It's official: Trobes is dead

Published October 30, 2012

Friends all tried to warn me
but I held my head up high
All the time they warned me
but I only passed them by
They all tried to tell me
but I guess I didn't care
I turned my back and
left them standing there

Tribes Ascend patch video. I'm not going to embed it. The preview screenshot is, well, urgh, you'll see in the second half of the video.

I guess we can be positive and say that they put more effort into the video than they did the patch.

Hi-Rez is now in the unenviable position that they literally can't do anything right. It's in the extended phases of haplessness. They forfeit the possibility by continued negligence. The server browser is greatly needed, sure, but it's been a glaring omission for the last year. It's bizarre that a PC FPS could ship without a server browser, but this turns out to be representative of Tribes Ascend in general, and we worked around it anyway.

There are so many pressing issues with the game's health and longevity that the server browser now seems so secondary. I'm not expecting any major changes to the (broken) game mechanics at this stage, but if they were serious about the long-term health they should certainly encourage modding. Unfortunately it's a bit of wishful thinking; Hi-Rez isn't interested in the long-term health of their games. Their business model is to ride short term bandwagons and bubbles while keeping older ventures on just as much flimsy life-support is required for them to deny that they've totally abandoned their players.

It would also be nice if when a patch takes six weeks to implement and only adds something that virtually every other game gets for free, that the patch should be released in such a state that it doesn't have to be reverted within a few hours because it's broken.

Patches have slowed down and they've been hinting at lazy for a while now. They've been breaking random things since forever. Tribes takes the cake when it comes to strange random bugs. Sometimes my VGS chat log turns German. Sometimes my ' key activates the console, other times it's `. Sometimes Tribes remembers my password, sometimes it doesn't. But this is the first patch to be so blatant about it. We are the new Global Agenda. If you haven't heard of Global Agenda, that's perhaps because Hi-Rez abandoned it a few months after they released it (in favour of Tribes, no less).

Hi-Rez studios, ladies and gentlemen.