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Tribes: Ascend


Tribes: Ascend is an upcoming multiplayer-only first-person shooter part of the Tribes franchise. It is currently being developed by Hi-Rez Studios and was announced on March 11, 2011 at PAX East with an expected release early next year. It will be available as a digital download for Microsoft Windows, though Hi-Rez Studios haven't ruled out the possibility of an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 release in the future. Iconic aspects from previous Tribes games such as jetpacks and skiing will be featured in the game. Tribes: Ascend will feature a free to play payment system found in recent MMOs and other games such as Team Fortress 2 and League of Legends. 


Players will pay for loadouts such as Light, Medium and Heavy, which are then broken down into classes. Each loadout specifies what type of armor you have, along with what weapons and items you can carry. Loadouts will only support three weapons; two in-hand weapons and one melee object, along with either grenades or mines and a pack. Players select which loadouts to bring with them into each match, and can change them when either respawning or at an inventory station. Hi-Rez Studios has yet to reveal how many loadouts will be available at launch, though they did state that there will be at least 15 available during the closed and open beta. Loadouts may be acquired either through an upfront payment, or through playing the game for an unspecified amount of time. Paid-for loadouts will be available to the user instantly and permanently, while those who choose to unlock them through playing will have a much longer wait. Players will be given one free loadout, the Soldier, when they first start playing the game. The Soldier is part of the medium armor class, and features a Spinfusor, Eagle Pistol, Energy Pack and grenade. Hi-Rez will also sell cosmetic items such as player skins, along with boosters that allow you to gain credits at a faster rate. Players receive credits after doing certain gameplay tasks such as killing an enemy or capturing the flag, which are then used to buy vehicles, turrets and other base assets.


Hi-Rez Studios have stated that they are currently testing Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch and Rabbit game modes, though it will launch with just Capture the Flag and Rabbit. While some maps will retain the classic nature of the Tribes franchise with large open areas and base structures, others will have a more urban feel to them, featuring buildings and streets. Katabatic is one confirmed map for Tribes: Ascend, which originally appeared in Tribes 2, along with a revamped version of Broadside called Crossfire. Bella Omega and DryDock are two new maps created by Hi-Rez Studios.




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