Tribes: Ascend Launches Today as Free-To-Play

ATLANTA.  April 12,  2012.  Hi-Rez Studios, independent developer of AAA free-to-play online games, today announced the official release of Tribes: Ascend.  The fast-paced, sci-fi multiplayer shooter has completed Beta testing and is now a live PC game available for digital download.

Tribes: Ascend is the world’s fastest shooter.  The game features jetpacks, skiing, vehicles, team-based gameplay, and cutting-edge graphics using Unreal 3 technology.  With this official release, the game is available for download directly from the developer at www.tribesascend.com     

The Tribes: Ascend release build includes 9 playable classes, 5 game-modes, and 16 unique maps.  

Recent additions include the CTF map Raindance, as well as a new game-mode called Capture and Hold.  The Release build also includes a preview of the Custom Server functionality that will soon be available to players.  

Hi-Rez Studios also released a summary of Beta statistics including:

·         575,000+ beta participants

·         150 million player kills

·         Over 3 million Blue Plate Specials

·         Over 3 million flag captures

“For the past 15 months, we’ve had a very passionate dev team working hard toward this goal”, said Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Studios COO.  “Along the way some publishers told us modern gamers couldn’t handle an FPS that was fast-paced and skill-based.  We believe otherwise.  Players seem to agree since we’ve had well over 500,000 join our Beta.  We’re excited to now grow the community further with the official release.”

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About Hi-Rez Studios

Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment. In February 2010 the company released their first title, the squad-based shooter MMO Global Agenda. The team is now developing two other AAA free-to-play online games – Tribes: Ascend, the next installment of the popular Tribes franchise, and the upcoming MOBA game SMITE. For more info visit  www.hirezstudios.com  


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