Tribes Ascend

Hi-Rez Studios wasn’t kidding when it said it had a small team of “four or five people” still working on Tribes: Ascend. Today, that small team’s efforts have bloomed into a full-on patch for the game, its first in literally years, appropriately named “Out of the Blue.”

And the changes to the game aren’t small. There are the three new capture-the-flag maps, inspired by maps in previous Tribes titles: Ice Coaster, Perdition, and Terminus. All classes have seen a slight bump to their health, with a corresponding decrease to health recharge time. Light and medium classes can now carry three weapons, and heavies four, and all have nine custom loadouts by default.

All items have been rebalanced, and vehicles received a major tune-up to make them more generally useful. As a result, all purchases have been undone and their Tribes Gold and XP refunded to player accounts.

There are a slew of other miscellaneous changes, big and small, to virtually all aspects of the game; you can read the very full patch notes here. The game will be down for about six hours, starting at 10:00 a.m. Pacific, for the patch. Tribes: Ascend fans, are you pumped?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Derpina on December 14, 2015

    I remember watching a live stream from their official website streaming. It showed a team of 3 guys trying to hack the system. They were testing out a mele move where you can camp behind the flag and spam the move behind walls and throws people miles out or do one hit kills. They were laughing like howler monkies and then went to go troll others in game. That and the dizzy headache inducing combat = why I quickly dumped the game (plus it was abandoned, like their other sci fi mmorpg for a crap moba).

  2. derp on December 11, 2015

    Watch out, watch out, update from outta nowhere!

    • Cyril on December 15, 2015

      Aiming is not for everyone. You made a good decision not playing it any more.

  3. adrian87 on December 10, 2015

    That patch name cracked me up.

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