Firefall pulling PvP to 'completely rethink' it

As Firefall continues its bumpy journey through open beta testing, developer Red 5 has announced it will pull the MMO shooter's PvP side for now. It simply isn't up to scratch, CEO Mark Kern has said, so Red 5 will focus on PvE until its PvP offerings are fighting fit.

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As Firefall continues its bumpy journey through open beta testing, developer Red 5 has announced it will pull the MMO shooter's PvP side for now. It simply isn't up to scratch, CEO Mark Kern has said, so Red 5 will focus on PvE until its PvP offerings are fighting fit.

"We have gone through several iterations, and for some time, pursued the controversial e-Sports route. As many of you know, its not working very well," Kern said in a blog post (via PC Gamer).

Firefall's PvP modes have included capture-and-hold, assault, and team deathmatch. Its most recent addition was 5v5 jet-basketball mode Jetball, which Kern says attracted only 3% of players.

With PvP proving less than wholly popular, it's suffered more as Red 5 focused on PvE. For now, it'll pull PvP to whip PvE into shape, then return to man-murdering when it can "get it right."

Kern explained, "We don't have a timetable for this, but at some near future point we will shut off the PvP aspect of the game, which we feel does not represent Firefall at its best, and relaunch that part of the game when its ready."

Firefall entered open beta in July, available through the official website.

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    September 16, 2013 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Firefall pulling PvP to 'completely rethink' it.

    As Firefall continues its bumpy journey through open beta testing, developer Red 5 has announced it will pull the MMO shooter's PvP side for now. It simply isn't up to scratch, CEO Mark Kern has said, so Red 5 will focus on PvE until its PvP offerings are fighting fit.

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      September 16, 2013 6:02 AM

      Remember when the Firefall chat thread was a-hoppin'?

      http://www.shacknews.com/game/firefall/chatty

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        September 16, 2013 6:09 AM

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      September 16, 2013 6:36 AM

      lol how is this game not out yet??

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        September 16, 2013 6:47 AM

        How long has this game been in beta now?

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          September 16, 2013 7:04 AM

          Yeah, reading this I thought it had been released, but I guess I was thinking about it going from Closed Beta to Open Beta.

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        September 16, 2013 12:58 PM

        Well, now its in open beta but its not in beta at the same time.
        Characters aren't going to be wiped but the game is still not finished, it has bugs and not all content is there.
        However it can provide lots and lots of hours of fun :), and you won't loose any progression (except the achievements, those are going to be wiped).

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      September 16, 2013 7:07 AM

      It's only been in open beta for a couple of months... but this is a real actual beta. Not a excuse to put out a half assed demo version of the game to get people excited before launch. Red 5 uses the motto 'Change Everything, Create Fun'... and they mean it. Several times during alpha and closed beta they scrapped whole sections of the game based on feedback, and the game is better for it. In this open beta they are getting feedback from people beyond the closed supportive group of fanboys (of which I am one) and some of that feedback has been both negative and constructive. ...and they are LISTENING and changing the game to make it better. Cure haters are going to hate but if they can afford to go slow and get it right I for one am happy to wait! I want the PvP in this to be as fun as calling down a thumper in the dark with a group of friends! Or getting a big group together and taking on a Chosen incursion.

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      September 16, 2013 9:11 PM

      Do they even make single player FPS any more? Or is this more like MMO Borderlands 2? Seems really weird they've gone this long without getting it right.

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