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The Ascent launches this July as an Xbox console exclusive

The Ascent
(Image credit: Curve Digital)

Action-shooter The Ascent is releasing on July 29 as an Xbox console exclusive.

Earlier today, publisher Curve Digital revealed that the release date for The Ascent has been pencilled in for July 29, so there's not long now until we can shoot-'em-up in style. As for platforms, The Ascent is an Xbox console exclusive, launching on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, as well as PC.

When The Ascent launches on July 29, it'll be available immediately through Xbox Game Pass for every platform. Additionally, the shooter will boast 4K graphics in 60FPS, but the press release from publisher Curve Digital only names the Xbox Series X as supporting both 4K and 60FPS.

If you're unfamiliar with The Ascent, it's an almost top-down, 2.5D shooter that can be played either solo, or with up to three other players. As one of the playable characters, you're tasked with making your way through hordes of enemies in a neon-lit futuristic cityscape, collecting components and weapons to bolster your firepower and abilities along the way.

The Ascent is being developed by Neon Giant (a befitting name for such a neon-styled game), a group of 12 developers made up of veterans from the likes of the Gears of War and Wolfenstein franchises. This group of developers clearly knows what it takes to make a compelling shooter, then.

For a full look at all the other games coming to Xbox's more powerful console over the coming months, head over to our upcoming Xbox Series X games guide for more.

Hirun Cryer
Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.