Firefall launches this December

Firefall, the free-to-play, persistent world shooter from Red 5 Studios, is set to arrive in North America this December, the studio's founder has announced.

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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.

On Firefall's own official forums, Kern reitterated that the full game would launch in December, despite the interviewers originally believing the month was held for a beta launch. "They asked me when the game was launching, and I said December. For some reason, they interpreted that as Beta," Kern said, apologizing for the confusion.

Red 5 Studios announced Firefall in early September 2010. Droves of gamers flocked to try Firefall during PAX East 2011. From my experience with it, our initial assessment of the game was on target: Firefall features something of a Borderlands look and a Tribes gameplay style. Tribes designer Scott Youngblood is the lead designer for Firefall.

A beta test is set to launch sometime before launch. Shacknews will fill you in on the details when they are made available.

[via Joystiq]

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    August 2, 2011 4:15 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Firefall launches this December.

    Firefall, the free-to-play, persistent world shooter from Red 5 Studios, is set to arrive in North America this December, the studio's founder has announced.

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      August 2, 2011 4:16 PM

      I was hoping it would come out sooner, but December sounds good too. Can't wait!

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      August 2, 2011 4:16 PM

      Interesting. Is there no beta then?

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        August 2, 2011 4:19 PM

        "A beta test is set to launch sometime before launch. Shacknews will fill you in on the details when they are made available."

        Last line of the article.

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        September 12, 2011 7:24 AM

        Firefall's beta process is underway and is using a system similar to gmail where testers receive invites to give to friends etc. It's on wave 1 atm and is pretty small. It'll most likely expand within the coming months up till December.

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        September 18, 2011 7:35 PM

        500-1000 people are already in the BETA.

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      August 2, 2011 4:18 PM

      Too man games in the next 5 months...

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      August 2, 2011 4:31 PM

      Borderlands-meets Global Agenda - meets Neocron

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        August 2, 2011 5:26 PM

        -GA being a PoS and a rip off of Tribes and this having one of the devs from Tribes and Borderlands because... it's in a arid environment? This isn't cell-shaded, I don't know why people say this looks like Borderlands...

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          August 2, 2011 6:14 PM

          Probably because their eyes, you know, work?

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            August 2, 2011 6:54 PM

            I guess my eyes don't.

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              August 2, 2011 6:57 PM

              Well then whatever you do don't google for Firefall cel shaded.

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                August 2, 2011 6:59 PM

                I mean it as "I see no resemblence to borderlands at all," besides you shoot things.

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                  August 2, 2011 7:03 PM

                  And I'm saying whatever you do don't google for the phrase Firefall Cel Shaded, since the 200+ hits would probably fry your fragile mind.

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                    August 2, 2011 7:18 PM

                    I'm not sayng that it isn't cell shaded, but I'm saying, even with the cell shaded graphics it still doesn't resemble anything like borderlands. Is this some kind of joke where people call anything borderlands?

                    In the end, the game may be like borderlands, but just from this video, I don't see it.

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                    September 18, 2011 7:33 PM

                    A dev already replied to the whole Cel Shading thing. But does that honestly matter? You don't have a very strong stand point in your argument, specially since FireFall was implementing cel shading BEFORE Borderlands.

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          September 10, 2011 11:08 PM

          It's the cell shading. But we actually had the art style before Borderlands changed theirs.

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            September 10, 2011 11:42 PM

            Then what's taking so long with the release date? HRM? Why can't I be diving into the cocaine like addiction that this game should be!?!

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            September 11, 2011 2:41 AM

            Who cares about other games? WoW looks like many other games, but they are all different from eachother. Firefall has many things and many plans for the future (great potential) that will make it the best in the genre. Other games are already in "version 2", just because the first game of the series ran out of content... Firefall will keep expanding for years!

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        September 11, 2011 8:19 AM

        OMG ALL GAMES ARE A LIE! THEY ARE ALL CLONES! Every game takes aspects of other games that worked and people enjoyed while adding their own little things to it. WoW is a clone of Pong btw :)

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      August 2, 2011 4:35 PM

      'bout time we got a release date on that. I still think it looks fun.

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      August 2, 2011 4:46 PM

      Fuck yeah! This game looks sweet and being F2P there is no reason to not try it out.

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      August 2, 2011 4:47 PM

      nice looking good

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      August 2, 2011 7:01 PM

      It was fun at pax, question will be if it has depth

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        September 10, 2011 11:34 PM

        Yeah, was fun at Gamescom as well. Looking forward to seeing more.

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      August 2, 2011 7:08 PM

      I was at one point eagerly awaiting this game having been a diehard Tribes player. However, I will not be playing this game at all, much to my regret, because of Red5's decision to retain Orson Scott Card as a writer (http://www.firefallthegame.com/2011/07/june-dev-diary/). Card is a problematic figure given his outspoken homophobia and criticism of the scientific establishment views on evolution and global warming. I don't feel comfortable supporting any product that Card could derive financial support from, nor any company that would willingly enter into a business relationship with him. I encourage anyone else bothered by these issues to do the same.

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        September 11, 2011 12:53 PM

        Im truly sorry to hear that but just as a last hope and you probably already know this but hear is a quote from the ceo explaining their position : "We haven't been silent. I've answered the questions presented previously and I'm happy to do so again. I've been asked if OSC represents Red 5's political views. They do not...not any more than the republicans and democrats who work for Red 5 represent our political views. I've been asked if we are an equal opportunity employer, and I've answered yes, yes we are. Now I am happy to answer your own question with "yes...we welcome the gay and lesbian community into our game and our company."

        I hope that the author of the original article on gay gamer can separate Red 5's creative work, which is the entirety of Firefall, from the contributions of one author (of two authors...his daughter is involved) to a manga about the game and some story concepts we have incorporated into Firefall."

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        September 18, 2011 7:26 PM

        Orson Scott Card is simply paid to write the manga with is daughter. Otherwise there is no relation between the actual game and him at all. Anything you get from FireFall will not fund Orson at all. FireFall is paying him with their own money, not yours.

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      August 2, 2011 10:41 PM

      Curious to see what happens with the Webzen lawsuit... If this comes out at all I'll be quite surprised. Guess we'll see in December :)

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        September 11, 2011 12:49 PM

        I wouldn't worry about that even if they lose the suit im still very confident we will see the game strong. But it just won't be marketed quite as much as they want. Im pretty sure they be doing lots of community promotion to spread the word of firefall to compensate.

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      September 10, 2011 10:57 PM

      i for one cannot wats to plays this game

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      September 10, 2011 11:01 PM

      the game looks like a game changer for the mmo and shooter worlds ntm its free to play come on thats epic

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        September 10, 2011 11:17 PM

        Suddenly we're getting cool free to play games. Changing times, man. Can't wait to see what happens to the gaming scene with this new F2P trend.

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      September 10, 2011 11:06 PM

      There is really nothing to loss by trying it out, it looks like an Triple AAA game, worth a try.

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      September 10, 2011 11:27 PM

      Ungh. Im so looking foreward to this games release. MMM I WANNA SQUEEZE EM!

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        September 18, 2011 7:27 PM

        Might I ask who and what you are squeezing 0-0?

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      September 10, 2011 11:37 PM

      December can't come any quicker...

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        September 18, 2011 7:30 PM

        The BETA is already here, just not the full release ;)

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      September 10, 2011 11:45 PM

      Really gotta love all this coverage on Firefall, lots of articles to read with different peoples opinions and points of view on it, always nice, until i run out of time to read that is...

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        September 18, 2011 7:27 PM

        You can always come back to it, we aren't going anywhere ;)

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      September 11, 2011 1:24 AM

      December cant get here soon enough :P

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      September 11, 2011 2:35 AM

      Game is going to release in December but we'll get to play the beta much earlier (invites started last week). There's no excuse not to play this game or try the beta, as it's going to be completely free to play. I think a LOT of info will keep coming out from the beta stage during the next few weeks (NDA is going to be removed soon). Keep us updated!

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      September 11, 2011 5:47 AM

      The game looks amazing make sure you sigh up in the forums to have a chans to get in beta. its going to have an Esport PVP side of it so for those who like competing this is the game for you and for those who love PVE there is a large open world to level in and explore.

      http://www.firefallthegame.com/home

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      September 11, 2011 6:50 AM

      Be looking for this game in december guys, you will not regret it!!!!!!!!!

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        September 11, 2011 8:22 AM

        Also, beta soon! :D
        Can't wait to see what kind of crazy moustaches there will be on sale in the store xD
        Also, I love the medic design, so visually pleasing :) And he looks he plays: high sustainability :D
        Join us on FirefallTheGame.com :D

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      September 11, 2011 8:59 AM

      I love the fact the Red5 decided to make the game in Brazil, it's an area not too many game developers decide to make games in these days!

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        September 11, 2011 11:26 AM

        South America does need more love. I'd also like to see more games set in Canada (nothing to do with where I live though, honest!).

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      September 11, 2011 12:16 PM

      love the game cant wait to have a beta key for the CBT

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      September 11, 2011 11:21 PM

      It's like Christmas is coming twice this year!

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      September 12, 2011 2:44 AM

      Bring on December! Really eager to see this come out and do well. Being F2P there's no reason for anyone to not even try it. Also very curious to see how they will expand this game, like what suits, weapons or locations will open up in the future.

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      September 12, 2011 5:46 AM

      So this means I'm going to game ALOT when december is here, I have been waiting for this title since january. :) Great to see how active the devs are, talking on the irc channel, posting alot of posts on the forums, having competitions to win swag etc.

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      September 12, 2011 8:35 AM

      I love the idea of Open worlds and the ability to JUMP OFF A MOUTIAN AND GLIDE. December is comming sooner than we think.

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      September 14, 2011 12:33 PM

      can't wait for the game to come out

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      September 18, 2011 7:24 PM

      47 replies only? Was the thread wiped or are we lacking? Come on FireFall Community! Let's raise the posts higher!

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      September 18, 2011 7:45 PM

      This game is gonna be amazing! Can't wait to push back the Melding and watch the world change.

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      September 18, 2011 8:42 PM

      I can't wait for Firefall to come out. The graphics look awesome! December is gonna be HOT!

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      September 18, 2011 8:45 PM

      Excited! This game threatens to devour all my free time!

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      September 19, 2011 8:03 AM

      oh ..a long wait