Hi-Rez Widthdraws Tribes Ascend's Singapore Servers

Published November 23, 2012

The most exciting piece of news from the otherwise stagnant world of Tribes Ascend this week is that Hi-Rez has withdrawn the Singapore region servers.

To put this in context, Tribes Ascend's netcode is terrible and very hard to play with a ping over about 75 (really). Any game where you can feel the difference between a ping of 20 and 40 is clearly broken. It's crazy to think I used to play Tribes 1 and 2 on a 56k modem quite reasonably. And then I did it all over again, playing T2Next on US servers with a ping of 200. Quite happily! But you can't do that in Ascend.

Hi-Rez also operates a moronic server model whereby they provide all the servers and don't let anyone run their own.

This realistically means that a lot of people in the Asia region can no longer play. People who have bought items in game suddenly find they can't play the game. It's bad form in any case, but Hi-Rez didn't actually announce the withdrawal of the servers until after they'd taken them down, with a short message in a forum thread asking where they'd gone.

And we're only, what, 7 or 8 months after release?

Many of us suspected that Tribes Ascend was a hit-and-run money grab from a developer with dubious credentials. Hi-Rez is the Zynga of 3D games.

(in some ways this might be a blessing. Ascend really is rubbish but it still seems to draw you towards it, because *occasionally* it's really good... a Skinner box at its core)