Global Agenda, a third-person PC shooter with MMO elements from Tribes developer Hi-Rez Studios, will receive a sequel with more of a focus on player vs. player combat, the studio recently announced on its forums.
The original Global Agenda went free-to-play last year after its player base shrunk due to an unpopular subscription-based model. The title has received two major expansions in its lifetime, but has suffered a lack of updates over the course of the past year.
"As most of you know," a Hi-Rez representative posted on the forums, "GA has not received updates in a long time and the player base has significantly dwindled (probably an understatement). After the release, we did expansions and added content frequently but the population still dropped and with it the revenue needed to keep adding more to the game. Even though GA was not financially successful, we did learn a lot and tried to apply that knowledge to our new projects."
The forum post explains that Global Agenda's lessons helped inform the development of Tribes: Ascend — which, in turn, will influence the creation of a sequel to Global Agenda.
"Several months ago we sent out Surveys and got responses about what players would like to see improved most in GA and how should that be released," the forum poster explained. "The majority of the responses was to release a new version of GA 'GA2' with a PvP focus and make that as good as possible. So we are currently in the process of making that game. We will use a lot of the GA assets, some of the maps, and some of the game modes. We plan to add new maps, game modes, class weapons, and build it all on our newest platform."
The company expects the heretofore untitled game to enter beta testing by the middle of 2013.