UPDATE: Backer Alpha, E3, Unite Berlin & More
June has been a really busy month for us, so let’s dive right in:
BACKER ALPHA NOW AVAILABLE FOR EXPLORERS+
Our Backer Alpha build is now available for Explorer level backers and above! ($50+)
Please log into your BackerKit to access the Steam key under the Digital Downloads page. We’re excited to announce that this is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux!
Note that unlocking the Alpha access on Steam does NOT mean you are locked into downloading Underworld Ascendant on Steam for your final digital download when the game launches.
If you had access to the Pre-Alpha/Prototype build, you do NOT need a new Steam key. The Underworld Ascendant app should update on Steam to the Backer Alpha Build.
For more information on what’s in the build, what you can expect, and a feedback form, check out our page here.
JUNE TRAILER & SCREENSHOTS
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On June 1st, we unveiled a new trailer and released some new screenshots! You can view more of the released screenshots here.
E3 & UNITE BERLIN WRAP-UP
This month, we traveled back to back from E3 in California to Unite Berlin in Germany to show an early Alpha build of Underworld Ascendant. We were nominated for Best in Show by Hardcore Gamer and PC Gaming Enthusiast!
It was great to see familiar faces revisit our progress over the last few months, as well as making new friends and saying hi to some Kickstarter backers!
Here are a few highlights from E3:
Giant Bomb at Nite Podcast – Live from E3: Nite 1 – featuring Warren Spector & Joe Fielder
Alienware livestream Interview & Playthrough – featuring Paul Neurath & Joe Fielder
Shack News Feature – Watch Full Interview
Neoseeker Feature – Watch Full Interview
We were also invited to speak at Unite Berlin just last week. Lead Level Designer Justin Pappas gave a talk about “Lighting for Stealth Gameplay in Underworld Ascendant,” which is available to watch on YouTube here.
BACKER ALPHA LIVESTREAM WITH WILL TEIXEIRA
Want to see what’s in the Alpha build but don’t have access? On Wednesday, Lead Engineer Will Teixeira and our Community Manager Sam Luangkhot played through the Backer Alpha build on our Twitch Channel. We showcased some of the features you may have missed at home, and talk about some of the behind-the-scenes systems. You can watch the playthrough here.
This month’s Insider Blog is about QA’ing for events, written by our Senior QA, Amanda Rivet! This post is available for Explorer level backers and above ($50+). Read about Amanda’s QA process here.
EXTERNAL PLAYTESTING & OFFICIAL DISCORD
Last but not least, we launched our official Underworld Ascendant Discord! Join us to sign up for an exclusive biweekly play-testing opportunity and stay updated on a daily basis on our progress.
We’ll have more to share next month! See you soon!
The OtherSide Team
In Other News…
- Clear 100 hours in your calendar, because CRPGs are here to stay via Rock Paper Shotgun
- Filling Bottles with Water… and other Immersive Sim Elements in Underworld Ascendant
- Warren Spector listed as one of the top “50 over 50” Veteran Game Creators of 2018