Former Red 5 Studios CEO Mark Kern still thinks Firefall is the proverbial one that got away. After voicing his displeasure with the game as it was published back in May, he’s decided to take the first steps toward re-creating it, with a new game he calls Ember, labeling it as the spiritual successor to Firefall’s initial vision.

There isn’t (much) money going into the project at this time, though; right now, Kern has two pages set up, one for a petition on for Ember, to gauge interest in it, and a small fundraiser on IndieGogo to produce the game’s website, art, and forums. Kern says the petition needs 8,000 signatures “to launch the project’s first milestone,” and it stands just shy of 1,500 as of this writing. The IndieGogo is doing much better, sitting at $2,366, well ahead of its stated $500 goal. If Mark Kern has one talent, it’s getting people to throw money at him.

As for the game itself, Ember would be set in the universe of Crixa, a “tabletop, space-opera RPG currently under development” also being developed by Kern. It would offer many of the features that early versions of Firefall boasted, such as horizontal progression, involved resource gathering, an open-world sandbox, and customizable “omniframe” weapons suits.

Kern hasn’t stated whether Ember would be free-to-play and, honestly, the game is so early in its conception that I doubt any decision’s been made on a payment model. And a petition + fundraiser is light-years from a playable product, even an early access/alpha one. We’ll keep an eye on it, though, and let you know if there are any other notable developments. Is it something you’d be interested in?

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. One thing I have to say is that you never stop trying to push for your dreams because isn’t that what they say? Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

  2. firefall was a good game back in alpha/cbt/obt. Once the game was drastically changed with the level system it then went to shit. I hope they do it right this time.

  3. I don’t have all the background knowledge, but as far as I know Kern has been booted from Red5 for wasting giant amounts of money and resources on his “vision” that never got finished, never turned into a final product and required several overhauls of the whole game. Overall he can be blamed for bad management, and millions of investor’s money wasted.
    I doubt many people would trust him this time around. to actually pull through and deliver a finished product. More likely it will turn into another Star Citizen 😛
    Secondly I have no idea what use a petition has? He could just set up a newsletter and ask for subscriptions, it has the same effect.

    • You’re right… you know nothing.

      He was booted because he didn’t turn it into WOW for the asian investors… They wanted him to spend even more on advertising before it was ready, he went against that. He saved them money, that’s why he got the boot.

      You know nothing.

    • Yep you know the story that the9 wants you to know, but in fact they wanted him to spend money on advertisement… the bus was The9 idea and it failed which instead of that money going to the game was wasted by the9.. He wanted to use the money for the game but they didn’t want that they wanted mass ads and a simple generic game..

  4. interesting so they bringing giant robots suits ? and making it a mecha war zoon map where u mine for suplise and waring over terotroise agins faction players. and building camps and sedning special trops from the camps u help build under the matches? so thay copying planetside 2 with firfall skin 😛 if thay add so u get build ur own robots suits and tanks so on then its yes

    • there is also space travel and other planets… So more like Utopia Universe just hopeful without the fake free to play and gamble gameplay.


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