Tribes: Ascend’s 1.3 patch introduces Hellfire map, decommissions Blueshift map

    
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Tribes: Ascend hasn’t been resting on its laurels since its December 2015 revivification: This morning, Hi-Rez patched in the 1.3 update. The big news is the addition of the new CTF/Blitz Hellfire map, which Hi-Rez described on Reddit:

“It has an angled creativity walls ala Icecoaster (I don’t like the square ones). Flag stands are roughly standard distance (40-45k units). They’re more open than usual with 3 base turrets to compensate. This allows for diagonal routes through small gaps between support columns, a whole lot of possibilities. Generator is down in a base accessible by a chute as well as a new level mechanic we haven’t done yet. Single room base, so you’re not navigating through Dante’s Inferno to get a generator. […] It’s the exact same size as Icecoaster and a lot of other maps (512×512 terrains).”

The patch also addresses votekicking issues (again), balances weapons and vehicles, adjusts ammo pickups, and yoinks the oft-maligned Blueshift map from the rotation. “Blueshift has been removed from map rotations by community request,” writes Hi-Rez. “This map will still be available to play on custom servers.”

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agemyth Sorenthaz They’ve stated it is primarily a passion project that they’re doing thanks to their revenue gained from primarily Smite.  Maybe as it gets more updates they can rebrand it and basically resell it like other games have done (Marvel Heroes for example did it to great success).

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Sorenthaz Going by the Steam statistics datamining sites, the game gets a tiny bump when one of these recent updates happens and then goes back down to 100-150 average players at any moment each month.
The game is not Steam exclusive, so that doesn’t represent the entire playerbase. I’m not sure if the non-steam population could make it look much better though. It is great for those dedicated few, but unless this is just a pursuit of passion of Hi-Rez’s I don’t see how it can really be justified financially.

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Really nice that the game is getting love again.  Hope it at least gets some people back into it.