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Firefall

1 year ago

Sci-fi MMO Firefall is shutting down today

Firefall [official site] - the sci-fi, jetpacky, free-to-play, fight-the-Chosen-and-reclaim-the-Earth MMO - is shutting down today (7 July). The announcement came via a post on the game studio's website on Wednesday and notes that although the PC iteration of the game is ending they're now working on a mobile version. "With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that after much review and analysis, Red 5…

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4 years ago

It’s Not Already Out? Firefall Officially Launching This Month

You know, I'd sort of assumed that Firefall had been finished and released then quietly faded into the background noise of video games. That's probably because it's been in open beta testing for an entire year, and I don't know anyone speaking about it. Come July 29, developers Red 5 will declare their free-to-play shooty jetpacking MMO finished and officially launch it. While many launches…

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5 years ago

Prepare For Liftoff: Firefall Gets $23 Million, Not Doomed

When we last left promising yet embattled MMO-shooter Firefall, things had taken a turn for worrisome. Its PVP mode had gone down in flames, and CEO Mark Kern was given his walking papers/flying jetpacks at the end of 2013. Even with a solid core concept and admirable ambitions, the game had spent years tumbling all over the place in a wishy washy development cycle, and there was…

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Player Vs Nobody: Firefall Suspends PvP Element

The Firefall forums recently updated with the news that the PvP aspect of the game is going to be shut down, pending a rethink. Bossman Mark Kern explained that the PvP aspect was attracting just 3% of the playerbase, and therefore action had to be taken, with a focus on the PvE game: "People want more content, fewer bugs, and more polish on these world…

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Firefall Welcomes One And All

Here's a fun Firefall fact: everyone on RPS has access except John. For a while it was funny to chat about the game in front of him, talking about the fun we had gliding all over the lumpy land, dropping into battles against the giant bugs that roamed the cartoon landscape, setting up Thumper parties in the middle of nowhere. But eventually it just became…

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Firefall (Finally) Entering Open Beta For Real Next Week

If you search the RPS archives for the phrase "Firefall open beta," you'll get 17 trillion results. That is not an exaggeration (well OK, maybe slightly). It feels like Firefall's been running scattered open beta weekends since the dawn of time, but now the real deal is nearly upon us. Soon, any man, woman, or child will be able to strap on a jetpack and…

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6 years ago

Firefall’s Final Public Beta Weekend Approaches!

Thrusting and athletic jetpack MMOFPS Firefall will be offering you another free go on its carousel of skill-based combat delights on Friday June 7th, which will see the start of the game's last event before the fireworks of its July 9th open beta. I've rather enjoyed the limited amount of this game that I've played so far, so I am deeply interested to see what…

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Jetpack It All In Come July: Firefall Open Beta

I'm hoping that Firefall's co-op PvE focus will prove to be the antidote to my months spend exploding dudes in the purely-PvP Planetside 2. I checked out Firefall's closed beta some months back, and very much liked what I saw, and I also met some of the team last summer and was impressed by Scott "Tribes" Youngblood's take on it all. I think this game…

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To Infinity, And Back Down: Firefall’s Beta Weekend

Someday, Firefall will come out. Maybe. Or perhaps it'll forever lurk in the bug-riddled shadows of beta, only emerging on weekends for a refreshing hover about town. For now, we can only hold out hope for the former, but at least take solace in the latter, given that the gravity-loathing MMO's penciled in the whole of humanity for a quick flying lesson this weekend. Get…

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Tribal: Firefall Begins Public Beta Tests

That other MMOFPS, the one with jetpacks and PvE, is starting to open up for testing. Firefall will have three open beta weekends, starting this weekend, where anyone and everyone is invited to leap in and try the game for themselves. Red 5 explain: "These Beta Weekend stress-tests will be completely unlocked with no keys required – allowing everyone to participate in the Tribe’s Closed…

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High Five: Red 5 Announce New Firefall Beta Plans

Firefall, Red 5 Studios rather fancy jetpack MMO (one of the project leads is the excellent Scott Youngblood, who worked on the original Tribes games) is heading for some beta weekend plans. They explain: "Firefall’s upcoming Beta Weekends are scheduled Nov 30-Dec 2 and Dec 7-9. These are North American and European 48-hour stress-tests with players encouraged to find bugs, test various features and help…

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Fall In For Firefall Beta Weekends

Firefall. Among the made-up words I've met in my many travels, it definitely stands out as quite, er, aggressive. I mean, there's fire and falling involved. Both tend to perform their designated actions in fairly short order - leaving behind little question as to what happened and usually also some form of smoking crater. And yet, for all that, Firefall the game is taking its sweet…

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Firing Up: Firefall Beta Patch Brings Sweeping Changes

I haven't dipped into Firefall since my excursion back in April, but I think now might be the time. Yesterday's patch has radically altered the game, as you can see in the update video below. Movement has been significantly changed, one of the classes has been dropped, a new one added. The biggest change, however, is that they've removed the traditional levelling system (one thing…

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Watch Firefall’s Updated Recon Whip Up Fresh Ghosts

The past few weeks have seen us take a whirlwind tour of Firefall's massive summer milestone update, and it's been quite a ride. Laughter, tears, happiness, and muscular men with jetpacks have all flown freely in equal measure - but mostly, it's wrapped day-to-day life in a warm blanket of stability. Empires may fall, stars might blink out of existence, and The Hobbit will definitely get hacked…

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Dread Not, Firefall’s Upgraded Dreadnaught Is Here

Oh thank goodness. My life is saved. I, of course, recently bet it on the assumption that more Firefall videos would drop this week, and became quite disconcerted when maniacally grinning mercenaries started showing up outside my house with calendars counting down to Friday. Happily, however, I've been saved by the Dreadnaught, who sounds like the cheeriest of fellows. Bask in his muscular, minigun-toting glory…

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A Song Of Lightning And Poison: Firefall’s Summer Update

After giving us a glimpse of the assault battleframe's quick-drawing, rapid-firing revamp, Red 5's now taking a leisurely fly-by trip through Firefall's entire summer milestone update. The short version? No class is safe. From having their space stockings stuffed with tons of neat presents! So now we're onto the Engineer and the not-a-Medic-anymore Biotech. Yes, they've renamed that one. Apparently constant use of poison is…

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What’s This? Your Firefall Is Evolving

Soon, the Firefall you know and love/haven't actually played/have never heard of and know nothing about will be gone. Like a caterpillar entering a cocoon, the high-flying MMOFPS will soon emerge from the "biggest patch in Firefall history" as a sleeker, more graceful butterfly. With a jetpack. Among many other things, that means the Assault battleframe (the separated-at-birth brother of the Warframe) is in for…

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7 years ago

Red 5 Post Mid-Beta Development Update

The beta for jetpackin' online shooter Firefall has been in progress for a while now, and I posted some impressions on it over here. Since then Red 5 have been busy collating feedback from players and are now getting stuck into tweaking and rebalancing the game in light of all the data and suggestions they've received from the community. They're overhauling the development and specialisation…

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Firefall’s Story Explained In Fancy Cinematic

I think they should have had a go at explaining it in semaphore, but instead they've gone for the fashionable route of a glitzy video which shows off the space-time rip story that serves as a backdrop to Firefall's territory-conquest alien-world crossover activities. Go take a look at that, below, and then at my preview, which is the most handsome preview you will read all…

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Feature: No, the other kind of bugs

Hands On: Firefall Beta

Red 5 are keen to stress that the current beta for Firefall - their free-to-play jetpackin' shooter - is not one of those betas which is essentially a demo for the game you will be soon be playing, but is instead still very much a work in progress. That means my impressions should be regarded as commentary on an unfinished thing that is subject to…

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