If you missed the first stage of Firefall's (opens in new tab) open beta, consider this your heads-up that the second is going on right now (opens in new tab) . What's Firefall? It's a free-to-play MMORPG/shooter/gratuitous jetpack type game, and it involves words like 'battleframe', 'melding' and 'crystite'. More details have firefallen beneath the break.
With stage 2 (opens in new tab) of the open beta, Red 5 Studios "want to test the mechanics of pushing back the Melding, and taking the war to the Chosen. That's right, instead of defending New Eden against Chosen incursions, you will now be taking the war into the Melding itself." One quick question: what did any of that mean?
The beta will involve "pushing back the Melding", "eliminating the Chosen fortresses" before eventually "unlocking the entire zone". There's a leaderboard tracking the best players, and top-ranked players "will be honored by having statues of their characters in the new capital, and in 1st place, the right to name the city itself." That's pretty nifty actually - particularly if the winner chooses to name it something like New Bumshire.
Head here (opens in new tab) to sign up to Firefall's open beta.
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