One of the oldest first person shooter game franchises has a new home. Hi-Rez Studios
, who released the sci-fi first person shooter MMO Global Agenda
earlier this year, has announced that it has acquired the rights to the Tribes
game franchise. Hi-Rez is already at work on the next game in the sci-fi shooter series, to be called Tribes Universe
The surprise announcement was made in a post late on Saturday on the official Global Agenda
message boards (free registration required to read the message) by Hi-Rez Studios' CEO Erez Goren. In his message he stated that the idea behind the Tribes
acquisition actually started when they realized they could not expand Global Agenda
in terms of player and map size beyond the game's current limits so the decision was mad to make an all new game that would have support for over 100 players at once with massive levels, vehicles and more.
Goren states, "While working through the design we kept coming back to one old and loved game that represented many of the concepts we where incorporating into the new game (Jetpacks, vehicles, large open space, three armor types, futuristic weapons, etc)." Of course Goren is describing Tribes
and the company apparently decided to go ahead and purchase the Tribes
IP. The previous owners of the Tribes
property, InstantAction.com, have confirmed the purchase via its own message board post
, saying, "HiRez owns all rights and any questions regarding Tribes
development should be directed to them." Specific financial numbers for the deal have not been revealed.
Goren stated the new Tribes Universe
will have, among other things, a fully persistent world with three factions, massive maps that are 10 times the size of the largest Global Agenda
map, ground and air vehicles, "lots of weapons", jetpacks, clan support, "skiing." and more. Goren assured Global Agenda
players that the game will continue to be supported and updated while Tribes Universe
will be developed by a separate team at Hi-Rez. Alpha testing for Tribes Universe
will begin at the start of 2011 and according to Goren, "Global Agenda
players with level 50 characters will have priority in entering Alpha and Beta testing."