MMO Shooter Firefall Launches After Troubled Development

Four years after it was announced at PAX Prime 2010 and seven years after Red 5 Studios set out to make it, MMO shooter Firefall has finally hit official release.

The free-to-play PC offering is available now on Steam, after spending a year in open, free beta available on the Firefall website. The Steam release includes the base version of the game, a Digital Starter Pack for $29.99, or the Digital Deluxe Edition for $99.99.

Red 5 Studios first announced Firefall in 2010, but the game had a troubled development path ever since the studio was founded in 2006. Red 5 was acquired by Chinese publisher The9 in 2010 as well, and most of its founders, former Blizzard staffers who had worked on World of Warcraft, had departed by that time as well. In December 2013, news broke that CEO Mark Kern had been removed from his role at the head of the company, and he departed to start a studio of his own.

You can read GameFront’s deep dive into the history of Red 5 Studios and the development of Firefall here. Stay tuned for our impressions of Firefall’s full release in the coming days and weeks.

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