Tribes: Ascend Closed Beta Now Accepting Applicants

Wednesday Hi-Rez Studios sent over a quick note announcing that it's now accepting applications for the first phase of the Tribes: Ascend closed beta which begins in a few weeks. Although the actual launch date wasn't given, Hi-Rez plans to grant access to thousands of "hand-selected" players worldwide.

"During this initial beta phase, Tribes: Ascend players will experience 4 multiplayer maps, 2 game-modes and 3 vehicles as they progress through 12 playable classes in fast-paced, high-flying online multiplayer matches of up to 32 people," the studio said. "Hi-Rez Studios will continue to increase the number of beta participants through the end of this year in preparation for a general game release in Q1 of 2012."

As noted, the game has been officially delayed, pushed back from its original Q4 2011 release schedule. However, when launched, Tribes: Ascend will be the first new Tribes game to be released since Tribes: Vengeance hit the PC way back in 2004.

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 early next year.

To sign up for the closed beta, head here.

  • radium69
    Trailer looks good!
    Looks like a lot of fun too.
    Had quite some fun with Vengeance :)

  • maxiim
    This really reminds me of UT, not as gloomy and dark from the screenshots. But really does remind me of the UT days....before all this CoD shit.
  • lucky015
    I see Halo.
  • Wish I Was Wealthy
    What I've seen looks good,but will it be.
  • alidan
    already signed up for beta, but i doubt i will get in... heres hoping honesty is valued by them.
  • ojas
    this looks like halo...except they're people jumping around like crazy...seems fun though...
  • jgiron
    before Halo, there was Tribes
    Tribes introduced vehicle combat, armor classes, deploy-able items, skiing and SHAZBOT!
  • everett mcgee
    It would be the other way around if anything. Starsiege Tribes came out in 1998 and Halo came out in 2001. Sad to say but alot of the people playing games today probably weren't old enough when the original tribes came out to remember it. That was the year I got a Celeron 300 MHz CPU and overclocked it to an amazing 450 MHz. I have been waiting along time and hoping true Tribes game play wasn't dead forever. Tribes 1 and 2 were awesome games (vengeance dropped the ball). I hope they have integrated or will allow Renegades and shifter mods as those 2 were by far the best. Tom if you have any pull at all with them please tell Hi-Rez Studios that one of the things that made tribes great was the ability to have the mods and custom maps. Different people like a little bit different styles of game play and weapons, armor and tactics. Mods, mods, mods!!!

    Tribes Player: Mortarmore
  • Wish I Was Wealthy
    jgiron is right,so take notice of him f***.
  • geekapproved
    I played the original Tribes and it was one of the best games ever. You can have combat mid air with your jetpack.