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Hi-Rez makes previous Tribes games free

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Tribes Ascend

Hi-Rez has made all the Tribes games available for free (opens in new tab), as well as the Earthsiege series that predated it. They're all PC titles, with the exception of Tribes: Aerial Assault, which I think might be the first PS2 game released as freeware by its developer. (It comes as an .iso file, so you'll be able to play it in an emulator and on chipped/modded PS2s.)

I'm not sure how active or functional the multiplayer is for the previous Tribeses, but there's some single-player stuff in there, and I'd imagine it would be quite fun to download a few and take a nostalgic jet-pack-powered trip down memory lane. I've not played a Tribes game before, as you may have gathered, but the first-person, mech-based Earthsiege games have caught my eye here.

Here's the full list of newly free stuff (Tribes Ascend, the most recent in the series, was of course already free-to-play):

  • Earthsiege
  • Earthsiege 2
  • Starsiege: Tribes
  • Tribes 2
  • Tribes: Aerial Assault
  • Tribes Vengeance
  • Tribes Ascend

It's not clear if this a time-limited offer, or whether these games are free for the forseeable future, so git downloading (opens in new tab), if you're interested. (Thanks, Reddit (opens in new tab).)

After a period of absence, Hi-Rez is now working on Tribes Ascend again (opens in new tab).

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.