The Ascent Update Patch Notes (OFFICIAL) – August 19, 2021


The Ascent update (August 19, 2021) is now rolling out on PC (Steam), Windows 10, and Xbox One. According to the Ascent patch notes, the latest update added a long list of bug fixes and gameplay improvements. In addition, the Ascent patch also includes stability fixes.

Recently, a big update added new changes, fixes, and a long list of improvements.

Since the last patch, players are experiencing several issues. Today’s The Ascent update will fix a few of these issues. Read more details below.


The Ascent Patch Notes – August 19, 2021

Stability (all platforms)

  • Fixes to improve performance in DX12, also with Ray Tracing.
  • Note to Players: on first running of the update, there will be a 20-25 second ‘stall’ on loading to Main Menu to allow some caching to happen before you play. This is a one time event.
  • Ray Tracing is now available to Players on the Windows Store.
  • Improved loading in of NPCs
  • CPU performance mode for lower-end PCs
  • Numerous instances of ‘one time’ crashes have been Addressed in both Single Player & Coop on ALL Platforms. (some other instances remain, we are working hard to resolve these for the next update).
  • Local Coop fixes where Player 1 and Player 2 have controller focus issues on certain menus.
  • Numerous other crash-fixes have been made to improve the stability of both local and online Coop, including fixes when disconnecting controllers, issues when 3 Players start a new game, and fixes when the internet connection becomes unstable.
  • Addressed an issue where in certain circumstances a black screen would appear at the end of Mission 12.
  • Addressed an issue where sometimes it takes too long to return to the Main Menu after gameplay.
  • Addressed issues where Area loading is slower for the Client joining the game after the Host is using the Taxi.
  • Addressed some Weapon replication issues in Online Coop.
  • Addressed some issues around cross Platform hot-joining where Clients had trouble connecting to the Host
  • Fix for crash seen in some cases at the end of Main Mission 04 (Spiderboss fight)
  • Fix for crash when losing internet connection during the ‘create game’ sequence

Save Progress (all platforms)

  • Introduced a new system to circumvent situations where save files could become corrupted.
  • Fixes to situations in Coop where the Host leaving the game could cause the Client to lose progress.
  • Fixes to situations in Coop where Players may experience progression blockers in certain situations.
  • Addressed the issue where a Client’s items would unequip after a Host disconnects.
  • Addressed an issue where a Client may lose connection when hotjoining a game in progress.

Gameplay (all platforms)

  • Addressed an Achievement issue where you could unlock Main Mission and Side Mission under incorrect conditions.
  • Addressed an issue where the mission objective during ‘Go To Grinder’ in Mission 2 would not update.
  • The issue where multiple bosses could spawn has been fixed. e.g. Papa Feral, Megarachnoid (Spider Boss), Gun-Dolph.
  • Addressed the Casino Courier Side Missions 1 – 5 where you could sometimes be unable to proceed due to missing NPCs.
  • Addressed the custom camera for ‘Dark Horse’ Side Mission.
  • Addressed the custom camera for Bartender in Stimtown.
  • Addressed the situation where sometimes ‘Dark Horse’ could not be completed due to the NPC remaining in a frightened state.
  • Addressed an issue where the Volatile Augmentation when used on neutrals had no effect.
  • Addressed an issue where the Siege Mech in the Prison could despawn after a Player died.
  • Addressed the issue where the Snooze Dealer’s Journal map icon was a white square.
  • Addressed damage scaling on the Pocket Mech minigun to make it more powerful as you level up.
  • Allows the use of certain augmentations while rolling.
  • Balanced cost/cooldown/efficiency of Life Transfer, Neutron Beam and Overclock

Translation (all platforms)

  • Lots of fixes have been made to address instances where English would appear instead of the correct language.
  • Further work is continuing to improve the quality of the translations as well as further general bug fixes.
  • Addressed an issue in Japanese where text overlapped in the intro cut-scene.

Assorted other fixes (all platforms)

  • Addressed an issue where the death-screen replaced the SFX & VO after defeating the Megarachnoid.
  • Addressed an issue where sometimes in Dreamworld, shooting SFX without enemies being present could be heard.
  • Cyberdeck visible in Journal
  • News now plays in the Taxi
  • Film Grain toggle added to the Graphics menu
  • Addressed the Dismemberer shooting SFX that could be missing for Clients.
  • Addressed previews for Auto Turret and Pocket Mech in Vendors.
  • Addressed Cluster 13’s Metrolink entrances collision box.
  • Various UI fixes.

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