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Tribes: Ascend

2 years ago

Tribes: Ascend Gets Final Update, Again

Eleven months after Tribes: Ascend [official site] unexpectedly received the 'Out of the Blue' update, reviving development on the superfast multiplayer FPS, here comes 'Parting Gifts'. Update 1.4 is now out and seems to be the end for this fleeting reinvigoration. 1.4 is less flashy than some of the recent patches, mostly bringing one last set of balance tweaks and bug fixes. You're a big…

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3 years ago

I Am The God Of Hellfire, And I Bring You A Tribes Map

Hi-Rez Studios stopped updating Tribes: Ascend [official site] in 2013 as they shifted focus to their MOBA Smite, but they have recently returned to the free-to-play jetpacking FPS. Following December's 'Out of the Blue' update and another patch in January, last night Hi-Rez released version 1.3. This latest update has brought more balance tweaks and a new map named Hellfire.

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Tribes: Ascend 1.2 Patch Coming Later Today

Tribes: Ascend [official site] is receiving another update this evening. Patch 1.2 will bring sweeping balance changes to the gotta-go-fast jetpack FPS, increasing heavy armour there, reducing blast radii here, making it so pressing 'Q' selects your previously held weapon, that sort of thing. There's a full list of changes in this Google Doc and a chart of new weapon values in this here spreadsheet.

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Let’s Spin Again: Tribes Ascend V1.1 Released

Hi-Rez Studios gave up on Tribes Ascend [official site] for a couple of years, but a few months back made the unexpected announcement that they we working on a big ole update for their F2P jetpacking FPS. And they did release it! The 'Out of the Blue' update (or version 1.1, if you have no romance in your heart - if you wouldn't pash with…

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Tribes! Tribes! Tribes! Earthsiege And Tribes For Free

Say, reader dear, do you like the future? Do you like jetpacks? Do you like mechs? Do you like first-person shooters? Do you like multiplayer with vehicles and bases? Do you like classic series which folks grumble go forgotten too often? Do you like skill-based movement exploiting weird physics tricks? Do you like free video games? If you answered yes to at least three of…

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Tribes: Ascend’s First Patch In Over 2 Years

Hi-Rez Studios stepped away from Tribes: Ascend [official site], their free-to-play revival of the classic FPS series, in 2013 to focus on their MOBA Smite. When they recently announced a new F2P FPS, the MOBA-tinged Paladins, well, they chances of them returning to Tribes seemed even slimmer. And yet! Over the weekend, Hi-Rez announced 'Out of the Blue', the first patch for Tribes since March…

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4 years ago

Feature: The Worthiest Reticules Of All Time

The 50 Best FPS Ever Made

Gathering together the best shooters is no easy task, but if you're looking for a new PC FPS to play, look no further. Your favourite game is at number 51.

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5 years ago

Ex-BioWare Devs Fuse Tribes And An Open World In Epoch

As long as this planet continues to spin, there will be a new Intriguing Kickstarter From Folks Who Used To Work On Major Triple-A Franchise X Of The Day. In this case, that Kickstarter is one for Epoch: Return, and the games that once - at least, in pieces, like so many tinker toys scattering from a bucket - emerged from developer Innate's collective brain…

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Feature: Jetpacking It In

Hi-Rez On Tribes’ Failings And Future, Tribes Ascend 2

Oh Tribes Ascend, say it ain't so. Sure, we had our ups and downs, but you know you were loved, right? Right?! Just hold on a little bit longer and then-- oh, you're not dying. Just ceasing updates for the foreseeable future, maybe forever. Well, that's still a shame, but I guess I can stop frantically shaking you and screaming spittle into your face. But…

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Not Dead Yet: Tribes Ascend To Get Map-Making Tools

Tribes Ascend isn't quite riding its sound-barrier-breaking coffin to Jetpack Valhalla just yet, but its future is looking rather desolate. Last week, Hi-Rez announced that major updates are out of the question for at least the next six months - and probably long after that due to SMITE's company-devouring need for attention. However, in an interview with RPS, COO Todd Harris explained that the high-flying…

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Is This The End For Tribes Ascend?

OK, I usually hate misleading question mark headlines, but look at that one. It rhymes! That is probably the most positive thing you're going to read in this entire post. It sounds like Tribes Ascend is - for all intents and purposes - a done deal. Its servers will continue to run (and jump and jetpack) of course, but there hasn't been a major update…

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6 years ago

All The Guns: Tribes’ Game Of The Year Update

Huh. Wow. I'll be honest: I'm a bit surprised. Hi-Rez has tied information about Tribes Ascend's single-purchase option to a searing ball of plasma and hurled it through our window, and it comes out to a measly $29.99/£20.99. For everything. VIPs, meanwhile, can instantly unlock all weapons, perks, and classes for $19.99/£13.99. That's... um. I mean, I still had a wonderful time for roughly the…

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Blue Plate Spectacular: Tribes’ Single Purchase Option

For being the developer of a game all about lightning-quick reaction times, Hi-Rez could be accused of reacting rather, um, glacially. More or less since day one, Tribes Ascend's free-to-play pricing model's taken flack for making new items prohibitively hard to come by, but recent months have finally seen the reigning king of Jetpack Mountain come down and deal with it. First, Hi-Rez halved XP…

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Feature: So I turned myself to face me

Trendspotting: How Gaming’s Changing In 2012 (Sez I)

No doubt there are big things yet to come from the last quarter of 2012, but even by October it feels like it's been an uncommonly important, even vital, year for games. The hit rate of great things, expected and unexpected, has been pretty steady, but on top of that there have been major emerging trends as gaming starts to move out of the awkward…

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Now With More German: Tribes’ ‘Marksman’ Update

The Tribes: Ascend updates keep on rolling out, and so too does evidence of Hi-Rez's continued commitment to filling this game with strange stuff. Sure, they've already added disco, but now there are costumes. And elaborate backdrops. And German. But anyway, as long as the game keeps being good, we should not question the nature of these updates. And there are some pretty intriguing new…

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The Flag That Runs Like A Man: Tribes Ascend’s Blitz Mode

I have something to confess to you all: I've been living a withered up husk of an existence. I honestly haven't played Tribes in weeks, and every other aspect of my life has suffered immeasurably for it. I'm a mess. A devastatingly attractive mess. But no more. Hi-Rez has revealed Ascend's latest giant update, and I have turned the most vibrant of all colors: interested. See, in…

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Skiing Double: Tribes Ascend’s Twinfusor Update

Can you remember when the last Tribes: Ascend update came out? I can't - at least, not well. I mean, I recall a few hazy images of youthful innocence, but it's as though they're being beamed in from another lifetime or a place with an overabundance of haze. In reality, however, I just have vaguely worrisome memory problems probably stemming from the fact that I…

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Making Progress: Tribes Ascend’s Accelerate Update

It seems like only yesterday that Nathan wrote these words in regards to unlocking gear in Tribes: Ascend: "item unlocks still present a rather intimidating series of (often literally) uphill battles." The Accelerate Update flattens out those hills, or perhaps raises players to the top and allows them to roll down the other side. Well, sort of. The update addresses some frustrations by having gear…

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7 years ago

Feature: Jet Set Interview

Let There Be Jetpacks: Hi-Rez On The Future Of Tribes

By most accounts, Tribes: Ascend's existence is quantifiably a Good Thing. It is, after all, a PC-exclusive (!) high-quality free-to-play first-person shooter (!!) that's in no way spit-shining Call of Duty's combat boots or leaping just high enough when it barks an order (!!!). Almost paradoxically, it's managed to be both slavishly devoted to the series' jetpack-jousting legacy while also paving the way for a new…

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