This weekend, Hi-Rez Studios, the developer behind the shooter/MMO-hybrid Global Agenda, released a statement indicating that it has acquired the rights to the Tribes franchise and promptly announced that a new installment in this classic franchise is currently in development at their studio. The previous installment in the Tribes series, Tribes: Vengeance, was developed by Irrational Games and released in 2004.
The new title, which is currently known as Tribes Universe, is expected to enter Alpha stage somewhere early 2011. High-level Global Agenda players will be eligible for both Alpha and Beta testing opportunities. Though little information is available at this time, Hi-Rez promises multiplayer matches of more than one hundred players, persistent multiplayer maps, and a wide array of ground and air-based vehicles.