Firefall is a team-based action shooter computer game from Red 5 Studios, a studio founded by Mark Kern, team lead of World of Warcraft in 2005.  Firefall is set to release online near the end of 2011 as a free-to-play title supported by an online marketplace.

Firefall takes place on Earth set 200 years in the future. A new energy source called Crystite was discovered and became the main form of power used by humans. The overuse of Crystite led to the disastrous arrival of an aggressive energy storm called the Melding. The Melding engulfed nearly the entire planet, leaving only a pocket of the Earth livable in the eye of the Melding storm. The Melding mutates and transforms all life and even the terrain of the planet. Recently, humanity has come under attack by a race calling themselves the Chosen who have emerged from the Melding. The player takes on the role of a surviving member of the human race in the fight to push back both the Chosen and rid the Earth of the Melding.

 

Firefall takes place on Earth set 200 years in the future. A new energy source called Crystite was discovered and became the main form of power used by humans. The overuse of Crystite led to the disastrous arrival of an aggressive energy storm called the Melding. The Melding engulfed nearly the entire planet, leaving only a pocket of the Earth livable in the eye of the Melding storm. The Melding mutates and transforms all life and even the terrain of the planet. Recently, humanity has come under attack by a race calling themselves the Chosen who have emerged from the Melding. The player takes on the role of a surviving member of the human race in the fight to push back both the Chosen and rid the Earth of the Melding.
Firefall features both a large, open-world cooperative campaign that can be shared with hundreds of other players as well as a competitive multiplayer component that incorporates things like ladders, tournaments, clans and leagues. Players can loot equipment and level up in order to better fight. The guild equivalent that players can join are called armies, an army can grant its members certain advantages and abilities. So far these are mostly rumors however the Thumper , a mining system that is dropped from orbit or by a shuttle, allows a member of an army to gather crystite anywhere in the world, however certain areas appear to be more beneficial for mining than others. When a thumper is deployed it will attract multiple hostile creatures. This was one of a few examples as to events or types of gameplay players will experience. Classes are called Battleframes, and in the playable demo at PAX East 2011 there were three available: Assault, Recon and Medic, with Engineer announced but not playable. It is unknown whether more will be released, but it has been strongly hinted at. Another aspect to the game are modules, or packs, which the player can use to customize their weapons and abilities to fit his or her playstyle. For further information see the Firefall site.