Despite its successful PC release, Hi-Rez Studios has said they have no console plans for its free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend.
The developer's gamble on instilling a free-to-play platform effectively ruled out a multiplatform release, COO Todd Harris explained:
"We do not have any plans for Tribes on console at this time. The way it went is that we wanted to do the free-to-play model, and there wasn’t a clear path to that on consoles early on. Based on that, we optimized the game around the strengths of the PC, and specifically a keyboard and mouse control.
"Once we decided it’d only be on the PC, we optimized around speed, a quick turn radius, and PC game controls. We’re still interested in free-to-play on consoles, but at this point, we have nothing specific to Tribes on console."
Tribes: Ascend has over 800,000 registered accounts with servers being "very, very active." Its breakout success was due to the game's F2P structuce, said Harris:
"It’s really our belief that for an online multiplayer game, particularly, free-to-play is the best model for gamers and for studios."
You can download Tribes: Ascend here, via the official website.