For Immediate Release

Laguna Hills, CA – June 5, 2012 – Red 5 Studios™ today announced the release of a new manga series based on its highly anticipated open world sci-fi action shooter, Firefall. Penned by Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card with artwork provided by UDON Comics, Firefall Affinity begins today at:

Firefall Affinity is a sci-fi journey through a bleak, apocalyptic vision of future Earth. As a prequel to Firefall the game, the manga begins just before the catastrophic “Arclight incident” unleashed the Melding upon the planet. Readers will follow a rebellious, seventeen-year-old “gifted” girl named Pilgrim, who’s struggling to come to terms with her growing power as she attempts to survive the most devastating event to ever hit humanity.

Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card, Mark Kern, and Adam McMahon discuss the manga’s creation in the official announcement trailer here:

“We have a very deep and intriguing story to tell with Firefall and fans are finally going to be able to dive in this year,” said Mark Kern, CEO of Red 5. “The manga is a way for us to flesh out Firefall’s universe and key characters, to set the stage for what players will be doing, and why, in the game. It’s going to be a thrilling ride, with twists, turns, and all-around great storytelling that sci-fi fans have come to expect.”

The first two pages of Firefall Affinity are now live and ready to read. Red 5 Studios will be adding an additional two pages per week, building up to more than 80 pages before the entire story has been told. Fans can continue to follow the manga at as it’s unveiled this year.

Firefall is currently in the first stage of its exclusive, invite-only beta – planned to rollout during 2012. Players can sign-up for the chance to be invited into the beta and meet Firefall’s enthusiastic community at the official homepage:


About Orson Scott Card:

Known for his novel Ender’s Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card is described by many as one of the greatest science-fiction writers of our time. Card – a Hugo and Nebula Award winning author – wrote the Ultimate Iron Man comics for Marvel, and remains a teacher, playwright, and director of Shakespearean plays.

About Emily Janice Card:

Emily Janice Card is an award-winning narrator of audiobooks such as Revolution, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and Podkayne of Mars. She collaborates with her father on the manga series, Laddertop, and wrote, directed, and starred in the popular web short Jane Austen's Fight Club.

About UDON Entertainment:

UDON Entertainment is an award-winning Canadian-based art collective that was formed in 2000 to provide high-quality creative services to the entertainment industry. Its client list reads like a who's who of the business and includes Alliance/Atlantis, Capcom, DC Comics, Gamepro, Harmony Gold, Hasbro, Konami, Marvel Comics, Nintendo, Random House, Score, TDK Interactive, ToyBiz, White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast and Wiz Kids amongst others. In addition to client work, UDON publishes official comics, manga, and art books based on Street Fighter®, Darkstalkers™, Rival Schools™ and Exalted.

About Red 5 Studios

Red 5 Studios is an online game developer located in California, founded by Mark Kern, former team lead for World of Warcraft. Red 5 Studios is dedicated to bringing together millions of gamers across the world by creating immersive worlds, intriguing stories and compelling characters. They believe that online games and persistent worlds are the future of video games. Visit for more information.

Firefall, Red 5 Studios and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red 5 Studios, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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