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was a foundational multiplayer experience for many multiplayer FPS
enthusiasts, and now Hi-Rez Studios, makers of Global Agenda,
announced their intention to bring Tribes
into the new millenium with Tribes Universe.
We'll look at a few of the features of Tribes Universe
and why TU
marks a new step on a well-worn path for Hi-Rez in today's Loading...
Trials and Tribes-ulations.
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For gamers of a certain age, Starsiege: Tribes
largely defined the multiplayer FPS experience, especially on a LAN.
Released in 1998 and known simply as 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 (Red Baron
That year (1998) was my first at college, and I fondly remember getting
schooled in Tribes
by upperclassmen floormates. Weaned on the Dooms
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 Global Agenda
though flight is arguably more about movement in GA
than it was about combat in Tribes
Succeeded in graphics and name (but not in reputation) by Tribes 2
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 Tribes Universe
was in active development at its Atlanta studios. Hi-Rez's freshman
, 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 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 Tribes
game has had before." Hi-Rez also opened the discussion on large-scale,
persistent PvP, non-combat specializations (transporting troops, etc.),
Even if you're not a 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
nostalgia for you while bringing the game into the 21st century in a
persistent format? Share your thoughts in the Loading...
Shayalyn's Epic Thread of the
From our Vanguard
truth about Vanguard
about your undead rising--here's an epic thread about Vanguard, the
long-forgotten contender that reeked of potential but then showered in
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? 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.
and Exclusive Content
Today at Ten Ton Hammer
5 new Ten Ton Hammer
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Q&A – The Coming of Sci-Fi PvP Action
We here at Ten Ton Hammer love first-person shooters, so we became
delirious with joy when we heard the announcement of Tribes Universe.
This online multiplayer shooter is based on the Starsiege: Tribes
universe and will probably result in many missed hours of work when it
is released. Ten Ton Hammer sat down with Hi-Rez Studios to get more
Online Q&A with Shannon Posniewski – Fighting Crime
Online has made a lot of news recently. First,
the release of the Demonflame adventure pack, and after that came the
that CO was going to go to free-to-play in early 2011. To get the
all the recent events, Ten Ton Hammer talked to Executive Producer
Fate of Microtransactions in Guild Wars 2
Dungeons may be for sale in a Guild Wars 2 near you soon and many
are pondering just what that means. Although nothing is
confirmed, a recent interview it was revealed
that GW2 may sell dungeons, XP potions and more in the GW2 store. Are
dungeons as DLC a good idea or are expansions
much better for that type of content? Come to Ten Ton Hammer for our
Ton Hammer's Beginner's Guide for LotRO - Where Should I Be
Questing At My Level?
As The Lord of the Rings Online grows and new players join in, many for
the first time and
with little or no previous knowledge of the game or the setting, the
progression from start to finish can be a bit confusing. LotRO does
not advance in a straight line; moving from one area to the next
adjacent region can see massive leaps in mob levels. So the question
often arises: "Where should I be questing at my level?" Our newest
guide has the answers.
Screenshots Show Off Spooky New Content
- World of Warcraft
Race Guide Portal
and Abilities - Rift: Planes of Telara
Reader Submitted Q&A #4
Introducing Tol Barad
- Champions Online
Q&A with Shannon Posniewski – Fighting Crime without
Spending a Dime!
Ton Hammer's Beginner's Guide for LotRO
- Where Should I Be Questing At My Level?
with the Diablo
- Tribes Universe
Q&A – The Coming of Sci-Fi PvP Action
Cataclysm: Goblin Portal
Dungeons and Raids Panel Overview
Universe Online Screenshots
– Dr. Fate’s Lair
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