Tribes fans can head for new stomping grounds this weekend with the open beta launch of Tribes: Ascend. Hi-Rez Studios has announced that the Tribes: Ascend open beta will get underway this Friday and anyone that would like to take part in the event simply needs to sign up via the Tribes: Ascend website.

Along with the open beta launch, Tribes: Ascend will receive a new content update that will add a new game mode, Arena Deathmatch, which will include two initial maps to play on and a new map will also be added to the Capture the Flag mode with Temple Ruins. The update also includes new unlockable items, new suits, a new Team Deathmatch map, lots of bug fixes and more. As an added bonus, characters from the open beta will not be wiped.

Additional details about the open beta event is available in the press release below. You can sign up for the open beta on the Tribes: Ascend website.

Hi-Rez Studios Announces Start Date of Open Beta and Major Content Updates for Tribes: Ascend

Fast growing free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend will be available to everyone on Friday, February 24. This week’s patch adds a new game mode, four new maps, and new regions.

ATLANTA.  February 22,  2012

Today, Hi-Rez Studios announced major content updates to the highly anticipated, fast-action multiplayer shooter Tribes: Ascend in advance of starting Open Beta this Friday, February 24.  

“The Tribes: Ascend Closed Beta has exceeded our expectations”, says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios Chief Operating Officer.  “Over 300,000 players participated in the closed beta and the game has improved greatly based on community feedback.  We are now excited to launch Open Beta this Friday.  We have expanded capacity in North America, Europe, and Australia and added new local servers to support growing communities in Brazil and Asia.”

All player progress and unlocks will be preserved with no planned character wipes.

In advance of Open Beta, a significant patch this week will include:

  • New gametype, Arena Deathmatch, with two initial maps
  • New Capture The Flag map, Temple Ruins
  • New Team Deathmatch map, Inferno
  • Two new unlockable items for the Soldier class:  Proximity Grenade and Utility Pack
  • New default suits for Doombringer and Brute
  • Ability to view either Blood Eagle or Diamond Sword skins from Class menu
  • Service supporting Name Change
  • Large number of bug-fixes and balance adjustments.  

Please find the details in the patch notes.

As of Friday 5pm GMT, anyone interested in trying Tribes: Ascend can create an account and download the game from, without the need for a beta key.

Find Tribes: Ascend on Facebook here.

Tribes: Ascend Focus video here.

About Hi-Rez Studios

Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment. In February 2010 the company released their first title, the squad-based shooter MMO Global Agenda. The team is now developing two other AAA free-to-play online games: Tribes: Ascend, the next instalment of the popular Tribes franchise, currently in beta; and the upcoming MOBA game SMITE. For more information, please visit

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