Firefall: Update 1.1 - Elemental Destruction

When we looked at Firefall only six weeks ago, we actually had a really good time! Red 5 Studios is looking to keep the game fresh with its first major patch: Update 1.1 - Elemental Destruction.

The update focuses on added elemental effects to weapons and improved encounters (see notes).

Firefall Updates Its Friend Referral Program

Earlier Red 5 Studios re-introduced its FireFall Referral Program, allowing you to bring your closest friends to Copacabana and earn rewards as you pave your way through legions of "Chosen" and other enemies that await you on the island. While the ability to invite your friends to the game has been in for a while, this new system allows you to earn cosmetic rewards and some extra real money currency for doing so.

Firefall: Launch Review

Firefall is a surprising, enigmatic game. It doesn't feel like a blockbuster game, but it's incredibly addictive in all the right ways. The logical part of my brain wonders "Is this game actually good?", while the rest is just having fun and shouting "AWESOME!"

People have called Firefall the "Borderlands MMO." That's a good place to start: an FPS MMO with satisfying RPG elements. The games themselves share few similarities, and Red 5 Studios went further with Firefall than you might expect.

Considering it's free-to-play, it's definitely worth the download to try it out – and if you're like me, it'll stick around for months to come. To find out why, let's look a little closer.

Firefall: Launches Today!

Years in the making, you can drop into the world of Firefall today! The action-packed MMO shooter is available now on the official site and Steam. Proud CEO of Red 5 Studios James Macauley had this to say:

"We designed Firefall to be our dream game, and now the team at Red 5 Studios is humbled and thrilled to see this dream become a reality with the launch of Firefall today."

Firefall: ZAM Video Preview

Firefall will be releasing on July 29th, and ZAM's Lindsay Ferguson jumped into the game this week to check it out. Find out the details about the game and Lindsay's thoughts in her video preview!

Firefall Launch Date Announced

This morning Red 5 Studios announced that its F2P MMO, Firefall, will release on July 29, 2014. The game will be available for PC download via Steam or the Firefall website.

Red 5 Studio Confirms Firefall Staff Layoffs

Red 5 has issued a press release regarding a "reorganization effort" leading up to Firefall's launch. As a result, some layoffs have hit Firefall employees.

Red 5 Studios announced today that the studio is being reorganized prior to the launch of Firefall.

"As Firefall matures, we must transition our priorities and our development strategy to focus on streamlined operations and live product support," said Mark Kern, CEO and founder of Red 5 Studios.

As part of the reorganization, Red 5 Studios confirms that it has released about 10 percent of its staff, the majority from Red 5's video internet entertainment channel, Stage 5 TV. Development of Firefall is unaffected by the reorganization and Open Beta Stage 2 is well underway with a major patch scheduled for later this month.

FireFall: Retake the World

“See this grin on my face? I love talking about this game!”

After spending an hour talking to David Williams about FireFall, it’s easy to see why. As one of the lead designers at Red 5 Studios, Williams spends much of his time adding to a post-apocalyptic vision of Earth. But his passion for the game runs deep, sprawling into eSports and beyond.

After I’d caught up with everything the team is planning for Stage 2 of open beta (and there’s a lot of it), he tells me about a recent Jetball final. Following on from all the work the team had poured in over the past year, with an impressive spectator mode, new game types and new PvP gear, I’d asked how the competitive scene was going.

 “The European team – Epsilon – they’re probably the top FireFall team right now. And they were up against a team that’s been surprising everyone recently. It went to the third round of the third match, and it was 3-0 to Epsilon. The other team, they were pushing and pushing, Epsilon was bunkered in and it was a done deal.”

“The other team did this crazy push with about 30 seconds to play, got in and dunked the ball for three, and tied it up. Everyone in the chat room is going berserk. ‘Oh my god, we’re going to extra time.’”

“Wait a second. Ball just respawned. Epsilon’s going for it.”

“Five. Four. Three. Two. He’s taking the shot.”

“One. Bank shot. Ball goes in. One second to play, Epsilon wins by a point. It was nuts. So yeah, to answer your question, it’s going pretty well.”

Firefall: Arsenal Spotlight Reveal.

Red5 Studios has revealed a deadly new toy this week for Firefall players to get their hands on as the new "Arsenal" Battleframe makes its way to the game. As hinted in the pretty scientific reveal for this new Battleframe, the Arsenal is an offensive frame that boasts high damaging capabilities and utility. Combine this with its deadly array of weaponry and you'll have enemies—and players—thinking twice before approaching you head on.

Final FireFall Open Beta Weekend Event

Looking to get into some high-flying sci-fi action this weekend? The development team at Red5 studios is giving you just the thing, as they've announced the final Beta Weekend Event for their upcoming MMO, FireFall, will be held this Friday, June 7.