Red 5 Studios</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
Well, Firefall is a team-based shooter with elements of an MMO mixed in that's been being worked on since 2005 by a group of gamer-developers in Cali called Red5 studios. The game was announced to the public 12 months ago at PAX Prime in Seattle, WA. and will be showcased again at PAX this weekend!
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
The graphics look kind of like Borderlands meets Robotech.
IS IT PVP OR PVE?
There's equal parts PvP and PvE.
IS IT FIRST OR THIRD PERSON?
You can switch to either 1st or 3rd person.
WILL THERE BE ANY VEHICLES?
There's vehicles and a cool army system where you can unlock call-down abilities like mortar strikes.
WHAT OTHER GAMES IS IT LIKE?
It's got bits of Tribes in it (like jumpjets) which add to the verticality of the game. I personally can see younger players who will compare it to Halo, but with the balanced classes of Team Fortress 2. OFC it also looks a little like Borderlands, so some may compare it to Borderlands or Rage because of the post-apocalyptic future it takes place in.
WHAT CLASSES CAN I PLAY?
There are currently 4 well-balanced battleframes (aka classes) announced: Assault, Recon, Medic and Engineer. You don't create separate characters for each, though. You simply level up each battleframe independently.
WHAT'S THE LEVEL CAP?
The game is about horizontal progression, not vertical, which means a level one player could take out a level 30 player (that's the current cap) if they are more skilled.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? MONTHLY FEE?
There is an item mall planned but the game looks like a AAA title and it's going to be 100% COMPLETELY FREE to download, free to play, NO MONTHLY FEE, and the items for sale on the item mall are NOT pay 2 win. They are funny things like mustaches, army customization stuff (part of what they are calling "Warpaint"), and stuff like that. The devs are completely against selling anything that will give you a competitive advantage in PvP.
The system requirements haven't been announced, but they are gearing it to run "very well" on an Nvidia 9800 graphics card (i.e. you should be golden even if you are running a 3 or 4 year old gaming system) and they are even working on making it scalable to the point it can run on an older laptop!
WHEN WILL IT BE OUT AND CANIHAZBETA?
December 2011, but you can sign up for the beta (which is starting at the beginning of September) simply by signing up on the Firefall forums. Please use me as your referrer (Hadati). /SHAMELESSPLUG ;)
HOW WILL BETA WORK?
The beta invites will be going out like Google+ invites... i.e. when someone gets invited, they will get 1 invite, etc. so you only invite people who are really going to play and who you know, because it is, after all a team-based shooter.
Like I said earlier, Firefall will be back at PAX Prime this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and I encourage you to watch the gameplay videos online.
Hope to see you in beta! :)