AS+CEND Early Access

AS+CEND is now available on Steam, offering first crack at this 6DoF shooter for Windows that recalls classic Descent gameplay. This recent trailer shows off gameplay, and the announcement has details on what to expect. Word is this features one-on-one combat, and that two-versus-two and three-versus-three battles are in the works:
Whimsy Games announces its fully 3D space shooter AS+CEND has launched in Early Access on Steam -- pilot powerful combat ships in ferocious clashes against other players in online multiplayer 1 vs 1 showdowns right away, with 2 vs 2 skirmishes and 3 vs 3 battles arriving soon after Early Access release!

AS+CEND features intense omnidirectional combat -- learn to master it as the battlefield shifts from deliberate engagements of deadly intent to frantic fights for your life. Utilize intuitive controls that allow you to move your craft in six degrees while aiming and firing your weapons with confidence. Keeping your shields up and oriented to your opponent is the key to survival. Yet securing victory will require risking exposure to launch your own devastating assaults. With a wide array of weapons and an ever expanding toolkit, combat in AS+CEND is a thoughtfully frenetic experience.

In AS+CEND, each side of your ship has it's own shields and equipment, requiring focus to prevent a well-placed barrage of shots on an exposed side from crippling your vessel, and skill to launch your own devastating assaults on others. Whether you're a quick study who's able to learn these new tools on the fly, or a student of patient persistence who seeks to master the one perfect weapon or ship, victory is hard-earned and incredibly satisfying.

Beyond the wide array of kinetic and energy weapons, there are a number of special abilities that you can use to mix up the gameplay and throw your enemies off-balance, from ability modules to qualities intrinsic to the ship's frame itself. Whimsy Games is working hard to bring even more tools of destruction to the table, including new weapons, abilities, and ship frames.

AS+CEND Features:

  • Intense 3D PvP space combat
  • Unique and challenging omnidirectional combat
  • A large array of weapons, abilities, and ship frames
  • A constantly evolving toolkit

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Sep 28, 2018, 07:36
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Re: AS+CEND Early Access Sep 28, 2018, 07:36
Sep 28, 2018, 07:36
 
Who asked for a third person Descent clone?

The combat looks slow and cumbersome, not at all like the fast free form action in the original Descent series.

It always makes me wonder when a game trailer shows slow combat with very little actually happening.
"Meet the new Boss, same as the old Boss." - The Who.
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Sep 28, 2018, 00:01
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Re: AS+CEND Early Access Sep 28, 2018, 00:01
Sep 28, 2018, 00:01
 
I tried it out... I'm sadly not impressed. The controls are needlessly clunky, and the weapon ranges are such that the environments might as well not be there. You need to either get really close to fire, or retreat (and not far) to let your weapons/shields cool off.

I'm also not a fan of the cool off mechanic. It seems to take entirely too long to get off even a couple of shots.

I'm also terrible at it, being unable to finish the tutorial.
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Sep 27, 2018, 15:26
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Sep 27, 2018, 15:26
 
DangerDog wrote on Sep 27, 2018, 14:07:
Oh my, clicking on "discussions" and seeing only one lonely post by the dev saying "Hello" with no responses.

soul crushing.

https://steamcommunity.com/app/866430/discussions/0/1727575977531392454/

/r/sadcringe
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Sep 27, 2018, 14:07
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Re: AS+CEND Early Access Sep 27, 2018, 14:07
Sep 27, 2018, 14:07
 
Oh my, clicking on "discussions" and seeing only one lonely post by the dev saying "Hello" with no responses.

soul crushing.

https://steamcommunity.com/app/866430/discussions/0/1727575977531392454/
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Sep 27, 2018, 11:35
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Sep 27, 2018, 11:35
 
This looks....terrible.
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