An actual RPG with a cyberpunk theme
Developed by a team of only 11 staff, The Ascent is an action RPG set in a dystopian cyberpunk future. Following the collapse of megacorporation ‘The Ascent Group’, a power vacuum emerges that leads to conflict between crime syndicates and corporate factions over the control of Planet Veles. Your character must find out the hidden truth behind it all.
This solo and coop RPG, is presented in a top-down isometric perspective reminiscent of classic turn-based RPGs. The trailer highlights the game’s real time action gameplay as well as being able to play alongside three other companions. You play as a customisable player character, whose physical appearance and abilities can be augmented with cybernetics enhancements, the latter previously featured in the cyberpunk Deus Ex series.
The Ascent is Neon Giant’s first foray in the gaming industry and was a recipient of Epic Games’ Unreal Dev Grants in 2018, being awarded between $5000 to $50,000. The game uses its Unreal Engine 4.
Releasing sometime in 2021, The Ascent is exclusive to Microsoft platforms - PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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