From the creative minds behind the System Shock, Thief and Underworld® series. Enter The Stygian Abyss, a dangerous, highly interactive dungeon world. Mix and match dozens of combat, stealth and magic skills to develop your own unique style of play. Become The Ascendant.
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Nov 15, 2018

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November 12

Nov 12 Weekly Update!

Wow, it's actually launch week!

I see there's been a lot of confusion about Backer Beta patch bugs, as well as what's going on with the release timing with Steam vs GoG, etc. I should have addressed most of these on the individual threads, but here's a general Launch Week Masterpost while I'm at it.

Kickstarter Backers:
Here is a list of all the digital and physical goods that will be available on launch day, which are upon request, and which are post-launch. (Some behind the scenes screenshots and images of goods included, spoilers!)

Some rewards, such as the talking skulls, lyrical lute, chalice of cabirus, etc are slated to be updated into the game shortly after launch. Other rewards, such as the Custom Theme Art and Custom Music are still being coordinated with backers, and thus we will continue to send those backers updates on how their rewards are progressing. Note that the redemption instructions are also included in the above link.

Launch Issues with the Backer Beta Patch:
While the Backer Beta patch allowed players, such as our Mac and Linux backers, to play the backer build, it has also introduced some bugs that we are doing our best to track internally as we prepare for launch. Many submitted bugs are similar or have been fixed already for launch. We apologize if you are unable to play the Backer Beta as a result of a launch bug, but we're trying the best we can to make sure it's at least eliminated from launch.

Steam vs DRM-Free Key?
As I've mentioned in another thread, we were caught by surprise that GoG could not host Underworld Ascendant at launch. We still need to fulfill our DRM-free promise, but as of right now, we are unclear if UWA will be hosted on GoG after launch as well. To play it safe, we're asking all backers to choose their key assuming that there may not be a GoG launch.

Please also note that the Steam key is actually DRM-free. You can play UWA offline and without launching Steam after you download the game.

...So How's Work?
Dang it's been busy here.

It's been a huge push to the finish line here, and we're about to lock down the final build for our Steam launch this Thursday. I can't believe how far we've come in some areas. Optimization, cleaning up levels, patching holes, fixing some combat interactions, etc, have all really come together. We have major keybinding options, a cleaner UI pass on a lot of icons and inventory slots, and the feel has continued to improve.

That being said, remember that no game is perfect. Especially for a game with no scripted events. We'll be on the lookout for huge game-crashing bugs on launch, and we're excited to see how your adventures into the Abyss progress.

We'll see you all in a few days!
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November 7

Week 1 Bonus Items: Vorpa, Mana Leech and Map

Underworld Ascendant launches November 15th and those of you who play in the first week will get special bonus items.

Vorpa - A companion that will attack enemies that are low on health

Mana Leech - A creature that gathers mana from the world and shares it with you when you are low.

Map - A map to help guide your way.

Make sure to wishlist the game today and then buy it in the first week to get these exclusive rewards!

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Special Offer

2 Quest Companion Creatures:
• Vorpa: A herbivore that appears mild-mannered, but will launch itself at those nearby who are at extremely low health
• Mana Leech: It absorbs Mana in the world and when the player is low, it "fires" its reserve amount at the player

Map of The Stygian Abyss:
Digital map of the iconic Stygian Abyss that you'll be exploring in-game

*Offer Valid 11/15/18 - 11/21/18

About This Game

From the creative minds behind the acclaimed Ultima Underworld®, System Shock and Thief series, in Underworld Ascendant®, Paul Neurath and Warren Spector's OtherSide Entertainment challenges you to think creatively in an interactive sandbox environment.

You are summoned by a mysterious figure to The Stygian Abyss, a dangerous and constantly evolving dungeon world imperiled by the looming threat of the beast Typhon. To save this world, and yours – you must overcome complex challenges, uncover lost secrets and gain favor with factions to maximize your knowledge and strength. 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

Enter a fully-realized dungeon realm, from the village of Marcaul to the Vault of Nyx and seven other large-scale levels to explore, each comprising a labyrinthine assembly of rooms, passages, halls and ruins connecting massive cavern complexes. 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.

Tailor your skillset by combining more than 75 skills from three different archetypes (Combat, Stealth, Magic) that you can mix and match to develop a unique hero who is truly your own. Craft over a hundred different types of spells using the runic spell crafting system. The game sets the challenge, the solution is up to you.

Become embroiled in an epic plot, as rival factions vie for dominance in struggles that ebb and flow across the realm. The decisions you make have consequences on events and the world around you. Unique challenges, dynamic enemy spawning, variable Outcast-built structures and a degrading world state that varies enemy population provide a dynamic world to play through in many different ways.

Set out on more than 70 quests and numerous Side Bounties that reward you for avoiding detection, going unarmed and more, providing many opportunities to explore, replay and test unlimited strategies and playstyles.

Earn rewards and unlock skills through resourceful, unboxed gameplay and ingenious performance. Solve challenges in unique ways and push yourself to experiment.

System Requirements

    • 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 i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 960 (3GB)/ AMD R9 280 (3GB)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 45 GB available space
    • 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/ AMD Ryzen 5 1500x
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB)/ Radeon RX 480 (8GB)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 45 GB available space

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