To comfort fans disappointed to learn that Tribes: Ascend development is slowing, Hi-Rez is considering releasing user-generated content tools.
“The main community request we’re hearing, which was always a part of Tribes, is for some way for the community to create their own maps,” Hi-Rez co-founder Tod Harris told Gamefront.
“So, over the next six months, as far as what’s next for Tribes, that’s really the area we’re going to be exploring. We don’t really have any details on that, but that’s what we’re hearing mainly from the community. They’d like a way, independent of our own map schedule, which is obviously slowing down, to be able to update their own maps. We’re going to be exploring that.”
Harris said Hi-Rez wants to give players more flexibility, not less, but stressed that the developer is “scoping” the prospect out now – nothing is guaranteed.
“I don’t have any other specifics I can give other than the intent we’re going to support it,” he said.
Hi-Rez said recently that Tribes: Ascend won’t be updated for six months at least, and that a sequel is more likely than further support. In the meantime, the team is working almost exclusively on Smite.