The maker of 2017 smash hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has revealed its new title.
It’s called Ascent: Infinite Realm, and bears no resemblance at all to its battle royale hit. Black Desert Online publisher Kakao Games has been named as its Western publisher, and has also invested in the studio.
Vehicles and mounts are central to the steampunk-themed action, and will form the core of the game’s PvP mode.
“I am thrilled to be working with Bluehole, one of the best blockbuster PC online game developers in the industry,” Kakao CEO Kye-Hyun Cho said. “I see this event not only as a major cornerstone in our global expansion, but as an opportunity for both parties to grow.”
Bluehole CEO Gang-Seok Kim added: “What has deeply resonated with me was the strong will of Kakao Games to take the lead in the global market by discovering and securing competent titles.”
A:IR is scheduled to launch in beta in first half of 2018. A new trailer will give you an idea of what it’s all about:
Many tend to think of Bluehole as a new studio, thanks to the fact that the name was a virtual unknown in the West prior to PUBG. In fact, the developer already has a couple of other games under its belt – MMORPG pair Tera (which has 26m registered players) and Devilian. Bluehole will certainly be hoping its success with PUBG can propel its next title to new global heights.