Firefall open beta announced, detailed

By Dave Cook, Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:12 GMT

Firefall developer Red 5 Studios has announced that its MMO shooter will enter open beta in July and has shared with us some details of what you can expect.

In a statement sent to VG247 this morning, the studio confirmed that the mayhem will kick off July 9, and directed us to a Firefall open beta FAQ that runs down the team’s roadmap for what’s in store.

The closed beta will also receive rolling updates leading to the open phase. Planned content includes:

  • City Power Levels: Players will receive new bonuses and rewards in the open world by increasing the power level of major cities through local missions and encounters.
  • Melding Exploration: By raising city power levels and unlocking special dropships, players will finally be able to enter and explore pockets of the deadly Melding energy storm surrounding New Eden.
  • Chosen Instances: Fortifying the open world allows players to take the fight to the Chosen, driving back the hostile alien race in epic new battle instances.
  • Crafting and Progression: Players will continue to see major additions to crafting and Battleframe progression (including the new UI).

Vice president of development at Red 5 Studios James Macauley said of the announcement, “We’re incredibly excited to be nearing what we consider to be the most important stage of Firefall’s development – Open Beta.

“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. We’re looking forward to welcoming these new players into the community and continuing to build an amazing game together.”

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