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'Tribes' Series Free To Download As Part Of 21-Year Anniversary

If you had any plans for the weekend, you might want to put them on hold. Hi-Rez Studios, the development team behind the free-to-play game Tribes Ascend is celebrating 21 years of the Tribes series by offering the entire lineup for free.

All in all, that's a total of eight games spanning over two decades. The original game, Earthsiege, was developed by Dynamix and put the player in control of the large HERC machines against the highly advanced Cybrid AI machines.

For the next two games, the series focused on the conflict between the humans piloting the HERCs and their fight against the Cybrids. In 1998, the game Starsiege: Tribes switched to a multiplayer-only format with its first-person shooter gameplay. Since then, the game stuck with first-person action all the way to the latest release in 2012, Tribes Ascend, a free-to-play game.

EarthsiegeEarthsiege 2StarsiegeStarsiege: TribesTribes 2Tribes: Aerial AssaultTribes VengeanceTribes Ascend

What Hi-Rez Studios didn't mention is how long the offer will last, so if you're looking for some nostalgia, it's best to get the offer as soon as possible.

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  • Chris Droste
    so, uh, any links or we just need to go looking for the Hi-Rez studios site?

    Poor Dynamix, victims of a classic EA culling the second they released a forcibly rushes and Unfinished Tribes2.
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  • nukemaster
    so, uh, any links or we just need to go looking for the Hi-Rez studios site?

    Poor Dynamix, victims of a classic EA culling the second they released a forcibly rushes and Unfinished Tribes2.
    http://www.tribesuniverse.com/
    The link is at the top under source(Not ideal, but a link is a link).
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  • RedJaron
    16865938 said:
    Poor Dynamix, victims of a classic EA culling the second they released a forcibly rushes and Unfinished Tribes2.
    What do you mean "Unfinished Tribes 2"? That was one of the finest multiplayer games I've ever played. Massive maps. Endlessly mod-able. Player classes and roles. Vehicles. TEAMWORK! I loved that game.
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  • plasmastorm
    Ahh Earthseige. was a pretty good Mechwarrior clone with the added bonus of having some ships to fly in certain missions.
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  • Argent Gold
    Now if only Ascend had a larger community. The game was fun while it lasted. There were problems when I last played it, and I'm not sure if they were fixed since, but it was still really fun.
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  • Pedasc
    Poor Dynamix, victims of a classic EA culling the second they released a forcibly rushes and Unfinished Tribes2.

    I thought Dynamix was closed by Sierra before they were absorbed into Vivendi. As far as I know EA only published a couple of Dynamix games but Tribes 2 was not one of them and I didn't think EA had anything to do with Dynamix closing, at least not directly.
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  • shrapnel_indie
    7 downloads, 8 games total. Got 'em all now.
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  • Schepkens Hendrik
    The only game not in the list is starsiege.

    its the game i started multiplaying to begin with on a 56k modem i got the game but it doesnt run properly any more but they dont offer it for free :-)
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  • shrapnel_indie
    16869737 said:
    The only game not in the list is starsiege.

    its the game i started multiplaying to begin with on a 56k modem i got the game but it doesnt run properly any more but they dont offer it for free :-)

    If you look at titles alone perhaps... but the way I read the description for Starsiege:Tribes, it is both Starsiege AND Starsiege: Tribes, combined in one download. Even referring to the filename (StarsiegeAndStarsiegeTribes.iso) it suggests both are being distributed together. Plus the image to the left of it (after expanding the info) suggests it is the "Starsiege Universe" bundle, which includes both.

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  • PlowHouse
    Aren't all the Tribes 2 servers offline?
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