You're right, it's not Tribes... thus the reason I said here's hoping it is the spiritual successor.
As for whether it is related to Tribes, I disagree. Look at the developers, look at their backgrounds, heck, just look at the screenshots. I believe it is related.
Possibly 2nd cousin twice removed related, but related nonetheless.
With respect to the 'why would they want to', that is a tougher question.
Perhaps because there has been nothing since that has facilitated comparable gameplay?
Perhaps because these are a lot of the guys that made Tribes, and this would be a way to get their game back under their own control?
And I have no doubt that your previous comment still stands.
That doesn't make it less wrong.
My assertion was simply that "if" this game is able to capture what it seems to be aspiring to capture, then it has a good chance of not just being "yet.another.shooter".
It has a chance to be something different.
And surely you can appreciate the hope, even if it is a blind hope at this stage, for something different.