Firefall shoots one step closer to release this summer.
Firefall has been in development for what seems like forever. After countless iterations, revamps, and overhauls, the free-to-play open world shooter is coming one step closer to release this July. Red 5 Studios have announced that Firefall will finally be entering Open Beta on July 9, 2013.
"We're incredibly excited to be nearing what we consider to be the most important stage of Firefall's development - Open Beta," said James Macauley, Vice President of Development at Red 5 Studios.
He goes on to explain the importance of the Open Beta, saying, "For us, Open Beta isn't a traditional 'marketing beta', but rather an opportunity to include many more players in our community-driven development process."
Firefall has been in Closed Beta since September 2011. The Closed Beta was used as a way for Red 5 Studios to test Firefall's core systems and server technology, and now that those have been established, they're almost ready to open the flood gates for everyone.
Firefall is a sci-fi MMO shooter set in a future Earth. A starship disaster unleashes a titanic energy storm called the Melding. It envelopes the earth, wipes out most of the planet, and spawns hostile creatures who self-proclaim themselves the Chosen.
Before July rolls around however, Red 5 still has a lot of plans for Closed Beta. This content includes city power levels, melding exploration, Chosen instances, and more additions to crafting and Battleframe progression, including a new UI. If you're interested in finding out more about Firefall's closed beta, check out our recent interview with Red 5 Studio's CEO Mark Kern.
Once the Open Beta begins, Red 5 will begin adding even more features to the game, including an episodic story campaign, more dynamic missions, world events, and open world PvP.
The one lingering question that remains is, if Firefall is entering Open Beta, does that mean the game is almost ready to come out? Red 5 won't say. According to the developer, they plan to add a significant amount of content during Open Beta and they won't launch the game until every aspect of it is up to their high standards.
Also, don't forget to sign up for our epic Firefall Beta Key Giveaway. We're giving away 3,000 Firefall Beta key codes, so if you've been wanting to check the game out for yourself you won't want to miss it.