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|Industry||Video game industry|
|Headquarters||Alpharetta, Georgia, United States|
|Key people||Erez Goren
Hi-Rez Studios is an independent, privately held video game developer based in Alpharetta, Georgia. The company was founded in 2005 by Erez Goren and Todd Harris, and they released their first game, Global Agenda, in February 2010. Hi-Rez Studios is perhaps best known as the developers of Global Agenda and Tribes Ascend.
The success of former startup businesses allowed Erez Goren to turn his gaming hobby into the significant new venture which is now Hi-Rez Studios. The studio was seeded with veterans from within the game industry including key contributors to titles such as City of Heroes, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Call of Duty.
The studio employs 65 people at a development facility just outside of Atlanta, Georgia in the northern suburb of Alpharetta. The studio includes high-end gaming work stations with the latest hardware and software, a state-of-the-art motion capture studio, and an indoor/outdoor recreation area with dining amenities.
Global Agenda is an online team-based game by Hi-Rez Studios developed using Unreal Engine 3. The game went live on February 1, 2010. On April, 2011, Global Agenda was re-released as a free-to-play game, introducing Elite and Free Agents in addition to an in-game cash shop featuring Agenda Points.
Tribes: Ascend is a free-to-play multiplayer-only first-person shooter and part of the Tribes franchise. It was announced by Hi-Rez Studios on March 11, 2011 at PAX East, released on April 12, 2012, and supported until July 2013. It is available as a digital download for Windows, though Hi-Rez Studios haven't ruled out the possibility of an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 release in the future. Aspects from previous Tribes games such as jetpacks and skiing are featured in the game.
Tribes Universe was an upcoming massively multiplayer online shooter developed by Hi-Rez Studios based on the Tribes series. The game, along with Hi-Rez Studios' Tribes IP acquisition from InstantAction, was first announced on October 23, 2010. While alpha testing was said to begin at the start of 2011, development on Tribes Universe was halted when Hi-Rez Studios decided to start working on Tribes: Ascend.
SMITE is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game. Players choose from a selection of mythical gods, join session-based arena combat, and use custom powers and team tactics against other player-controlled gods and non-player controlled minions. This game is still under development in Open Beta stage as of November 18, 2013. Hi-Rez Studios announced that SMITE will officially launch on March 25, 2014.
HiRez has been criticized by gaming communities, mostly regarding Tribes: Ascend. While the game itself is typically praised, the long-term upkeep of it by HiRez is often cited as a major failing point. Most recently, HiRez has announced that they will no longer support Tribes: Ascend, as well as shutting down their official forums in favor of deferring to community-run forums and other social media platforms.