A solid battle loop and a neon-soaked futuristic dystopia made for an enjoyable exploration experience in developer Neon Giant’s sci-fi RPG The Ascent, which was definitely one of the biggest surprises of last year. The Ascent, which was previously available only for Xbox consoles, was released last month on PlayStation consoles as well.
Cross-generation play between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 has been blocked by a recently released hotfix for the game on PlayStation platforms. According to the creators, the inclusion of this functionality was inadvertent, and further testing is required before it can be used to provide a consistent experience for all participants. Additionally, the patch reduces the framerate of the game’s PS4 version to 30 frames per second, which should help to ease any performance issues.
The Ascent was also a commercial success for the game’s publisher, Curve Games, which claimed a great start to the year with more than $5 million in revenue just a few days after the game’s release. A post-launch update also brought new armor packs and a New Game Plus mode to the game, which were previously unavailable.
The problem is that the play option for The Ascent wasn’t originally intended for the game when it was released, and it was most likely triggered by accident without the required safeguards in place. “The cross-generation game has been accidentally enabled and requires further testing to guarantee that all participants have the greatest experience possible.” Please be patient as we work on this and hope to have it ready later this week.”
As a result, although cross-generation multiplayer between the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 was planned to be released later, it was accidentally activated at the time of launch on the PlayStation platforms. It will still be included in the final version, most likely after a period of more testing and tuning to make it as good as possible.
Among the other changes made by the patch, the frame rate on PS4 has been set to 30 frames per second in order to improve the overall stability of the system. More information about the game may be found in our The Ascent review.
Indents on PlayStation!
We've released a hotfix today on both PS4 & PS5
– Disabled cross-generation play
– Framerate has been capped to 30 on PS4 to maintain consistent performance.
— The Ascent (@AscentTheGame) April 6, 2022