Hi-Rez Studios Making a Tribes MMO

Ever heard of Global Agenda? It’s a shooter MMO from Hi-Res Studios. Over the weekend, Hi-Rez announced their next project, and it’s one just about every PC gamer will recognize.

Hi-Rez has acquired the Tribes IP, and is now developing an MMO set in the Tribes Universe. Coincidentally, it will be titled Tribes Universe.

In a note to players on Global Agenda’s forum, CEO Erez Goren said,

A significant rewrite to the unreal engine servers to allow for 100+ players to be fighting in the same map, a new UI system that is more efficient, a different implementation of character visuals, a new terrain system, etc. In addition the combat gameplay required many significant changes as well.

While working through the design we kept coming back to one old and loved game that represented many of the concepts we where incorporating into the new game (Jetpacks, vehicles, large open space, three armor types, futuristic weapons, etc). Many of you will know this game as Tribes, the original on-line multiplayer shooter. As of now, HiRez Studios is the proud new owner of the Tribes franchise.

We now have two groups in the studio, one working on continuing to build Global Agenda and a new group working on the Tribes Universe project. We are also moving to a new larger office space in another month that will help us accommodate our growth.

Here’s a few highlights that are listed as well:

  • Three Tribes (factions)
  • Full clan (agency) support
  • First person view (third person for some vehicles)
  • Full vehicle support (ground and air)
  • Full persistent world with territory control (no instances)
  • PvP focused
  • Huge outdoor maps (about 10x the area of sonoran desert)
  • Large scale fights (100+ players)
  • Jetpacks, skiing, lots of weapons, etc

The upcoming MMO is set to enter alpha testing in early 2011, and players who have reached the Global Agenda level cap will be given priority for invites to the test. An alpha/beta registration should be coming in the near future, but until then, you can dream about donning your heavy armor and mortaring the piss out of someone.

Note: The above screenshot is from Tribes: Vengeance, and not the upcoming Tribes Universe MMO

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2 Comments on Hi-Rez Studios Making a Tribes MMO

Ryan

On October 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I don’t have high hopes for this one. Global Agenda was absolutely terrible. They’ll probably screw up Tribes too.

LutherVanguard

On October 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I’m not expecting much from this also, if there is a monthly cost to this then I have a hard time seeing any future for it. But if they can somehow manage to pull off some sort of Team Fortress feel for it and its free and the items in the game cost real life dollars then there is definitely hope In my opinion.