Friday at PAX East, Hi-Rez announced Tribes: Ascend, as the sci-fi, online multi-player shooter successor to Tribes 2 and a re-introduction of the franchise to the gaming world.
According to Hi-Rez, the Tribes collection of games have been played by more than 1 million people.
Tribes: Ascend is being developed using the Unreal 3 engine, and is targeted for release in late 2011 as a digital download on Windows PC and Xbox 360, with additional platforms currently under consideration.
“Before Halo, before Modern Warfare, and before Battlefield, there was Tribes,” said Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios COO in a press release. “Tribes fans appreciate the game’s essence – athletic FPS combat combined with teamwork and strategy. As we began development of Tribes Universe, we focused first on capturing that essence – refining and modernizing iconic elements like jetpacks, skiing, and vehicles. We’ve had tremendous fun play-testing and realized the potential of a multiplayer focused title ahead of Tribes Universe. The community has been waiting for a multi-player shooter that is the modern successor to T2. Tribes: Ascend is that game.”
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