AS+CEND is now available
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.
Intense 3D PvP space combat
Unique and challenging omnidirectional combat
A large array of weapons, abilities, and ship
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.