There have been plenty of mutterings recently about Hi-Rez wanting to revive Tribes: Ascend, and this is probably the best way to get coverage for it.
In case you’re wondering what “it” is, it’s every Tribes game. Ever. Free. Right now.
The move is designed to promote “over 20 years of the Tribes universe” and just about every game released since the original Earthsiege in 1994 is now available through Hi-Rez’s website.
The list of games includes Earthsiege, Earthsiege 2, Starsiege: Tribes, Tribes 2, Tribes: Aerial Assault, Tribes Vengeance, Tribes Ascend, although the Tribes Ascend download merely links to the website (where the game is free-to-play anyway). The other links are all ISOs, and Tribes 2 in particular requires a CD-key and a couple of patches before it’ll run, although the site supplies all three.
The one notable absence on this list is the Starsiege mech shooter from 1999 that I remember probably far more fondly than I should.**
Still, being able to get your hands on ISOs for the original Earthsiege games and having the original Tribes out for all and sundry is hardly something to complain about. They’re good games and with any luck this might actually drive more people towards Tribes Ascend; skiing in that game is one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in a shooter in the last five years. The rest of it needs a fair bit of work last time I checked it out, mind you.
Update: The original Tribes download also comes with Starsiege, which is a bit strange since the two games were released almost a year apart. But it does mean I’ll be able to play Starsiege again (yay), and I’ll leave my stupidity in full above so you can all enjoy that too.