Firefall Open Beta

Red 5 announces the promised open beta testing of Firefall, which is basically a soft launch for the free-to-play open world shooter, evidenced by the sale of Starter Packs for the beta. A new live action trailer celebrates the news as does the Firefall Fest, which will present live streams for the next couple of days along with other special events. Here's word on the game:
Firefall, an upcoming free-to-play MMO shooter, is set in a unique and beautiful science fiction universe 200 years in the future. Players are part of the last remnant of humanity on Earth, fighting to survive against all odds on a hostile planet ravaged by an aggressive energy storm and under attack by a mysterious humanoid race, known as the Chosen. One of the most anticipated PC games of 2013, Firefall consists of two triple-A components that will entice shooter fans: a polished PvP combat system tuned for elite-level eSports competition and a robust open world experience designed to immerse players in a deep storyline with dynamic events and social gameplay.
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Jul 10, 2013, 21:38
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 21:38
Jul 10, 2013, 21:38
 
shihonage wrote on Jul 10, 2013, 01:38:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2013, 21:31:
Tenshinage

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Jul 10, 2013, 12:23
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 12:23
Jul 10, 2013, 12:23
 
I had issues logging in for about 15 minutes. Then I was into the character screen I created a character name at which point it said "waiting for response" for a good minute until the screen went black for about 15 seconds.
Afterwards a cinematic played which was actually kinda cool, but after the cinematic it took me to a splash screen with no indication of loading, for about 20 seconds.
Then it had an in-game cinematic which I skipped (graphics are pretty meh)
At that point it took me back to the character screen with it saying "waiting for response" for a good 20 seconds until I alt tabbed and ended the task.

If I was actually excited to play this I'd have been more patient.
Uninstalled.
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Jul 10, 2013, 12:18
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 12:18
Jul 10, 2013, 12:18
 
Shineyguy wrote on Jul 10, 2013, 09:25:
Omni wrote on Jul 10, 2013, 08:39:
I was in the early beta and I just gave up. The pvp was a spam fest and the pve was a grind fest, so yeah not worth a shit playing it.

Just to let everyone know, the game only hit Beta status recently. It's been in Alpha all the way up until a month or so ago.

So, everyone saying it was shit; well it wasn't meant to be a complete game, Red 5 states that multiple times while your downloading, reading the ToS, all other places.

Actually no... The game has been out of alpha for some time.

Its actually been in CLOSED BETA for the last 1+ years. Its JUST now going OPEN beta.

However, it sure feels like it was alpha, due to the fact that the game has no real feeling of purpose or direction. The devs have a nice framework, they just cant seem to decide or agree on what to do with it.

If you have 15 minutes, check out some of the writeups on glassdoor from ex employees. Most of what they say about the company and management will make you go "Oh, THATS why this game feels the way it does"
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 10, 2013, 09:33
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 09:33
Jul 10, 2013, 09:33
 
Just to let everyone know, the game only hit Beta status recently. It's been in Alpha all the way up until a month or so ago.

So, everyone saying it was shit; well it wasn't meant to be a complete game, Red 5 states that multiple times while your downloading, reading the ToS, all other places.

I got an email from them back in 2012 for my beta invite so what you are saying doesn't make any sense and the game is shit either way.
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 10, 2013, 09:25
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 09:25
Jul 10, 2013, 09:25
 
Omni wrote on Jul 10, 2013, 08:39:
I was in the early beta and I just gave up. The pvp was a spam fest and the pve was a grind fest, so yeah not worth a shit playing it.

Just to let everyone know, the game only hit Beta status recently. It's been in Alpha all the way up until a month or so ago.

So, everyone saying it was shit; well it wasn't meant to be a complete game, Red 5 states that multiple times while your downloading, reading the ToS, all other places.
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 10, 2013, 08:39
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 08:39
Jul 10, 2013, 08:39
 
I was in the early beta and I just gave up. The pvp was a spam fest and the pve was a grind fest, so yeah not worth a shit playing it.
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 10, 2013, 04:39
Slick
 
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 04:39
Jul 10, 2013, 04:39
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ItBurn wrote on Jul 10, 2013, 00:16:
I was interested, but now I may wait for the final game But generally, open betas never end... They're basically the final game. Regardless of what they say, I'm not sure they're going to deliver more, or "enough".

"they're basically the final game" has no bearing on firefall's beta status. having been a beta tester for 1.5 years, i've seen 3 huge game-changing milestones which have each basically thrown out 6+ months of work, how the leveling works, the UI, the items, the crafting, the resources, the dynamic missions ETC ETC ETC.

"most games" you play aren't betas, they're "demos" remember those? big difference from finished product trying to get promo, and totally unfinished product still changing constantly.
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Jul 10, 2013, 04:10
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 04:10
Jul 10, 2013, 04:10
 
Kawlisse wrote on Jul 9, 2013, 20:56:
Shok wrote on Jul 9, 2013, 20:52:
I might try it but not this weekend. Just got an invite to Elder Scrolls online beta this weekend. I don't remember applying but whatever lol.

God damn I hate you I want in so bad for elder srolls ! even bought a brand new pc just for this game !

Why did you buy a new PC for this game? It looks like ass (compared to Skyrim for example)
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 10, 2013, 01:38
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Jul 10, 2013, 01:38
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2013, 21:31:
Tenshinage

Abandoned hobby detected?

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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 10, 2013, 00:16
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 10, 2013, 00:16
Jul 10, 2013, 00:16
 
I was interested, but now I may wait for the final game But generally, open betas never end... They're basically the final game. Regardless of what they say, I'm not sure they're going to deliver more, or "enough".
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 9, 2013, 23:39
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 23:39
Jul 9, 2013, 23:39
 
How about waiting until it's finished before writing it off? The game is going to be free.
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Jul 9, 2013, 23:09
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 23:09
Jul 9, 2013, 23:09
 
They've added quite a bit of content in the past few months, but it is very much still in development. Red 5 likes to say that their definition of beta is nothing like anyone else's (which I'm afraid will cause them problems with public perception now that it's freely available without an invite/key), because they've yet to implement a ton of stuff they have planned and are still open to making big changes based on feedback. This isn't an open beta like GW2 or NWO or any other game has done where it's basically feature complete and just in need of load, bug, and balance testing... So if you come into it with the expectation of playing a finished and fleshed out game, you will be disappointed. I.e. right now there is next to no story-driven "campaign" and only the most basic components of the dynamic, territory-driven warfront against the Chosen are present.

With that said, it's still a ton of fun IMO. It is the best free-to-play game I've ever played for sure, if only because of their no-nonsense approach as far as monetization and the sheer amount of risk they've been taking trying to create something truly unique as far as an MMO/FPS/RPG. Or rather, mashing those genres up like they never have been before. The thing that really drew me in at first was the tight, real-time FPS combat (as they say, it's tuned for competitive PVP) in the open-world MMO setting. They've still got a ways to go, but it's shaping up quite nicely. Preventing power creep with a durability system that results in permanent item breakage, free and player-driven economy, open world PVP down the road, etc.

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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 9, 2013, 22:58
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 22:58
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slipmat wrote on Jul 9, 2013, 21:33:
It's also first person. You can toggle. A great shooter. PvP is tight (if there isn't lag)

Yes, but that puts you at a disadvantage playing in 1st person against other 3rd person players. So I should have clarified, to me it's a 3rd person shooter only as I wouldn't want to play it at a disadvantage.
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 9, 2013, 22:45
Tom
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 22:45
Jul 9, 2013, 22:45
Tom
 
Played it during closed beta. My experience was exactly the same as what shihonage reported. There just wasn't any reason to keep playing. Hopefully they can somehow fix it (or already have fixed it), but I have my doubts.
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Jul 9, 2013, 22:44
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 22:44
Jul 9, 2013, 22:44
 
I have been playing in the beta for a while. I came back to it from time to time, but like shihonage said it seemed pointless and was rather boring after a few hours. I haven't logged into it for a few months, so I am not sure what they have added or changed with the open beta version.
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 9, 2013, 21:33
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 21:33
Jul 9, 2013, 21:33
 
It's also first person. You can toggle. A great shooter. PvP is tight (if there isn't lag)
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 9, 2013, 21:31
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 21:31
Jul 9, 2013, 21:31
 
Wow, this game has been in development for a long time. Anyone other than Tenshinage have experience with it?
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Re: Firefall Open Beta
Jul 9, 2013, 21:08
RaZ0r!
 
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 21:08
Jul 9, 2013, 21:08
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Too bad it's a 3rd person shooter rather than 1st person. I just don't like them.
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Jul 9, 2013, 20:56
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Jul 9, 2013, 20:56
 
Shok wrote on Jul 9, 2013, 20:52:
I might try it but not this weekend. Just got an invite to Elder Scrolls online beta this weekend. I don't remember applying but whatever lol.

God damn I hate you I want in so bad for elder srolls ! even bought a brand new pc just for this game !
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Jul 9, 2013, 20:52
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Re: Firefall Open Beta Jul 9, 2013, 20:52
Jul 9, 2013, 20:52
 
I might try it but not this weekend. Just got an invite to Elder Scrolls online beta this weekend. I don't remember applying but whatever lol.
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