Not sure how I missed this one. The sequel to one of my favourite games from my younger days is coming to Xbox One in 2018.
That’s the Descent series for anyone that didn’t read the title. And for the further uninitiated, Descent was an early 3D first person space shooting game. I’ve embedded a video below and suffice to say it hasn’t aged too well. Further down is a current gameplay video from Underground – the spirit of the series seems to be well and truly intact. Yet another title that we need to thank Kickstarter for.
“Descendent Studios, the Austin-based developers of Descent: Underground, today announced a publishing and distribution arrangement with Little Orbit, a worldwide video game publisher in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. A reboot of the classic full-freedom shooter Descent, Little Orbit plans to expand distribution of Descent: Underground to include retail boxed copies and console versions for XBox One and PlayStation 4 in addition to Windows, Mac, and Linux.
“Little Orbit is helping us to enrich players’ experience in Descent: Undergroundwith a larger storyline campaign, excellent art, and deeper metagame,” said Eric Peterson, Descendent’s CEO. “With Little Orbit on board, we’re progressing faster towards delivering the amazing modern rebirth that Descent deserves!”
In August, Little Orbit took over development of Unsung Story, a crowdfunded tactical RPG project started by Yasumi Matsuno. With Descent: Underground, Descendent will continue to lead development, while Little Orbit is providing completion funding, additional resources, marketing, and distribution. In order to focus on finishing the game faster, Descendent recently delisted the game from early access on Steam and other sites. Little Orbit confirmed that players who purchased Decent: Underground in early access would receive the finished game upon release. Gamers interested in stayed up to date with the development process can follow the game on BrightLocker.com.
“We’re proud to help give the Descent series the full, modern AAA rebirth it deserves,” said Matthew Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “Descendent had the experience, the vision, and the drive. Now with our help, they have the support to take Descent: Underground out of this world!”
I went to Bright Locker as suggested and Descendent are at the play-testing stage already. I recommend you do the same if you have even a passing interest in the series – it looks great!
Anyone thinking about picking this up?