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7:00 PM on 04.01.2014

Former Red 5 CEO's violent temper derailed Firefall's development

GameFront has a big exposé on Red 5, the developers behind the much delayed Firefall. Part one of the feature was released today, and it focuses mostly on Mark Kern, former CEO of Red 5. Note that we at Destructoid hav...

Hamza CTZ Aziz


11:45 AM on 12.20.2013

FireFall board votes out co-founder Mark Kern

Co-founder and CEO of Red 5 Studios, Mark Kern, has been voted out of the company behind FireFall "effectively immediately." Mark was also removed from the board, and no longer has any authority with Red 5. The story comes vi...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Firefall beta: Post-apocalyptic pina coladas photo
Firefall beta: Post-apocalyptic pina coladas
by Fraser Brown

Red5's sci-fi MMO Firefall has been in beta for a very long time, recently hitting that open-beta milestone. So long, in fact, that when I started playing the closed beta in earnest last month, it had transformed into an entirely different game since my initial glimpse of it a year ago.

This substantial overhaul reflects the changes within the MMO genre itself. Static quests, classes, and progressing by leveling up and unlocking new abilities have become, dare I say it, passé. People now clamour for dynamism and more non-linear progression, and this is exactly what Firefall attempts to provide. 

But I'm not here to dissect the evolution of a genre. I'm here to tell you the story of Colonel Grumbler, the moustached adventurer, avid miner, turret-obsessed engineer, and piña colada fanatic. What awaits you is a tale of flying through a Brazilian paradise, getting in fights with tornadoes, and unrepentant ravaging of the planet's mineral wealth. Excitement abound. 

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10:30 PM on 07.10.2013

Celebrate Firefall's open beta with this cheesy trailer

Yeah, it's a cheesy video but it sure does make me miss when games had live-action cutscenes. Not that I want more games to have live-action stuff again. Oh far from it. I just love watching really bad stuff like this while cringing in my seat. Anyway, Firefall is now in open beta. It's a free-to-play shooter, go check it out.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:00 AM on 04.19.2013

FireFall goes into open beta this July

After what seems like forever, FireFall is finally getting ready to go into open beta come July 9, 2013. Developer Red 5 Studios will continue rolling out updates leading up to the open beta, and current players can expect a ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Friday Night Fights: Win a Firefall Founders Pack! photo
Friday Night Fights: Win a Firefall Founders Pack!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners have been PM'd their codes.]

Welcome to another exciting edition of Dtoid's Friday Night Fights! For tonight's event, our friends at Red 5 Studios are celebrating this weekend's Firefall open beta with an awesome giveaway for the Destructoid community!

Up for grabs are five Ensign-level Firefall founders pack codes ($20 value) and one Commander-level code ($100 value)! For a chance at one, just hit up the comments section of this article and yell the word "FIREFALL!" before midnight Pacific tonight. Limit one entry per person, and your entry only counts if you yell it in all caps! (That way we can separate contest entries from the normal FNF conversation.)

After you're done screaming, join us online for a match or two! Swishiee will be hosting starting at about 9 Pacific on Streamtoid tonight, so we hope to see you there!

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4:30 PM on 01.23.2013

Firefall begins weekend open beta testing

Have you been itching to try out the Firefall beta but couldn't because, you know, beta access codes? Well, Red 5 Studios is about to make your day (or weekend) because the studio has today announced a temporary open beta te...

Harry Monogenis



We're giving out more Firefall beta codes! photo
We're giving out more Firefall beta codes!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Codes expired! Thanks for playing!]

Our buddies at Red 5 Studios have given the Dtoid community another 2,000 keys to participate in this weekend's Firefall beta event! To claim your code, just head on over to our Beta Giveaways page and press the button. Easy!

Once you've secured your key from Destructoid, just follow the steps below and you're good to go once the beta unlocks on Friday morning:

  1. Go to http://www.firefallthegame.com/betaweekends/
  2. Click "I already have my redemption code"
  3. Create an account or login if one has already been created
  4. Redeem the beta weekend key
  5. Download/install the client
  6. Be ready to play this Friday, December 7 at 10 AM Pacific! GO PLAY!

They've also opened up some new EU servers for this weekend, so be sure to give them a go if you're in the region. Have fun, and be sure to sound off in the comments if you want to play with other Dtoiders!

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We're giving out 2,000 Firefall beta codes right now!  photo
We're giving out 2,000 Firefall beta codes right now!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Codes expired! Check back next week for another set!]

Our friends at Red 5 Studios have given the Destructoid community 2,000 keys to participate in this weekend's leg of the Firefall beta! To claim your code, just head on over to our Beta Giveaways page and press the button. Easy!

Once you've secured your key from Dtoid, just follow the steps below and you're good to go!

  1. Go to http://www.firefallthegame.com/betaweekends/
  2. Click "I already have my redemption code"
  3. Create an account or login if one has already been created
  4. Redeem the beta weekend key
  5. Download/install the client
  6. Hop online and play all weekend!

Have fun, and be sure to sound off in the comments if you want to play with other Dtoiders!

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Firefall's major update owes thanks to community feedback photo
Firefall's major update owes thanks to community feedback
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Red 5 Studios' free-to-play shooter Firefall is essentially two games in one. There's the MMO aspect of the game, where hundreds of players can work together in an open-world environment and take part in the overall meta game experience. Then you have the competitive multiplayer, where players will use their custom-designed classes to kill each other to death.

Firefall has seen players in the invite-only beta for almost a year now and in that time, the studio has been gathering fan feedback on how to improve the game. The months of feedback have finally been implemented in the latest major update, all of which made its public debut during gamescom this past week, where players were able to compete for 10,000 Euros in prize money in the Firefall tournament.

There are a lot of new things in Firefall, so I spoke with David Williams, lead class designer at Red 5, to show me just how much has changed.

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12:00 AM on 06.28.2012

500,000 enlist for Firefall, system specs detailed

Remember that game that looks like Borderlands and has a logo that REALLY looks like StarCraft? Well, it seems free-to-play FPS Firefall has hit a pretty high number of registered users: half-a-million to be exact. That's alm...

Allistair Pinsof





10:30 AM on 05.03.2012

Firefall dev says game consoles are 'broken' and 'dead'

Game designer and Red 5 boss Mark Kern is ready to kick the footstool from under the feet of modern videogame consoles and let them dangle. According to the man heading up Firefall, the business models keeping the Xbox 360, P...

Jim Sterling

7:00 AM on 04.19.2012

Extra Credits explains Firefall's 'staged content'

Starkey here, with yet another Firefall post. This time, we have a video discussing how the people at Red 5 Studios are planning to create a strong sense of community by using a unique method of content deployment.It's a pret...

Daniel Starkey

2:30 PM on 03.27.2012

Check out Firefall at PAX East

Remember Firefall? That game I've been talking about for what seems like forever? Well, Red5 is going to be at PAX East showing it off for attendees. It will be the first public demo of the invite-only beta. Anyone who s...

Daniel Starkey

4:00 AM on 02.10.2012

Firefall dev's 'fireside' chat

So... I dunno if you brodudes have been following Firefall, if not, you definitely should be. It's pretty cool. Earlier today, Red 5, the studio behind the project released a new developer diary to explain what it is, th...

Daniel Starkey

5:30 PM on 01.20.2012

Firefall, Red 5 and LFG Livestream

Come join me and the Red 5 guys at 6PM CST (4PM Pacific) for a live video interview. We'll be talking about the SOPA/PIPA bills, Wednesday's blackout, the E3 boycott, and the League for Gamers. After that Red 5 will anno...

Daniel Starkey