a new behind-the-scenes clip for Firefall, Red 5's upcoming free-play
online shooter. The clip focuses on the team's efforts to achieve
balance among the shooter's various classes, an objective with vital
consequences in any online title. But tweaking the firing-rate of the
medic's secondary firearm doesn't exactly make for scintillating
viewing, so the studio's seen fit to overlay lots of fast,
brightly-colored footage of sci-fi laser-battles. Congratulations,
Red 5, on knowing your audience.
Above: We are under the impression that this is what politics-buffs mean by "class warfare." Please do not correct our assumptions
due for release in December, mixes cooperative and competitive
multiplayer in an online environment rich in outlandish sci-fi
doodads for the obliteration of rival players. The game's now taking applications for its second closed beta, and will be free-to-play
when it launches next month. When we last went hands-on with the title, what impressed us was the seamless transition between
competitive Team Fortress-style play and MMO-esque co-op scenarios –
which you'd expect from a studio founded by World of Warcraft
veterans. If nothing else, the studio looks to have distilled Ritalin
into viewable form, an achievement whose implications we can only
guess at (for a few seconds, before becoming distracted and antsy).
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