The presser stated, "Although the game is still in Closed Alpha, conference attendees will get the first public hands-on with Tribes: Ascend at Booth 333 of QuakeCon, held in Dallas, Texas from August 4th-7th 2011. Attendees can also register to win a limited number of keys to the Tribes: Ascend Closed Beta."
“QuakeCon has been called the Woodstock of gaming and we’ re thrilled to introduce Tribes: Ascend at this show”, beamed Hi-Rez Studios COO Todd Harris, “QuakeCon has always delivered exceptional, competitive, multiplayer gaming… for free; and that’s our mission with Tribes: Ascend.”
Starsiege: Tribes is the predecessor to other online multiplayer games like Battlefield, introducing such elements as flying vehicles and jetpacks. Tribes II still has a sizeable fanbase that are playing it even now, ten years after its release.