'Firefall' beta update video details massive changes

Firefall's beta continues to evolve based on player feedback, and a new video from developer Red 5 Studios explains the many changes made to the game in this summer's patch.

Firefall's beta continues to evolve based on player feedback, and a new video from developer Red 5 Studios explains the many changes made to the game in this summer's patch.

"Back in the spring, we sat down, we sent out a survey to you, our beta testers, and we received thousands of responses with ideas, suggestions, things you'd like to see in the game," said James MacAuley, vice president of development at Red 5. "And we circled up as a team, and we had a real heart-to-heart talking about what some of the major trends were and where we wanted to go with this milestone. We came out of that discussion with some pretty big, ambitious changes for the summer that we're excited to share with you today."

Firefall will see major changes to combat, including tweaks to every weapon and ability. Red 5 tripled the size of the playable area, added new missions and multiplayer maps, and created an option for two players to duel. With the patch, they also scuttled the traditional leveling system in massively multiplayer online role-playing games in favor of a system that provides branching leveling paths in which players control how to spend experience points.

Firefall's first beta wave saw 500,000 players, and Red 5 will be hosting a tournament at Gamescom this month. Polygon will be in Cologne, Germany to cover the show for you.

You can check out many more details in the video below.

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