I read a lot about other MMORPGs a lot of time. Even when I'm at work, and I have been keeping my eye out on Firefall, I had such high hopes for the game, but when it was released, I found myself lost, bored, and confused out of my mind. I visit their forums from time to time to check up on everything, Milestones and all. The game intrigues me a lot, and I like what they are doing. I love shooters, and I love MMOs. Red 5 has been through some rocky times I would say, with the recent firing of their CEO Mark Kern. I think it was a really good decision on their part, and it sucks he would be fired and lose his job, but the game wasn't going where it needed to be. It has a TON of potential. Now, I don't know what Mark's end goal was, but with the way the game was going, but it was terrible to say the least. Red 5 is extremely vocal, and their community managers are always talking, and even the developers. Talking about what their goal is, telling people how it is, and letting people know their voices are heard. I watched their Firefall stream friday, and dI was impressed on what they covered, and things like that. They seemed really involved with everything. It's nice to see that. The game has been in this "Open Beta" stage for a long time now. A LONG time. I don't think it's a bad thing, because it's not officially been released, but you know... I think it's a good thing it's not officially released. It shouldn't be at this stage of their game. I don't think it's right now worthy of a full release. They need to do a lot of work before it can become that. I play the game now and then, just to check up on it, because honestly I love the feel and style of the game. That's what keeps me thinking about it. I wish it could be the game I play all the time, but it's just not there... It certainly has the potential to be... But it's just not there yet.
What Red 5 is doing is pretty well done. Of course, they have their issues like anyone else would, the game needs a lot of work, but it's coming along piece by piece. The reason I wanted to discuss this game is because it has a ton of potential. It has a great company backing it, it just recently acquired their B funding. The game is looking up, and it looks like people are funding the game, and have hopes for it as well. I think it's more of how the game is managed, and how open the developers are. They are really active with the community. I would love to be able to sit down with one of them and pick their brains. Have they come a long way? I would say so, but they still have a lot to go. They said Firefall would have a official release this year, and I hope they stand by their word, because It would be nice to have some more Firefall advertisements. I don't think it really needs that huge push for advertisements right now, because of the stage of the game. It deserves new players by all means, people need to try it out for sure, but when the Official release comes by, I hope Red 5 does a surge of advertisements to help the game grow. The community in the game seems to be pretty close, I've met a ton of strangers who have been very nice and showed me the ropes. Recently logging in, the game seems to help new people understand mechanics, and things of that nature. The game desperately needs that, because I got lost within the first two minutes my first go at the game. Huge turn off for me, but they have improved it. Good for them.
“This additional round of funding will offer us the means to execute on our plan for successfully launching Firefall in 2014.” said James Macauley, acting CEO, Red 5 Studios. “This is the year Firefall takes flight. The entire Red 5 tribe is focused on creating top quality content that will take Firefall to the next level and we are excited for this next stage of development.” This was posted on the Red 5 Studios website, and I hope James can keep to his word, and keep that quality content coming. It would be a shame for this type of game just to disappear on the face of the gaming world, and never be mentioned again. It does need attention from other people. Advertisements should come in when that launch comes. It needs to happen Red 5. This year they also stated they would put PvP back in the game. It was taken out because of some issues (I don't know exactly why), but I would love to see PvP in this game. Sadly, I did not have the chance to partake in this but I'm hoping I will be able to this year. It would seem like a blast.
A story based campaign is also being released later this year. I'm not sure what this will be like, I hoping it would have a good quest line. The most confusing thing for me is the questing... I'm not sure where I am going, or what to do... I sort of just ask people and follow what the screen tells me. I hope they have a plan to fix that, or make it better to understand. I'm not dumb by any means, maybe I'm not looking at it right, but that's how it feels to me. So i'm hoping this story will come with some awesome quest, and some really epic writing. Don't disappoint me Red 5. So with what they are saying the game will do in 2014 comes to life, it looks really bright for Firefall, and Red 5. I personally don't want this game to go to waste. I know Red 5 has put a lot of hard work into it, and continues to do so. I'm happy with the direction their going with now. Mark Kern didn't really put me at ease where he wanted to go with the game. Some people described his management as "Schizophrenic". Let's hope the new management can come up with a solid game play, and keep to that goal. Red 5 keeps updating us on what they have planned for the future, but there is a difference from saying, and doing. I can understand that there will always be changes, and unforeseen things, but they really need to keep to their word here. I don't have trust issues here, I would just like to see what they tell us will be implemented into the game. Ahem... Open PvP please.
I will continue to keep my eyes peeled to Red 5 and Firefall. I'm hoping development will continue with this strong passion they have for the game, and the community. Don't fumble now guys, keep it up. The game has SO much potential to be great. The thing is... Is it to far late for Firefall/Red5? I don't think so. Sure it's been a long time, and the game has been out for awhile, but It's not to late for them to pick up the pace and show what they got. Many people have maybe forgotten about the game after their first glance, but you should really take another look at the game, read up on what Red 5 has planned, and give them a little more time. The deserve that after all. Some people may think differently but... I'm willing to give them some more time. I haven't lost hope yet. Again, I think without Mark Kern development will be a lot better. I hate to say that, because the guy lost his job, but... Firefall needs good direction, it needs a solid game plan.
It you haven't given Firefall a look yet, I suggest you do, and if you have, take another look. You might be surprised on what you find! 2014 looks really good for this game, and I will continue to keep my eyes peeled at this one. Till next time! Cheers!