Free-to-Play Tribes: Ascend Now Available On Steam

English: Steam logo

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Update includes new maps, new features, and localized game client for Germany, Brazil, and Russia

ATLANTA – 27 June, 2012 –  Hi-Rez Studios, independent developer of AAA free-to-play online games, today announced that Tribes: Ascend has launched on Valve’s Steam service (http://store.steampowered.com/app/17080).

The fast-paced, free-to-play multiplayer shooter has received a strong critical reception from the gaming press, including Editor’s Choice awards from PC Gamer, IGN, and Gamespy, and 10/10 scores from review sites worldwide including Eurogamer and Ausgamers.

Tribes: Ascend has over one million registered users, and the move to Steam, combined with international servers and language support, will expose the title to millions more worldwide.

Says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer, “We’re very excited to partner with Valve and deliver the World’s Fastest Shooter to the world’s largest gaming community.”

The updated version of Tribes: Ascend available on Steam will introduce a new Capture The Flag map called Stonehenge and a new Team Deathmatch map, as well as first-person spectator mode to support the growing Tribes competitive community. The game is also being localized to support German, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. Beta versions of these languages are available in the latest patch, with final versions and support for additional languages on the way.

About Hi-Rez Studios
Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment. In 2010 the company released their first title, the squad-based shooter MMO Global Agenda.  In April 2012 the company  released the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend, billed as the ‘World’s Fastest Shooter’.  Hi-Rez is now developing the upcoming action MOBA game SMITE.  For more info visit www.hirezstudios.com.

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Tribes: Ascend Update #5 – Accelerate

Play Now – For Free – http://www.tribesascend.com

Tribes: Ascend is the World’s Fastest Shooter – a fast-paced multiplayer first person shooter with jetpacks, skiing, vehicles, classes, and customizable weapon unlocks and upgrades.

This video showcases the Accelerate update – faster weapon upgrades, 27 new weapon variants, 2 new capture & hold maps, plus a weapon balance pass.

Patch Notes: http://www.egmnow.com/tribesascend/tribes-ascend-accelerate-patch-notes/

Hi-Rez Studios Announces PAX East Lineup

The 2011 PAX East filled the BCEC.

The 2011 PAX East filled the BCEC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New and Exclusive Playable Content for Tribes: Ascend and SMITE

ATLANTA. April 4, 2012. Hi-Rez Studios, independent developer of AAA free-to-play online games, today announced its lineup of games for PAX East. Attendees can check out and play Hi-Rez’s games at booth 962 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center between April 6 and April 8, 2012.

As is typical, the Hi-Rez booth has been designed to accommodate hands-on competitive multiplayer, maximum audience visibility, shoutcasting, and interaction with studio team-members.

PAX East attendees can play exclusive, pre-release content from two of Hi-Rez Studios’ new marquee titles including:

Tribes: Ascend – The World’s Fastest Shooter – featuring jetpacks, skiing, vehicles, and team-based gameplay. Tribes: Ascend releases as a digital download for the PC on April 12th, and attendees can preview Release Build content:

  • A classic map returns… Raindance. Shipping first within the original Starsiege: Tribes in 1998, Raindance is a popular Tribes map and has been cited as one of the most influential multiplayer game maps of all time.
  • And a brand new game-mode – Capture & Hold. Playable at PAX on the map Katabatic this new gametype showcases core Tribes features of speed, vehicles, objectives, and teamwork.

SMITE – A Battleground of The Gods that shakes up the MOBA genre with a 3rd person camera and action skill-shot combat. SMITE is currently in Closed Alpha.

  • Choose Your God from 15 deities including six gods playable for the first time at PAX East. Attendees can select from: Zeus, Kali, Anubis, Odin, Ymir, Sun WuKong, HeBo, Hades, Bastet, Ao Kuang, Ra, Arachne, Hel, Vamana, and Agni.
  • Play 5 versus 5 multiplayer in a battleground map with Boss Minotaurs, new jungle camps, and exclusive first look at Fire Giant.

Hi-Rez Studios Releases Latest Update To Tribes: Ascend

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New Capture The Flag Maps, New Servers, and Badge for Beta Participants

ATLANTA.  March 20,  2012.  Today, Hi-Rez Studios introduces another significant update to the Open Beta of the free-to-play fast-action multiplayer shooter Tribes: Ascend.
Patch Highlights include:

·  Added Sunstar, a new Capture the Flag map.
·  Temple Ruins, a Capture the Flag map, has been revised based on community feedback and returns to the Quick Play rotation.
·  Additional European servers added.  Region selection includes Europe – London and Europe – Amsterdam.
·  Additional Asian servers added.  Region selection includes Asia – Japan, and Asia – Singapore
·  Server performance optimizations.
·  More polished reticules and HUD icons.  Also, users may now disable unwanted HUD elements using SETTINGS menu.
·  User settings now stored server-side.  Setting may be reset with this patch but settings should be preserved upon future patches.

Other balance changes, features, and bug-fixes are detailed in the patch notes.
Hi-Rez Studios also announced their intent to reward the very active Beta community.  When Tribes: Ascend officially releases on April 12th, all Beta players who have reached level 10 will receive an exclusive in-game Beta badge.

To play Tribes: Ascend Open Beta today visit: http://www.tribesascend.com.  All player progress and unlocks in Beta will be preserved through release with no planned character wipes.