Tribes Coming to InstantAction

Tribes Coming to InstantAction

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InstantAction has announced that it will be adding the classic online FPS Starsiege: Tribes to its browser-based gaming catalog.

Tribes was probably the first thing to enter the minds of many gamers when InstantAction unveiled the team-based shooter Fallen Empire: Legions as part of its online gaming platform in early 2008. Despite running in a browser window, InstantAction said, "In terms of graphics and gameplay it will set a new benchmark of what the future of gaming will be on the web."

Now, fans of the storied Sierra/Dynamix franchise can set aside any lingering righteous indignation and embrace glee and gratitude instead: The original Starsiege: Tribes, which first appeared on the PC all the way back in 1998, is on its way to the service. A playable version of the game will make its first appearance next week as part of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Few details are available but Kotaku says the game will feature enhanced graphics and better modding tools.

Tribes will actually be the second major FPS from the late 90s to show up in a browser window, following hot on the heels of id's Quake Live, which entered beta in February. The technology for this sort of gaming appears solid - Quake Live loads quickly and runs flawlessly - and while graphically dated, the promise of quick-and-easy "real" gaming via your browser, as opposed to a round or two of Dynomite, is very appealing.

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in windowed mode?...why...
You can't really play a shooter in a window that does not lock the mouse it just does not work.

I love tribes but a lot of tribes was the mods and I am just wondering if mods will work in a browser.

Here's the thing: Starsiege is already freeware. I'd prefer they did this with Tribes 2, which I believe was the more popular. They've pulled the servers, though, requiring some serious fan intervention in the form of a third-party patch that redirects server queries somewhere else (I think that's how it works, anyway...).

But, I'd love me some Tribes. Legions is good, but getting stuck with prebuilts is annoying, considering the freedom to customise that Tribes brought.

Yes, Tribes may already be freeware, but the servers borked a while back, so I'm happy to hear that it's coming back.

I love that game. That was the first shooter I ever played.

Malygris:
Tribes will actually be the second major FPS from the late 90s to show up in a browser window, following hot on the heels of id's Quake Live, which entered beta in February.

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Just a little note Malygris, GGS has been running IA for over a year now, hot on the heels is hardly a term I'd use. IA Technology, which will run this Tribes will be run on, has been in open beta for over a year now, and has proven to be a solid platform. Perhaps Tribes will follow QL, but IA already has Fallen Empire Legions on the scene, and despite its long (public) development, is shaping up to be something wonderful.

Also, fucking beaut news that they got the IP of those Vivendi shitheats. I'm really looking forward to this.

Murmur95:
in windowed mode?...why...I love tribes but a lot of tribes was the mods and I am just wondering if mods will work in a browser.

Alt+Enter for fullscreen, newblood :P

Side Note: Section 8 looks to be the spiritual successor of Tribes! And now this.

Maybe people are finally figuring out we luved us some Tribes.

I never got into Tribes. I have it, and Tribes 2 and Tribes: Vengeance, but I just didn't enjoy them. The weapons were god-awful and I hated the level design: Too damn big and stupidly labyrinthine base design. Just not my cup of tea. Vengeance is my favourite of the bunch, which is tantamount to heresy among most Tribes fans.

And rouge, I'm aware that InstantAction has been around for over a year (note the helpful link in this post) but Tribes has not. Quake Live went open beta in February, Tribes is landing in March and those heels are hot enough for me :)

 

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