Something seems amiss on the Xbox Live Marketplace, as developer Signal Studios has had to post a news item of Ascend: Hand of Kul’s sudden removal. According to the team, they only discovered this during their investigation of issues that players were experiencing this weekend.
Worse yet, Microsoft isn’t elaborating on the matter, as publication Joystiq approached them but received a “no further comment” blurb. At least, there is a silver lining in knowing that Ascend: Hand of Kul was a free-to-play title on Xbox Live.
Recently, Signal Studios launched Ascend: Hand of Kul on Steam. There’s no indication the two matters are related, but people can still play there regardless.
Moreover, to compensate the loss of the Xbox version, the studio will award 25,000 souls to any new people signing up. Those who were already on board with the Steam version will receive 10,000 souls, just like that.
Ascend: Hand of Kul has a design that allows for asynchronous multiplayer, where you fight for yourself, but affect other playthroughs. During play, it’s possible to send blessing and curses to other players, which alters their experience.
Signal Studios does still have a connection with Microsoft to work on. They’re currently preparing a new version of Toy Soldiers, a game they previously also debuted on Xbox Live.
Toy Soldiers: War Chest will be published by Ubisoft on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4. It introduces new armies, such as cuddly teddy bears.
Ascend: Hand of Kul was one of the very first free-to-play games available on Xbox Live.