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The Ascent

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The Ascent
The Ascent cover
Developers
Neon Giant
Publishers
Curve Digital
Engines
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows July 29, 2021
Reception
Metacritic 73
OpenCritic 74
IGDB 72
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG, Shooter
Themes Cyberpunk
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The Ascent is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view ARPG and shooter game.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
DRM-free
If the Steam.exe file is renamed to steam.exe.bak for example the game can be launched directly from the executable file, and thus becomes DRM-Free.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.[2] Xbox Play Anywhere.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements

Modify Game.ini
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Game.ini with a text editor.
  3. Add the following lines to the end of the file, then save and close it:
[/script/movieplayer.movieplayersettings]
bWaitForMoviesToComplete=False
bMoviesAreSkippable=True
StartupMovies=

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\TheAscent\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\CurveDigital.TheAscent_1ezqdnbhnc70m\LocalCache\Local\TheAscent\Saved\Config\WinGDK\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/979690/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\TheAscent\Saved\SaveGames\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/979690/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Vert- scaling and spanned HUD.
Use the related PCGW community tool as a partial workaround.
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- scaling. Use the related PCGW community tool as a workaround.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use the related PCGW community tool.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Forced TAA
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.0
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On / off
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
Reflections, shadows and ambient occlusion.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.

Film grain

The game might ignore the film grain setting, re-enabling the effect upon game restart even if it has been disabled.
Forcefully disable film grain by editing a config file
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Engine.ini file with a notepad.
  3. Add the following lines to the bottom of the file and save the changes:
[SystemSettings]
r.Tonemapper.Quality=3

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz
AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon R9 390X
2 GB (Nvidia), 8 GB (AMD) of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build: 4.26.1[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/979690/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (979690) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Aemony on 2021-09-17
  2. Over 20 ID@Xbox Games Are Launching Day One With Xbox Game Pass - last accessed on 2021-03-27