Firefall is a team-based action shooter computer game from Red 5 Studios, a studio founded by Mark Kern, team lead of World of Warcraft in 2005. Firefall will be released as a free-to-play title supported by an online marketplace. There is no release date. Developers said that the game will be released when they can call it a finished product.
Firefall takes place on Earth set 200 years in the future. A new energy source called Crystite was discovered and became the main form of power used by humans. The crash of the Arclight led to the disastrous arrival of an aggressive energy storm called the Melding. The Melding engulfed nearly the entire planet, leaving only a pocket of the Earth livable in the eye of the Melding storm. The Melding mutates and transforms all life and even the terrain of the planet. Recently, humanity has come under attack by a race calling themselves the Chosen who have emerged from the Melding. The player takes on the role of a surviving member of the human race in the fight to push back both the Chosen and rid the Earth of the Melding.
Firefall features both a large, open-world cooperative campaign that can be shared with hundreds of other players as well as a competitive multiplayer component that incorporates things like ladders, tournaments, clans and leagues. Players can loot equipment and level up in order to fight better. The guild equivalent that players can join are called armies, an army can grant its members certain advantages and abilities. Also, there's a high-tech human invention - Thumper, a mining system that is dropped from orbit or by a shuttle, allows a member of an army to gather minerals anywhere in the world, however certain areas appear to be more beneficial for mining than others. When a thumper is deployed it will attract multiple hostile creatures. This was one of a few examples as to events or types of gameplay players will experience.
Battleframes are the "class system" of Firefall. As of Closed Beta: Stage 1 , there are 5 available battleframes: Assault, Recon, Medic, Engineer and Dreadnaught. More battleframes are going to be relased in future updates.
The title has been under development in secret for many years, only recently being announced at the September 2010 Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle. It was available to the public for the first time at PAX East 2011, where Red 5 held a live multiplayer tournament. As of September 2nd, the game has entered it's first public beta. As of April 6th, 2012 beta testers are free to spread info about Firefall, because the NDA has been lifted. The game will enter open beta on July 9th 2013.
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