Signal Studio, the makers of the hit videogame franchise Toy Soldiers, announced today that the studioâ€™s upcoming action RPG, Ascend: New Gods, will be one of the first free-to-play games to be offered on Xbox LIVE.
Ascend: New Gods is a third-person action RPG experience that offers a variety of innovative new features such as multi-platform connectivity, a unique parallel multiplayer system and support for the newly-announced Xbox SmartGlass technology.
Ascend: New Gods offers unprecedented connectivity across mobile and console Xbox LIVE platforms. Wage war against Xbox 360 players from your mobile phone, gain power and prestige, and transfer it all to your console â€“ anywhere, anytime.
"We want to create a game that delivers an experience beyond what people generally expect from free-to-play titles,â€ says D.R. Albright, President and Creative Director for Signal Studios. â€œOur business model is integrated into the gameplay in a very elegant way. Thereâ€™s no begging or distracting pop-ups. Players can get through Ascend without spending a dime, but if they want to purchase items to augment their experience, we make it easy for them to do so. If they choose not to, thatâ€™s fine too.â€
In Ascend:New Gods, players will be able to spend â€œsoulsâ€, the currency of the game, to acquire new and unique items, abilities, upgrades, and character customizations. Souls can be earned in-game or purchased using Microsoft Points through Xbox Live.
Providing further value to the player, Ascend takes advantage of unique technology that allows the developers to quickly and seamlessly deliver fresh content directly to the game world.
â€œAscend leverages our proprietary dynamic content system to deliver on-the-fly updates,â€ says Brett Gow, Executive Producer for Ascend. â€œBy taking advantage of this system, weâ€™ll be able to quickly make adjustments to the game to meet the demands of both the single-player story and the multi-player experience. This will allow us to push new content and gameplay updates directly to players without the wait normally associated with console title updates.â€
Ascend: New Gods is slated for release in early 2013 on Xbox LIVE.