It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from Firefall, but the folks at Red 5 have been keeping busy, working on the upcoming futuristic shooter MMO. Now, we’ve received an open letter addressed to the game’s tireless beta testers, which sheds a little light on what’s been going on, plus delivering some great news for gamers who want to get in on the action.
The game’s beta has been growing slowly and carefully since last year, when a small group of people were invited to try out the game. “Due to the depth” of the project – plus the inherent limitations of a small development team – things have been progressing gradually. Things have changed now though, with the most recent wave of beta invites seeing more than 40,000 people potentially introduced to the game.
As community manager Phobos explains on the game’s blog:
We’ve had our bumps, we’ve had our bruises. We’ve still got a ways to go. But I am pleased to announce that we are now ready for the next phase of the Firefall beta.
On Monday, April 2nd, we will be turning the servers on and leaving them on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phobos explains “this is a huge step” for the company – as well as a huge risk. Expect a bunch of “little issues” as the team switches over to a 24/7 operation,
The team will also cut back on its available support for the game – rather than being online all the time when the server is open, the operations team will typically only be around between 10am-6pm PST for server issues (plus being on-call to fix any major dramas).
You should probably expect some “rough patches” after hours and on weekends, sorry.
In other good news, the non-disclosure agreements surrounding Firefall will be lifted on April 6th – the same day the game’s thrown open to PAX East attendees – so stay tuned for plenty more Firefall coverage.