Firefall to shutdown all PvP

Michael Dunaway
By Michael Dunaway, News Editor September 12, 2013

Sometimes in a game's development cycle, hard decisions must be made and features can be cut. This can be due to several reasons, but generally the cuts boil down to a lack of funding, poor design or a combination of both. However, Firefall's recent decision to shutdown all of its PvP content has thrown me for a loop. You see, I cannot recall a previous time when a developer spent so much effort on a feature, released said feature and then axed it.

That is the current situation Red 5 has found themselves with Firefall. In a news post on the official site, Mark Kern, CEO of Red 5 announced the developer's plan to suspend Firefall's PvP and take the system offline for an undisclosed amount of time. It may be obvious Firefall's main draw is its open world PvE content, but apparently that is the only draw. Firefall's PvP on the other hand isn't doing so hot, with less than 3% of Firefall's players opting to participate.

Kern hopes his team can use this downtime to regroup, rethink, and deliver the best PvP system possible. For now, the team has expressed the need to continue focusing on the more popular PvE part of the game. Just recently, Firefall entered into its second open beta stage which pulled back the melding and introduced new chosen fortresses to destroy.

With so little players participating in PvP, one could argue the shutdown won't affect many. While true, I would argue any MMO which removes complete features -especially features as prominent as PvP- deserves some scrutiny. What do you think?

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About the Author

Michael Dunaway
Michael Dunaway, News Editor
Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009.

Discussion (24)

arezam 7 years ago

Bic Boi 8 years ago
Sad..the closest chance of seeing anything like old school Unreal Tournament surface again and then it gets axed..Welp, any inkling of interest I had died. Moving on. Nothing to see here.

Rufinus 8 years ago
so whats the point in upgrading ur armor now lol

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oh noes 8 years ago
the game with this idea has so much potential, they just lack smthing ... to make it work... i bet if the chosen was other fraction played by others it would be awesome

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ioulios 8 years ago
downloaded the game played for 30 minutes uninstalled it immidiatly

Dkuang 8 years ago
Well then, that's strange...considering the game is so fantastic on so many levels. /sarcasm off. Even though I got a 100 dollar founders pack for Firefall to support them, I've lost all hope. Game is just a horrible boring, grind grind grind with sub par ui, art, animations, and generally wasted development funds and time on elements that are just...well...BORING.

I understand Mr. Kern is always talking about how they always strive for greatness and giving their best and blah blah and even read his articles on, but at the end of the day. You can b.s yourself and write up anything you want, the success and value of your game speaks more, and it's barely whispering in my book. Have only logged in under 5 hours in like over 5 months, which speaks loads about the game.

Still, if they think they have a shot of redeeming the games pvp or whatever else there is to fix, I give it to them. They're stubborn.

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firecrap 8 years ago
shut down the entire game. it sucks and is a huge awful grind with boring pve.

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nexthazard 8 years ago
Simple solution Copy Age of Wushu Keep it PVE but make different faction or random killers in game if people wanna fight let them (toggle on) and if people don't (toggle off) then said players can add bounties and such that would make the game a hell lot more fun also give people some pvp action as i found there TDM and DM unbalanced :P

Just cuz its been done does not mean 1 cannot copy and improve :D

xcr00k3dx 8 years ago
PvP was Firefall's only saving grace... Why would they cut it? The rest of the game is boring at best.

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Vu... 8 years ago
It's nice to have PVP in Firefall but if it has to it has to.

zoren580 8 years ago

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Saint Lucifer 8 years ago
Kinda weird to see a MMO that was always planned to be the new big one of the E-sport scene, to get rid of what was supposed to be their main focus when they started it.

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removalmitt 8 years ago
After glimpsing the title and clicking I thought it was gonna be shut down full stop. Didn't they have lots of founder package sales? They spent too much time changing stuff whilst in beta, surely beta is more for bug killing, load stressing and tarting up for a live version.

I had a little fun, maybe a month worth if that a long while back, nothing major will even tickle my curiosity again.

765Bro 8 years ago
MOUNTED, and also I'm so glad to hear they aren't cutting it completely. Even if this hiatus takes a year, if it comes back and is really good, I will return too.

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