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Tribes: Ascend

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
Release Date: April 12, 2012

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'Tribes: Ascend' (ALL) Beta Update Adds Class Customization, Classes, New UI

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2012 @ 4:25 a.m. PST

Tribes: Ascend, developed using the Unreal 3 engine, is being positioned as the multi-player successor to the much lauded Tribes 2 and a re-introduction of the franchise to the gaming world.

Tribes: Ascend is a new generation of AAA free online multiplayer shooter, incorporating classic Tribes elements such as fast-paced jetpack enabled combat, skiing, and vehicles, combined with teamwork and strategy, with servers currently located across North America, Europe, and Australia.

Tribes: Ascend is currently in Beta and has been receiving regular updates since early November. This next planned patch delivers the most significant changes to date, such as class customization, more free classes and a new user interface.

In addition to unlockable classes, weapons, skills and perks, the Beta version includes 3 drivable vehicles, 3 game modes, and 9 playable maps.  Hi-Rez Studios is also planning to support Ranked Servers and Custom Servers. Hi-Rez Studios is also planning to support Ranked Servers and Custom Servers.

“We feel very good about the fast and fluid combat we’ve been playing and refining with the community over the past few months,” explains Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer.  “We are now excited to announce new features that have been among those most requested by our Beta group."

The next update will include additional class customization and a much more polished user interface that really showcases the sci-fi, high resolution graphics of Tribes: Ascend. Hi-Rez will be collapsing the total number of playable classes from 12 to 9, but adding the ability for players to unlock new weapons for each class and further customize their loadout. Three of the nine classes will be available right away so a new player will have access to a Light, Medium, and Heavy class in his or her first match.

“We believe this system preserves class-based combat while also offering additional flexibility for players to customize classes around individual play style.  It continues to provide a balanced and level playing field for all players.”

Tribes: Ascend is a free-to-play shooter for PC with servers currently located across North America, Europe, and Australia. In addition to unlockable classes, weapons, skills and perks, the Beta version includes 3 drivable vehicles, 3 game modes, and 9 playable maps.  Hi-Rez Studios is also planning to support Ranked Servers and Custom Servers.


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