Microsoft has announced today that the Xbox 360 version of free-to-play action RPG Ascend: Hand of Kul will be shut down in November.
Developer Signal Studios confirmed in an update on Wednesday that Microsoft had discontinued support for the game and also removed the it from the Xbox Games Store. Signal Studios also said that the discontinued support surfaced to them while they were investigating issues players were experiencing during the weekend, suggesting the change took the studio by surprise.
“We are deeply saddened by this decision and the impact it has on our community,” Signal Studios said in a statement. The beta for the PC version of Ascend is still available on Steam via Early Access, and Signal Studios will continue to update it there.
“Effective November 18, 2014, Ascend on Xbox 360 will close and all Soul purchases have been disabled as part of the Marketplace shutdown,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Players will still be able to play Ascend on Xbox 360 and use any content they have already acquired until the game closure date. This only applies to Ascend on Xbox 360 — Ascend will continue to be available on the Steam gaming platform. Thank you for your support and we hope to welcome you into our other gaming communities.”