The Ascent

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Curve Digital
Developer: Neon Giant
Release Date: July 29, 2021

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'The Ascent' (ALL) Delayed Until 2021 - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. PDT

The Ascent is a solo and co-op action RPG, set on Veles, a packed cyberpunk world.

The Ascent is a solo and co-op action RPG set in a cyberpunk world. The mega corporation that owns you and everyone, The Ascent Group, has just collapsed. Confusion and chaos ensue, security and order are in disarray, and without protection, everyone is left to fend for themselves. Stop gangs and hostile corporations from taking over and discover what really happened.

Welcome to The Ascent Group arcology, a self-contained corporate-run metropolis, stretching high into the sky and filled with creatures from all over the galaxy. You play as a worker, enslaved by the company that owns you and everyone else in your district. You get things done, whatever menial task is given. One day, whilst sent on a routine assignment to make use of your skills with a cyberdeck, you are suddenly caught in a vortex of catastrophic events. The Ascent Group, the largest mega corporation on the planet, shuts down for unknown reasons, causing the automated security systems to go haywire. The survival of your district is threatened: rival corporations are trying to force appropriation and crime syndicates are looking to boost their black-market augmentation trade. You must take up arms to stop them from seizing control and embark on a new mission to find out what started it all.

Explore the world of Veles, alone or with up to three friends, to find out what happened. Your ascent through the arcology will lead you across the path of the most impressive enemies but also unexpected alliances. Fully customize your character's appearance, skills and abilities to match your playstyle and loot various weapons and gear as you grow stronger.

Your ascent begins now.

Developer Neon Giant has put together a short video to showcase an update on development and illustrate a variety of features coming to The Ascent when it launches next year.

“Xbox Game Pass is an amazing proposition for us as a small indie developer with a team of only 11 people, because it allows more players around the world to experience our game. To celebrate this exciting news, we wanted to cement the game’s place in 2021’s next-gen line-up by casting light on what players can expect to experience at launch,” says Tor Frick, Art Director and co-founder of Neon Giant. 

The Ascent will be playable with Xbox Game Pass for Xbox and PC at launch and target 60 fps and full 4K support on the Xbox Series X, offering amazing gameplay performance for the new generation of console players. 

Key Features:

  • A free-roam play style in a cyberpunk inspired dystopian world
  • Classic RPG mechanics to enable players to build up their character including cyberwear, augmentations and looting
  • An unprecedented sense of verticality within its world, with different levels and platforms discernible within play
  • Double-aim mechanic enables players to utilise the full screen and choose between multiple targets anywhere in the environment
  • A narrative-led adventure playable in single and up to four-player co-op modes 

The Ascent is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC in 2021.


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