Ascension Online Coming to Android this Summer - Stone Blade and Playdek Reunite
Many of you have expressed your frustration with the slow progress of the Ascension Online Beta, and believe us - we're right there with you. We sent out a survey a while back looking for your feedback on the state of the client, as well as how you felt it compared to the existing iOS app by Playdek.
After building the Ascension iOS app originally, Playdek's services were understandably in demand among other companies interested in bringing their games to iPhone and iPad. At the time, we felt like they had too much on their plate to devote as much attention as was necessary to do everything we wanted to do with digital Ascension, so we came to you for your support to take the project on ourselves.
Our highest priority is ensuring that Ascension Online is the high quality game our fans expect and deserve. After receiving your feedback, and sharing your frustration on the timelines for development, we reached out to Playdek to renew our relationship with them. We are proud to continue work in partnership with Playdek to continue the existing iOS app, as well as to bring Ascension to Android and PC. You can expect the release of Rise of Vigil on iOS this summer, and you will see Ascension on Android this summer and on PC in the fall.
We are committed to ensuring that all backers will receive all of their promised rewards. This new direction on our end will not change that. We hope that the only difference you see will be faster development and a superior product. It also means that we'll be able to get back to releasing expansions on all platforms much sooner, so you can expect to see not only Rise of Vigil , but also Darkness Unleashed, Realms Unraveled and more coming to your favorite device in the not so distant future.
We appreciate your patience and support in this process. In the end, we can only do this because of fans like you, so we always try to make our decisions with your best interests in mind. We think this decision is best for you, and that's why we're making it.
It has been a rocky road up to this point, but we anticipate things will move forward much more smoothly from here on out. Thank you for your continued support.
You can find the official press release on our website here, as well as the answers to some questions we expect to come up below.
In addition to the Playdek news, we wanted to share some pictures of the Ultimate Collector's Edition. We've gone through quite a few iterations of the box for this reward, since we've wanted to ensure that it's at the level of quality our backers deserve, and we've finally gotten there! There will still be a few small changes to this sample design, but here's what the Ultimate Collector's Edition box will look like:
Pretty awesome, huh? We're working with our supplier to finalize these so we can get the Ultimate Collector's Edition rewards out to you as soon as possible!
Thank you again for your support, whether you're at the Ultimate Collector's Edition tier or any other. It is because of fans like you that we're able to do what we love, and for that we are forever grateful.
Ascension Online and Playdek FAQ
Q: What does this mean for Ascension Online Kickstarter rewards?
A: Stone Blade and Playdek are working together to ensure that all rewards from the Ascension Online Kickstarter campaign will be honored under this partnership.Q: What about reserving my username? Ascension on iOS uses Game Center and usernames are already claimed there.
A: We will do our best to accommodate everyone. However, there is a chance that not all of the names will be available, and for that we apologize in advance.
Q: Will my iOS, Android, and PC accounts be linked and share purchases/achievements? Will I be able to play against cross-platform opponents?
A: Ultimately we still plan for your Ascension accounts to be linked across platforms. so you will be able to play opponents and share your purchases across platforms. Achievements may be a bit trickier, since they're currently built into Game Center, but we aim to have centralized achievements as well.
Q: What does this mean for the Kickstarter backer tournament?
A: We're looking to have the Kickstarter backer tournament after the Ascension PC launch, in order to ensure that people can play on whatever device they prefer.
Q: What does this mean for Ascension Online on PC? When can we expect to see it? Will it be distributed via Steam?
A: We are targeting a release of Ascension Online on PC in October.Q: Who should I contact regarding issues with Ascension Online moving forward? Stone Blade or Playdek support?
A: For any technical and account issues, you can contact Playdek at firstname.lastname@example.orgQ: Does this mean the core Ascension game will be free to download as was promised in the Kickstarter?