Ascend: Hand of Kul

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Ascend: Hand of Kul
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Developer(s) Signal Studios
Publisher(s) Microsoft Studios
Distributor(s) Microsoft Studios
Composer(s) Kevin Riepl
Platform(s) Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone
Release date(s)
  • September 25, 2013
Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Single player, asynchronous multiplayer

Ascend: Hand of Kul (formerly Ascend: New Gods) is a 2013 free-to-play game for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.[1] It was unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 during Microsoft's press conference. It is currently available in the Xbox Live Arcade for free if you are a Gold member.


A prophecy predicts that after the Titans lose power, one of the Three Gods will rule.[2] The main character in Ascend: Hand of Kul is a member of the Caos, a race of warriors.[3] The player serves gods, pledging allegiance to one of the Three Gods (darkness, light, and void) and helping their chosen god rule over the world.[4] The goal is to defeat the Titans.[5] The Titans are large, immortal giants.[6]


The main menu is divided into five tabs: Store, Inventory, Spells, Map, and Crusade.[7]

Ascend: Hand of Kul allows for several different types of customization. These include armor, weapons, and appearance.[3]

The game features parallel multiplayer, wherein the player goes about his or her own single-player adventure, but can see other players going about their single-player adventures at the same time.[8] The player cannot work together as in traditional co-op modes, but can purchase and send "blessings" and "curses" to one another.[8] Curses summon monsters into the targeted players realm and players are rewarded if their target is defeated.[7] Blessings send buffs to targeted players. It also allows for connectivity between Xbox 360 and mobile via Smartglass.[5] Smartglass integration comes in the form of showing the map of the dungeon that the player is in, as well as showing any enemy caos' stats that they are fighting. [9]

Additional modes such as Cooperative and Player vs Player are planned for the game, but currently are not implemented.


The title was developed by Signal Studios, and is currently in public beta. The developer previously created Toy Soldiers, a game for Xbox Live Arcade.


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