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Tribes Returns as Multiplayer-Only Game in 2011

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Georgia-based Hi-Rez Studios is currently working on two Tribes titles, a multiplayer-only game and an MMO.

Friday during PAX East, Atlanta-based Hi-Rez Studios said that it's currently working on a new installment to the Tribes franchise called Tribes: Ascend.

This will the first new Tribes game to be released since Tribes: Vengeance hit the PC way back in 2004. The news also follows a previous announcement that the studio acquired the actual Tribes IP back in October 2010, and is currently working on a Tribes-based MMO called Tribes Universe.

According to the studio, Tribes: Ascend will be the official multiplayer successor to 2001's Tribes 2, and will be brought to the PC as a digital download using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3. The game will also arrive on the Xbox 360 console, launching alongside the PC version when they both go live sometime in late 2011. Additional platforms are currently under consideration, the studio said.

"Before Halo, before Modern Warfare, and before Battlefield, there was Tribes," said Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios COO. "Tribes fans appreciate the game’s essence - athletic FPS combat combined with teamwork and strategy. As we began development of Tribes Universe, we focused first on capturing that essence - refining and modernizing iconic elements like jetpacks, skiing, and vehicles. We’ve had tremendous fun play-testing and realized the potential of a multiplayer focused title ahead of Tribes Universe. The community has been waiting for a multi-player shooter that is the modern successor to T2. Tribes: Ascend is that game."

For the moment, little else is known about either Tribes title. However, check out the teaser clip of Tribes: Ascend, included below.

Tribes: Ascend

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    sargentchimera , March 11, 2011 9:27 PM
    I remember playing a Tribers game on the PS2 a long time ago. That was before I was a PC gamer. I remember really liking it but I could only play bots as I didn't have PS2 online lol.
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    MadGoat1979 , March 11, 2011 9:33 PM
    WOW! Simply wow! I think for most of us this was the FPS that put FPS on the map! The game play speed is still unmatched to this day! I have been in search of a game since T2 that matched the "Light, fast paced feel" of T2. Knowing that it will be based on the U3 engine is a bit concerning. UT2003 was fast and epic in its own right, but when UT3 came... it felt bulky and slow. (as with many games nowadays actually, probably the console influence). If this is done right, it will help in being a driving force to bring gaming BACK to the PC. (and don't think for a second about dumbing this down for consoles... )
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    wolfseeker2828 , March 11, 2011 10:19 PM
    Well give the fact that the U3 engine is used by every major company nowadays, that's not surprising, but it's used in a variety of ways so if the company wants to change the feel of the game it won't exactly be difficult.
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    saiyan , March 11, 2011 10:32 PM
    I don't know if the new game will be better than the original Starsiege Tribes.

    I normally don't like to play FPS games but Starsiege Tribes was an exception. I was addicted to that game for about 2 years in the late 90s. When Tribes 2 was released, I rushed to buy it and the sequel turned out to be a epic fail.
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    FrozenGpu , March 11, 2011 11:15 PM
    Oh come now saiyan, the sequel was pretty good, I think you were a bit spoiled from Starsiege, and that is understandable. The campaign for Vengeance was very well done, long but worth it. Never played the MP for vengeance though, but the SP was very well polished, and made good use of my 9800 pro. :D 
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    ern88 , March 12, 2011 12:05 AM
    The first tribes was EPIC!!! I hope that this capture the essence of it. Glad to see the series revived.
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    johnnyupgrade , March 12, 2011 12:26 AM
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    jisamaniac , March 12, 2011 1:29 AM
    Tribes...ahh nostalgia
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    wribbs , March 12, 2011 8:21 AM
    Aah the reason I never saw any value in Halo. Was always like hmm this isn't as good as Tribes. Tribes 2 and Vengeance, which I like, never really had MODs as good as the original. The original Tribes and Tribes 2 were released for free if anyone is looking to get there nostalgia on - if theres any servers.
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    whitewhale1 , March 12, 2011 8:34 AM
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    growup , March 12, 2011 3:25 PM
    oh man, I remember when vehicles were in multiplayer, that was the sh@$#.
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    Anonymous , March 13, 2011 10:31 PM
    Best online mutliplayer game ever. 10 on 10 CTF with announcers broadcasting it to hundreds of listeners! Slaps on WOW so hard! No game has touched the level of intensity, sportsmanship, and competition that Tribes one owned in the late 90's (Imperial Elite, S3, 5150, NuTz, Run and Gun). I was so disappointed with Tribes 2 and how it damaged the franchise. Definitely will be upgrading my PC rig and waiting for this game to hit the shelves!
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    dark_lord69 , March 14, 2011 1:07 PM
    I played tribes a few times but never really got into it... I'm unlikely to get into this next one either. Specially since I have so little time available for gaming.
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    Anonymous , March 14, 2011 1:52 PM
    Oh how I remember traversing the vast desert landscapes at night, on the very outskirts of the map trying to stealthily evade enemy radar and vehicles while I ski jump from hill to hill as scout class. Sneaking into bases with sensor jammers, or deploying radars around the map to build a sensor network for my team to use. Piloting a 4 man dropship flying nap of the earth to spring up on the floating castle from underneath. Building little remote inventory stations at key junctions for teammates to reload, ahhh those were the days. Aww I'm getting misty here.
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    gm0n3y , March 14, 2011 4:06 PM
    I'll probably try it out. If there is no single player, then it better be a cheap game. I'm not paying $50+ just for a multiplayer FPS.
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    g00fysmiley , March 15, 2011 11:16 AM
    i loved the starsiege universe, it had such a rich back story, tribes spun off of that universe well, and was very fun to get together 2with friends and play, wonder if they'll do another starsiege game to? been a while since i've seen a good mech game
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2011 9:40 PM
    I played the original Tribes and later, Tribes 2. I was literally broken-hearted when they shut down the Tribes servers and took the FPS out of Tribes: Vengeance. What a disappointment! I'm eagerly anticipating the release of Tribes: Ascend!
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    Anonymous , November 7, 2011 3:57 AM
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2011 12:25 PM
    T2 IS STILL ALIVE! It's now known as Tribes-Next! The builder community got together and brought it back to life a LONG time ago.
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    OZ4life , October 13, 2013 8:38 PM
    Tribes 1 is still alive! vgv