Sierra to Shut Down Starsiege: Tribes in August, GarageGames to the Rescue?

A recent notice posted on Sierra Entertainment's website lists Dynamix's groundbreaking multiplayer shooter Starsiege: Tribes amongst a list of games set to lose multiplayer functionality as of next month.

The games, which include Papyrus' NASCAR Racing, Field & Stream Trophy Hunting 4, and Field & Stream Trophy Bass 5, will be discontinued on August 16. A full list of the affected titles can be found here.

Cries to preserve the Starsige server have erupted from the waning Tribes community, with devoted fans brainstorming solutions in a message board thread on TribalWar, a news site which once exclusively covered the Tribes series.

Founding GarageGames partner and former Dynamix employee Rick Overman apparently posted this message in response to the outpouring: "How many of you would be interested in GarageGames getting involved? --Rick," indicating that the company may attempt to save the game from obscurity.

When Dynamix was shut down in 2001 by Sierra, several employees founded GarageGames, including Overman, Jeff Tunnell, Tim Gift, and Mark Frohnmayer. The studio has since gone on to create the Torque Game Engine, a modified version of the Tribes 2 engine marketed to independent developers.

Shacknews has contacted GarageGames for comment on the issue, but has not yet received a reply.