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What you need to know

  • Ascendant is a squad-based tactical FPS set in a ‘dynamic BioPunk world’ with an emphasis on adapting to your environment.
  • We got a new trailer during IGN Live as part of Summer Game Fest 2024.
  • You can wishlist the game now on Steam and Epic Game Store. More news about the beta will follow.

The game trailers just don’t stop at this year’s Summer Game Fest. We just got a brand new trailer for PlayFusion’s upcoming title, Ascendant, which is pitched as a “first-of-its-kind adaptation shooter.”

The trailer we got today starts off with a hilarious parody of practically any 80’s TV show intro. I tried to narrow it down to the exact inspiration, but it could be anything from A-Team to Happy Days to Magnum P.I. Either way, I was digging the retro vibes. That was quickly cut in favor of some heavy synth and clips of what is described as “capture the flag on steroids.”

So, what exactly is an ‘adaption shooter’? Well, Ascendant aims to turn the classic Capture the Flag game mode on its head by throwing you and your team into a whirlwind of action where tactics, events,…


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