Firefall, the upcoming team-based massively-multiplayer online shooter from Red 5 Studios, will finally be going into open beta very soon.

PC gamers who are curious about the futuristic shoot-fest only have to wait until July 9th, 2013 to begin playing the game, now that Firefall is planning to wrap up the closed beta.

In order to prepare new players for the open beta, Red 5 Studios has released an Open Beta FAQ on the site, answering newcomers' queries, letting them know why they chose July for the open beta's launch, what sort of changes current closed beta participants can expect, and whether or not the in-game shop is live.

James Macauley, vice president of development at Red 5 Studios, said, "We’re incredibly excited to be nearing what we consider to be the most important stage of Firefall’s development – open beta. For us, open beta isn't a traditional 'marketing beta,' but rather an opportunity to include many more players in our community-driven development process. We're looking forward to welcoming these new players into the community and continuing to build an amazing game together."

But for those who are already enjoying the game's closed beta, new updates will continue rolling out until the start of the open beta in July. Current players can expect the following:

  • City Power Levels: Players will receive new bonuses and rewards in the open world by increasing the power level of major cities through local missions and encounters.
  • Melding Exploration: By raising city power levels and unlocking special dropships, players will finally be able to enter and explore pockets of the deadly Melding energy storm surrounding New Eden.
  • Chosen Instances: Fortifying the open world allows players to take the fight to the Chosen, driving back the hostile alien race in epic new battle instances.
  • Crafting and Progression: Players will continue to see major additions to crafting and Battleframe progression (including the new UI).

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