Posted: January 23
In short, I wouldnt get your hopes up, even tribes ascend; their RECENT game as of a year ago has been abandoned in favor of, "SMITE proving more successful than Tribes" -PCGames
Its a pretty ugly pattern even just watching from my satellite armchair or whatever. I remember vividly when GA First went free and how excited the devs were, "We're making way more money!" they cheered as I sat in PvP queue for 30 minutes, their programmers pushing another update back.
"This is way better than our old model" At the time I was happy, this meant a game I loved would be able to stay up longer because the company was financially sound for a bit longer. Maybe even long enough to join a PvP match as Recon
Fast forward to tribes ascend, a game of which its launch build I wouldve paid for, 20 or 30 dollars. Started free to play, thats fine. Cant fault a company for knowing on which foot to start-- Go free to play after mandatory purchase and youve just ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off all the people who actually paid for your product.
After a while I noticed that most updates included some sort of bonus only available through your wallet, effectively roping off alternative gameplay styles until you grind the predesignated ones for a month or so. Sooner than I could say shazbot, Tribes too was dead.
The year is 2014, games like League of Legends and DoTA2 are and have been making embarrasing amounts of money (League moreso than dota, pushing mandatory purchases for certain items and characters, higher comp payouts, etc), so HiRez makes SMITE.
Now call me cynical, or jaded, or pessimistic (Please, its the only way i can get off), but that too is another desperate money grab by a company that will make their return and ditch yet another game.
There is no hope for GA, theres no hope for Tribes. If people had any sense, they wouldnt get invested in smite either because its just another step in HiRez' godzilla-inspired business model.
Give it a shallow burial, move on. Because thats what HiRez have done.