Tribes: Ascend, the multiplayer shooter revived by Hi-Rez Studios, has once again come to an end.
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Long-dormant shooter Tribes: Ascend will dust itself off from hypersleep today via a wide-ranging PC patch.
The update, due to arrive around 6pm UK time, addresses countless balance issues, gameplay problems and bugs.
Tribes: Ascend has returned to life following the success of Smite, the popular MOBA from Hi-Rez studios - the current Tribes franchise custodians.
The entire Tribes series is now available to download for free from Tribes Universe.com, courtesy of the current franchise custodians Hi-Rez Studios.
The CEO of Hi-Rez, developer of Global Agenda, Tribes Ascend and the upcoming MOBA, Smite, has offered candid feedback on the ups and downs of the US studio's history in the hope of addressing what he describes as "misinformed conclusions" about the company.
There are no major updates planned for free-to-play shooter Tribes Ascend in the next six months, developer Hi-Rez Studios has confirmed.
Instead, the studio will focus on development of its MOBA, Smite.
And even after six months, it seems likely Hi-Rez will turn its attention to other projects. Boss Todd Harris wrote on the studio's forum that after Smite is done and dusted, there are other games to consider.
Hi-Rez has released the Twinfusor update for free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend.
It adds a party system, makes balance adjustments (to make explosive devices more lethal), adds new cosmetic items and, of course, adds the Twinfusor weapon, which fires two disks in quick succession per reload. Each disk does a little less damage, but two shots per reload means it's good for clearing flag stands. The Twinfusor comes in light, medium and heavy flavours.
Also introduced are voice packs, which you can purchase and apply to override all your Voice Game System (VGS) commands. So, if you've always wanted a female voice, now's your chance.
Critically revered PC free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend launches on Steam today, developer Hi-Rez has announced.
Hi-Rez Studios has announced a new update for Tribes: Ascend, called Accelerate.
The update speeds up the process of unlocking weapon upgrades and earning new items. Also included are 27 new weapon variants, two new Capture and Hold maps and "significant" balance adjustments.
Tribes: Ascend launched in April and quickly established itself as a popular free-to-play first-person shooter. At last count there were over one million players.
Superb free-to-play first-person shooter Tribes: Ascend has seen over one million downloads in the month following launch, Hi-Rez Studios has announced.
There are no plans for Tribes: Ascend on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, its developer has said.
The best games never die. Fire a nailgun at a crowd and you'll hit someone who still swears Quake is the finest first-person shooter ever made. Counter-Strike is regarded by many of its adherents as the only serious competitive shooter to this day. And does anyone want to predict when the final shot will be fired in Team Fortress 2?
The FPS genre is where Tribes Ascend fits, but preconceptions about that term should be forgotten. This is in some respects an unusual game: a top-tier competitive FPS launching under a free-to-play payment model with one key (structural) feature still not fully implemented. It eschews single-player completely, and in truth only one of its four game modes really matters. And Tribes Ascend is, by more than 300kmhh, the most exciting first-person shooter I've played in years.
The Tribes series dates back to 1999's Starsiege Tribes, which introduced the interlocking mechanics of jetpacks and skiing. Tribes Ascend realises them magnificently. Skiing is the ability to glide without friction over the landscape, meaning that when engaged, you accelerate going downhill and maintain speed over flat surfaces. The jetpack is for the inclines, the idea being that you can essentially keep accelerating as long as you only ski downhill or on flats.
Can I get an artsy rewind?
Tribes: Ascend launches on 12th April, Hi-Rez Studios has announced.
The fast-paced sci-fi FPS goes live on PC. It's free to play.
Over 400,000 people played the open beta, Hi-Rez said. All player progress carries over into the release build.
The Tribes: Ascend open beta begins on Friday, 24th February, Hi-Rez Studios has announced.
From 5pm UK time this Friday anyone can create a Tribes: Ascend account and download the game from the official website without the need for a beta key.
The launch coincides with the release of a new patch that adds a new game mode, four new maps and new regions.
The Tribes: Ascend beta begins on 4th November, Hi-Rez Studios has announced.
Confirmation comes from an interview between Hi-Rez boss and Cyberlink.
You can apply to take part in the closed beta on the Tribes Ascend website.
Free-to-play games supported by micro-transactions on Xbox 360 are "inevitable", according to one developer.
Tribes: Ascend will be a free-to-play game, Hi-Rez Studios has announced.
Global Agenda maker Hi-Rez Studios has announced a new Tribes game, called Ascend.
Tribes: Ascend is a science-fiction online multiplater shooter developed using Epic's Unreal Engine 3. Hi-Rez calls it the multiplayer successor to Tribes 2 and the "re-introduction" of the franchise to the gaming world.
Ascend is a single-purchase digital download title due out late 2011 for PC and Xbox 360. Where's the PlayStation 3 version? Additional platforms are "currently under consideration".