Firefall design team picks up former Bioware, 38 Studios members

Red 5, the developer behind upcoming free-to-play game Firefall, has hired on 40 new team members, mostly Bioware and 38 Studios lay-offs, in an effort to crank out a significant summer update.

“About 80 percent or 90 percent of the people we’ve added in the past few months have been from 38 and Bioware. Two months ago we had a staff of 60, and now we’re at just over 100,” lead class designer Dave Williams told PC Gamer at Gamescom in Cologne.

38 Studios had filed for bankruptcy and shut its doors back in June, while disappointing subscription numbers in Star Wars: The Old Republic had caused Bioware to announce a switch from subscription to free-to-play, and a significant staff downsizing.

The new hires come at an opportune time for Red 5, with Firefall in a semi-closed beta, and no real release date yet published. “We’ve found some incredibly talented people who are really happy. It’s allowed us to build up the team quickly,” Williams said.

The big summer patch in Firefall is expected to re-balance class weapons and abilities and add an e-sports toolkit with spectator options for multiplayer.