AS+CEND is a space shooter where you pilot powerful ships in ferocious clashes against other players. Combat with AS+CEND ships is a deliberate battle of deadly intent that can quickly become a frantic fight for you life, or resolve into a satisfying kill when all goes according to plan.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a small, independent studio, we at Whimsy Games wanted to get our game in front of fellow gamers as early as possible. We have a solid game play design already implemented for our core combat experience, but we want to involve the community and incorporate their feedback in refining this wonderful space combat game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our Early Access period is planned for six months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The core experience is ready for players to engage in intense pvp space fights and we're now working on adding more content. The following major features are planned for the release version:

Game Modes

Duel
Play 1 v 1 matches against another player.

Duel - Practice
Play 1 v 1 matches against AI opponents.

Skirmish
Play 2 v 2 matches against other players.

Battle
Play 3 v 3 matches against other players.

Ranked Play
We're planning on having seasonal ranked options for players who wish to play with and against similar skilled players and challenge themselves to rise through the ranks.

Customization

Progression
Unlock new tools and equipment through an engaging progression system.

Vessel Layout
Assign weapons and abilities to your ship frame to create you own toolkit.

Vessel Cosmetics
Bling you ship! Add custom effects and looks to your ships.

Effect Cosmetics
Shiny guns! Add custom weapon effects.

Regular Content Updates

In addition to the major feature updates, we also plan to create regular content updates offering:
  • New ship Frames
  • New Weapon modules
  • New Ability modules
  • New player Emblems
  • New combat arenas

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We have the following features ready and playable.

Game Modes

Duel
Play 1 v 1 matches against another player.

Duel - Practice
Play 1 v 1 matches against AI opponents.

Ships

Hien-class Patrol Frame
  • DASH Drive - Quickly re-position to avoid attacks or find an exposed facing.
  • Overload Blast - Overloads the engines to project an unstable energy blast.

Weapons

Lightforge PPW
Fires a series of quick, three-round energy bursts.

Hailstorm RWS
Fires a series increasingly rapid kinetic slugs.

Abilities

ProxDet DRF
Creates explosive drones that follow your vessel until they spot an enemy to smash into.

Arenas

Luna12 Orbital
An inhabited station complex orbiting the Moon.
  • Starlight Habitat Block - Fight among the luxury residential areas.
  • Transfer Block - An open fighting arena.
  • DeepStore Warehouse Block - A complex fighting arena with grav wells and lots of cover.
  • Condemned Block - A run-down residential area.
  • Drydock Gamma - A station repair facility.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We plan to increase the price when the game launches to reflect all the content we're adding to it but until then we will keep the early access price the same. Early adopters will have access to special perks once the game launches, as well as the lower early access price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We welcome feedback and suggestions!

You can find us as Whimsy Games on social media or watch our Twitch streams. You can also send us suggestions on our feature requests forum. Bugs can be reported on our forums as well.”
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Recent updates View all (3)

November 9

Update: New ships!


We're happy to announce another update today! You may notice that these have been coming pretty quickly, and we're really proud that we're showing off how you can see an Early Access title evolve. With these updates we keep the core gameplay mechanics we spent painstaking hours polishing and we've been focused on creating new content for players to engage with that gameplay.

This content update introduces another new set of ships! This brings AS+CEND up to nine different vessels which players can use to destroy each other. The new set of ships is based around the Tanker class of vessel frames, a slower, stronger frame with equipment sets designed to lock down an opponent and pound them into submission.

New Content

New Ships
This content update features a new set of ships that have been adapted from a civilian transport vessel and has been designated the OC1-TSL Combat Adapted Tanker Vessel. Like all new vessel sets, these ships all feature a new Super and a new Dash to mix things up during combat.

New Equipment
The new Tanker vessels bring with them fresh new gear for players to bring destruction to the battlefield. We've added the following modules for use with these new frames:
  • Firestorm EBA - An high powered energy beam array that delivers lethal energy damage in a quick, short ranged burst. Beware of it's long recharge time!
  • Arclight RWS - A debilitating railed weapon that disrupts the thruster systems of any vessel it strikes effectively making the victim slower.
  • SentryDet DRF - An explosive drone designed to watch a specific zone. these will strike at any vessel entering an exclusion zone around the ship.

Fixes and Updates

In addition to working on new content we've also been polishing up other aspects of the game and removing the inevitable bugs. See our latest update notes for a complete list of changes.
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October 24

Skirmish Update Live


We're excited to announce that our second update to AS+CEND is now live!

This content update brings a 2 vs 2 Skirmish mode to our game. Pair up with a friend and challenge others to this intense new combat mode.

New Content

New Game Mode
Skirmish
Compete in a brand new round-based 2 vs 2 game mode! Skirmishes not only stress your core combat techniques, but also tests your ability to coordinate with a teammate to destroy your opponents.

Destroying an enemy vessel gives you a trophy which earns your team a point if you survive the round. Teams that lose a vessel are given the option for the remaining player to escape. Escaping with a trophy will earn your team a point and also deny the opponents a point for destroying you! The first team to four points wins!

New Arena
Commercial Sector
The new game mode is set in the Commercial Sector of the Luna Orbital. Fight among the stores and office buildings of this upscale shopping district.

Steam Friends Integration
We've integrated our friends list with the Steam friends list. Create a party with one of your buddies and try our new Skirmish mode as a team!

Updates
  • Gravity Zones visuals have been updated.
  • Player alive/dead status given an indicator in the top HUD
  • Target HUD uses the player's slot color.

Fixes
  • You can no longer connect to games that have already been completed.
  • Top HUD notifications re-aligned
  • Fixed a crash related to Draws
  • Fixed a an issue where a player may not get moved back to spawn after a round ended.
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Update Notes

Latest update notes

Updated 11/9/2018

New Content


New Ships
This content update features a new set of ships that have been adapted from a civilian transport vessel and has been designated the OC1-TSL Combat Adapted Tanker Vessel. Like all new vessel sets, these ships all feature a new Super and a new Dash to mix things up during combat.

New Equipment
The new Tanker vessels bring with them fresh new gear for players to bring destruction to the battlefield. We've added the following modules for use with these new frames:

  • Firestorm EBA - An high powered energy beam array that delivers lethal energy damage in a quick, short ranged burst. Beware of it's long recharge time!
  • Arclight RWS - A debilitating railed weapon that disrupts the thruster systems of any vessel it strikes effectively making the victim slower.
  • SentryDet DRF - An explosive drone designed to watch a specific zone. these will strike at any vessel entering an exclusion zone around the ship.

Updates


  • Target readout Player Name now reflects the player's color.
  • Targer readout now shows that player's icon
  • AI skirmishers can now use Pisces and Tanker frames.
  • Improved matchmaking consistency

Fixes


  • Fixed rotation bug while also resetting rotation.
  • Fixed visual effect issue with Pisces thrusters not working correctly.
  • Fixed issue where some of the player health and icon elements in the top bar would be too large.

About This Game


AS+CEND is a space shooter where you pilot powerful combat ships in ferocious clashes against other players in a fully 3D environment. Fight in complex arenas with six degrees of freedom using different ships, weapons and abilities. Each match in AS+CEND is a deliberate battle of deadly intent that can quickly become a frantic fight for you life, or resolve into a satisfying kill when all goes according to plan.


Think in all directions! Each side of an AS+CEND ship has a shield which protects you from attacks from that direction. Some of these facings also have weapons mounted. Attacking with these weapons will let you strip the shields from you enemies, but it will also drop the shields on that side. Claim victory by exposing your opponent's hull while protecting your own weaknesses.


We're working hard to bring more tools of destruction to the table. New ship frames will offer different movement styles and ultimate abilities to confound your enemies. New weapons will impose a variety of deadly threats in your conflicts. New abilities will create more opportunities for you to trick your opponents.

Regularly Updated Content

Ship Frames
We plan to introduce new ship frames each with a unique layout of equipment slots, movement power and ultimate ability.

Weapon Modules
We're going to regularly add new weapons to the existing weapon types as well as introduce brand new archetypes.

Ability Modules
We'll be adding new and interesting abilities to the game to mix up the combat formula and keep fights from getting too comfortable.

Combat Arenas
We'll be developing more maps, generally timed against other major feature releases. Maps will be introduced in sets of combat arena that are all similarly themed and will be used in most of the game modes.

Upcoming Features

Patrols
Patrols are single player activities designed for players who want to challenge their combat skills but don't have the time or desire to compete directly against other players. This game mode will features progression and randomization for a different challenge each run!

Battles
Battles will be 3 vs 3 matches that will give players the chance to emphasize their teamplay in more goal-oriented game modes.

Customization
Everything from cosmetics to custom ship layouts, we're planning on allow players to tailor their equipment to their own desired play style.

Ranked Play
We're planning on having seasonal ranked options for players who wish to play with and against similar skilled players and challenge themselves to rise through the ranks.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 7 series
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 750
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7, 7 series
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 1070
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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