Tribes: Ascend content development goes on deep freeze
After a year's worth of support for the online free-to-play MMOFPS Tribes: Ascend, development of new content for the game has now been shelved away in the freezer. Developer Hi-Rez Studios confirmed this sad occurence, stating that a follow-up/sequel to the game would be more likely to release than any future updates to what's currently available, though such work isn't underway at this time. This unfortunately also means that new stuck-in-development maps for the game are now in a state of purgatory not seen in the realm of shooter games since Duke Nukem Forever. Moreover, the content may not even come out under the circumstances (unless there's enough time on the clock of course, as priorities have shifted to Global Agenda 2 and SMITE for now).
The official statements provided below (courtesy of Ten Ton Hammer) should explain the situation in more detail than I can possibly do myself:
"There are no major dev updates planned for Tribes: Ascend in the next six months.
"For the next six months our primary development focus is SMITE. Beyond that it is GA2. And beyond that a TA2 would be more likely than a major update to TA; but to be clear no devs are currently working toward TA2.
"Per the development blog on our forums, the recent TA work has been Kate developing some additional maps. If time allows then these new TA maps (along with some bug-fixes) would be finalized and deployed but no committed date yet."
The development team will continue to support the game, however, which is more than we can say about some of the more hardlined casualties in the MMO world (such as this particular tragedy from last week). In the meantime, expect more coverage on this and other MMO developments here at MMO Play.