With Tribes: Ascend and their upcoming MOBA Smite, it looks like Hi-Rez will be returning to familiar ground for their latest title.

In a forum post the studio acknowledged the fact that the original Global Agenda taught the studio a lot about developing content, performance optimization, balancing, f2p revenue models and more. The company sent out surveys several months ago to gauge where they would like to see GA improved the most. Apparently the overwhelming majority of the responses were to “release a new version of GA ‘GA2′ with a PvP focus.”

And so that is what Hi-Rez is doing. The new version will use a lot of the original GA assets, some of the maps, and some of the game modes but will include new maps, game modes, class weapons, and be built on their newest platform. The sequel will also be focused on PvP with no open world elements planned at this time.

Its strange that Hi-Rez would focus on making the GA series completely PvP based. Some of what really made the original Global Agenda unique was the co-op story missions and raids. Hi-Rez already has a successful futuristic PvP focused shooter with Tribes so making Global Agenda 2 focused on the same genre seems a bit confusing.

Global Agenda 2 is expected to begin beta testing in the middle of 2013. Where you fans of the original Global Agenda? Do you think Global Agenda 2 will fill a niche not currently filled by Tribes: Ascend? Let us know!

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  1. Sladik on October 8, 2012

    [VGW]Woohoo! Another game to distract them from the declining playerbase of Tribes: Ascend! I can’t wait!

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    • nikago on October 8, 2012

      Woohoo! Another person with nothing civil to say, just spew petrol all over the place.

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      • Sladik on October 8, 2012

        I think you need to understand where I’m coming from. Tribes: Ascend’s updates haven’t been as consistent recently as they could be or have been in the past. Hi-Rez is focusing more on developing SMITE, even though Tribes has only been released for 6 months, and their divided attention shows; less updates are released, and the playerbase is shrinking. Servers are a lot emptier now, and most of the Tribes YouTubers haven’t released any videos within the past month. It makes sense that they’re focusing their attention on SMITE short-term until it’s released, but what they don’t need is another game to divert their attention.

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        • nikago on October 8, 2012

          uh the game had constant updates 8 in fact recent one being blitz in the time span of 6 months of the official release and, recently got a German release. yes there focusing on SMITE but they are hardly just flat out dropping tribes its called marketing once SMITE is out you wont hear much of it unless you look it up or hear of Update news on this site. Same for global agenda 2 prepare to hear allot of it until launch day.

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          • Sladik on October 8, 2012

            Even so, tons of people are complaining that SMITE is taking priority at the moment, and that’s causing a decline in the playerbase. I know that they’re not going to neglect Tribes entirely like they have GA1, but try telling that to everyone who’s left.

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        • Eviil on October 10, 2012

          Aeria games took Tribes. The end is near.

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    • gabe on October 12, 2012

      yes a new global agenda.I hope it’s better than the first

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  2. Rinor on October 8, 2012

    Actually i think that is kinda cool because global agenda was nice but wasnt great maybe they willl work on it get player feedback like the other games and create something really nice i liked GA but wasnt exactly amazing maybe this one will be

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  3. sethsamson on October 8, 2012

    this could be a FireFall rival not planetside2 ….

    but im glad cause i always like global agenda …
    and by the way i got an email few week ago with the survey asking me what to do with global agenda new dlc or whole new game … i see they go with the second … cool :)

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  4. scnoobi on October 8, 2012

    I would actually like the actual original idea of GA, large scale maps with classes/objectivs but i guess the game went the pve way, wonder how GA2 will be

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  5. UltraBlackJoker on October 8, 2012

    ( to me) the first one was fun but got boring quick hope this one will be a bit more better

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  6. Adrian87 on October 8, 2012

    When i first read the title i was really happy about this. I played GA for only half a year or so, but i really enjoyed it. I was very happy with a GA2 announcement… and i would not mind a little more PvP… but no open world elements? That its disappointing. I will definitely give it a chance when it comes out, but i honestly dont think will be something stunning.
    They should have made PvP possible on the map or something like that and not ruin the missions.

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  7. cacalips on October 8, 2012

    LOL Read up all reviews and forums on GA. So broke, so ignored, and they make a second one… Shiver at the thought they actually had a subscription payers for the first one.

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  8. r0ck3t on October 8, 2012

    I like Global agenda but i think there should be more pve in it. So i really hope they will. :)

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  9. kaRRRRam on October 8, 2012

    hirez owners pls kick ur ppl -ALL find a new1 who will make a GA2 with pvp,pve,raids,open world and UPDATE ( at least 1 in 3 months) if u wanna have a great game -hope u will listen to me

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  10. PsyMike3d on October 8, 2012

    Another shooter? why? They should make it open world pvp/pve… i guess they chose the easy path. too bad…

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  11. raccoonlord on October 8, 2012

    I have been waiting for this game for a long time :D. But I agree, the thing that made the game was it’s awesome and challenging raids. I thought the PVP could of used a bit of tweaking but all in all I thought the PVP was fun with the territories and all. I just hope that the Dev’s are as involved in the game as they were in GA1 :D

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  12. HellcatM on October 8, 2012

    I stopped playing GA as soon as the missions stopped and it became a lobby game. I like games that a world and not just maps, even if that world is instanced. If I want to play a lobby game I’ll play Ghost Recon Online, COD Black ops 2 or Halo 4 when it comes out. I think hi-rez is going in the wrong direction, with games like Firefall and Planetside 2 coming out, just what sounds like another lobby shooter with no open world elements to it is a mistake.

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  13. meme on October 9, 2012

    hopefully its NOTHING like global agenda 1 , in global agenda 1 i had THE best sniper rifle and head shot a guy from a crazy distance and it takes 10% of his hp .
    WTF 10% of his hp from being hit in the nose with the highest powered sniper rifle possible .
    seriously that should have been a 1 hit kill and if they make GA2 anything like that . i am not gonna play it even if its free.
    i will play games with good sence to have such thing as headshots = 1 hit kill like warz

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    • IHateMMOs on October 9, 2012

      there are no hitboxes in the game and it has distanced damage. That’s why.

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      • ShiftGuazz on October 9, 2012

        Hey IHateMMOs are you a supertrooper in planetside 2??

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    • ShiftGuazz on October 9, 2012

      headshots are not as good as you think it is… if you are hit in the forehead you might not die. and remember, this is a si-fi setting so ppl probably have some sort of implant in their skull which makes it stronger.

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  14. mattmanrx on October 9, 2012

    Awesome GA was a nice game. Im not going to say the game was the best but for my 6 or 7 months of playing i liked the game enough. I am really happy that they have made this decision.

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  15. ExileXIII on October 9, 2012

    GA was a GREAT game. I loved the story in it. But i did not like how much grinding was involved. Tribes Acend is a good game but it lacks story. If GA 2 goes to PvP then i won’t like it very much. Sure i’ll try it but just for testing reasons. The original GA was very fun. I personal loved the recon class, mainly to the good stealth play. The sniper was a fun thing to use and the class was pretty popular. Even in PvP it was fun. Comeing form me that is a huge thing for me to say. I don’t like PvP that much and to see tomany games out there with PvP as a tacked on or the main focus. This is somehow the main focus for some reason. These people know about games so you might want to watch their episodes. Here http://extra-credits.net/episodes/ it’s a nice game info site for evry thing games. NO i’m not part of them just happy wiht them. I could not find it but i thing they have a episode on PvP . So look it up. Anyway PvP GA2 is bad Open world in the thing to do with a good story.

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  16. xlcyruslx on October 9, 2012

    amazing, love global agenda, totally love global agenda 2

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  17. Cool fez on October 11, 2012

    i hope agency vs agency will still be there

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  18. DotaXO on February 9, 2014

    If i know how to make games, and Global agenda 2 dead again, I wanted to make my OWN Global Agenda, cause I have many plans for it, and I already think some new agent like Frost, an agent with ice power

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