Playable Tribes: Ascend preview to debut at QuakeCon

Above: Proof that Tribes: Ascend has jetpacks (which is important)

Come August 4-7, FPS fans will descend in droves upon QuakeCon, a celebration of all things headshot-related in Dallas, Texas. And while FPSes have come a long way since those blocky days, one of the biggest headliners at this year's con is the reborn Tribes, a favorite with the FPS faithful since the days when you had to push you PC to run Quake instead of playing it in a browser. The new title, Tribes: Ascend (because jetpacks), will be playable for the first time at QuakeCon, and attendees can enter for a chance to go into the free-play game's closed beta.

Above: Proof that Tribes: Ascend has shooting (also important)

“QuakeCon has been called the Woodstock of Gaming,” enthuses Todd Harris, COO of Hi-Rez, developers of the new title (we rather liked their previous title, the futuristic, jetpack-heavy Global Agenda). While the Con boasts less mud and (probably) less sex than Woodstock, the oft-repeated comparison speaks to the free-entry, famously good-natured tone of the convention, which Hi-Rez seeks to instill within their sequel. Just like Global Agenda (which was one of the first titles to bring free-to-play to Steam), Ascend won't cost a bean to get into; while playtesting is currently limited to a closed alpha, QuakeCon attendees will be able to register for a chance to win one of a limited number of spots on Tribes: Ascend's beta. We'll be at QuakeCon bringing you more news on the title as it's unveiled – are you looking forward to a shot at Tribes: Ascend?

Jul 13, 2011


  • bkonkle - August 22, 2011 6:09 a.m.

    I loved the original Tribes! I really hope this game captures the feel and excitement of the original.
  • DarkPaladin - July 14, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    I played the original Tribes was well for quite a long time, no FPS has hooked me since quite like that one did. All Ascend has to do IMO is bring the spirit of the original game and update it, and then they'll definatly have me.
  • Eliath - July 14, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    The original Tribes is my all time favorite multiplayer FPS. My biggest gaming marathon was on Tribes (53 hours straight). It is also the only game I played so much that even when I downed a whole bottle of vodka while playing I was still the top or second to top scorer every match. This news is exciting, but I don't know if it will live up to the nostalgia. I hope so. Also, I don't know if I can get back into online FPS games like I used to... What with work and all.

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