We were able to experience firsthand the energy that goes into a game of Tribes: Ascend at PAX East's opening day today! Hordes of PAX-goers lined up to patiently await their turn at a game while a Hi-Rez Studios commentator pumped up the crowd, encouraged the skilled, and booed the not-so-skilled. Live playbacks from multiple points of view loomed above our heads on massive HD screens, and shouts of both glee and frustration filled our ears as players killed and were killed.
A preview of Release Build content that will go live with the official release on April 12th is available at the event - included in this PAX floor build is Raindance, a groundbreaking multiplayer map from the original Starsiege: Tribes in 1998, as well as a brand new game mode, Capture & Hold. Some screenshots:
We played it ourselves as well, and were extremely pleased at the intuitive controls and ease and speed of movement. With use of frictionless boots and jetpacks, skilled players can stay constantly in motion, traversing terrain at breakneck speed to grab flags, dodge bullets, and drop down on surprised victims. Your speedometer helps you to maximize movement potential, allowing you to whiz through the massive and beautiful landscapes as you approach objectives or flee from foes.
Word from the staff is that Tribes: Ascend will be making a bigger splash into the world of eSports as soon as possible, so keep an eye here and on the official site for announcements. They've already made a name for themselves at the NASL, so with eSports massively on the rise with gamers worldwide, it will be interesting to see what's in store for competitive play in the future.
Tribes: Ascend is a free-to-play shooter for PC with unlockable classes, weapons, skills, and perks with servers across North America, Europe, and Australia. The sci-fi shooter is set to officially release April 12th, but is available in a beta build to download and play now through their site; head over to www.tribesascend.com to register!