Tribes: Ascend developer Hi-Rez has taken to its official forums to give reassures on the game’s recently announced free-to-play business model; it won’t be sporting a ‘pay-to-win’ attitude.
While not adopting the exact system as the studio’s other free-to-play game, Global Agenda, the general philosophy will carry over, meaning items that affect gameplay will all be earnable through thru gameplay. Players will, however, be able to purchase them for speedier access.
“We will allow players a path to earn loadouts and items more quickly by spending their money rather than their time,” it’s written in an FAQ.
There will also be a number of “cosmetic/prestige items” available for purchase, though these “do not affect game balance.”
The return of the Tribes franchise remains release dateless, but you can grab the latest trailer and screens here and here, respectively.