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How The Ascent Moves the Top-Down Shooter Genre Forward – Interview


The Escapist interviews Arcade Berg, creative director and co-founder of Neon Giant, to learn more about The Ascent, an upcoming top-down shooter set in a cyberpunk open world filled to the brim with detail. In the interview we discuss the philosophy behind Neon Giant as a studio, the design of the The Ascent‘s open world, combat, co-op, and more.

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Nick Calandra
Nick Calandra has been covering video games for over 14 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Journalism and now leads the team at The Escapist. Previously Nick created and led teams at TitanReviews, Velocity Gamer, OnlySP and Gameumentary, before becoming Editor-in-Chief of The Escapist in 2019. He has done everything from covering the smallest of indie games to creating documentaries on some of the most well-known video game franchises in the industry such as Darksiders, Divinity: Original Sin, EVE and more. While his favorite games right now include Rainbow Six Siege and Elden Ring, Nick is constantly experimenting with new genres to expand his gaming tastes and knowledge of the industry.