The first thing we did actually was emulate TRIBES, pretty much exactly," said Fallen Empire: Legions project director Tim Aste. "We got a prototype up and running, and it just wasn't working. Something was off."
Scrambling for a solution, the five-man Legions team at GarageGames--a company formed by veterans of TRIBES creator Dynamix--put on their thinking caps. The crew identified a few key factors that truly defined the series: "Team play, freedom of movement, and just zipping around the terrain and blasting the shit out of people."