Tribes: Ascend beta deploying November 4

Hi-Rez Studios opens closed beta registration for its freemium shooter, VIP Starter Pack purchasers get guaranteed spot.

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Tribes: Ascend, Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play resurrection of the classic team-based first-person shooter series, is ready to be tested. Hi-Rez is now looking for beta testers to help it get the game ready for release this holiday.

Tribes: Ascend will now deploy in 2012.

There are a couple of different ways to get into the beta, with the purchase of the VIP Starter Pack serving as the only way to guarantee a spot. The Starter Pack includes admission to all phases of the beta, VIP status, a 30-day booster, and 800 Tribes Gold. The Starter Pack costs $30 (euro 25; GBP 20), which is a 33 percent discount on the purchase price of individual items in the pack.

Those not interested in prepurchasing can head to the Tribes: Ascend website and register for a chance to be selected. The first phase of the beta, set to launch on November 4, will include a subset of the content and features slated for the final release.

Hi-Rez is crafting Tribes: Ascend as a successor to Tribes 2, which received wide acclaim upon its release for the PC in 2001. The game will make use of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 middleware, and Hi-Rez hopes to maintain the game's signature gameplay of fast-paced online shooter action that emphasizes teamwork and strategy.

Tribes: Ascend is expected to launch for the PC in 2012. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

7 comments
abcmatty
abcmatty

so stoked, I played tribes 1 for around 6 years...

NoodleFighter
NoodleFighter

Can't wait I applied to beta like 5 times :P @sircyrus I wouldn't worry much the console versions are in the back burner since this is F2P and will most likely won't show up on XBLA with the way M$ treats stuff like this. Plus they decided to shift all their focus on the PC version now to please the main audience (which they should be :evil: )

SSJSasuke10
SSJSasuke10

This game looks great and it's very fast paced

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Tribes Aerial Assault was really my first online FPS, since then I became a fan of the series. Its good to see that they are bringing it back. SHAZBOT!

sircyrus
sircyrus

I'll definitely be trying to get into beta for this one. I'm concerned over it being a multiplatform title though. Tribes 1 especially required very precise aim for the long distance headshots and air discs.