It’s finally time. Red 5 Studios’ greatly troubled MMO shooter Firefall will be shutting down tomorrow, July 7, and this time it looks to be permanent. But you can look forward to the mobile version! No, seriously.

The announcement was posted last night on the Red 5 Studios website. It includes the typical condolences and thanks to players, along with this rather surprising declaration:

“Your efforts and loyalty will not go without recognition, however. Firefall is currently developing a mobile version of the game and all of Firefall’s founders and players will be rewarded greatly in the new game. We will be sure to provide everyone with more updates as we have them.”

A mobile version of the game. We’re sure that’s what Firefall’s fans were looking forward to.

We’ve poked at Firefall more than a few times over the years, especially since it was partially purchased by a Cayman Islands cashmere company and left to wither on the vine, with zero communication from the dev team. From missing payroll to layoffs to even more layoffs, every piece of news surrounding the game over the past couple of years seems to have been bad. It’s frankly a miracle the lights have stayed on for as long as they have. At the very least, the next (mobile) chapter can’t be worse … can it?

In any case, this might be our last chance to use our favorite Firefall Bus image, so here it is:

Extreme Makeover: MMOBomb Previews FireFall's Launch Update 5

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. Firefall started of being a great game with jetpacks, then the behind the scene stuff seem to overshaow as to which way firefall was heading. Shame to see it go :(.

  2. “Firefall is currently developing a mobile version of the game and all of Firefall’s founders and players will be rewarded greatly in the new game”… Yeah right, The9 will offer me a 10% discount on my energy refills or mission cooldowns in return for destroying one of the best games i ever played? Thanks, but no thanks, i’ll just wait for Anthem and Em-8er.
    P.S. Who is developing this, wasn’t there just like one guy left, checking twice a week is the servers went offline?

  3. I remember of the first time i have played this game in the very beginning, in that time the game just are the coolest shooter mmo, now i wait for Anthem

  4. The problem and reason why Firefall failed is that the game never stuck to a single idea, update after update, scrapping ideas and then rereleasing them without matching the current content.
    That and firing the man who came with what the good idea for Firefall was, and trying to please a publishing company without even having a viable product to keep up with.
    As sad as it is that the game is going down, it was expected and seen miles away.

    Oh, and the mobile port of the game is a terrible idea. Red 5 is trying to stay afloat by throwing everything off the boat with no care.

    • To compound this, they couldn’t even stay with an idea after Kern was gone. They made it into WoW with Guns which would have been alright and at least it was a stable direction. But then they kept changing things on how to acquire new frames/classes. I finally gave in when they couldn’t even keep basic things like mission hubs working. Waiting 10-15 minutes for a quest to start is kinda a deal breaker when it’s your primary method of leveling.


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