Tribes: Ascend is the world’s fastest shooter, and features a class-based loadout system. Each loadout specifies what type of armor players have, along with what weapons and items they carry. Each loadout supports two in-hand weapons, a set of belt items such as grenades or mines, and a pack. The game offers jetpacks, skiing, vehicles, team-based gameplay, and cutting-edge graphics using Unreal 3 technology. To start, players are given three free classes: the Pathfinder, Soldier, and Juggernaut, each wearing light, medium, and heavy armor respectively.