Tribes Ascend closed beta launches Nov. 4

Tribes Ascend, the recently announced free-to-play revival of the classic sci-fi first person shooter, is getting ready to let some members of the public try it out. After showing off playable versions of the game at events like QuakeCon and PAX, developer Hi-Rez Studios has announced that the PC exclusive game will start its closed beta test on November 4. The game itself will officially launch in 2012.

Interested players can go ahead and register to be picked for the closed beta at Hi-Rez's web site. However, you can also ensure that you will be included in the beta test by paying $29.99 to get more features than the normal free-to-play Tribes Ascend player. That includes permanent VIP status in the game when it official launches. Being a VIP means that players will get "priority login, access to exclusive servers, and will earn Tokens and Experience faster inside the game." Players will also get a 30 day Booster and 800 Tribes Gold.

If you get picked to play in the beta test, here are the minimal and recommends PC system requirements you will need to play the Tribes Ascend beta:

Minimum requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB (XP), 3 GB (Vista, Win7)
  • Graphic card: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 512MB video ram or better and Shader Model 3.0+ support. (ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher).
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
  • Hard drive: 10 GB free

Recommended system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Graphics card: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 1GB video ram or better and Shader Model 3.0+ support (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560+ or ATI Radeon 6950+).
  • Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
  • Hard drive: 10 GB free
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Absolutely stoked for this. Was a very hardcore T1 player back in its prime, can't wait to give a go with the beta.

And yes, this is not a pay to win, its pay to advance faster / unlock new classes faster, all of which can be done entirely for free.

Someone on Neowin was quotes on the game's page.
Sucks that you rent servers from them instead of letting people host their own servers.

Draje said,
Tribes Gold? So wait, is this game going to have special advantages over other players if they pay for items?

If its anythin like global agenda(their other game)..probably XP/money/items come in at a higher rate.