For all you reluctant ski-ers and team based FPS gamers out there, you'll be pleased to note that Tribes: Ascend has been officially released on Steam, still on its Free to Play model obviously. To celebrate the collaboration between Valve and the T:A developers (HiRez Studios), Steam is offering a 'Steam Starter Pack' for $19.99 (£14.99) and it's currently on offer for 50% ($9.99 or £7.49) until 04 July.
So what do you get in the starter pack? A 50% Lifetime XP Boost, 800 Tribes gold (about $8 or £6 worth of in game currency), four bonus weapons for the base classes and two class unlocks. The pack is really designed to allow new players to catch up with those who have been playing a little longer; none of it is pay to win (the bane of free to play games) and even though I do think a lifetime 50% XP bonus is a little much it is open for anyone to purchase even those who have been playing for sometime already.