New Trailer for 2.5D Side-scrolling Brawler Ascendant
Indie studio Hapa Games has released a new trailer for Ascendant, "an unforgiving 2.5D side scrolling beat 'em up with roguelike elements for the PC." There definitely seems to be a bit of a Guacamelee! influence in the vibrant look of the game, which is certainly not a bad thing, but other than them both being side-scrolling brawlers, the similarities seem to end there.
You play as the Ascendant, out to kill older, tyrannical gods that don't want to see you rise to power. Most of the combat will be of the martial arts melee variety, with both ground and aerial attacks, but you'll also be able to discover Aspects of the Gods and Breaths along the way. Aspects of the Gods can be socketed into a weapon, armor, or spell, granting a powerful ability like double jumping, explosive spells, or phantom strikes. The effect of an Aspect changes based on what you socket. The Breaths, on the other hand, act as one-time use spells, which can be both offensive or defensive. Weapons will also drop with random attributes.
The Roguelike nature of the game comes in the form of randomly generated environments, multiple enemy variations for the core enemies, and of course, permadeath. There will also be "multiple unlockable characters with different base stats" and even "random special events" to keep you on your toes and ensure no two playthroughs are ever the same. You'll also be able to play with a friend via local co-op.
Ascendant had a successful Kickstarter late last year and is currently on Steam Greenlight, still waiting to be greenlit. While I may not be doing my Steam Greenlight Spotlights anymore, when I saw the press release for this new trailer, I had to share. I am a huge fan of Guacamelee! and a huge fan of Roguelikes, and this seems to be a Roguelike Guacamelee! on crack! I'll be keeping my eye on Ascendant for sure.