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Returnal: Ascension Update (releases tomorrow 22nd March)

cormack12

Gold Member
Source: https://housemarque.com/news/2022/3/21/returnal-ascension-update

The moment many of you have been waiting for is almost here!

Our free update, Returnal: Ascension is out tomorrow (March 22nd, 2022)!

Ascension brings us two new modes: co-op in the main game, and the Tower Of Sisyphus, the new endless mode.

NEW FEATURES:

Co-op - Using the Chronosis portal lets you summon a second Selene from another timeline, so now you can combine forces with a friend and face the dangers of Atropos together. You have the choice of joining or hosting a public session, or alternatively hosting a private session.

Progression is tied to the host, but the client players who join a session will be able to keep some of the process they make - such as collecting logs and xenoglyphs - and they’re able to level up their Scout Rank based on how many players they help by joining a session.

In co-op mode the world of Atropos has been rebalanced, so Returnal remains the treacherous experience you know and love.

Tower of Sisyphus - True to our arcade roots, the Tower of Sisyphus brings an endless survival mode in Returnal. You strive to ascend the tower as high as possible, chasing a high score by increasing and keeping up your score multiplier, until Selene meets her demise in the hands of the many hazards of the Tower.

You make your way up the Tower of Sisyphus in phases, and each phase will lead up to a battle against the new boss, Algos. While there are optional routes and secrets to be found, in the Tower the emphasis is on survival, skill, and focused progression.

The Tower of Sisyphus brings new levels, new special weapons and a new boss, but also continues the story of Selene as you climb the Tower.
 

SLB1904

Gold Member
 

kingpotato

Ask me about my Stream Deck
I am extremely excited for this drop, but it will be a while before I play since I'm still cracked out on Elden Ring and have barely touched GT7. Plus my steam deck is arriving soon. Honestly I feel so blessed right now.

I purposefully left the trophy to get the last logs from late game in hopes that dlc would come out and I would try to compete it when I got back into this game. Definitely my GOTY for 2021.

Does the new mode add trophies?
 

DonJorginho

Gold Member
I still haven't touched this game since I got stuck on biome 5 and deleted it, was a shame as I was really enjoying my time with the game.

I didn't even delete it as I died for being "bad" at the game, I deleted it as when I was finally going to unlock the portal to the final biome, the game froze my PS5 and I lost everything, I gave up at that point and deleted it once I rebooted the console via the plug.
 

[Sigma]

Gold Member
Downloading now. Probably be tonight before I get to play though. Doesn't seem to be any co-op trophies. So it will be just the tower tower for me.
 

Arthimura

Member
What an amazing year for PS5 players so far.

I got the platinum trophy for Returnal last year, definitely going to check the tower and get the new trophies. I'm just going to reduce my backlog a little before, I'm drowning in games, I finished GT7 campaign mode yesterday, I believe I'm halfway through Elden Ring and in the next days we are going to get GhostWire: Tokyo and Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins.
 

Con-Z-epT

Gold Member
Weapon proficiency level goes above 30 now. Story parts are super creepy. First two phases are too easy but i got quickly wrecked in phase three. Some of these arenas are super small and you can fall of if you aren't careful with all the action going on. The new weapons are very OP but limited. Looks more Gigeresque than ever and phase three starts to look "lovely". :messenger_alien: Leaderboard number one said phase 8 room 10.
 

GymWolf

Gold Member
Why in the fucking hell is the tower mode only single player?

It seems an even more appropriate mode to do coop then the main campaign tbh.
 
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GymWolf

Gold Member
Weapon proficiency level goes above 30 now. Story parts are super creepy. First two phases are too easy but i got quickly wrecked in phase three. Some of these arenas are super small and you can fall of if you aren't careful with all the action going on. The new weapons are very OP but limited. Looks more Gigeresque than ever and phase three starts to look "lovely". :messenger_alien: Leaderboard number one said phase 8 room 10.
Not a fan of that.
 

GymWolf

Gold Member
What did they changed in the game after the first month (so after i sold the game)?

Like parasites rebalancments or some shit?

I kinda wanna re-buy the game to do some coop but if they changed enough i can go for another campaign run...
 

GymWolf

Gold Member
I think it is more a design decision.
They don't want you to play it in CoOp at first.
I mean, i get it but why not letting the player decide.

i bet that even if they include multy in that mode, many people are still gonna play in solo.

It just feels like a mode made for coop. like horde mode in gears, that shit is super fun.
 

GymWolf

Gold Member
It's really damn good! Can finally use maxed out weapons for an extended period of time. I made it to 4-2 first try and it was tons of fun. Also 45 is the new max weapon proficiency.
How does it work? the more you go forward with the tower the better weapons you get? what level are the weapons you get?
 

ethomaz

Banned
I mean, i get it but why not letting the player decide.

i bet that even if they include multy in that mode, many people are still gonna play in solo.

It just feels like a mode made for coop. like horde mode in gears, that shit is super fun.
I did not watch it so I don't know but you saying like a horde mode... is it possible there is too many things in the screen to have a CoOp?
 

GymWolf

Gold Member
I did not watch it so I don't know but you saying like a horde mode... is it possible there is too many things in the screen to have a CoOp?
I don't think so, the campaign has some big ass environments that are heavier to render compared to the tower so i think they can squeeze another character in there...

It's not like the campaign has only 2-3 enemies on screens at once, it's fucking chaos in some parts.
 

Dr Bass

Member
I just re-downloaded this yesterday in anticipation of the update. Played a bit and it all came back to me how ridiculously good the gameplay is in this game. As well as the sound. I played pretty much all the big games that came out last year, and to me this one was still far and away my GotY. I thought Metroid Dread for a bit but nah ... I still think a lot people don't even realize what they are missing out on here. Looking forward to trying the new Tower content.
 

drotahorror

Member
How does it work? the more you go forward with the tower the better weapons you get? what level are the weapons you get?
I guess they have more stats allocated to them the higher the weapon level is? It goes to 45.

I'm on my second run now, still tons of fun. Even though it's just leaderboards, I'm glad I have a reason to keep playing. At release all I did was grind weapon traits and that got old real quick or maybe do the daily challenge. Co-op could work in this mode but it's definitely very fast paced, you don't want to tool around too much. I did miss a room where a glyph or w/e was. I had never seen one in an enemy room and took the teleporter too quick. The main boss isn't too hard and the new super weapons are pretty sick. I like how you can stack their uses.
 

edbrat

Member
Am I going nuts, says I’ve updated, I can see the new gate to sisyphus but can’t get to it, also no idea how to coop what am I missing?
 
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