Microsoft Discontinues Ascend: Hand of Kul Without Informing the Developer
Written Friday, August 22, 2014 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Ascend: Hand of Kul, Signal Studio's free-to-play Xbox 360 action-RPG, has been removed from the Xbox Live Marketplace and will only be playable up until November 18th for existing players.
The removal of the game came as a surprise, even to Signal Studios. Microsoft is the publisher of the game and made the decision without informing the developer.
"Signal Studios must regretfully announce that despite our best efforts and the games success, Microsoft has discontinued support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on the Xbox 360 and removed the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace," said the developer.
"This surfaced to us while investigating various issues players have been experiencing over the weekend. We are deeply saddened by this decision and the impact it has on our community."
Microsoft’s response to enquiries has been vague. Speaking to Eurogamer, the platform holder said, "We can confirm that effective November 18, 2014, Ascend on Xbox 360 will close. Players will still be able to play Ascend on Xbox 360 and use any content they have already acquired until the game closure date."
"This only applies to Ascend on Xbox 360 - Ascend will continue to be available on the Steam gaming platform. We thank Signal Studios and its community of gamers for their support and look forward to welcoming them into our other gaming communities.”
A PC version of Ascend: Hand of Kul is still in beta and developer Signal Studios is offering those that make the switch 25K in in-game currency.