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.

Plot[edit]

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]

Gameplay[edit]

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.

Development[edit]

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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