Tribes Universe Is Probably Dead

PC Powerplay has an in depth look at Tribes: Ascend that includes a lengthy Q&A with Hi-Rez Studios CEO Todd Harris that contains some pretty startling news for Tribes fans. If you’re still looking forward to playing Tribes Universe (the Tribes-based MMOS first announced back in October, 2010), keep looking. Tribes Universe isn’t happening any time soon.

Q: Did Tribes Universe evolve into Ascend, or is that a project you want to revisit in the future?

Our studio is a huge fan of the previous Tribes games. So after we acquired the rights to Tribes our first goal was to get the movement and physics and combat feeling right. When we made enough progress toward that goal we decided to release a pure match-based shooter ahead of any MMO and that shooter became Ascend. We do still intend to further explore the Tribes and Starsiege IP with future projects, but right now our Tribes dev team is working only on Ascend.

If I were a betting man, I’d wager that Tribes Universe doesn’t happen. Announced in October, 2010, it had been in development for months when it was unceremoniously put on hold when Tribes: Ascend was announced last March. And it’s already been 7 years since the last Tribes universe-set game. My guess is that they crunched the numbers and didn’t see an audience for a Tribes MMO, so they’re letting the thing quietly die while they focus elsewhere.

What do you think? Sadface? Don’t care? Let us know in comments.

Tribes: Ascend is due sometime in the first quarter of 2012, so, by April.

Via Blue’s News.

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8 Comments on Tribes Universe Is Probably Dead


On January 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

been playing tribes ascend cbt for some now,and im perfectly happy with the way it looks, so i dont care much for tribes universe.


On January 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I highly doubt much work went into the game. They obtained the IP in late October 2010, and started work on Tribes: Ascend in January of this year. That’s a little over 2 months.

I’d rather see them expand the Starsiege/Earthsiege universe, along with more traditional Tribes games. We don’t need anymore MMO’s.


On January 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I’ve been playing ascend, and while it is moderately fun, it moves too fast to feel like the old Tribes 1 & 2 games we loved so much. As for weapons, the disker feels right, but a lot of the other weapons are lackluster. Sometimes it even feels like a console game.

The pace is really fast and more like the Vengeance then the previous games. I’m ok with the pace of combat itself, but the maps seem to go by super fast, like a 300 ticket Battlefield 3 server does. Just when you start getting into the battle, it’s over.


On January 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hill, if it’s too fast, you’re too old.


On July 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

What a completely absurd, alarmist article. Tribes: Ascend didn’t even officially come out until February, no they’re still working on it. Do you think they’re just sitting on all that money that it’s making them? Why would you even think that they were designing them in parallel as opposed to using Tribes: Ascend as a combat beta and funding platform for Tribes Universe, which they’re clearly doing? The only other thing they’re working on is Smite, and if you think that and the moderate updates to Tribes are taking up all their time and money, you’re crazy.

fuh qyoooooo

On April 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

So yea. Dumbasses ed up tribes ascend making it rpg like an fps version of wow. What do you expect? Stupid in retards. i told em, dont be ing retards. did they listen? NOpe, GUESS WHOSE GAME IS ON HOLD BC THE FIRST FAILED? hahaha stupid tards. See what that says? It says you are stupid ing retards. Read it again now. Anyways, want another freebe u ing idiots? Don’t make it rpg again, and get rid of the insta-gib weapons, and make the disk launcher slower. In general make all the weapons slower. The pros will appreciate that. The hackers, will hate it. anyways, the guy that laughed as you failed to launch the easiest “epic game” ever. GJ. ing quit life please. Guess what you dumb s are gonna do again? Make it rpg. Guess whats gonna happen? ( )( )====D~~~~~ ( ) ( )=======D~~~~~~~~ ( ) ( )==============D~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


On April 26, 2014 at 10:25 am

You guys were really ing stupid. you know what? Just sell the rights to the game, b/c thats the only money ur gonna get out of it. Morons couldn’t even make money from the second largest original mmo ever. Thats sad. Next time, hire someone smart to make it. Like dynamix.


On April 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

Appropriate ^