For those of you whom have been following Firefall for a while, and easy enough for the new commer to quickly discover, beta invites are a big thing for the MMO/FPS hybrid hitting the market as we speak. Currently Firefall is in a 'closed beta testing' phase of the games roll out. However, many are still confused as to the December date many sites have listed, and much of the community believed to be the games launch.
According to Grumms (Mark Kern CEO of Red 5) the December date is actually the Cash Shop roll out as he outlined in his communtiy post "Clearing up the 'Launch' confusion -- December is not a 'Launch'" where he states:
"The game doesn't have a traditional "launch" like other games (esp paid games). Firefall is in a period of what we call "Exclusive Beta" which is based on a g-mail style invite system. There is no closed beta, open beta, launch phase as you find with other online games.
Much like Minecraft, we will be in beta stage for quite awhile (past December), even our store will be in "beta test" mode for those who would like to try it (not a requirement at all, and never will be. Firefall is F2P). During this time, we will be inviting more and more players, and release content slowly as we get beta feedback and improve the game and the store. We haven't wiped characters thus far, but we will probably do so prior to the open world test, and many times after that. Current testing shows us that we will probably need to wipe even after December if that's what it takes to make a great game. We're not rushing this, and we're working hand in hand with our beta testers. We will also announce when wipes are over during beta so people will know about it beforehand.
Unlike Minecraft, our exclusive beta is by invitation only. Either you are invited from our pool of forum members, or you are invited by a friend who has available invites and who is already in the beta test program.
At some point, there will be so many invited testers that the game might as well be considered "launched." By that point, we will drop the beta tag and drop the invite system, and have the game available for download by anyone. We don't have any planned date on this, and we don't expect to ever have one. Like G-mail, the beta tag will just disappear one day." (Source)
Following Thnaksgiving weekend there are plans to roll out an invite process allowing 3 thousand new testers to hit the servers.
Many speculate that the open world content will be available for testing during this phase (PvE) with access to the E-Sports content. So if your looking to get in some great action and want to pick up a chance to get one of these keys head on over to the main site:
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