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Tribes Ascend Changes

Hi-Rez Studios announces significant changes for Tribes Ascend, based on feedback from closed beta testing of this upcoming continuation of the Tribes series of multiplayer first-person shooters. Word is they are shaking up their planned class structure, and will be adding more of the flexibility players have been requesting. Here's word on the next update to the game's ongoing closed beta test, which is available to those who preorder through the Tribes Ascend Website, along with some of those who have signed up for the beta:

The next update will include additional class customization and a much more polished user interface that really showcases the sci-fi, high resolution graphics of Tribes: Ascend. Hi-Rez will be collapsing the total number of playable classes from 12 to 9, but adding the ability for players to unlock new weapons for each class and further customize their loadout. Three of the nine classes will be available right away so a new player will have access to a Light, Medium, and Heavy class in his or her first match.

“We believe this system preserves class-based combat while also offering additional flexibility for players to customize classes around individual play style. It continues to provide a balanced and level playing field for all players.”

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40. Re: Tribes Ascend Changes Feb 2, 2012, 18:29 Crustacean Soup
 
I was pretty critical of the game before I tried it. I'm still critical about the removal of the loadout system (although this patch, and unlockable weapons, looks to be working towards fixing that), and I don't like all the bullet weapons in the game. Bullet weapons don't feel Tribesy :\

I only played briefly when I first got into the Beta, but after a few patches (which tightened up the physics and converted the guns from hitscan to projectiles) I tried again and I'm still playing. It's a legitimately fun game, and some of its different design decisions have grown on me.

It feels like a Tribes game. Maybe "Tribes-lite", but it definitely feels hundreds of times more Tribesish than Tribes: Vengeance ever did. Hell, the physics feel better than Tribes 2 base, which was a proper Tribes game. And by 'better' I don't mean 'exactly like Tribes 1', because they didn't make the mistake of trying (and not succeeding) to exactly duplicate that game.

And holy crap, it's not Pay2Win (okay, wasn't; again, have to see this patch, but I don't expect they've significantly worsened it). I was expecting it to be, but it's not. You started with Soldier and Ranger, and they were both awesome versatile classes.

I only used 3 classes: Soldier (Medium), Pathfinder (Light), Doombringer (Heavy), and Juggernaut (Heavy) which I play as:

Soldier: Offense
Pathfinder: Chase, cap, light defense
Doombringer: Heavy D / Heavy-on-flag
Juggernaut: Heavy O

Pathfinder and Juggernaut are/were two of the cheapest unlockable classes. I think I got Pathfinder in my first day.

The unlockable classes essentially add extra versatility (here's a sniper class, here's a class that's good for HOFing, here's a class that's good for wrecking bases), not extra might. It doesn't take long to unlock if there's only a couple classes you care about. And I've nearly maxed Pathfinder and Soldier's trees, or at least got everything I care about. I never felt limited before doing so, though. You can collect 'em all if you care, but it's not mandatory.

Needs more and better maps, though. I don't see why they don't just let us have a map editor :\


(Apologies for the past/present tense switching in this post :P)
 
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