Signal Studios has revealed that the studio’s upcoming action RPG, Ascend: New Gods, will be one of the first free-to-play games to be offered on Xbox Live. In Ascend: New Gods, players will be able to spend “souls”, the currency of the game, to acquire new and unique items, abilities, upgrades and character customizations. Souls can be earned in-game or by purchasing using Microsoft Points through Xbox Live.
“We want to create a game that delivers an experience beyond what people generally expect from free-to-play titles,” says D.R. Albright, President and Creative Director for Signal Studios. “Our business model is integrated into the gameplay in a very elegant way. There’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, that’s fine too.”
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.
“Ascend leverages our proprietary dynamic content system to deliver on-the-fly updates,” says Brett Gow, Executive Producer for Ascend. “By taking advantage of this system, we’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.”
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