A mysterious “new turn-based game based on #Warhammer40K” by Full Control was quite high. Admittedly, I was very surprised when I found out that it was Space Hulk Ascension.
Space Hulk Ascension is a turn-based strategy game, much like the original Space Hulk released last year. This is not an expansion, as the #developers pointed out, but it’s a standalone and independent project; it’s like a different way of playing the same game.
Truthfully, it’s more like the revised and enhanced version of last year’s game, and as far as calling it Space Hulk 2.0. We a re talking about an improved graphics with better lighting and more content/features. It seems like the studio is keen to enhance every aspect of the previous iteration.
The game features a very long single-player campaign, packed with more than a hundred missions. We have no idea what the single player campaign has to offer, but there will be three fully different campaigns, each one dedicated to a popular Space Marines chapter: Space Wolves, Blood Angels and Ultramarines, who have been added in Space Hulk Ascension.
The biggest new feature is probably the addition of RPG elements, such as the ability to earn XP during missions, which will then be used to increase attributes and skills. You will also be able to customise the names of your soldiers (much like in XCOM), their loadout and even outfits. There are new weapons at your disposal, influencing the approach to missions, and new rules have been implemented to make the whole thing a deeper experience. Even the feared enemies of the Space Marines, the Genestealers (the evil creatures that lurk in the dark tunnels of the Space Hulk), have been upgraded; now there are three variants of Genestealers (Fleshhook, Feeder Tendril and Acid Maw biomorphs), with the goal to encourage people to adopt the most appropriate tactics depending on the enemy they’re currently facing.
Finally, Full Control added a new type of secondary missions, called “flash missions”: you’ll get them while exploring the Space Hulk, but be warned, as they might turn out to be either a juicy opportunity or a lethal trap…
Space Hulk Ascension is a massive upgrade from the basic game. It’s a stand-alone edition, which will probably make happy all those who were not fully convinced of purchasing the base game. The release date has been tentatively pinned for Q4 2014 on Linux, Mac and Windows PC.
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