So, What’s The Deal With Tribes: Ascend In Australia?

So, What’s The Deal With Tribes: Ascend In Australia?
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I spotted a thread about Tribes: Ascend over on Reddit claiming that “there are barely any players” in Australia and that the game was “full all the time” just two weeks ago. As I write this, the thread has over 250 comments, though many are not from our neck of the woods. It then occurred to me there’s a very easy way to get a health check on the local Tribes: Ascend scene. You’re reading it right now.

We caught wind of Australian servers in October last year, which was more than enough to pique our interest above the usual levels.

Now, the game has been out since April 12, so it’s had a bit over two weeks to settle in. If you’re playing it (or have played it) do you think it’s died off? Obviously, there’s always a spike in players to begin with — as people decided whether it’s their cup of tea or not, numbers will naturally settle.

Have they dropped off too much? Or is the original Reddit poster exaggerating? The core issue for me is that we always complain about companies not providing local servers for games, particularly MMOs, and if Tribes: Ascend is already experiencing unsustainable numbers as the poster claims, it doesn’t help our side of the argument.

Why has Tribes Ascend died off as quick? It had such a fantastic start. [Reddit]


  • I played alot in the closed beta, the game gets boring pretty quick. I cant see the US servers staying full for too long either.

  • Ive been playing a fair bit in the last 2 weeks and it has by no means been boring or empty. Servers tend to thin out after midnight but that is to be expected.

  • I’ve never played an empty match. 95% full the other 5% maybe two slots open. I’ve played a few games every day since a few weeks before beta ended.

  • I got an invite to the beta and played twice, both times were a max of 4 players and they all quit pretty quick, this was on weeknights mind you.

      • Indeed. Tribes has always, ALWAYS been a game that relies on the intricate aiming system and response times that only mouse and keyboard can provide. Personally, if they could give a control stick movement and mouse aiming for this game I’d be in heaven…

      • im sure i would

        but when it costs me $200 to get an xbox vs $800 for a semi decent gaming rig… yea… i like my $200 investment that only seem to need to upgrade every 6 years

        theres a reason i gave up pc gaming… too expensive to keep upgrading the system

        • There has not really been a need to upgrade a computer system for the last four years though.

          And when you buy a pc you buy a workstation, a gamingstation and a communication tool. Totes worth the investment

          • ya, but my core2duo still functions fine along with my 6600gt

            but i love the fact that games made for a xbox look good on a xbox, games made for pc look good on the higher end cards

            im not gonna spend 200 on a vid card and have my cpu bottleneck my entire system, just not worth the inconvenience

            but ya, loved tribes 2… when (if?) this hits xbox, it better have a kick ass sound track like tribes 2

          • Looks like a fun game but my PC would choke horribly, that’s the only thing with a lot of these new FTP games (Super Monday Night Combat is another example) the specs are too high for my PC, so there’s no point.

            The second these FTP purveyors get involved in the console marketplace the better for them as their potential market will greatly increase.

          • Tribes Ascend runs on the Unreal Engine, which is highly optimized, it runs well on low end machines. Settings go really low, and the game is still very playable at those settings.

        • I’m still running an old Q6600 with only 4gb’s of ram, and an old GTX260. This thing still runs games very well, the CPU itself is over 6 years old roughly. What’s expensive about that? It’s a beast, even for it’s age.

  • It’s boring once you understand the game play. A lot of things don’t work due to basically poor design. The argument about local servers isn’t relevant. Put shit on a local server and no one will play, but a place an awesome game on a local server and ozzies will flock to it

  • I find Capture and Hold seems to be low pop occasionally (4-6 people)
    CTF and Deathmatch are always 15+ people each side whenever I join.

    It’s a great game and you don’t have to fork out any $$$ at all to give it a go, well worth the download IMO.

  • What IS the deal with Tribes? At Kotaku I’ve heard more in about what Bashcraft is jacking off to in the last month than ANYTHING about Tribes in the last year…what does that tell you?

  • I’ve been playing since the Closed Beta. Recognise the same people over and over again. You could say there are plenty of players, but there aren’t as many new ones entering the scene.

  • Never had a problem with number of players, except at weird times time 7am Monday.
    Hope it keeps going strong. Totally loving it. VGA!

  • Is it on Steam? If not, never heard of it.

    (Seriously though, if it hasn’t been on Steam, I haven’t seen it. Nor have any of my 6 friends who regularly game).

  • Capture and Hold and Arena matches are generally pretty quiet, the rest usually full games. Great game, takes a few matches to get used to the gameplay but after that, wooooo! Tribes baby!

  • I’m Australian, played this since closed beta, play nearly every day, pings are always sub 100ms, servers are always full or nearly full, match making to join a server is almost always less than 10 seconds, no problems here. Spent 30 bucks on it so far for the bundle, I doubt I’ll buy any more after that though.

    Loving the game, so much emphasis on skill, so many different tactics and play styles. Looks great and run great on my modest rig.

  • Servers are usually full, and it’s plenty easy to make a name for yourself. I’m sure that a few people might recognize me…. It’s one of those games that always draws you back, but then you get increasingly frustrated with the lack of teamwork and llama’s thats around.

  • I’ve been playing since the launch and love it. Its become my default game when I cant decide on what else to play.

  • I envy you. Brazilian servers are almost always empty these days… I don’t know what happened, but, right now i started a CTF match where I ended up being the sole player.

  • I still play daily (aug) and there is always matches full of players. Custom servers not so much but I dont check them often enough to say for sure.

  • I just started playing this game and I’m enjoying it. I dont think it’s losing players. Every time I play I can only pick I one team.

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