Firefall releases Razor’s Edge update, disables west coast datacenter

    
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If you heard an earth-rumbling boom this morning and didn’t know the source, let us tell you: It was the arrival of Firefall’s 1.6 update, Razor’s Edge.

The massive patch makes a lot of changes to combat while feeding both the PvP and PvE sides of the game. Some of the update bullet points include the new Jetball arena PvP mode, a Holdout mode for PvE, a Defense of Dredge raid, new difficulty modes for instances, a restructuring of some of the game’s narrative flow, two new operations, the bounty system, better progression, a combat pass for all battleframes, the elite ranks advancement system, an equipment tinkering system, an improved LFG tool, and more equipment slots. Whew!

This update comes at a time of major change for some of Firefall’s population. Red 5 says that it’s decided to take the US-West datacenter offline and transfer everyone over to the east coast datacenter to save costs.

Source: Patch notes, US-West migration. Thanks to I-Spy for the tip!
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mysecretid
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mysecretid

Found the web page where Red 5 is keeping the community apprised of the 1.6 update/transition status.

If you’re interested, you want to look here and follow the thread:

http://forums.firefall.com/community/threads/extended-update-1-6-maintenance-and-migration.7098021/

Styopa
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Styopa

I get the strongest feeling I should really play this game “before it’s gone”.

Tongle
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Tongle

Maybe I’ll get back into firefall in the summer….

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

These guys should win the mega award for effort. Someone like Hi-Rez should scoop them up now and put them to work on the next Global Agenda game, rather than letting them all “slowly” slip into the dark pit of this games demise and have to go through any more torment.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

karmamule Dude!

karmamule
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karmamule

Oh great, now I have to put up with all those people speaking Californese on my server!!!

Xyggy
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Xyggy

The drama that’s surrounded this title and its studio should be made into a web mini-series. Unfortunate countdown to REd 5 closing it’s doors and game starts… who am I kidding. It started a long time ago.

digi_owl
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digi_owl

Haven’t touched the game since they changed up the suit progress scheme that made it hard for me to play my preferred engineer.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

I play Firefall when I’m in the mood for that sort of gameplay, and it always surprises me with how much fun it usually is.

While some will read the western server farm’s closure as DOOOOOOOOM!!!!, of course, I think the consolidation of all the Firefall faithful into one location may be oddly helpful.

Online games seem to be becoming more “niche” oriented — the days when basically everybody who played online played Ultima Online or EverQuest or World of WarCraft seem to be disappearing rapidly. Now, people are more inclined to play what they like (across multiple games) rather than “following the market leader”.
So, it occurs to me that Red 5 doesn’t have to be a “market leader” with Firefall — they merely have to make enough consistent profit to justify keeping things going. A niche game with a solid, devoted player base can do that.

The days of a game having to be a “WoW-killer” to survive financially, or to be seen as worthy, are behind us now, thankfully.

My opinions only. Yours may vary, and that’s cool.

Kenny_
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Kenny_

Samizdat Kenny_ TY for the info! I might take a look at it again if there’s not too much of a barrier to get to that point.

Cheers!