The Ascent blasts onto Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC in July

Curve Digital has announced that The Ascent will release on 29th July for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. In addition to being an Xbox console exclusive, it will also launch directly into Xbox Game Pass.


The Ascent was announced last year in the first Xbox Series X|S game showcase, a top-down action-shooter RPG set in a sci-fi cyberpunk-inspired world coming from small 12-person studio Neon Giant. It made a real splash with its gorgeous visuals powered by Unreal Engine, and its frenetic looking combat. The game is playable in both single-player and up to four-player co-op, which should make the combat even more excessive.

Though inspired by cyberpunk, The Ascent also incorporates other sci-fi elements, with alien races living alongside humans on the dystopian Planet Veles. The game takes place in The Ascent Group arcology, a corporation-run metropolis filled with the mega-corp’s workers. That world comes crashing down with The Ascent Group shuts down for an unknown reason, leaving a power vacuum and a mystery for you to solve. That will involve lots of shooty-bang-bang gameplay, with the game featuring an innovative “double-aim” mechanic letting you hold the gun at different heights.

If you don’t fancy Xbox Game Pass, then The Ascent is available for pre-order from today on Xbox (it’s a cross-gen Smart Delivery title) and PC. The game price is set for a rather reasonable £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99 / ¥148.

We previewed The Ascent a short while ago. You can read the full preview here, but for a snippet, I wrote:

There’s a lot to like about what we’ve seen of The Ascent so far. The grimy cyberpunk-inspired world is still appealing, especially with a few added twists, and there’s the intriguing promise of its sprawling open world, and the combat looks high-paced and bombastic. The one thing we don’t like (but totally understand) is that the game’s release date is simply set for ‘sometime’ in 2021. But then, we’re impatient.

Thankfully our biggest problem with the game now seems to have been resolved!

Source: press releas

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