Hi-Rez really is working on Tribes: Ascend again

    
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Shelve your snark, Hi-Rez detractors: It looks as if Tribes: Ascend isn’t dead after all.

Following rumors last week that suggested the studio might be turning its attention back to the long-neglected 2012 entry to the Tribes franchise, CEO Erez Goren tweeted the confirmation, noting that the good fortunes of MOBA SMITE and the upcoming Paladins have made the reinvestment possible:

Hi-Rez President Stewart Chisam seemed salty about the spoiler but confirmed and added context to the announcement on Reddit.

We have a very small but passionate team working on some changes to Tribes that we hope the community will respond to positively. This team is led by HirezSean, who was highly involved at all levels on the initial Ascend project, and one of the lifelong Tribes fans that initially lobbied for us to acquire the Tribes franchise in 2010.

Our plan is to release a very early version of some of our changes to a public test server as soon as we can (hopefully within a couple weeks). We expect this version to be very raw from many perspectives, especially from a balance angle — but we know the Tribes community is passionate and will help us test out the changes and provide the feedback we need to get the changes into a shippable state.

Chisam calls it a “passion project,” noting that he doesn’t expect it to make money but that at the very least he wants to “leave the game in a better state than it is now” for the die-hard fans within and without the studio.

Obviously, we can’t promise how long we will maintain the game — and given our history, I want to be very careful about oversetting expectations. If people don’t like and respond to the changes as we make them, obviously, we will have to stop maintaining the game at some point. But I am hopeful we can get the game to a better spot that our hardcore Tribes community will really love and appreciate for a long time.

Source: Twitter, Reddit. Thanks again, Sorenthaz!
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jauffins
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jauffins

Ascend is good. The problem is that Tribes largely shifted from the base game to mods like Annihilation, which added more things in the early 2000’s than Ascend has, today. Tribes Annihilation and Tribes Ascend are two radically different experiences.

thegirlwiththehair
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thegirlwiththehair

who’s taking bets that all that comes of this is a “Jackalfuzor” that does 10,000 damage, is hit scan with a splash radius and cost $20.

~Signed
A bitter old tribal.

Landari_Omega
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Landari_Omega

[VGTG]

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

CensoredOtaku dantetifosi “Trash” is a bit of a stretch. Hi-rez is a pretty small studio compared to other companies, but their games aren’t bad. They just can’t support them all, and the time frame didn’t allow them to support GA.
But i suppose someone who calls a studio “trash” isn’t interested in hearing others opinions about said studio.

Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

Armsbend Skyewauker You know as well as I do that Tribes is a very niche game.  It always has been.  Your question is pretty ignorant though.   A game like Glitch was very niche, but it was an MMO right?
A genre isn’t niche, but games within it sure in the hell can be.  They are putting money into a game that all of 10 people give a shit about.  They are literally throwing money away.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Xijit Sadly, GA didn’t build that playerbase, and Hirez didn’t had the means to do what they did with Smite at the time.
I’m anxious for GA2, even if it releases after the apocalypse.

se7engames
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se7engames

Rock on!!!! Looking forward to this!

Armsbend
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Armsbend

wahnsinnicK Armsbend I understood what you said the second time (barely).  Your first statement looked like it was written by an amoeba who just crawled out of a river and was given a keyboard to stomp on.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

breetoplay I’m not really on anyone’s side.  I like the recent moves Hi Rez has been making with SMITE give-aways, new games and support of old ones.  Maybe it took HiRez a bonafide hit to start being a great developer. 

I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt right now.  hell, they are hometown boys -_-

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Skyewauker How is a first person shooter niche now?