Ascent: Infinite Realm Is the New MMORPG from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Developer

Take to this skies in this stunning new MMO from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

The development team behind the massively popular Battle Royale shooter, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, have revealed that their next project will be an MMORPG. 

Here is the first trailer for Ascent: Infinite Realm

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The description for Ascent portrays it as a realm vs. realm focused MMO – meaning that PvP battles will likely take center stage – that clearly draws design inspiration from traditional dark fantasy as well as some steampunk works. It seems that vehicles and mounts will be included in the game, and they will be used for “more than just the purpose of transportation.” Instead, players will be able to battle each other using a variety of “fantastical flying vehicles.” That would certainly explain the game’s popularly used “AIR” moniker. 

These battles will also incorporate on-the-ground players will be able to contribute to the hijinks with mechs and other anti-air units. Additionally, aerial units will be able to harras ground troops in various ways. Even still, features like the ability to customize your mounts suggest the sky is the place to be. 

That trailer certainly makes it clear that this game is striving to provide grand-scale epic conflicts the likes of which the genre hasn’t quite seen before, but we assume that it will feature the same kind of character leveling and equipment management that we’ve seen from many other entrants into the MMORPG. There’s even a small moment in the preview that shows characters fishing and cooking, meaning that this game will likely support a variety of non-combat pursuits. As for that scene featuring barrels rolling towards question mark blocks…we’re kind of at a loss to explain that one. 

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AIR looks quite good from a purely visual standpoint, and we’re a little surprised to see just how far along the project seems to be given that this is the first time we’re hearing about it. You can sign-up for the game right now via the official website, but it will just direct you to a subscription page for the game’s newsletter. There’s no word on the game’s formal release date, but there should be a closed beta available sometime in early 2018. 

As far as how this may impact the development of PUBG, it’s important to keep in mind that Bluehole has grown considerably since it was formally turned into a corporation following the success of PUBG. The studio likely boats quite a few teams working on various things.