The makers of the favored RimWorld mod Fight Prolonged (opens in new tab) have shaped a studio, Vivid Storm Interactive, and have been laborious at work making their very own sport. Ascent of Ashes (opens in new tab) is a colony sim set on an alien planet the place you’ll be able to construct a base, develop crops, tame alien creatures, discover a procedurally generated post-apocalyptic panorama, and salvage know-how to beef up your defenses.
Together with rising and managing your colony on a hostile alien world, you will interact in real-time techniques fight, numerous which you’ll see within the reveal trailer above. Regardless of being real-time with pause, it is obtained a particular XCOM really feel to it as you draw a path to information your warriors out and in of canopy, rush attackers for close-range or flanking photographs, and throw grenades.
Even in these fast glimpses, it appears fairly stellar. I notably just like the second within the trailer the place two troopers are shifting down a avenue when a colonist in cowl round a nook lobs a grenade at their toes. One soldier dives by way of a gap in a wall, the opposite rolls over a concrete barricade to keep away from the blast, then one pins the enemy down with fireplace whereas the opposite shortly flanks him. These AI-controlled troopers aren’t going to be pushovers, even when ambushed, although different enemies is likely to be simpler and fewer organized:
“Enemies will possess various levels of intelligence,” says developer Vivid Storm Interactive on the Ascent of Ashes Steam web page (opens in new tab). “Taking over a disorganized band of raiders will play very in a different way from combating a squad of well-trained Remnant troopers.”
Grenades and gunfire aren’t your solely choices when coping with enemies. Utilizing stealth to keep away from confrontation and even negotiating with enemy factions can also be doable. All of it relies upon what sort of method you need to take because the chief of your colony. In the meantime, your colonists could have totally different character traits, wants, and motivations, as in RimWorld and different colony sims. Exploration, scavenging assets, and restoring and driving autos round are additionally proven within the trailer amidst all these massive firefights.
And for the reason that sport is coming from modders, Ascent of Ashes may also be modder-friendly. “We’re constructing the sport’s engine from the bottom as much as be simply extendable, and because of our in depth expertise in creating mods ourselves we all know precisely what sort of assist mod-makers want,” says the developer.
Ascent of Ashes underwent a profitable Kickstarter marketing campaign final month and now has a Steam web page (opens in new tab) so that you can take a look at. The discharge is presently deliberate for late 2023.