Don't Expect Tribes: Ascend for Xbox Live Arcade Anytime Soon

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Posted by patrickklepek (2212 posts) -
It's not that Tribes: Ascend won't come to Xbox Live Arcade ever, it's just not happening soon.

When Global Agenda developer Hi-Rez announced its Tribes reboot, Tribes: Ascend, it was coming to both PC and Xbox Live Arcade sometime this year. Though a console version could still happen, GameSpot UK's reporting the studio has turned its focus to the PC version for the time being.

"An eventual XBLA version--and even PSN version--is not out of the question but neither will be this year," said the company.

Part of the decision may be attributed to transforming Tribes: Ascend into a free-to-play game. There have been rumors of Microsoft working to enable free-to-play experiences on Xbox Live, but so far, that hasn't come to pass.

#1 Posted by patrickklepek (2212 posts) -
It's not that Tribes: Ascend won't come to Xbox Live Arcade ever, it's just not happening soon.

When Global Agenda developer Hi-Rez announced its Tribes reboot, Tribes: Ascend, it was coming to both PC and Xbox Live Arcade sometime this year. Though a console version could still happen, GameSpot UK's reporting the studio has turned its focus to the PC version for the time being.

"An eventual XBLA version--and even PSN version--is not out of the question but neither will be this year," said the company.

Part of the decision may be attributed to transforming Tribes: Ascend into a free-to-play game. There have been rumors of Microsoft working to enable free-to-play experiences on Xbox Live, but so far, that hasn't come to pass.

#2 Edited by Grissefar (2830 posts) -

Woo Klepek. I would not be opposed to touching your hair.

#3 Posted by HarrySound (240 posts) -

bugger. 
They will never capture Tribe 2 again :( 
 
These kinds of announcements mean it'll never come to the arcade..... 
My guess would be a retail product, but probably not at all.

#4 Posted by notha (239 posts) -

did anyone ever play tribes for ps2? it was awful, tribes is too fast for a controller imo

#5 Edited by gothaggis (5 posts) -

I can't playing Tribes with a console controller. Tribes Aerial Assault for the PS2 was a travesty. If they do end up releasing it for the consoles, have fun with autoaim.

i'm glad they are focusing on PC only, as they should be. Still a bit worried about all of the changes to the game they are making that got leaked out......however i'm still open to whatever they want to try to help make Tribes a popular game again.

(for the record, Tribes 1 was a better game than Tribes 2....but I still love them both. I won't even speak of the disaster that was Tribes Vengeance)

edit: HiRez announced the other day that they will be showing off Tribes:Ascend at both Quakecon and PAX Prime

#6 Posted by buft (3320 posts) -
@notha said:

did anyone ever play tribes for ps2? it was awful, tribes is too fast for a controller imo

yeah that's true but a good developer can work with high speeds with a little aim assist as long as its not to overpowered
#7 Posted by RenMcKormack (1074 posts) -

I WANT TRIBES NOW KLEPEK> MAKE IT HAPPEN.

#8 Posted by umdesch4 (771 posts) -

I thought maybe they were delaying it while they investigate the existence of a Tribes board game overseas.

#9 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Eh, I've my doubts that Microsoft would ever want F2P games on Xbox Live. That would cut too much into non-F2P games, which are pretty much all the big games on the system. I think Team Fortress 2 and the lack of updates established that.

#10 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Good. I'd rather they put effort into making the best game they can instead of designing it around another platform's hardware limitations.

#11 Posted by Ravenousrattler (1417 posts) -

I would like to see some F2P stuff on xbox live.

#12 Posted by wickedsc3 (1046 posts) -

boo.

#13 Posted by Jensonb (1769 posts) -

I would not be opposed to a PSN version of this, though funnily enough the idea had not occurred to me until this article.

#14 Posted by Demoskinos (15143 posts) -

The last  Tribes on console was a disaster.    Seriously, PC all the way if your going to bother playing this.   I don't wanna  be "that guy" who touts  Mouse and Keyboard superiority but well.... I'm kinda gonna be that guy anyways because damn playing with a M&K is so much better once you get the hang of it.   Granted, there is a inital learning curve that requires you sink a fair amount of hours into playing PC shooters.

#15 Edited by vinsanityv22 (1064 posts) -

Hey Hi-Rez; you know there's this thing called the Playstation Network? Where F2P games are welcome (Free Realms says hello). Yeah, it's crazy; gamers everywhere download games and play them on their non-Xbox 360 consoles. It's like...the future, or something. To think; the Xbox 360 isn't the only console in the world with an online marketplace. Sarcasm aside, you (and more developers) need to cut this XBLA-exclusive sh** out already. I thought the point of making DLGs was to avoid the publisher costs and politic-ing, competing for retail space and just getting games to gamers? Well, what's the point when you're ignoring about half the gamer population? Bring it to PSN.

#16 Posted by Norusdog (346 posts) -

Tribes > all

#17 Posted by august (3866 posts) -

@buft said:

@notha said:

did anyone ever play tribes for ps2? it was awful, tribes is too fast for a controller imo

yeah that's true but a good developer can work with high speeds with a little aim assist as long as its not to overpowered

Tribes is more about leading your target, most of the weapons aren't hitscan.

Plus you have to do it while soaring through the air.

#18 Posted by buft (3320 posts) -
@august said:

@buft said:

@notha said:

did anyone ever play tribes for ps2? it was awful, tribes is too fast for a controller imo

yeah that's true but a good developer can work with high speeds with a little aim assist as long as its not to overpowered

Tribes is more about leading your target, most of the weapons aren't hitscan.

Plus you have to do it while soaring through the air.

I'm not sure what that has to do with anything i said, you don't think leading a shot can be programmed into aim assist?
#19 Posted by Rukus (100 posts) -

No doubt Microsoft's draconian certification process for updates has a big part in this. After a developer gets one "freebie" title update they either have to pay for every subsequent update or charge the players for the DLC/update.

#20 Posted by jmrwacko (2443 posts) -

Why play a F2P Tribes when I can play Section 8: Prejudice instead? Just saying.

#21 Posted by Spark (46 posts) -

Eh, I don't know why anybody would play Tribes with a controller anyway.

#22 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2398 posts) -

Every time I see tribes I get excited, there's just so much potential regardless of the system it comes out on.

#23 Posted by Sevan (83 posts) -

That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...

#24 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -
@Sevan said:
That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...
How? Looks way more like Crysis 2's hud.
#25 Posted by Sevan (83 posts) -
@Ygg said:
@Sevan said:
That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...
How? Looks way more like Crysis 2's hud.
the way the mountains are on the screen reminds me of a Halo folding up into the sky. The gun hud reminds me of Halo's AR. And The ground textures look like Reach.
#26 Posted by TheHT (11781 posts) -
@Ygg said:
@Sevan said:
That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...
How? Looks way more like Crysis 2's hud.
The gun and the locale.
#27 Posted by Subjugation (4740 posts) -

@TheHT said:

@Ygg said:
@Sevan said:
That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...
How? Looks way more like Crysis 2's hud.
The gun and the locale.

The gun's geometry looks a LOT like the AR. I did a double take.

#28 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1233 posts) -

Well, good new for PC gamers like me. Not that it's not coming to XBLA, but that they're focusing on the PC version.

#29 Posted by Slaker117 (4843 posts) -

Maybe it's best to keep this one away from the Xbox. That landscape, color pallet, and gun design all remind me a lot of Halo.

#30 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -
@buft said:
@august said:

@buft said:

@notha said:

did anyone ever play tribes for ps2? it was awful, tribes is too fast for a controller imo

yeah that's true but a good developer can work with high speeds with a little aim assist as long as its not to overpowered

Tribes is more about leading your target, most of the weapons aren't hitscan.

Plus you have to do it while soaring through the air.

I'm not sure what that has to do with anything i said, you don't think leading a shot can be programmed into aim assist?
Doesn't that annoy you? Oh cool, the game got me a kill, nice. I don't see how that's good at all.
#31 Posted by Abndak (16 posts) -
@jmrwacko: Can't judge until tribes: ascend is out. If they manage to make it as good as the previous tribes games, you will notice why tribes is better than section 8.
#32 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

@weeman105 said:

@TheHT said:

@Ygg said:
@Sevan said:
That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...
How? Looks way more like Crysis 2's hud.
The gun and the locale.

The gun's geometry looks a LOT like the AR. I did a double take.

I dunno, a readout and such doesn't make it any more of an AR. It looks like a Spinfusor to me.

#33 Edited by HBK619 (159 posts) -
@vinsanityv22 said:

Hey Hi-Rez; you know there's this thing called the Playstation Network? Where F2P games are welcome (Free Realms says hello). Yeah, it's crazy; gamers everywhere download games and play them on their non-Xbox 360 consoles. It's like...the future, or something. To think; the Xbox 360 isn't the only console in the world with an online marketplace. Sarcasm aside, you (and more developers) need to cut this XBLA-exclusive sh** out already. I thought the point of making DLGs was to avoid the publisher costs and politic-ing, competing for retail space and just getting games to gamers? Well, what's the point when you're ignoring about half the gamer population? Bring it to PSN.

This a million times over, this.
 
The indie dev that claims to be all for the gamer and then signs an exclusivity contract for their game to be on XBLA's 'of arcade' period's really doesn't grab my attention all that much.
 
Yeah, we know MS has a shit-ton of money, but don't ignore the other half just because of the almighty dollar. After all aren't most of these indie devs out there just to give people an awesome game and not be all about the profit margins?
 
I don't mind the sole exclusivity stuff. But the timed exclusive stuff is just bullshit, bring it out day and date with the other platforms if you're going to do it eventually anyway.
#34 Posted by InfamousBIG (3227 posts) -

@SeriouslyNow said:

@weeman105 said:

@TheHT said:

@Ygg said:
@Sevan said:
That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...
How? Looks way more like Crysis 2's hud.
The gun and the locale.

The gun's geometry looks a LOT like the AR. I did a double take.

I dunno, a readout and such doesn't make it any more of an AR. It looks like a Spinfusor to me.

I'll second that I think it looks a shit ton like Halo, just the readout of the gun, kind of the geometry, and especially the locale, with green grass, trees, some bunkers, it all just looks stylistically like Halo. Not that that's a bad thing, but kind of startling.

#35 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

@InfamousBIG said:

@SeriouslyNow said:

@weeman105 said:

@TheHT said:

@Ygg said:
@Sevan said:
That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...
How? Looks way more like Crysis 2's hud.
The gun and the locale.

The gun's geometry looks a LOT like the AR. I did a double take.

I dunno, a readout and such doesn't make it any more of an AR. It looks like a Spinfusor to me.

I'll second that I think it looks a shit ton like Halo, just the readout of the gun, kind of the geometry, and especially the locale, with green grass, trees, some bunkers, it all just looks stylistically like Halo. Not that that's a bad thing, but kind of startling.

Did you guys actually play Tribes 2 or Tribes : Vengeance? Both games had large stretches of forested (or in T2's case 'green') landscape and bunkers. Halo took a lot of its landscaping cues from Tribes 2 to be honest.

#36 Posted by InfamousBIG (3227 posts) -

@SeriouslyNow said:

@InfamousBIG said:

@SeriouslyNow said:

@weeman105 said:

@TheHT said:

@Ygg said:
@Sevan said:
That screenshot has a super- Halo-y feel about it...
How? Looks way more like Crysis 2's hud.
The gun and the locale.

The gun's geometry looks a LOT like the AR. I did a double take.

I dunno, a readout and such doesn't make it any more of an AR. It looks like a Spinfusor to me.

I'll second that I think it looks a shit ton like Halo, just the readout of the gun, kind of the geometry, and especially the locale, with green grass, trees, some bunkers, it all just looks stylistically like Halo. Not that that's a bad thing, but kind of startling.

Did you guys actually play Tribes 2 or Tribes : Vengeance? Both games had large stretches of forested (or in T2's case 'green') landscape and bunkers. Halo took a lot of its landscaping cues from Tribes 2 to be honest.

Nope, can't say as I have. Last time I played a Halo Game was Halo 2, to be honest, as well. Either way, kind of dig the look, I guess.

#37 Posted by TheHT (11781 posts) -
@SeriouslyNow: a looong time ago.
#38 Posted by captain_clayman (3328 posts) -

free 2 play needs to be a thing on xbox.  maybe finally that updated version of tf2?  maaaaybe?

#39 Edited by EvanVolm (19 posts) -

No dedicated servers.
No mods.
No user-made maps.
No custom loadouts. 
2 weapon limit.
No jumping (rumor)
Can't carry both grenades and mines (rumor, though gameplay video might confirm it)
 
What happened to you, Tribes?

#40 Posted by fisk0 (4480 posts) -

@EvanVolm said:

No dedicated servers. No mods. No user-made maps. No custom loadouts. 2 weapon limit. No jumping (rumor) Can't carry both grenades and mines (rumor, though gameplay video might confirm it) What happened to you, Tribes?

It sounds unlikely they'd take out jumping. Jumping and jetpacks are pretty much what made Tribes what it is, along with the skating. I think they showed some jetpack stuff in the early screenshots as well.

#41 Posted by Branthog (5597 posts) -

Oh. I thought this was going to be a full game; not an arcade game. I didn't even realize it was going to be for consoles, either. I guess I should ratchet my excitement for this back down from a seven to about a two.

#42 Posted by loopy_101 (287 posts) -

Tribes is nothing like Halo. That will be all. 

#43 Edited by Cubical (637 posts) -

The crap slow ass analog stick control and fucking blury low res textures and poly models would ruin a game like tribes just like all the other fucking lame PC ports and first person shooters on consoles so nobody gives a fuck if it shows up or not. 
 
 
But then again the fucking xbox already raped Tribes and gave it aids before it even came out just like with games like crysis 2 they make look like ass and dumb it down for consoles and the tainted xbox and ps2 ps3 filth carries over to PC so fuck this game all together it's not tribes anymore.

#44 Posted by MadExponent (305 posts) -

SHAZBOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#45 Posted by Gnomicidal (96 posts) -

No custom load outs? 
 
Where did they say this?

#46 Posted by Otzlowe (337 posts) -
@Cubical said:
The crap slow ass analog stick control and fucking blury low res textures and poly models would ruin a game like tribes just like all the other fucking lame PC ports and first person shooters on consoles so nobody gives a fuck if it shows up or not. 
 
 
But then again the fucking xbox already raped Tribes and gave it aids before it even came out just like with games like crysis 2 they make look like ass and dumb it down for consoles and the tainted xbox and ps2 ps3 filth carries over to PC so fuck this game all together it's not tribes anymore.
Jayzus. What crawled in you and died? You sound like the least-happy person that ever lived.
#47 Posted by Phonics (327 posts) -
@Cubical said:
The crap slow ass analog stick control and fucking blury low res textures and poly models would ruin a game like tribes just like all the other fucking lame PC ports and first person shooters on consoles so nobody gives a fuck if it shows up or not. 
 
 
But then again the fucking xbox already raped Tribes and gave it aids before it even came out just like with games like crysis 2 they make look like ass and dumb it down for consoles and the tainted xbox and ps2 ps3 filth carries over to PC so fuck this game all together it's not tribes anymore.
real talk just waiting on misinformed 16yo JPRG-fans to call this guy a troll or something equally retarded 
#48 Posted by MacEG (256 posts) -

SHAZBOT!

#49 Posted by Jeffk38uk (719 posts) -
@Cubical: You sound like you need a hug or 20.
#50 Posted by Gnomicidal (96 posts) -

Seriously, who heard about no load outs? 
 
This is distressing.

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