Remember that Xbox exclusive called The Ascent? The one that looks all cyberpunk like and featured some pretty impressive particle effects and arcade twin-stick shooter gameplay? Well, it has a release date. In addition, Xbox Game Pass owners will be able to jump into the game on launch day for no cost at all.
The developer at Neon Giant shared the news that The Ascent will release on 29 July 2021 for Xbox and PC. This marks over a year since we saw the game back in May 2020 during the Xbox Series X showcase event. The Ascent will follow players through a cyberpunk-styled city as they search for loot, shoot enemies and destroy everything in their path. It looks pretty awesome at the moment.
The Ascent has been developed by only 12 people at Neon Giant. The game is published by Curve Digital with the help of ID@Xbox. Arcade Berg, Creative Director and co-founder of Neon Giant said:
“We are super excited that people will soon be able to jump into the world of The Ascent. We love making games and we do it because we want people to enjoy the experience and world we have created – so we’ve designed a game that lets all players have fun with the element of gameplay that interests them the most. Whether you’re someone who enjoys exploring every corner, loves exciting combat or gets invested in the story and lore, we’ve tried to put something in The Ascent for everyone.
Powered by the Unreal Engine, The Ascent will take full advantage of the Xbox Series X/S and of course, high-end PCs. Players take on the role of an indentured worker who gets wrapped up in a city gone mad. From one moment to the next, the city goes from a fully functional metropolis to a barren landscape where survival is the most important thing to focus on.
- A free-roam play style in a cyberpunk inspired dystopian world
- Classic RPG mechanics to enable players to build up their character including cyberware, 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