PC / Action / Release: Dec 31, 2011 / ESRB: RP


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Firefall team hires Morgan Romine for eSports focus

Firefall team hires Morgan Romine for eSports focus

Developer Red 5 Studios hopes to make the upcoming free-to-play shooter Firefall ready for the tournament scene. To do so, the company has hired Morgan "Rhoulette" Romine, founder of the Frag Dolls, Ubisoft's all-female professional gaming team. Romine visited the Shacknews offices to discuss her new role and what it means for players of Firefall.

"We have a lot of guys on the team who are former pro gamers," Romine told me in an interview last week. Her official title at Red 5 Studios is eSports Maven. She's extremely animated during our conversation, but it isn't nerves going from a team dedicated to game promotion to a new management role focused on an important element to the most dedicated game players, she's excited. "Everybody on the team takes competitive gaming really seriously," she admits.

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Firefall interview with Red 5 boss Mark Kern

Firefall interview with Red 5 boss Mark Kern

"There's a big request for mustaches. We're going to hire a physics programmer just dedicated for mustaches, I think," Red 5 Studios founder and CEO Mark Kern joked during an interview last week at the Shacknews office.

It's impossible to ignore the explosion of attention Red 5 Studios' upcoming free-to-play shooter Firefall has received throughout the Shacknews community. After publishing our recent preview, Kern urged the Firefall forum community to jump into Chatty to discuss the game. In a few short days over 1,000 comments were made on the story.

A few days later, Kern was in the Shacknews office, sitting in front of a video camera under bright lights. In the ensuing interview, Kern detailed Firefall's story, outlined the game's business model, and more.

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Firefall adds pets, ability to 'despawn' enemy companions

Firefall adds pets, ability to 'despawn' enemy companions

Red 5 founder and CEO Mark Kern visited the Shacknews office last week, bringing with him a handful of reveals for the upcoming free-to-play shooter Firefall. Today's revelation is that Firefall will feature pets, a familiar addition for MMOs but something rare in the shooter genre.

"One new feature that we're really excited about is introducing the new 'Pet' system into Firefall." Kern revealed to Shacknews. "I mean, when's the last time you heard about a shooter with pets?" Red 5's idea for the feature doesn't end there, however. "We had to had to do little things to actually make it interesting," he admitted.

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Firefall preview

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Firefall preview

At PAX Prime 2011 it was difficult to ignore Firefall's presence. From the hulking statue in one of the hall's main foyers, to the huge floor space reserved to showcase the game in hands-on demos, developer Red 5's shooter was everywhere.

For the uninitiated, Firefall is an upcoming free-to-play, MMO shooter (playable in first- and third-person) from a developer helmed by a former team leader at a little outfit called Blizzard Entertainment. Sporting Player Versus Environment (PvE) and Player Versus Player (PvP), Firefall has a wealth of options for gamers to lose themselves in.

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Red 5 Studios on Firefall beta access

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Red 5 Studios recently revealed that Firefall--the dev's upcoming multiplayer, persistent-world shooter--will extend its beta phase to include members of the Firefall community following PAX Prime 2011. For those interested in participating, Red 5 has outlined a few different ways to get into the beta.

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Firefall launches this December

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Firefall launches this December

Red 5's upcoming free-to-play, persistent world shooter, Firefall, has been given a release window. Speaking with MMO Culture during the ChinaJoy Expo, Red 5 Studios founder Mark Kern confirmed the release window for December in North America.

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Daily Filter: November 2, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features media for MLB 10: The Show, Unbound Saga, Woody Two-Legs: Attack of the Zombie Pirates, Blood Drive, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, LittleBigPlanet 2, Firefall, Dead Rising 2, Antiques Roadshow, and Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon. Read more »

"FYI the Unbound Saga pic links to the original PSP version, not the new 360 screens."
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Red 5 Announces Persistent, Online Team-Based Shooter 'Firefall'

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Red 5 Studios have announced Firefall, a "team-based action shooter" with persistent elements. The studio has also released new screenshots and two trailers, featuring both gameplay and cinematics.

The game looks like a cross-between Tribes and Borderlands and the gameplay looks solid. Beta sign-ups are now open at the game's official website, as well. Read more »

"Since its due in 2011, this might finally be my TF2 replacement game! Maybe..."
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