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Sep 29, 2023

Ascent of Ashes, the colony sim born from the RimWorld “Combat Extended” mod enters Early Access on November 15th

From Press Release:

[Boston, MA USA / September 26th, 2023] – Developer Vivid Storm Interactive and Publisher Camlann Games are excited to announce that their upcoming colony sim Ascent of Ashes heads into Early Access on November 15th! Dive into a dark world riddled with enemies, but ripe for cultivation and civilization. Build, grow, fight, and survive in this new title from the creators of RimWorld’s highly popular “Combat Extended” mod.

Ascent of Ashes is a dystopian colony sim title that follows the last remnants of humanity as they attempt to create a new home for themselves in a hostile, alien environment. In a land where all of its inhabitants are at war with one another, players must strategize, master combat, and more in order to survive. Ascent of Ashes features a detailed hit simulation and health system which will make the challenge of survival that much harder as even a non-lethal hit could render a survivor unable to continue.

While some players will spend much of their time in battle, others may utilize their time to focus on building up their new land for the safety of their survivors. Just because the environment is hostile, doesn’t mean players can’t make it feel like home. Players will gather groups of survivors, each with their own unique personalities and motivations, and traverse the land using restored vehicles to bring back very important resources. These resources will help to advance the players’ civilization, but the outside world can be incredibly unforgiving so players will have to prepare and plan for any contingency.

“We here at Vivid Storm Interactive are extremely excited for the upcoming Ascent of Ashes release. We know the game will be a great experience from Day One. But there’s a lot of work to do from Early Access release date to the first update milestone and beyond. We’ve been waiting for a colony sim experience like this for a very long time. We want to make sure it has the depth and unique content players have been expecting and craving. We’re ready to continue pouring all our efforts into making that a reality.”

Early Access Features: 

  • Build a New Home: Gather resources to build up a base for your survivors. Farm crops, tame alien beasts and fortify your home against any intruders.
  • Engage in Real-Time-with-Pause Combat: Participate in deep tactical combat where even non-lethal hits can render a survivor unable to go on. Use the game’s real-time-with-pause combat to plan and strategize.
  • Dynamic Enemy AI: Each enemy is different and will have varying levels of intelligence. Poorly armed raiders may be an easy match in the early game, but as the player progresses, escalating levels of enemy intelligence will be seen. Enemies will use advanced combat tactics, stealth and cover — they don’t just try to outgun the player, they try to outwit the player.
  • Drive Restored Vehicles: Traveling on foot isn’t always an option. Restore and drive vehicles to get around this dangerous, post-apocalyptic world.
  • Satisfy Diverse Survivor Needs: Each survivor in your colony has their own unique motivations and personality. Keep them safe, happy, and motivated.
  • Explore the Post-Apocalyptic World: The world of Ascent of Ashes is procedurally generated and made up of multiple biomes and points of interest. Cautiously explore and uncover the many secrets the world holds.
  • Day One Mod Support: Ascent of Ashes has been made from the ground up to make it easily extendable. The game is being developed for modders, by modders.

Ascent of Ashes is set to release into Early Access on PC on November 15th, 2023. Players can wishlist the game right now on Steam and join the official Discord to chat with other players in the community. Want to dive into the game? Ascent of Ashes will have a demo available during the Steam Next Fest October 9th-16th!