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Ascent - The Space Game Expands

This page has details on a big "Colony" update that's now live in Ascent - The Space Game, the PvE space MMO being supported by a lone developer that's currently available on Desura and pursuing a Steam Greenlight campaign. For those interested, there is a demo version of this that can be played online using the Unity player plugin. Here's a quick rundown on all that's added by the new update:

  • Ascent players can now colonize the 270 billion+ outer star systems!
  • This feature is a complete city-building sim included in the existing MMO. Cities can grow to be up to 100km in radius, and there is no hard coded limit on the number of buildings or colonists.
  • Designed to be the new endgame for industrialist players, Colonization has more depth and complexity than previous features.
  • Outer planets generally have very hostile environments—necessitating the use of Environmental Domes, which are huge and require a lot of complex materials to construct.
  • Players can then program and configure their Domes into a habitable state by adjusting the radiation, temperature, gravity, atmospheric composition and pressure inside.
  • Colonists can then be recruited and transported to colonies.
  • Colonial farming and mining are more complex and involved than in the inner system cities players built earlier in the game, since these new colonies have no starting population, support or infrastructure, and hostile environments.

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