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Hi-Rez discusses failures of past games, success of Smite

Smite is the third game from Alpharetta, Ga.-based Hi-Rez Studios, and it's the first one that seems on track to be successful, said CEO Erez Goren in a candid post on Reddit. After noting that "most games fail, some games break even and a tiny number of games are very successful," Goren went on to discuss the history of Hi-Rez, which he co-founded in 2005. The sci-fi spy shooter MMO Global Agenda, the studio's first game, was released in February 2010 and "lost a lot of money," said Goren. "We continued to fund Global Agenda for more than a year after it was released and losing money, we continued to create content and new features, but no matter how much work we did the user base kept declining." Goren pointed out that the technology Hi-Rez developed for Global Agenda proved useful...

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Smite expands into China with Hi-Rez and Tencent deal, receives new features

Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play MOBA, Smite, will see a release in China through a new worldwide publishing partnership with Tencent, the companies announced at Gamescom today, revealing that the game will receive a new mode called Atlanta, along with additional gods and features. Smite's combination of MMORPG and first-person shooter elements will make the game stand out in the Chinese market, according to Steven Ma, vice president of Tencent, offering gamers in the region "fast paced and competitive" gameplay. As part of the expansion into China, Smite will receive new Chinese gods and revised versions of currents gods Guan Yu, Sun WuKong and Zhong Kui. Todd Harris, Hi-Rez co-founder, said that the studio collaborated closely with Tencent on the gods' designs "to ensure that Chinese...

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Tribes: Ascend may get map editor, mod tools

Hi-Rez Studios is "exploring" the addition of a map maker and mod tools for its first-person shooter Tribes: Ascend, features players have been requesting since the game launched last April, studio co-founder Todd Harris said in a recent interview with GameFront. Last week, Harris announced that Hi-Rez would postpone major updates to the Tribes: Ascend for six months in order to focus on development for its MOBA, Smite. Harris told GameFront that, in the wake of this announcement, the company is exploring putting creation tools in the hands of players as a replacement for developer-made official maps. "Really, the main community request we're hearing, which was always a part of Tribes, is for some way for the community to create their own maps," he said. "So, over the next six months,...

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Tribes: Ascend updates on hold for six months to prioritize Smite, says dev

Hi-Rez studios postponed updates to free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend for six months in order to focus on development for its multiplayer online battle arena Smite, according to a statement from studio co-founder Todd Harris. Responding to questions on Reddit regarding the lack of updates to Tribes, Harris said Smite, which went into open beta earlier this week, is the developer's current priority. He added that a sequel to Tribes: Ascend was more likely to enter development than another major update to the current game. "There are no major dev updates planned for Tribes: Ascend in the next six months," Harris wrote. "For the next six months our primary development focus is Smite. Beyond that it is [team-based online game Global Agenda 2]. And beyond that a [Tribes: Ascend 2] would...

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Tribes: Ascend Game of the Year Edition launching February 15 with classes, perks and weapons

Tribes: Ascend Game of the Year Edition is set for release on Feb. 15, giving players the option to unlock every class, perk and weapon in Hi-Res Studios' free-to-play online shooter with one purchase, according to a press release from the developer. The Game of the Year Edition includes content from the 10 expansions released since it launched in April 2012. For $29.99 (or $19.99 for Tribes VIPs, a title granted to everyone who makes real money purchases in the game), players can unlock over 100 weapons, all of the game's 9 classes and each of its 21 perks. It will be available to purchase through the game's official website and Steam. "Nothing changes for players that are enjoying the game with the free-to-play model," said Todd Harris, Hi-Rez COO. Hi-Res will also be releasing...

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Tribes: Ascend update brings new guns and maps to the party

Free-to-play online shooter Tribes: Ascend has a new update that adds the Twinfusor, a two-disc shooter, to the game's packed arsenal. In a new video from Hi-Rez Studios, co-founder Todd Harris walks players through the update, which includes a modified version of the "Stonehenge" map, a port of the popular Tribes map "Dangerous Crossing," and a new indoor capture-the-flag map, "Permafrost." The video also shows the new Party system, in which players can create parties and chats in Quick Match, and a slew of skins and other cosmetic items. Tribes: Ascend was released on April 12 for PC.

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Tribes: Ascend is out today and free-to-play

Hi-Rez Studios' fast-paced, free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend is available to download and play online on PC today. The title, which revives the blisteringly fast jetpack-and-skiing action of the long dormant Tribes franchise, gives players access to a number of classes, maps and social features with their complimentary download. Additional loadouts can either be purchased or unlocked, while Hi-Rez hopes to drive the game's economy with purchasable cosmetic items for your character. Check out the developer diary below for more information about the game, or download it now for free to get back into the flag-thieving business.

Tribes: Ascend Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 04/12/2012
    • Publisher Hi-Rez Studios
    • Developer Hi-Rez Studios
  • Steam
    • Released 06/27/2012
    • Publisher Hi-Rez Studios
    • Developer Hi-Rez Studios
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