Previously (link), I posted about how Red 5 Studios will be setting up its own mega booth at ChinaJoy 2011 without the help of its biggest investor, China-based The9 Interactive. Earlier today, a Korean reporter managed to get hold of Red 5 Studios’ James MaCauley, also the Executive Producer for Firefall, for a short interview (not at ChinaJoy). Please note that this interview is translated from Chinese.
Q: There are currently 3 Battleframes revealed. Is there any new one coming?
A: Adding to the current list (Recon, Medic and Assault), there will be a new Battleframe revealed on 28th July at ChinaJoy.
Q: Will larger PvP maps holding more people be added? 5 VS 5 maps seem to be small.
A: Yes, there will be. 5 VS 5 maps will be the smallest PvP maps we have in Firefall. Larger PvP maps holding more players will be added and we are planing to implement a world map system to allow players from all over the world to join in (no idea what is this about).
Q: If there are too many players in the same map at the same time, doesn’t it mean more powerful systems are needed? What are the required specs for Firefall?
A: Firefall is still in the development phase and no specs are being set yet. The minimal requirement at this stage is a GF9800 graphics card.
Q: Other than PvP, what other features will players get to enjoy?
A: We will be adding new modes to cater for single-players as well as gathering resources and more.
Q: Will there me a mount or transport system in Firefall?
A: We are currently developing the mount system, which will be added into the game soon. The official name for this system is not finalized yet.
Q: With Firefall going to Free to Play with a cash shop, will this be the same for Korea?
A: We will not be collecting fees for items which are regularly used and we are still observing the Korean online market’s business models.
Q: What kind of online game is Firefall exactly?
A: We started development of the game as a FPS/TPS and long the way added in RPG and RTS elements. Even if people see it as a hybrid, we prefer to know Firefall as a FPS/TPS title.
Q: We heard that Firefall will support real 3D technology. Is this news real?
A: Yes, we are currently testing the 3D technology which will be available in Firefall. We are currently having some troubles with regards to optimizing the resolutions no matter the distance.
Back to ChinaJoy, the company’s USD 1 million statue is already at the convention hall and looking ready to stun the crowd. Be back in a few hours for more news as ChinaJoy 2011 kicks off!