From the creative minds behind the acclaimed Ultima Underworld® series. Return to The Stygian Abyss in Underworld Ascendant®, the action RPG designed to express creativity through playstyle choices in a breathtaking fantasy realm, rife with danger.
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August 13

August 13 Weekly Update!

Morning everyone!

We're working hard on bringing together a new build and updates by the end of this month, particularly around Gamescom, so we apologize if we're a little quieter than usual this week.

Overall, there's been a huge wealth of information on the Playtest forums and Discord! We've been trying to keep up with all of the bugs submitted, as well as feedback we've received about the lack of clarity for certain skills and abilities. We hear you! Some things are far easier to adjust and fix than others, so we're knocking out things based on priority.

I know this week Joe is looking into giving more of a voice to the Factions, so we may be able to share some more information on that soon. Stacking crates is always being tweaked so it's not a nightmare to climb out of the "magic room," and we can start prioritizing progression and quest lines with lore soon as well. Some of you may notice these changes by the next playtest round, which will start most likely next Sunday. Keep an eye out for hidden messages, secrets, shortcuts, and story lines...

Also, yes. The Mac build fix for the Backer Alpha is on the back burner. The metal shader issue our Mac issues encounter on launch is being addressed for future builds, and we can start implementing that fix at a later time when the forge is cooling down. Right now, we're still regaining our breath from a big milestone we had the other week, and swinging back into the hard-hitting issues, like performance in some of the larger levels and combat/AI. Always combat/AI.

As a reminder, we're still looking for external playtesters! You can apply for it by joining our Discord or OSE forums and following the Playtest Sign up instructions.
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August 6

Aug 6 Weekly Update

Morning everyone!

There's been a lot of incredible feedback (and bugs!) noted by our play testers this weekend, and much of it lines up with changes we've already been thinking about, which is good for both of us to confirm.

Last week, we talked about how a lot of the levels are getting a new lighting pass overhaul, particularly to accommodate for players who choose to carry a light source with them... or refrain from bringing one, depending on the situation. We'll be playing around with that again this week, as well as cleaning up on some more performance milestones we aim to hit by the end of this month. A lot of work is going to be invested in making sure the world ties together, which is never easy for an immersive sim like this. Each part of the level needs an art pass to make sure it lines up with the narrative, and the narrative needs to enforce the "why" of your goals in the Abyss, etc.

It may feel inorganic when I describe it this way, but for those of you who have experience play testing immersive sims, you know that the life of the game normally doesn't come together until nearly the last minute. Each individual cog is worked on, tested against its neighbors, and then refined until suddenly the entire world is alive and working as intended. The game comes first. Also, still really excited to see some of the outside work we've had help us really refine the narrative choices available.

That's it for now, and as a reminder, we released our July Newsletter last week:
https://steamcommunity.com/games/692840/announcements/detail/1733208564586532850
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About This Game



From the creative minds behind the acclaimed Ultima Underworld® series, in Underworld Ascendant®, Paul Neurath and Warren Spector's OtherSide Entertainment is innovating upon the series’ signature player-authored gameplay in bold new ways and bringing the ‘immersive sim’ genre forward in a breathtaking fantasy realm, rife with danger and full of intrigue.

Return to The Stygian Abyss in Underworld Ascendant®, the action RPG designed to maximize player choice. Journey through the unfamiliar. Unlock your creative potential. Utilize your environment to stack the odds in your favor. Devise the ideal plan to overcome the challenges you face or dive in and think on your feet.

Each decision holds great opportunity and grave consequence. What you leave behind will be engraved on the lives of others. Assuming you survive

KEY FEATURES:
A DEEPLY IMMERSIVE WORLD
Enter a fully-realized dungeon realm, rendered in expressive detail, where simulated systems make logical sense and creative experimentation is amply rewarded. Interact with useful flora and physics-based traps. Encounter fantastic creatures like Lizard Men, opportunistic Outcasts, and fearsome Mind Cripplers – all with unique abilities that can be used to your advantage.

DYNAMIC NARRATIVE
Become embroiled in an epic plot, as rival factions vie for dominance in struggles that ebb and flow across the realm. Every decision you make has unique consequences on events and the world around you. How will you navigate The Stygian Abyss?

A HERO TO CALL YOUR OWN
Launch yourself into fluid, intense combat. Cast powerful magic to defeat the enemy. Use stealth and subterfuge to avoid enemies and obstacles altogether. Freely mix and match across dozens of distinct combat, stealth & magic abilities, plus your choice of weapons, magical items and useful provisions to create a unique hero who is truly your own.

UNBOXED GAMEPLAY
Unlock your creative potential with the Improvisation Engine. Experiment with a wide array of skills and magic. Manipulate your environment – and creatures who reside in it – to stack the odds in your favor. The game sets the challenge, the solution is up to you. Craft your own adventure.

EVER-EVOLVING QUESTS
Explore constantly-evolving environments, offering dynamic opportunities and deepening challenges. Set out on a wide variety of quests: from intrigue and manipulation among conflicting Factions to opposing the growing influence of the undead. Delve into lost areas, collect rare objects, alter the environment, and more.

UNIQUE REWARDS SYSTEM
Earn rewards and unlock skills through exceptional performance and creative solutions. Solve challenges in unique ways and push yourself to experiment.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2400 3.1GHz / AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 760, GTX 1050 / AMD R9 280
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 45 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1) or 64-bit Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7-6700
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 1080
    • Storage: 45 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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