Xbox Series X 'The Ascent' gameplay detailed, looks like cyberpunk Diablo

The Ascent Hero
The Ascent Hero (Image credit: Curve Digital)

During Microsoft's big Xbox Series X showcase event, one surprising entry was "The Ascent," which effectively looks like a cyberpunk Diablo.

Details are scant, but we know that it's a solo and co-op ARPG set in a sci-fi dystopia. A mega-corp known only as "The Ascent Group" has collapsed. This corporation was responsible for all critical social infrastructure, and the Group's collapse has led to a wave of crime, confusion, and chaos. Anarchy ensues, and you're left to fend for yourself, and explore the conspiracy that led to everything falling apart.

The Ascent is being built by Neon Giant, a comparatively small team of just 11 people. The studio, however, is staffed by industry heavyweights who worked on titles like Wolfenstein and Gears of War, with AAA aspirations.

The Ascent will also support Xbox Smart Delivery. No launch window has been offered yet, but the announce trailer looks rather slick.

Xbox Series X/S


Jez Corden
Managing Editor

Jez Corden is the Managing Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

  • This looks like FUN
  • This looked great. The amount of scope and detail in the world was a nice surprise. I've been playing Gears Tactics which looks great. But the presentation of The Ascent is another level.
  • This looks like the sort of game I like so I'll definitely play it, can't really think of any reason why I would get the Series X for it though as I'm assuming it will be on the One as well based on Microsoft's comments regarding the initial wave of games.
  • Best game showed off today. There's actual game play.
  • it would be great if its a diablo like game. 4 player co-op?
  • i'm sorry, but not every isometric game is a Diablo-clone. This looks more like twin-stick shooter game than an ARPG. Hell, saying this is like Diablo is like saying Darksiders Genesis is Diablo-like cuz it has isometric cam! LOL