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Ultra-MMO: A new scale of gaming
A truly epic space MMO!

It begins with:

  • Real-time, epic, direct-piloting battles using our brand new cloud-based distributed MMO architecture that can support thousands of players in the same battle
  • Global – everyone plays in the same universe
  • No download or install: it runs in your browser without plugins!
  • Free-to-play without pay-to-win
  • Multiple ship classes and modular ship loadout
  • Map derived from the real world star catalogs: more than 120k star systems!
  • A fully player-led economy from resource gathering to manufacturing and trading
  • Exciting and rewarding galactic exploration
  • Play solo or in groups – larger than you’ve ever seen before
  • Player vs Environment (PvE) mission running and engage with Non-Player Character Faction AI
  • Build and manage space stations
  • Claim territories and build an empire in space
  • Alliances and Corporations as large or small as you wish, with sophisticated management and access tools

Once we’ve done with the list above, we want to move onto:

  • New ship and hull classes (science ships, support ships, drone carriers, weapons platforms, minelayers and minesweepers, stealth recon)
  • Capital ships (carriers and ships of the line)
  • Deep and involving storyarcs that will play out over days, weeks and months
  • Expansion of the number of NPC factions, and the space they occupy
  • Build your own multi-device cockpit
  • Multi-player options for co-operative capital ship flying
  • Banking and advanced currency exchange systems
  • Full set of player APIs and extension libraries
  • Advanced control and display device support (such as Oculus Rift)
  • Advanced player-owned spacestation, platform and jumpgate networks
  • Original soundtrack
  • Player-operated tournament arena combat and racing zones
  • Multiple language localization

There’s a lot to share about our plans for Age of Ascent, so please read more at About Age of Ascent. We firmly believe in listening to our community, we’re going to continuously update the project as it grows and we need your feedback and ideas!


The title Age of Ascent references humankind’s ascent into the heavens in the year 2176.

Faster-than-light travel and communications have been achieved.

We’re using the real Milky Way star catalog and as much real science as we possibly can. To realise this goal we’re working closely with the professional space community to map out the milky way, develop a plausible future history and technologies that make sense.

If you’re interested in getting an idea of what playing Age of Ascent will feel like, check out some of the short stories by our keeper-of-the-backstory-in-residence, Stewart Hotston. We think they’ll give you an excellent introductory flavor to the game setting we’re building:

AoA Stories: Friends | Too Late | Many Bodied | Green | Troll Market | Dung Beetle

Get in touch!

We love hearing from people – as a small indie games company, communication is key to our success! If you’re a member of the press, please email our press account. Everyone else, please get in touch with us via a veritable smorgasbord of social media ways:









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Playtest Nov 7, 2015


Join us at www.ageofascent.com for a 30 min playtest Saturday, 7th of Nov, 2015 at 12pm PST, 2pm Central US, 3pm East US, 8pm UTC/GMT/UK (Desktop browser, mouse and keyboard)


  • Time change due to daylight savings: 12pm PST, 2pm Central US, 3pm East US, 8pm UTC/GMT/UK
  • Dual Projectile Multi-Cannons, 320 rounds per sec (19.2k per min), velocity 4 km/s, 7 km range
  • Weapon shield impacts
  • Free-for-All (FFA) - all ships are hostile
  • Next playtest after this one will be in four weeks (Dec 5th)

Hope you have fun! If you want to know the bigger picture and where we are heading don’t forget to check out: About Age of Ascent Thank you all for joining us on this journey!

Adventures in High Speed Networking

Adventures in High Speed Networking


Today we’re talking about server IO throughput at the extreme end.

New lighting and shading

New lighting and shading


New lighting and shading for this Saturday's Free-for-All (FFA) PvP playtest.

Set Your Engines to Max!

Set Your Engines to Max!


Space dogfighting at 2000m/s (4,473 miles/hr) and free "AoA Bughunter" t-shirts for combat glitch videos

The Battle of Europa

The Battle of Europa


This Saturday, the battleground has changed. Who will win control of the outpost at Jupiter's moon Europa?

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