Red 5 Studios Announces New MMO Shooter Firefall at PAX
The MMO shooter is a game that just hasn’t had a lot of success. Tabula Rasa tried it, and failed. Huxley was announced, and never materialized. Now Red 5 Studios wants to take a crack at it with their new game, Firefall.
Red 5 Studios isn’t a name that a lot of people know. For a long time, their claim to fame was the large number of former World of Warcraft team members that worked there. Former WoW Team Lead Mark Kern founded the company in 2005.
Now he’s teamed up with Scott Youngblood, who was the lead designer for Tribes (which incidentally is just about the best game ever made), to spearhead the free-to-play title Firefall.
Set to release in late 2011, Firefall takes place on a futuristic (23rd century) Earth in what developers call a “lush, dynamic open world” invaded by the disastrous Melding, a “hostile energy storm” that has engulfed the planet. Earth is also threatened by the Chosen, another alien race, forcing humanity to band together and fight for its very survival.
Players will wear “high-tech battleframes” that can be upgraded and customized (no doubt acquired through microtransactions) while they engage in competitive multiplayer and large-scale cooperative battles.
We hope to have more on Firefall from our team at PAX, but for right now, here’s a slew of screenshots from the upcoming title. Enjoy!