Next month gamers will be able to get their mitts on shooter Tribes: Ascend. Hi-Rez Studios will be bringing a playable demo of the game to QuakeCon 2011.

“QuakeCon has been called the Woodstock of gaming and we' re thrilled to introduce Tribes: Ascend at this show”, says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez COO. "QuakeCon has always delivered exceptional, competitive multiplayer gaming... for free; and that’s our mission with Tribes: Ascend.”

Tribes: Ascend is an Unreal Engine 3-powered, multiplayer-only revival of the acclaimed Tribes series. It features many of the series' signature features, such as vehicles and jetpacks. Hi-Rez intends to release it as a free-to-play title.

QuakeCon attendees will be able to try out Ascend at Booth 333. This will mark the first time Ascend, currently in closed alpha, will be playable by the public. Visitors to the QuakeCon booth will also be able to register to win a limited number of closed beta keys.

In addition to being a showcase for upcoming games, QuakeCon is the biggest annual LAN party in North America. This year's convention will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. It will run from August 4th until the 7th.

Ascend is being developed for both the PC and Xbox 360. It will be released digitally on both platforms. The PC version is expected later this year.

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