Remember Xbox 360 free-to-play title Ascend: Hand of Kul? It was an action RPG released back in 2013 and swiftly delisted in late 2014, meaning nobody can play it anymore. However, developer Signal Studios has announced that it's partnered with Outer Heaven Studios to bring the game back from the dead.
So Ascend: Hand of Kul is coming back?
Yup. Now titled Ascend: Reborn, Signal Studios' delisted action RPG is slated for a revival. This news was announced via the official Ascend: Hand of Kul Twitter page, with Signal revealing that it has partnered with Toy Soldiers HD and Extinction Wars developer Outer Heaven in order to bring Ascend back.
Right now, we don't know exactly when Ascend: Reborn will arrive, nor do we know what platforms it'll be available on. At time of writing, Outer Heaven and Signal have only shared a single screenshot from the project, showing a character standing in a forest. Still, this is pretty exciting news if you're an Ascend: Hand of Kul fan.
What happened to Ascend: Hand of Kul?
Ascend: Hand of Kul was an asynchronous online action RPG released back in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PC. The game's campaign was single-player, but you could see other players playing the game simultaneously, and could even send boons and hindrances to other players in the form of buffs or monsters for them to fight. It was a pretty neat idea, and not a million miles away from the Dark Souls message system.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Ascend: Hand of Kul was quite as popular as Signal wanted it to be, because the game was shut down before any proper multiplayer modes like co-op or competitive play could be implemented. Now, however, Signal and Outer Heaven might stand a better chance of incorporating those modes. We'll have to wait and see what the two studios are planning for this project. Stay tuned for more info on this.