It's official - Tribes: Ascend is a hit

In case you haven't noticed, we're pretty big fans of the Tribes series around here, and we've been giving a lot of coverage to the revival title Tribes: Ascend. Well, we're pretty excited to announce that the new game is definitely a hit, according to a new press release from developer Hi-Rez Studios: the game has been downloaded over 1 million times within one month of release.

Todd Harris, Hi-Rez's COO (who we recently got a chance to interview), says that the Atlanta based company is “thrilled that over 1 million gamers have discovered the fast-paced and skill-based gameplay of Tribes. It is truly the player support of the title that has driven the population growth and fuels our team to deliver updates.”

What's more, over 110,000 of the new players have joined via the game's recently introduced friend referral system. Despite a relatively tame amount of advertising, a combination of good press and positive word of mouth is helping the game to grow into a success. So much for the series (and PC gaming!) being dead.

“Since release we've already recognized seven players who have each individually referred over 500 new people to Tribes Ascend,” Harris says. How's that for positive word of mouth?

And even though the game has already received 3 free DLC updates since it was released, the press release makes it clear that Hi-Rez is far from done with the title. “The game's success allows us to give back to the community through free DLC updates, tournament events and expansion into new markets in coming months,” Harris concluded. We can't wait to see what they've got up their sleeves next.

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Yeah, this game is fan-friggin-tastic. I need to get this re-installed since my install borked a while back. (been busy)

Highly recommend it.

jagowar said,
Very cool..... can't play it on my machine yet but am looking forward to my win8 upgrade so I can start.

But Metro sucks! (Sorry, they made me do it)

jagowar said,
Very cool..... can't play it on my machine yet but am looking forward to my win8 upgrade so I can start.

What has a Windows version upgrade got to do with you not being able to play the game yet? Unless of course it's Windows 95/98/ME/2K you're upgrading from ;-)

TCLN Ryster said,

What has a Windows version upgrade got to do with you not being able to play the game yet? Unless of course it's Windows 95/98/ME/2K you're upgrading from ;-)

Probably just holding off on getting a new PC until W8 comes out

THolman said,

Probably just holding off on getting a new PC until W8 comes out

bingo... I have a old dell quad core (the very first quad core generation) but that pc will not play nice with any of the higher powered graphics cards I have tried to put in there so I have held off getting a complete new pc until windows 8. the only graphics cards I have been able to fit in there are the "low powered" ones which do not work well for gaming.

Not surprising, considering how watered down the game is compared to T1 and T2 - naturally it attracts the "ezmode gamers".