If you happen to be a fan of the beloved PC multiplayer shooter Tribes 2, or just want a solid, free shooter to play online with, we've got the thing for you.
Publisher Vivendi shut down the official listing and authentication servers November 3, 2008, but just a couple of weeks ago, fans from TribesNext.com resurrected the game with their own multiplayer patch and servers. As of the time of writing, 45 of them are online.
The patch is currently in beta (Release Candidate 2) form, but should do the job well enough. Here are the current known issues:
- This patch and associated scripts have been known to cause the game to crash unexpectedly when running (in client mode) under Linux in Wine. Dedicated servers appear to function without notable issue. The client crashes have been traced to script networking bugs in the Dynamix code. Later versions (i.e. 1.11 and later) of Wine seem to work without problem.
- Defense Turret is not supported when running this patch. We made significant changes to the executable to accommodate the inclusion of a Ruby interpreter. TribesNext includes a basic anti-cheat framework in RC2, which will be expanded in RC4.
Grab the patch via the source below, where you can also download the game as freeware. Check out our 2001 Tribes 2 review, too, if you like (we apologize in advance, it hasn't aged well).