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Free-to-play shooter  Tribes: Ascend  sees 1.2M downloads in a month
Free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend sees 1.2M downloads in a month
May 16, 2012 | By Mike Rose

May 16, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Newsbrief: Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend has been downloaded over 1 million times since it was released just over a month ago.

Released on April 12, the multiplayer team-based shooter has seen 1.2 million downloads to date worldwide, with 110,000 of that total having been referred via the game's friend referral system, which awards players with incentives for getting friends to sign up.

Hi-Rez COO Todd Harris told Gamasutra earlier this month that the game had over 800,000 registered accounts, with the studio planning to boost these numbers by localizing it for other regions, as it's currently only available in English. The independent studio has not released revenue figures.

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Andrew Wallace
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It's a well made shooter that has one unique feature and keeps the rest industry standard, and premium items don't affect game balance (and actually there are no premium-exclusive items). Honestly it's the first F2P game that I've ever had fun playing, and it kind of gives me hope for the model.

The Le
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Unfortunately it's a horribly unbalanced game. To convince players to spend real money, Tribes Ascend focuses completely on offense, giving defense the total shaft. Repairing/Defending is night impossible. And to add insult to injury, the most common paid class is the Infiltrator -- and infuriating class that can is invisible to all opponents, even automated turrets. Tribes Ascend very much appeals to players who only want to kill and be jerks. There's no finesse, no defense, and absolutely no balance, which is too bad since Tribes 1 and Tribes 2 were much better games in those areas.

Andrew Augustus
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Now I've played Tribes 1 and 2 back in their glory days and I must say those were to very great F2P games. But after installing Tribes Ascend, I found this game to be very frustrating.. Not only is it highly difficult to attack your opponents, but the game mechanics are pretty sloppy to me. It is a very challenging game and I agree with The Le who previously commented above me, the only successful class in the Infiltrator.