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Quick News: Future of Playdek's Ascension, NSHex for Kindle, and some Sales

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Playdek Lays Out Future of Ascension

Playdek has announced that they will continue to support Ascension until July 2014, at which time their app will be removed from the app store. They will continue to support online play throughout 2014.
StoneBlade Entertainment has committed to helping current iOS users transition to their new app and will try and make it so content already purchased on the Playdek app can be redeemed for free on Ascension Online. I honestly don't know where to fall here, but it is a bit sad to see one of the greatest games on iOS be given a death sentence. This is not to say that I don't think the new version will work just fine, I just have so many fond memories with Playdek's version. I will try to get more insight into this as I speak to both parties at PAX and GDC respectively.
Here is the full press release:

Carlsbad, CA, March 21, 2013 -- Playdek, a publisher of digital table top games, and Stone Blade Entertainment, the gaming company behind Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and upcoming Digital Collecting Game (DCG), SolForge, announced today their joint commitment to supporting the existing iOS Ascension community.

Playdek will support the iOS community through June 2014, with new content including iOS exclusives, and online gameplay. Although cross-platform play will not be coming to the current Ascension iOS app, Playdek will continue to launch new content for the iOS game, including the Ascension: Immortal Heroes expansion in June of this year.

"Playdek has been a great partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them to support the iOS community and to the many more awesome hobby games they are bringing to mobile," said Justin Gary, CEO of Stone Blade Entertainment.

When Stone Blade Entertainment launches Ascension Online on iOS (currently scheduled for July of 2014), Playdek’s Ascension iOS app will be removed from the app store, but Playdek will continue to support online play through the remainder of 2014.

With SolForge in development, Stone Blade Entertainment is ready to bring its own products to the digital space, and will be launching Ascension Online on PC and Android. Stone Blade Entertainment is committed to supporting their new community and to take on the existing Ascension iOS community. The company will research ways to transition users, so that those who purchased content on iOS will not have to repurchase that content in Ascension Online. All content purchased for Android and PC versions of Ascension Online will automatically transfer to Ascension Online when it comes to iOS.

Playdek applauds Stone Blade Entertainment’s commitment and will look to support them in making their eventual iOS customers whole.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Stone Blade on a great IP like Ascension, and we look forward to serving the incredible iOS community for this game,” said Joel Goodman, CEO of Playdek. “We support Stone Blade in its future efforts and wish them the best as they take Ascension to new consumers.”

Stone Blade Entertainment and Playdek are grateful to the fans that have supported them. Both companies share the same mission of bringing quality hobby games to the mobile space and feel that their commitment has shown in their respective work to date. Both companies deeply appreciate their customer’s understanding as they work through the logistics of this transition. Playdek and Stone Blade Entertainment look forward to continuing to launch the top quality games players have come to expect.
Neuroshima Hex hits the Amazon AppStore

As mentioned early this week, Neuroshima Hex has arrived for Kindle Tablets. This is by far one of my favorite digital board games and I recommend you pick it up if you have one of these devices. You can pick it up here.

Stone Age iPad update coming 3/27
A release date has been announced for this anticipated update. There will also be an update to the AI players as well.


Lost Cities on sale for $1.99
Get it here.

Penny Arcade: Gamers vs Evil on sale for $0.99
Get it here.
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