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Tribes Universe

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
Release Date: Early 2011

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'Tribes Universe' Put On Hold In Favor Of 'Tribes: Ascend'

by Rainier on Jan. 5, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST

Tribes Universe is a persistent online shooter set inside the game universe popularized by such classic titles as Earthsiege, Starsiege, Starsiege:Tribes, Tribes 2 and Tribes Vengeance.
In a recent interview, Hi-Rez Studios CEO Todd Harris revealed that Tribes Universe has been put on hold in favor of having the entire company work on Tribes: Ascend.

Did Tribes Universe evolve into Ascend, or is that a project you want to revisit in the future?

Our studio is a huge fan of the previous Tribes games. So after we acquired the rights to Tribes our first goal was to get the movement and physics and combat feeling right. When we made enough progress toward that goal we decided to release a pure match-based shooter ahead of any MMO and that shooter became Ascend. We do still intend to further explore the Tribes and Starsiege IP with future projects, but right now our Tribes dev team is working only on Ascend.

I’m sure many of you have questions, so here are a few quick highlights for Tribes Universe:
  • Three Tribes (factions)
  • Full clan (agency) support
  • First person view (third person for some vehicles)
  • Full vehicle support (ground and air)
  • Full persistent world with territory control (no instances)
  • PvP focused
  • Huge outdoor maps (about 10x the area of sonoran desert)
  • Large scale fights (100+ players)
  • Jetpacks, skiing, lots of weapons, etc

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