Red 5 Studios, the developers behind the MMOFPS Firefall, have removed Mark Kern from his role as Red 5’s chief executive officer. Mark Kern was the last of the four original founders of Red 5, who started the studio in 2006 after leaving Blizzard. The decision was reached after Red 5’s board of directors voted on the matter.

Not only was Kern removed as CEO, the board effectively ousted him from the entire company. In an email sent to all Red 5 employees and obtained by Gamefront, James Macualey, Red 5’s Vice President of Development and now acting CEO of Red 5 stated “Mark will no longer have any authority to act for or on behalf of Red 5 Studios”. Macauley went on to reassure team members, saying “we are and will continue to be here to serve and support each of you”.

No reason has yet been given (either in the email or to the public) as to why the board decided to remove Kern, but delays and mismanagement involving the studios flagship MMO are most likely to blame. The studio cut a portion of its staff in September around the same time we reported on Red 5’s employees seemingly overwhelming dissatisfaction with the studios current direction it was heading.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. I started playing firefall a little over 2 years ago. and This game has literally gone no where.

    It is so frustrating to me to see such a good game with high potential move nowhere but in circles with itself.

    Looking at the forums weekly the only things they seem to do is just tweak battleframes and add new things you can buy with real money.

    This game lacks content so badly its not even funny. there needs to be more to the game.

    Bigger world, more ambition to do things. more goals to reach.

    good move red 5 now lets see what you can do in the next 2 years -.-

  2. I don’t give a damn if they erased Mark from the company just complete the goddamn game so i can play all day long without damn bugs and glitches dammit!!

  3. Ah yes, the man that touted the “all the stuff you craft can be permanently destroyed” bandwagon as the greatest thing ever. I can’t say that this guy didn’t deserve the boot, but it comes a little late. I do hope the game can be salvaged (just look at what Warframe was at the start…). I’m not holding my breath though.

    • To be fair, Defiance isn’t in a much better state at the moment. However, Defiance is still fun to play, where-as Firefall always felt a little flat, or lifeless.

  4. Should of saw this coming I guess considering the abysmal state Firefall is in, he talked the talk but definitely didn’t walk the walk in terms of the games development. All that “we worked for Blizzard” crap is just that crap. Product talks and well Firefall is a horrible product to date.


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