by John Callaham
First announced almost a year ago at E3 2012, the upcoming free-to-play Xbox Live Arcade game Ascend: New Gods now has a new name. Publisher Microsoft has revealed that the game from developer Signal Studios will now be titled Ascend: Hand of Kul.
In a post on Microsoft's PlayXBLA website, the company stated the reason for the decision:
While the internet offers many speculations on why the sudden name change, the real reason is this: A year has passed since our big unveil at E3 2012, and the New Gods are no longer “new”. It was a tough decision, but during their board meeting in The Sanctum a couple of weeks ago, the New Gods decided to step down from power.While we are not quite sure if that explanation holds water, it really doesn't matter that much. The game, whatever its name, still looks pretty impressive. The fantasy themed third person action-RPG is aimed at a mature audience with players batting it out in both single and multiplayer modes. Signal Studios is still taking applications for the closed beta which will happen later this year. Ascend: Hand of Kul is scheduled for its full release later this year for the Xbox 360 and possibly for the next Xbox console.
Source: PlayXBLA | Image via Microsoft