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Firefall

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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8 years ago

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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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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Red 5 Talk Firefall’s World-Building Process

I love this sort of stuff: Red 5 Studios talking about the world-building process within Firefall. You get to see a bunch of the tools in action as they create the game environments, and the team talk about some subtle details of how the game has been put together, like the living processes in the game, cut & pasting entire cities, and the PvP maps…

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The Line For The Line Of Defense Beta Starts Here

I've been waiting for a large-scale sci-fi MMO shooter ever since the original Planetside, and it looks like 2012 will do it's best to provide. Before I fuel up Firefall's jetpacks, or scrawl penises over Planetside 2's map, it looks like I'll be dropping into Line of Defense: of all those games, it's the first with a release date, end of June, so I'd imagine…

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Found Firefall Footage

Here's a sneaky way to get a hold of a lot of Firefall footage. Developers Red 5 Studios are hosting a competition for their fans, asking them to create a trailer from unreleased footage of the free-to-play shooter. So while you can totally get involved and whip out Windows Movie Maker templates, if all you're interested in is watching 10 second clips of the game,…

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Firefall Devs Speak And Act Against SOPA

Firefall developers Red 5 are going further than simply expressing their denunciation of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in words. On January 18th, the studio will close the Firefall beta and website for 24 hours in a show of protest. More drastically, the developers are also refusing to show the extremely promising free-to-play multiplayer shooter at E3 this year because of the organiser's support…

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Firefall Devs Dress People In Unlikely Armour

Not content with the impressive CG versions of their main characters from multiplayer open-world shooter Firefall, Red 5 Studios have gone a bit overboard on the cosplay and brought in pros to play the parts of a couple of their armoured cartoon soldiers. I don't think the jetpack actually works, so he won't be making a Jingle All The Way entrance to PAX or anything.…

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Classy Heroics: Firefall’s Battleframes

There are the jetpacks, of course, which instantly drew out a nod of approval, but my first impressions of Firefall were only of mild interest. The marketing campaign has been rarely effective though, not because of increasing bombast or social network integration which would be more likely to make me ignore it's attempts to inflitrate my life, but because it has increasingly taught me what…

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Take To The Skies With A New Firefall Trailer

It was years before I stopped writing "jetpack" on my Christmas present list, when my parents sat me down and told me that they didn't exist. Also that I was adopted. That second bit wasn't true, but I really wanted jetpack and they were trying to soften the blow. I've never forgiven them for taking my jetpack dreams away. But a new Firefall trailer is…

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Firefall Is Shooty, Boasts Alien Pretties

Red 5's Tony Park (who runs the Singapore studio) has been talking to Gamespot about the art style of Firefall, as well as showing off some gameplay footage and touching on the PvP and PvE aspects of the game (below, with some new game footage, and some old). The shooter-MMO, which has talent from both Tribes and World Of Warcraft directing it, is currently undergoing…

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Fear Nothing: Firefall’s Dreadnaught

Most of the footage I've seen of the hugely ambitious and massively multiplayer shooter Firefall has made me nod approvingly at the scale and design of the world, which not only looks the part but also seems a place it'd be fun to soar through, raining death from above, and probably from the front, sides and back as well. Lo and behold, there is a…

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Firefall Closed Beta About To Begin, Trailer

UPDATE: PAX trailer added. And what a handsome trailer, below. (That bit at the start with the cliff! You'd better be able to do that...) Information about the beta can be found here, and there's a sign up here. I remain pretty excited about this, even in light of Planetside 2 possibly being awesome. It's going to be fascinating to watch some prime MMOFPS candidates…

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Funky, Funky Firefall

Unhinged, semi-airborne shooter Firefall, which looks a bit like Borderlands meets Tribes meets Brink meets WoW meets Unreal Tournament, has only gone and done the new trailer thing. It is fun to watch! It is also Firefall's first big show of footage since announcing contentious author Orson Scott Card would be writing this sorta-MMO's story. But never mind that: this trailer has some remarkably upbeat…

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Orson Scott Card Writing Firefall’s Story

Firefall devs, Red 5, have revealed that their Tribes-a-like online shooter has its story written by Orson Scott Card, he behind the SF novel Enders Game, and other games including the exquisite Shadow Complex. Some will greet this news with enthusiasm, as it means the already promising action MMO will have something deeper than "the man shoots the other man" as a backstory. Others will…

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Firefall Video Talks PvP, Instancing, Robots

Red Five Studios have taken some time to answer community-derived questions about their forthcoming free-to-play Tribes-but-an-MMO game, Firefall, and have posted it up as a developer diary, which you can see below. They talk about the nature of the world's openness, PvP, autonomous vehicles and robots, and a bunch of other stuff. Go. See. Judge.

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Leader Of The (Jet)Pack: FireFall PvP Trailer

Red 5 Studios' jetpack-based free-to-play shooter Firefall is making me sing with excitement - and look at this previous coverage for judgement, not this trailer - and no less after watching this new PvP trailer. While I am most interested in the scale of the world and co-op play vs monsters, this player combat (although entirely staged) looks like it might have some Tribes-like value…

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9 years ago

A Few More Minutes Of Firefall

Red Five have been abroad in China to demo their persistent world shooter Firefall, and they've come up with a bit more footage for the purpose, which I've posted below. The impressive dropship flyovers here give us a bit more sense of the scale of the game world, and the battles going on below make me recollect fine evenings spent haring about in PlanetSide. The…

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Tribal Instincts: Red 5 Explain Firefall

Earlier this week I had a chance to talk to Matt DeWald, community manager at Red 5 Studios, the company making Firefall. It's a shooter that promises to do new and unusual things to the free-to-play space. The game was the big surprise at the most recent PAX event in Seattle, with its blend of cartoon good looks, Tribes-like shooter action, and a persistent world.…

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