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Descent aims for a 2019 release on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and of course PC

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The classic shooter's reboot is headed to the usual platforms, courtesy of Descendent Games and Little Orbit.

Little Orbit announced today the launch date for Descent, a reboot of the classic shooter series that is currently in development by the team at Descendent Studios. The game has been in the works for more than three years, and its moment in the sun draws nigh.

The original Descent, which was developed by Parallax Software and published by Interplay in early 1995, has maintained a loyal following for more than two decades despite not seeing many follow-up installments. The name "Descent" seems to be worth more than most sequels and side stories ever have been, but maybe that will change with this latest venture.

In 2015, Descendent Studios launched a Kickstarter project for Descendent: Underground, which would bring "six degrees of freedom" to newer platforms. That project just barely secured its $600,000 in requested funding. Little Orbit has since stepped in to help the developer bring the game to the public in a superior form, as both a digital and a physical release on the aforementioned platforms.

"This has been more than a 3 year journey for the Kickstarter backers, Early Access players, and fans who all made this game possible. We are excited to begin rolling out the Descent beta for players later this year," said Matthew Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. "With Descent, we are reimagining a classic franchise, while still staying true to the core gameplay that made it one of the most popular games of the 90s."

Descent, the game formerly known as Descent: Underground, is available for pre-order on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux PCs. You can place a pre-order to take advantage of the following benefits:
  • PC Beta starting later this year

  • A custom version of the Generation III “Viola” ship w/ exclusive paint job

  • Special PC Beta challenges to unlock exclusive pre-season cosmetic rewards

  • Multipass upgrade for multiplayer seasons 1 & 2 with additional gameplay challenges

  • "Secret Missions" DLC with additional single-player missions, landing later in 2019!
The beta for early supporters will be available on PC starting this November, and those players will "help the studios polish the final release candidate." The only release window available right now for the final build is "Early 2019," and Switch is a relatively new addition to the list of platforms. Do you have your eye on the franchise reboot?

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Staff article by Jason Venter (October 04, 2018)

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Masters posted October 24, 2018:

I feel as if this is one of those old games that gets the 'classic' title by virtue of it being old. I recall that it made a minor splash at the time of its release, but classic is a stretch. (This is not a criticism of your article, btw.)
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EmP posted October 24, 2018:

Not how I remember it; Descent was a big deal in this neck of the woods. Not sure how well it holds up, though, and am kind of afraid I'll sully my memories by finding out. A new one is welcome news.
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hastypixels posted November 02, 2018:

I wondered why this remake was taking so long to get off the ground. I thoroughly enjoyed the original, though I'm unsure about how enthusiastic I am about this one. I hope they've got a good handle on the controls, coming to Switch.

We'll see, won't we?

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