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Tribes back catalogue now available for free

Smite be good news for Ascend after all.

The entire Tribes series is now available to download for free from Tribes, courtesy of the current franchise custodians Hi-Rez Studios.

That includes Earthsiege, Earthsiege 2, Starsiege: Tribes, Tribes 2, Tribes: Aerial Assault and Tribes Vengeance, which was developed by BioShock developer Irrational Games.

Tribes Ascend, the most recent in the series, is also available for free - as it is a free-to-play game.

The offer comes as the Tribes series passes its 20th birthday - not bad!

Hi-Rez is now back working on Tribes: Ascend after an indefinite hiatus. The developer released a surprise patch last month and indicated it would return to the project after winning success with its new MOBA, Smite.

"Contrary to the belief that we were 'milking' Tribes to support the development of Smite, if we didn't develop another game that could support the studios the company and the Tribe servers would have closed down," company boss Erez Goren explained back in 2013.

Now, with Smite now doing the numbers, it looks like Tribes will benefit as a result.

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