Global Agenda going free-to-play

The new caretaker of the Tribes series is turning its shooter MMO free-to-play, with an optional one-time fee for premium features.

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Having previously scrapped the optional subscription fee for Global Agenda, developer Hi-Rez Studios announced today that soon you won't even need to buy the sci-fi shooter MMO to play it.

Starting with the launch of the 'Free Agent' update in mid-April, Global Agenda will become free-to-play, letting you play "all of the game's current content and levels" without paying a penny.

As servers don't run on wishes and good will alone, there'll naturally be incentives to cough up a little cash. Players who've already bought the game, or who pay $19.99 to achieve 'Elite Agent' status, will have access to number of features unavailable to freeloaders. These include in-game mail, the auction house, higher login priority, faster XP gain, more PvP queue options, ad-free in-game voice and more.

That fact that Hi-Rez specified non-paying players will have access to Global Agenda's "current content" suggests that more might be added as Elite Agent bonuses or microtransaction add-ons.

Hi-Rez acquired the much-loved Tribes franchise last year and revealed plans to make a Tribes MMO. Last month, the developer also announced a PC and Xbox 360 game it billed as "the multiplayer successor to the much lauded Tribes 2," named Tribes: Ascend.

From The Chatty
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    April 7, 2011 6:00 AM

    Comment on Global Agenda going free-to-play, by Alice O'Connor.

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      April 7, 2011 6:03 AM

      Summary: The new caretaker of the Tribes series is turning its shooter MMO free-to-play, with an optional one-time fee for premium features.

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      April 7, 2011 6:09 AM

      I would have like this game if it had more questing. Questing just stops way to soon and the rest is PVP...meh

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      April 7, 2011 8:37 AM

      So what's the overall verdict?

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        April 7, 2011 10:53 AM

        Fun for a while, nothing amazingly fun.

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        April 7, 2011 11:19 PM

        it's hard to stay interested if you're not playing with friends... but if you join a good active agency it can keep its luster alot longer.

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      April 7, 2011 10:21 AM

      It's ok, until you get to level 30. then the guys you were playing near your own level are replaced w/ nothing but 1337 gear level 50s. and it's no fun anymore.

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        April 7, 2011 11:20 PM

        LMAO.... there is definately some truth to this.... but just some willpower and you'll be the leet guy killing the new level 30 guys...

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      April 7, 2011 3:12 PM

      I was hooked on it for a good week or so. After finishing the lowbie quest area (the only quest area) you basically just sit around waiting for matches to start in one of many city instances.

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      April 7, 2011 5:03 PM

      figures. they turned their back on the game for tribes.

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      April 8, 2011 1:10 AM

      This is a terrible cycle. Buy a new MMO, or wait 6 months for it to go free-to-play?