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style="font-style: italic;">Starsiege: Tribes
was a foundational multiplayer experience for many multiplayer FPS
enthusiasts, and now Hi-Rez Studios, makers of style="font-style: italic;">Global Agenda,
announced their intention to bring style="font-style: italic;">Tribes
into the new millenium with style="font-style: italic;">Tribes Universe.
We'll look at a few of the features of style="font-style: italic;">Tribes Universe
and why TU
marks a new step on a well-worn path for Hi-Rez in today's href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/loading/2010/nov/1">Loading...
Trials and Tribes-ulations.

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For gamers of a certain age, style="font-style: italic;">Starsiege: Tribes
largely defined the multiplayer FPS experience, especially on a LAN.
Released in 1998 and known simply as style="font-style: italic;">Tribes,
the game revolutionized the FPS experience by adding jetpacks and
z-axis gameplay (I'm trying hard not to say "verticality"... damn, I
just did) to the mix. That makes all kinds of sense, because its
publisher (Sierra) and developer (Dynamix) were at least as well known
for its engaging, RPG-esque flight sims ( style="font-style: italic;">Red Baron,
Over Europe
, etc.)

That year (1998) was my first at college, and I fondly remember getting
schooled in style="font-style: italic;">Tribes
by upperclassmen floormates. Weaned on the style="font-style: italic;">Dooms,
the Quakes,
and the Unreals,
I could track jumping, running, and strafing players, but when range of
motion becomes less limited by gravity than by jetpack fuel on open
terrain, things get complicated. It's the same sort of mind-expanding
feeling I had when first playing style="font-style: italic;">Global Agenda,
though flight is arguably more about movement in style="font-style: italic;">GA
than it was about combat in style="font-style: italic;">Tribes.

Succeeded in graphics and name (but not in reputation) by style="font-style: italic;">Tribes 2
and Tribes:
, style="font-style: italic;">Tribes
included a variety and number of maps (40+) on a scale we'll probably
never see again, along with seven different map types. It was also the
first really successful multiplayer-only triple-A game that didn't
carry the MMO moniker.

On nearly the three-year anniversary of the shutdown of the Sierra
Master Server, Hi-Rez announced that style="font-style: italic;">Tribes Universe
was in active development at its Atlanta studios. Hi-Rez's freshman
title, Global
, was itself in many
ways a Tribes
successor, bringing jetpacks along with a persistent campaign map,
MMO-ish social layer, and UE3 smoothness to the MMOFPS scene, so in
many ways the IP has come full circle.

In a Tribes
published today at Ten Ton Hammer, Hi-Rez noted that style="font-style: italic;">Tribes Universe
will capitalize on the silky smooth action of its predecessors, but
also "emphasize group strategy, counters, progression, specialization
and tactics that are more extensive than anything a style="font-style: italic;">Tribes
game has had before." Hi-Rez also opened the discussion on large-scale,
persistent PvP, non-combat specializations (transporting troops, etc.),
and vehicles.

Even if you're not a style="font-style: italic;">Tribes
or MMOFPS fan, you have to be cheered by Hi-Rez's success. They join
developers like Mythic, Turbine, and NetDevil who, having launched a
niche success story, acquire bigger and more promising IPs. Let's just
hope that Hi-Rez avoids the fate of a few of its indy predecessors -
selling their soul to a hamfisted publisher and becoming a shadow of
its formerly creative self.

Were you a Tribes
player? Have fond memories to share? How can Hi Rez preserve that
old-timey Tribes
nostalgia for you while bringing the game into the 21st century in a
persistent format? Share your thoughts in the href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=54430">Loading...

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=84">Vanguard
General Chat

truth about Vanguard

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fail. One of our newest forum members dropped by to offer a (lengthy)
bit of conspiracy mongering labeled as the "truth." It's an interesting
read, but the wall o' text doesn't have our community convinced. Will
it convince you? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=54424">Read
on and discuss!


Quotes from the Epic Thread

the game was as great as the revisionist history people would have us
believe, then you would have stuck it out as the game was
'fixed/improved' over time instead of 'quitting the game pretty
quickly' and then deciding to hitch your wagon to the 'Vanguard was the
greatest game that never was' band wagon.

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