Firefall’s update is live and servers are up, but old characters are still offline

    
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Firefell.

The most recent Firefall patch faced some pretty significant downtime due to issues with its implementation; players were updated on the state of the patch yesterday with a full rundown of the technical issues facing the team. The good news is that as of this morning, the game’s servers are online and the patch is running. Bad news? Existing characters aren’t ready for play as the team runs through the remaining issues with character migration. Community manager FadedPez continued to keep players updated:

The update is now live, but without migration. Characters created prior to the start of the maintenance are currently hidden. Don’t worry, they aren’t gone! We’re continuing to work on our migration script. We’re getting really close with it and once it’s completely done and tested we will deploy the script and pre-existing characters will be visible again (with no changes to them). At that point, you may step through your character migration and get back to playing your character.

Further updates last night confirmed that the patch was working fine, but every time the migration script was run, another set of issues would crop up, which meant that there was no way to push it safely to the live servers. No precise timetable has been prepared for when the migration will be fully released, but the team is promising another update this morning (PST) as soon as there’s more to tell players.

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mysecretid
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mysecretid

LordOfBread 
Aye, the changes are pretty comprehensive, both big and small.
I’m thinking this might be a good time for anyone who’s been curious about the game to check it out. As I’ve said before, I’ve always found the game more fun to actually play than the description might make it sound.
Cheers,

LordOfBread
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LordOfBread

holy cow game got a completely new start, everything seems different, story, Copacabana rebuilt etc.

wow, Massively doing a livestream impresions of it would be cool

karmamule
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karmamule

jeremy2020 Or another major revamp is around the corner so I’ll wait for that….and then…..oh look!!  Another major revamp!!!  Oh, and then, super brand new intro areas!!  Oh, then brand new crafting!!  Then, hey, guess what kids, we’re doing a MAJOR REDESIGN!

It’s like one drawn out epileptic fit.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

I finally got my raptor. I’m not very happy with it. Thought it was a support battleframe with a sniper background.
And then i remember i can’t relevel battleframes anymore, i have to create a new character and go through all the main questline again.
God no.

johnmynard
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johnmynard

Janio2 Damonvile The AI has been improved.  I think all they really did was improve it’s response time to given inputs.  Making it much harder to dodge things.

jeremy2020
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jeremy2020

I always mean to give Firefall a shot and put in on the back burner because some news comes out that makes it seem like it’s not long for the world. Then I’m like, “Well, I’ll try it anyway”. Then another Firefall news story that makes it seem like it’s not long for this world.

jeremy2020
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jeremy2020

Koshelkin I think anytime a product that has failed to catch on and has been riddled with mismanagement says, “As soon as we launch in xxxx, all of our problems will be solved!” is not long to live.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

I wish them well. As I was saying yesterday, this game is always more fun when I play it than its description might make it sound.

Oh, and FadedPez continues to be a customer-relations hero through all of this; he’s gone far above and beyond in his desire to keep players informed of what’s going on during this whole server-migration-and-patch thing.

I can’t think of another game outfit which has been this communicative when things were less-than-optimal.

solipsis
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solipsis

http://www.polygon.com/2014/1/24/5342536/firefall-2014-red-5-series-b-funding
I bet whoever gave them the 23m is banging their heads on a wall just about now. hahahaha!

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

I don’t know if Firefall and it’s studio have that much longer to live. I think there’s a good chance it’s shutting down soon. Considering their development history it’s pretty sad but it shows how mismanagement and bad design lead can have a big negative impact on development.