Em-8ER Devs Offer Firefall Backer Refunds, Condemn Red 5 Studios

Mark Kern, known for his role as producer on Diablo II, Starcraft, and most especially his role as the team lead on World of Warcraft, is working on an ambitious new online mecha-shooter titled Em-8ER (Editor’s Note: pronounced Ember).

Prior to opening his new Crixa Labs studio, he worked on another online game titled Firefall, and it experienced a host of editorial issues, leading to his parting with the company. Now, he’s positioning Em-8ER as the successor to Firefall, and hopes to make up for that game’s failures.

As a show of good faith to fans who supported the game early and ultimately felt let down, Crixa Labs are offering a full refund for both Founders and launch customers of the game.

“Red 5 Studios has been atrocious to it’s early backers and founders of Firefall. Instead of shipping the game they promised founders, Red 5 Studios dismissed me and changed Firefall from a persistent battlefield with invasions to a WoW MMO clone with guns,” Kern said. “In our new game, Em-8ER, we’re going to make it right by offering full credit for Firefall founders.”

Em-8ER is described as a persistent online battlefield shooter where players can pilot their own personal mechs and fight against the onslaught of an AI-controlled alien invasion. As the Tsi-Hu invade, they control massive Kaiju beasts on the battlefield.

If you were a founder or launch customer of Firefall, you can claim your refund credit for Em-8ER over on the company’s website.

In case you missed it, you can find our thorough interview exclusive with Mark Kern, where he talks up what happened with Firefall, their goals and ambitions with Em-8ER, and more.

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  1. Mr0303
    January 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    That’s a pretty cool way to rebuild consumer trust.

  2. dogmentation
    January 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    This is a seriously decent move. Companies with ten times the bottom line don’t have nearly this much class.
    I mean it’s one thing to talk shit about a project that was taken from you and warped into something unwelcome, it’s another thing to offer reparations for an offense that wasn’t even yours.

  3. AT-LOW
    January 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I love you mark kern!!

  4. STARSBarry
    January 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    well $100 is better than nothing and thats for sure…. as its all I got out of firefall.

  5. AR7777
    January 27, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Oh boy, this is not good for my yellow fever

  6. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    January 27, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I concur, my yellow fever has reached critical mass.

  7. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    January 27, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Such a interesting concept, to bad no pvp.

  8. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm


  9. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    January 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Kern is one fine naval gazer.

  10. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    January 27, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Wishing Kern and co. all the luck. Good will like this from game companies should not be ignored.

  11. No_Good_Names_Ever
    January 27, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Kaiju was a mistake.

  12. Phasmatis75
    January 28, 2017 at 4:37 am

    He’s pretty cool on Twitter to. Not above talking to his fans and random posters.

  13. ProxyDoug
    January 30, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Mark Kern is based as fuck.

  14. SiliconNooB
    February 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Good guy Mark Kern.