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Tribes: Ascend open beta release date announced

Major patch out this week.

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.

Over 300,000 people played the F2P shooter's closed beta, Hi-Rez chief Todd Harris said.

All player progress and unlocks will be carried over and no characters will be wiped.

Hi-Rez has expanded capacity in Europe, the US and Australia, and added new local servers to support players in Brazil and Asia.

This week's patch adds:

  • New gametype, Arena Deathmatch, with two initial maps.
  • New Capture The Flag map, Temple Ruins.
  • New Team Deathmatch map, Inferno.
  • Two new unlockable items for the Soldier class: Proximity Grenade and Utility Pack.
  • New default suits for Doombringer and Brute.
  • Ability to view either Blood Eagle or Diamond Sword skins from Class menu.
  • Service supporting Name Change.
  • Large number of bug-fixes and balance adjustments.

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