Hi-Rez Studios has PC gamers crossing their fingers today. The Georgia-based studio behind MMO Global Agenda announced this afternoon that it has acquired the rights to the original jet-packing FPS, Tribes, from GarageGames, and Hi-Rez is already at work on an MMO based on the franchise, Tribes Universe.
Via the Global Agenda forum (registration required), Hi-Rez CEO Erez Goren detailed how the deal came about without revealing financial details.
“We can’t transform Global Agenda to a large scale battle format, but since we liked this concept a lot, we decided to create a new game based on large scale fighting,” Goren wrote. “In order to develop the new game many significant steps had to be taken.”
“We kept coming back to one old and loved game that represented many of the concepts we where incorporating into the new game,” Goren continued. “Many of you will know this game as Tribes, the original online multiplayer shooter. As of now, Hi-Rez Studios is the proud new owner of the Tribes franchise.”
Hi-Rez is now working in two teams, one on Global Agenda and the other on Tribes Universe, and because the studio was already working on a large-scale FPS, Alpha testing is expected to begin on the new Tribes MMO in roughly three months.
Goren also provided a rundown on what gamers can expect in Tribes Universe: three factions, full clan/agency support, ground and air vehicles, a persistent world with territory control and no instances, a focus on Player-vs-Player combat, large scale fights with over 100 players, jetpacks, skiing, and more.