Tribes-Like Video Surfaces From Original Creators
If I were to create a list titled ‘The Top Ten Greatest Multiplayer First Person Shooters Of All Time’, you would probably see Tribes and Tribes 2 listed in there somewhere. Let’s face it, the Tribes series ruled. No other games have come along and offered such degrees of freedom and varied gameplay styles as the Tribes series.
So whenever news of a Tribes-esque game or gameplay pops up on the radar, it seems that the purported fans crawl out of the woodwork. As excitable as Tribes fans are, they are simultaneously a most fickled bunch.
GarageGames (originally formed by a bunch of ex-Dynamix employees) are at it again with their Tribes teasing. In 2006, Tribes fans were driven half-crazed with a technology demonstration showing off their Torque Shader Engine as shown here. In October 2007, an undisclosed source told Shacknews (link here) that GarageGames was secretly working on a Tribes-like game for its upcoming InstantAction platform (think Steam in a web-browser with 3D capability).
If the above (silent) video is any indication, Shacknews’ source may have credibility after all. The video (which probably doesn’t visually do the game justice) was compiled from unprotected links taken from InstantAction.com demonstrating some alpha works of GarageGames’ upcoming browser-based 3d shooter. Whether the above video represents GarageGames’ typical teasing via purposely leaking footage or actual purchasable gameplay offerings I’ll leave up to you to decide. With VU Games pretty much abandoning the Tribes IP and storing it in the basement akin to some X-File, this is probably the closest thing we’re getting to an actual spiritual successor to Tribes in a commercial form. And who better than the original creators to bring it to us?
The question I have for our readers is “Would playing a 3D shooter in a web-browser seem awkward to you?”