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Hand of Fate deals destiny on XB1, PS4 in Jan.

The Kickstarter-funded action-RPG Hand of Fate is risking its fortune on Xbox One alongside versions already announced for PC and PlayStation 4; the game is set to arrive January 2015.

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[Update] Ascend: Hand Of Kul Unexpectedly Discontinued On Xbox 360

Update: Microsoft has responded to a request for comment on Ascend: Hand of Kuhl.

“We can confirm that effective November 18, 2014, ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 will close," a Microsoft representative told us via email. "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.”

Original Story:

Ascend: Hand of Kul, one of the first free-to-play games to arrive Xbox 360, is no longer available to download.

You can still find the game on Xbox Live, but there is no longer an option to download the game. The same goes for game's page on Xbox.com – there is no option to purchase or download the game.

In a post on developer Signal Studios' website, it wrote about the disappearance saying, "Signal Studios must regretfully announce that despite our best efforts and the game's success, Microsoft has discontinued support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on the Xbox 360 and removed the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace." Signal Studios was apparently not told this would be happening and wrote, "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." Back in May, when Signal Studios announced plans to bring the game to PC, it said it had 2.5 million players on Xbox Live.

The PC version of the game is currently in beta here on Steam. In the interest of encouraging new players to start playing, and old players to shift platforms Signal Studios wrote, "In appreciation of our fans, Signal Studios will grant all new Ascend PC players a starting bonus of souls totaling 25K which can be used to purchase gear, spells and buffs. All existing Ascend PC players will receive a 10K soul bonus just for playing."

We've reached out to Microsoft to learn more details about Ascend: Hand Of Kul's discontinuation and will update this story when we learn more details.

[Source: Signal Studios, via NeoGAF]

 

Our Take
Any number of factors could have contributed to the shutdown of Ascend: Hand of Kul, but for Signal Studios to apparently find out second-hand while bug squashing seems strange. The game could have been performing poorly, or simply not generating profits despite large player numbers, but to not receive warning from the platform holders is questionable.

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Microsoft abruptly removes Ascend: Hand of Kul from Xbox 360

Free-to-play action-RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul is no longer available or playable on Xbox 360 after Microsoft discontinued it this week, apparently without informing developer Signal Studios beforehand. In what’s seemingly less a case of “So long,…
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Ascend: Hand Of Kul Unexpectedly Discontinued On Xbox 360

Ascend: Hand of Kul, one of the first free-to-play games to arrive Xbox 360, is no longer available to download.

You can still find the game on Xbox Live, but there is no longer an option to download the game. The same goes for game's page on Xbox.com – there is no option to purchase or download the game.

In a post on developer Signal Studios' website, it wrote about the disappearance saying, "Signal Studios must regretfully announce that despite our best efforts and the game's success, Microsoft has discontinued support for Ascend: Hand of Kul on the Xbox 360 and removed the game from the Xbox Live Marketplace." Signal Studios was apparently not told this would be happening and wrote, "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." Back in May, when Signal Studios announced plans to bring the game to PC, it said it had 2.5 million players on Xbox Live.

The PC version of the game is currently in beta here on Steam. In the interest of encouraging new players to start playing, and old players to shift platforms Signal Studios wrote, "In appreciation of our fans, Signal Studios will grant all new Ascend PC players a starting bonus of souls totaling 25K which can be used to purchase gear, spells and buffs. All existing Ascend PC players will receive a 10K soul bonus just for playing."

We've reached out to Microsoft to learn more details about Ascend: Hand Of Kul's discontinuation and will update this story when we learn more details.

[Source: Signal Studios, via NeoGAF]

 

Our Take
Any number of factors could have contributed to the shutdown of Ascend: Hand of Kul, but for Signal Studios to apparently find out second-hand while bug squashing seems strange. The game could have been performing poorly, or simply not generating profits despite large player numbers, but to not receive warning from the platform holders is questionable.

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Hori’s 3DS accessory gives one hand a second circle pad

One of the bigger issues with playing a Monster Hunter game on the 3DS is the hand cramping that accompanies the game’s camera controls. As discussed in our Deja Review of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the Circle Pad Pro add-on is essential for the 3DS…
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Midna lends Link a hand in new Hyrule Warriors trailer

Twilight Princess’ lovable imp Midna headlines the latest gameplay trailer for Koei Tecmo’s Zelda-fied brawler Hyrule Warriors, showcasing an array of powerful attacks using gigantic phantom hands and summoned creatures. Midna is the latest in a…
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Deck-building roguelike Hand of Fate coming to PlayStation 4, Vita

Tabletop gaming fans, this one’s for you. Indie studio Defiant Development revealed that its “tabletop roguelike deck builder” Hand of Fate is coming to the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.

Funded by a successful Kickstarter project, Hand of Fate is an…
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Konami plays mobile hand with puzzle-battle game Chain of Souls

Konami has dived head-first into the mobile gaming waters with Chain of Souls, an iOS game that blends elements of the puzzle and card battle genres. Using the touchscreen, players must link together three or more runes of the same color to form a…
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Report: Young Man Shot By Police, Allegedly With Wii Controller In Hand

A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in his home by a police officer on Friday, February 14. Reports from eyewitnesses suggest that when he answered the door, an officer immediately discharged her weapon and killed the young man.

Officers were at the Euharlee, Georgia home of Christopher Roupe (pictured above in ROTC uniform) and his family to serve a probation violation warrant for the boy’s father. The family attorney, Cole Law, told Atlanta television station WSB that eyewitness reports indicate that Roupe had a Wii Controller in his hand at the time. 

Reports also indicate that the officers did not identify themselves when Roupe asked before the door was opened. The police officer involved in the shooting allegedly claimed the boy pointed a BB gun directly at her. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the inquiry has not commented on the conflicting reports or even if a BB gun was taken into evidence.

The officer involved in the shooting is on mandatory administrative leave, which is standard procedure in the event of an officer-involved shooting. The funeral for Roupe will be held Friday, February 21. We have requested more information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and will update should we receive a response. 

[Source: WSB Atlanta]

 

Our Take
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Christopher Roupe and the officer who will have to bear the consequences of her actions.

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Toronto’s Hand Eye Society gears up to celebrate Canadian game devs

Gamasutra speaks with Toronto-based dev Jim Munroe (Unmanned) about Hand Eye Society’s upcoming Fancy Video Game Party — an event honoring the work of local Canadian game developers. …


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