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Huge Tribes Ascend Update Released – 27 New Weapons Locked and Loaded

by Jasdeep SahotaJune 14, 2012

Hi-Rez Studios gave Tribes Ascend a boost this week as they released the ‘Accelerate‘ update to the masses. The 400 MB patch brought about a number of key changes to the game’s progression system, while also providing a selection of new ‘side-grades’ to pimp out each class.

Previously, if players wanted to upgrade a weapon, perk, support item or piece of armour, they’d have to pony up a chunk of hard-earned XP. Now though, all slot upgrades are tied to actual equipment use, saving currency to spend on brand new item unlocks.  You can of course chose to instantly ‘master’ the proficiency of your chosen equipment, but that (thankfully) requires a hefty XP investment.

The new weapons themselves don’t offer up any new mechanics, but instead provide altered properties to suit different combat styles. For example, the ‘Dust Devil‘ is a variant of the Arx Buster that does slightly less damage but has a wider area-of-effect; hinting at increased effectiveness near flag stands or indoors. Most of the new armaments have been given a visual changes too, the variant on the infamous Fractal Grenade now has an orange rather than green tint for example. (If you’d like to see the full range of new weapon unlocks, check out the handy reddit link at the bottom of the page.)

Accompanying the weapon and XP changes are two new Capture and Hold maps (Tartarus and Sulfur Cove) as well as spread of balance fixes that cover everything from UI issues to map exploits. Oh, and to celebrate over a million players signing up for the game since launch, Hi-Rez have created a charming set of paperkraft models for fans to download. What better way to show your Tribes allegiance than with scissors and glue?

Check out a video overview of the new patch below.

Screencaps of all new weapon variants and prices (via Reddit)

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  • jaxous

    This looks pretty cool.

  • Sonia Gourley

    Ok so i downloaded the new online first person shooter game called tribes ascend and at first i had trouble but i fixed it and tried to play the fame but i have crap frames per second. Does anyone know a way to help me get a better frames per second rate?

  • Elinor Sturgell

    hey i installed tribes ascend but i have shit fps and i want to uninstall it but whenever i try to it doesn’t let me cause it says “Ypu need administrator permissions to continue” and its really pissing me off. can anyone please help

  • Stella Sotelo

    i have been playing tribes ascend and i see people with portable shields and i was wondering how to unlock it i have the technician class but it doesn’t have the portable shield.
    plz help

  • Marcia Hester

    i have been playing tribes ascend and i see people with portable shields and i was wondering how to unlock it i have the technician class but it doesn’t have the portable shield.
    plz help

  • Melissa Nason

    I usually get 300-800 XP a match, and I don’t necessarily want to buy a booster either.

    Unlocks are usually 10000-50000k, is there a more efficient way of getting XP?

  • Arminator

    i have been playing tribes ascend and i see people with portable shields and i was wondering how to unlock it i have the technician class but it doesn’t have the portable shield.
    plz help

  • tjpimpin

    I have an unused Tribe : Ascend beta key and i would like to trade it for a Aion Beta Key.

  • Marlon P

    I usually get 300-800 XP a match, and I don’t necessarily want to buy a booster either.

    Unlocks are usually 10000-50000k, is there a more efficient way of getting XP?

  • Taylor2k

    i want to copy the game to my friends much better computer without haveing to download it again onto his.

  • Bryan J

    whenever i start a game on tribes ascend the computer freezes and stops working, i have to cntrl,alt delete it to close it down… does anyone know how to fix this problem? if u could that would be great, thanks =D

  • kamikami

    every time i try playing Minecraft Classic this pops up, Pixel Format not Accelerated, i found out updating my driver would fix that, im just not sure how, i got a NVIDIA Geforce2 MX driver right now, someone please help

  • Duke

    i downloaded the Hi-Rez game downloader but the option for tribes is not on it how do i download Tribes ascend
    is there a direct download or why is the game not showing up on the downloader.
    The sights back up and i redownloaded the installer but theres still no option for getting tribes.

  • Erfan

    Okay so i install Tribes Ascend and going through my computer I accidental deleted one of the files so I didn’t realize tell I erased it from my recycling bin then i went through deleted all the files and tried to re-install it and it said I still had it so I went through all my files and nothing but it still says its there (same with Global Agenda but I don’t play that too much)

  • Echo

    Upon attempting to launch Minecraft in Windows.exe mode, when I log in I am presented with a screen saying:

    “Bad video card drivers!
    ———————–

    Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
    This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.”

    The error report is:

    Minecraft: Minecraft Beta 1.6.6
    OS: Windows Vista (x86) version 6.0
    Java: 1.6.0_24, Sun Microsystems Inc.
    VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (mixed mode), Sun Microsystems Inc.
    LWJGL: 2.4.2
    [failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]

    I’m sure all I have to do is update the video card drivers but I don’t know how. If there are any other problems you spot please say so. Thanks!

  • kamikami

    This is what minecraft said when i tried to start it. I hate it that i just spent 2 whole hours installing CRAP and the i get this message

    Bad video card drivers!
    ———————–

    Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
    This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.

    — BEGIN ERROR REPORT 7fe0271 ——–
    Generated 8/26/11 4:32 PM

    Minecraft: Minecraft Beta 1.7.3
    OS: Windows XP (x86) version 5.1
    Java: 1.6.0_27, Sun Microsystems Inc.
    VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (mixed mode), Sun Microsystems Inc.
    LWJGL: 2.4.2
    [failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]

    org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Pixel format not accelerated
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.nChoosePixelFormat(Native Method)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.choosePixelFormat(WindowsPeerInfo.java:52)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsDisplay.createWindow(WindowsDisplay.java:185)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.createWindow(Display.java:311)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:856)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:784)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:765)
    at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.a(SourceFile:294)
    at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.run(SourceFile:716)
    at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
    — END ERROR REPORT f81988a3 ———-

  • liza

    So I really want to play this game, but like the title says, it freezes at the loading screen.
    First of all it takes a long, long time to launch (3-4minutes after i clicked play at the launcher)
    and when I press find game or whatever It says “Joined que” after a couple of seconds I finds a
    match, but then it freezes.

    I cant move the cursor, and it just stayes there for ages. I have tried waiting for about 15 minutes but at that point I gave up and I had to use ctrl+alt+delete to even get out.

    I have tried changing servers, AND I have used the troubleshoot thingy at the launcer, repair etc and reinstalled it.

    My specs arnt all that bad:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2720QM CPU 2.20GHz
    Video card: Geforce GTX 560M
    RAM: 16GB
    Windows 7 64 bit

    I am pretty sure that all of my drivers and such is up to date. (Any simple way to check this)
    Also at the task manager it says tribes ascend (win32 dx9) or something along those lines and I use 64bit version of widows.

    Any help would be great!

  • slipknot0129

    i keep getting the error message

    ” Bad video card drivers!
    ———————–

    Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
    This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.

    — BEGIN ERROR REPORT 7fe0271 ——–
    Generated 12/16/10 9:58 PM

    Minecraft: Minecraft Alpha v1.2.6
    OS: Windows 7 (x86) version 6.1
    Java: 1.6.0_21, Sun Microsystems Inc.
    VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (mixed mode, sharing), Sun Microsystems Inc.
    LWJGL: 2.4.2
    [failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]

    org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Pixel format not accelerated
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.nChoosePixelFormat(Native Method)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.choosePixelFormat(WindowsPeerInfo.java:52)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsDisplay.createWindow(WindowsDisplay.java:185)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.createWindow(Display.java:311)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:856)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:784)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:765)
    at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.a(SourceFile:197)
    at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.run(SourceFile:559)
    at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
    — END ERROR REPORT b26fe5c4 ———-”

    and i went to go to my device manager and proceeded to try and update it but my computer says the device is fully up to date and im running on the windows 7 operating systems and i need help please any help is useful besides telling me i need to update cause ive tried and it doesnt work
    so thanks
    My “Display adapter” is Radeon X300/X550/X1050 series

  • Maggie

    How do you update?????? i have a windows XP and when I try and run minecraft it says this
    Bad Video Card drivers

    Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode

  • Joe M

    I have been trying to run minecraft on my netbook and no matter what I do it gives me the error about accelerated OpenGL not working.
    what it says is:

    Bad video card drivers!
    ———————–

    Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
    This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.

    — BEGIN ERROR REPORT 7fe0271 ——–
    Generated 6/23/11 4:34 PM

    Minecraft: Minecraft Beta 1.6.6
    OS: Windows XP (x86) version 5.1
    Java: 1.6.0_24, Sun Microsystems Inc.
    VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (mixed mode), Sun Microsystems Inc.
    LWJGL: 2.4.2
    [failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]

    org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Pixel format not accelerated
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.nChoosePixelFormat(Native Method)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.choosePixelFormat(WindowsPeerInfo.java:52)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsDisplay.createWindow(WindowsDisplay.java:185)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.createWindow(Display.java:311)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:856)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:784)
    at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:765)
    at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.a(SourceFile:287)
    at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.run(SourceFile:683)
    at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
    — END ERROR REPORT f8c6ae4a ———-

    I heard that one way to fix this is to update my graphics card’s driver but I can’t figure out how to do this and I have tried everything I can think of. Does anyone have a solution?