The science fiction-oriented MMO shooter Firefall has been sitting in closed beta for what seems like forever, though the game has also made appearances at PAX East and Prime events.  But don't worry would-be players, it won't be long before you get a turn with the game.

Firefall creators Red 5 have announced that the game will be entering open beta on July 9th, with a number of new updates that will make the game even more accessible than before.  These updates include:

City Power Levels: Players will receive new bonuses and rewards in the open world by increasing the power level of major cities through local missions and encounters.

Melding Exploration: By raising city power levels and unlocking special dropships, players will finally be able to enter and explore pockets of the deadly Melding energy storm surrounding New Eden.

Chosen Instances: Fortifying the open world allows players to take the fight to the Chosen, driving back the hostile alien race in epic new battle instances.

Crafting and Progression: Players will continue to see major additions to crafting and Battleframe progression (including the new UI).

"We're incredibly excited to be nearing what we consider to be the most important stage of Firefall's development -- Open Beta," said vice president of development for Red 5 Studios, James Macauley. "For us, open beta isn't a traditional 'marketing beta', but rather an opportunity to include many more players in our community-driven development process. We're looking forward to welcoming these new players into the community and continuing to build an amazing game together."

Head over to the official Firefall site to get registered, and enjoy the battle!