The forthcoming free-to-play action RPG, Ascend: Hand of Kul, continues its quiet march toward an inevitable launch date. Since early July, players who were fortunate to score a coveted spot in the closed beta have plummeted the depths of Signal Studios' impressive landscape, and clashed against one another in the name of their respective gods. As we previously reported, plans are well underway to roll the beta into open release, starting with the latest content update.
Signal Studios' President D.R. Albright III took to the developer's blog to announce the update as version 1.1, the changes/features/fixes therein, and outline the future of Ascend. "The 1.1 phase will be released to those who have already been playing first," he wrote. "Within a few days after release, we will be expanding the beta in larger groups, approximately 15k players is the goal." If you're not yet involved in the beta, the next round of invitations could remedy that – head over to official registration site to toss your name into the hat.
For those already engrossed in the ongoing Crusade for total dominion, you'll be happy to know the playable world has now been expanded, including a long-awaited crack at one towering titan. Additional considerations aimed at improving player experience include: lowered repair costs, spells automatically receiving legacy status, pre/post invader status screens, increased difficulty during boss engagements and additional stats to pore over with each new item acquisition.
"We also fixed over 800 bugs since we last met and probably introduced a few hundred more :)! Let’s all hop on this beta and report any issues to the forums to help improve the public release," Albright added. "Rest assured, back at the mothership we are already working diligently towards the next phase of Ascend, which is the full public release!" The full collection of changes can be found in list form – everyone's favorite form – right after the jump.
The closed beta for The Behemoth's forthcoming Battleblock Theater finally has a release date. Those lucky enough to grab one of the coveted 10,000 spots can expect to get started in two short weeks, beginning February 28. Selected beta testers for Battleblock Theater will be receiving email notifications from The Behemoth in waves, so if you applied and haven't yet been contacted, don't fret just yet. There's still hope.
All last week, XBLAFans ran a contest in partnership with The Behemoth to guarantee a certain number of beta spots for eager volunteers. In case you missed it, there's still time to sign up and hope your number gets pulled. All you have to do is head over to The Behemoth's official beta page, peruse the regulations and, if you meet the criteria, fill out the form. If you're interested in getting your hands on Battleblock Theater before anyone else in the world, but not sure what to expect, check out the official trailer below.[springboard type="video" id="668499" player="xbla001" width="640" height="400" ]
The Behemoth recently announced that they are looking for 10,000 players to participate in a closed beta test of their upcoming Battleblock Theater beginning sometime in either February or March. The beta program will give willing testers access to story levels, the level editor and a few levels of all arena modes. However, we've not had a lot of details on what these arena modes actually are, until now that is. For The Behemoth have just published some details on their developer's blog on the multiplayer games we can look forward to:
You can sign up for the beta here, but to guarantee a spot then best look out for one of our daily giveaway contests. Hit the jump for some screenshots of all modes described above.
If you can't wait to get your hands on The Behemoth's long-awaited platformer Battleblock Theater, now's your chance to give it a try. Announced today by The Behemoth on …