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Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition coming to Xbox One and 360

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Free Xbox Games for Gold games for November

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Xbox One and Xbox 360 get shoved into one laptop

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas getting Xbox 360 re-release

Strike Suit Zero as well

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Call of Duty Advanced Warfare gets new trailer

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Xbox 360 owners get free Xbox Live Gold weekend

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The Evil Within headed to Xbox next week

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Call of Duty comes with free upgrade to Xbox One

Xbox One-Windows 8.1 ports out of beta Tuesday

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Doctor Who pack for Minecraft out for Xbox 360

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Doors open for the Ascend New Gods Xbox Live Arcade closed beta

Ascend: New Gods for XBLA

We’ve been anxiously following Signal Studios’ Ascend: New Gods since its announcement back at E3 last year. The XBLA/PC game looks like a vast action-RPG while the Windows Phone companion game is the closest thing to Infinity Blade that we can expect for some time. Both versions are free-to-play and connect to each other in satisfying ways, hence much excitement from Xbox 360 and Windows Phone owners alike.

The XBLA game features some innovative asynchronous components that will make the single-player game feel like part of a massive online world. Such a bold undertaking requires lots of testing. Luckily for us, Signal has just announced public signups for closed beta access!

Signal Studios founder D.R. Albright III, who we interviewed last fall, had this to say about the closed beta:

“Since the big reveal of Ascend at E3 last year, our team has been hard at work creating the kind of action role-playing experience that we’ve always wanted to play,” says D. R. Albright III, President and Creative Director of Signal Studios. “We’re really excited to move forward into beta and give players their first hands-on experience with the game.”

Getting into the beta

To sign up for the beta, head to the Ascend website – preferably using our referral link. Then just fill in your name, email address, and country of residence, and you’re all set. It’s a much easier process than the Battleblock Theater beta signup from a couple of months back.

Ascend Details

Ascen: New Gods for XBLA

  • Free to play on Xbox LIVE
  • AAA-quality, third-person action RPG with customizable characters
  • Seamless mix of single and multiplayer gameplay
  • Dynamic landscape that changes beneath your feet as you claim territory for your God
  • Weekly and monthly Challenges between the three alignments sway the balance of the global Crusade
  • Random dungeon generator creates dynamic battle environments
  • Ascend your Caos Warrior to collect rewards and grow an army of Champions

Wage war for your God as a brutal Caos Warrior on a unique journey to Ascension. Destroy the spawn of the Titan, invade other player’s parallel worlds, and tip the balance in the Crusade between the alliances. But the greatest rewards require the ultimate sacrifice—your character! Your Ascended Champions bestow abilities that shape your growing army into the ultimate Caos Warriors.

More to come

Let’s ignore that spelling of Chaos as Caos… Much as it pains me to do. Ascend is shaping up to be a standout downloadable title for XBLA and PC. Hopefully the Windows Phone version will be just as stellar. Mobile Nations’ Simon Sage is working to get some new footage at PAX this weekend, so we should bring some new features to light for people who don’t make it into the beta.

Meanwhile, how fares the Windows Phone game? We shot some hands-on footage of the mobile title during our studio visit last year, but haven’t heard much about it since then. It sounds like Signal plans to kick Windows Phone development into high gear as the XBLA title nears release. So we should hopefully start seeing much more of it in the months ahead. For now, check out the trailer for the console game's SmartGlass application (shown above).

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Reader comments

Doors open for the Ascend New Gods Xbox Live Arcade closed beta

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If you annoy.. I mean recommend 5 people with referrals to the beta, you have a better chance of getting in.

I can haz.....nao!!!????
No, really.  Between this and Galactic Reign - I am super excited about the future of Windows Phone games.

I don't think you can play anything online without gold. I think by free to play they mean there are no additional fees. But I could definitely be wrong.