Red 5 Confirms Layoffs Ahead of Firefall Launch

Posted Mon, Sep 16, 2013 by Martuk

There’s some unfortunate news for a few employees of Firefall developer Red 5 Studios this week. CEO Mark Kern recently confirmed that the studio has shed roughly 10% of its work force, a majority of which belong to the studio’s internet entertainment channel, Stage 5 TV. The reorganization is part of a strategy to transition Firefall's development for launch. Current development of the online shooter is said to be unaffected.

PvP in Firefall was recently suspended pending a reevaluation of the whole system. Firefall is currently in open beta and is expected to release another huge update later this month.

As always, our best wishes go out to those affected by the layoffs.


Red 5 Studios Prepares Company for New Operational Structure

Laguna Hills, Calif. – September 16, 2013 – Red 5 Studios™ announced today that the studio is being reorganized prior to the launch of Firefall.

“As Firefall matures, we must transition our priorities and our development strategy to focus on streamlined operations and live product support,” said Mark Kern, CEO and founder of Red 5 Studios.

As part of the reorganization, Red 5 Studios confirms that it has released about 10 percent of its staff, the majority from Red 5’s video internet entertainment channel, Stage 5 TV. Development of Firefall is unaffected by the reorganization and Open Beta Stage 2 is well underway with a major patch scheduled for later this month.

About Firefall
Firefall, a sci-fi shooter based in an open sandbox, multiplayer world, features hi-tech gunplay and abilities in an all-out war simulation between players and a huge invading NPC army known only as The Chosen. Created by a AAA team lead by the former Team Lead of World of Warcraft, Mark Kern, and original Tribes 1 & 2 Lead Designer, Scott Youngblood, Firefall promises a never before seen original genre blending the best of true shooter gameplay with rich MMO world elements.

About Red 5 Studios
Red 5 Studios is an online entertainment company located in California, driven by their motto to “Change Everything, Create Fun.” Red 5 Studios drives a perpetual revolution to create fresh new gaming experiences and innovations that change the way we play and experience games. “We change everything, challenging old conventions and disrupting our own industry. We do this, because we seek nothing less than total gamer satisfaction, entertainment and fun.” Visit for more information.

Firefall, Red 5 Studios and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red 5 Studios, Inc.



The holidays are just around the corner and we’ve put together a list of the many festive MMOG events available to play out 2013.

Features, News
Mon, Dec 23, 2013
Firefall dropship travel

Rumors that began circulating today that Mark Kern was no longer CEO at Red 5 have now been confirmed with James Macauley stepping into the role.

News, Official Announcements
Mon, Dec 30, 2013

A new bug in the Firefall launcher will prevent players from being able to play. Luckily, the fix is an easy one.

News, Official Announcements
Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Red 5 devs update on planned improvements for Firefall’s UI, dynamic events, combat, progression, and more.

News, Official Announcements
Fri, Oct 18, 2013

News from around the 'Net