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The Ascent's huge patch nerfs Dealbreaker, fixes Side Missions, Coop

Published: 17:49, 07 October 2021
Neon Giant
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The Ascent just got a major patch that addressed everything from the game's sound bugs when entering a store, all the way to the save system and two particular weapons.

Neon Giant's dev team in charge of The Ascent just dropped a hefty patch on Steam. The new patch is live on the PC platform and will shortly land for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and on Microsoft Store. We have the full patch notes right here and will take a look at them while the dev team tinkers away at the next one. 

The patch offers a load of performance improvements that will do away with the issues where the game would randomly freeze or display a black screen. The Ascent's save system also got some attention and so did the Side Mission arrangement. The Side Missions will, from now on, only show up when they can be completed ie. when the player has already unlocked an area needed for the Side Mission. Finally, good news/bad news: Minor Note is now fun to use but Dealbreaker has been nerfed.

The Ascent - October Update - full patch notes 

Performance (all platforms)

  • A bunch of stability improvements are coming up for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. 
  • The mighty Neutron Beam now has improved performance on Xbox One.
  • The issue where hardware Ray Tracing options were enabled on GPUs that do not support it (instead, it was defaulting to software Ray Tracing) on PC and Windows 10 devices is nowhere to be found after the latest patch.
  • The experience of starting a new game on Xbox One will no longer be marred with the appearance of a non-interactive black screen of doom.
  • Players on Windows 10 will stop encountering random freezing playing The Ascent while offline on Gamepass Windows Store 

Stability (all platforms)

  • Fixed a DX12 memory leak on XB1 that could cause an "out of memory" error.
  • Fixed a save related crash that could occur in some instances.
  • Fixed an issue wherein some instances the game could not be resumed from being suspended (XB1/XSX only).
  • Fixed a crash that could happen during "Project MenShen" (Mission 12).
  • Fixed a number of reported "freezes" that could occur when the game is being played offline.
  • Fixed a rare issue where pressing ‘Quit to Main Menu’ during the death-screen would cause an infinite loading screen.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur at the end of "Empowerment" (Mission 4).
  • Fixed an audio-related crash that could occur when taking a Tier elevator.

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Save Progress (all platforms)

  • Lots of general improvements to the Save System.
  • Fixed an issue where a Player Client's single-player saved game is overwritten by the Host's saved game if the client accepts an invite from a single-player session.
  • Fixed an issue where the Client Player could see the Host Players saves in some situations.
  • Fixed an issue where some Client Players would no longer have an objective if they continued their Single Player playthrough after leaving a Coop game.
  • Fixed an issue where a rare crash could sometimes reset a player's save.
  • Fixed an issue where, in some cases, a Player Client’s single-player progress could get reset after playing in Coop.

Achievements (all platforms)

  • Fixed an issue where the Comprehensive Achievement wouldn’t unlock for some players.
  • Fixed an issue in Coop where ‘Omnihacker’ may not be awarded to a Client Player in some circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue in Coop where ‘For Both Our Benefits’ may not be awarded to a Client Player in some circumstances.
  • The issue with ‘Win’ Achievement not being unlocked, despite the conditions being met, is resolved.
  • Fixed an issue where Client Player stats were sometimes not being correctly tracked after quitting and resuming a game.
  • Fixed an issue where sometimes Achievements may not have unlocked correctly when Coop Players resumed a game.

Gameplay (all platforms)

  • Game-wide changes to Side Mission availability so they are now only available when they can also be completed. This change only affects newly started games after applying the patch.
  • Fixes have been made to resolve situations where no FullChromes are present during "Mutual Dependencies" (Mission 2) unblocking Players stuck here.
  • A fix has been made to resolve an issue where some players were blocked at the ‘Find Lanier’ step during "Data Miner" (Mission 5).
  • A fix for Players reporting being blocked at the ‘talk to Kira’ step in "Trace Protocol" (Mission 7).
  • Malhorst-Gelb Siege Mech in "Trading Places" now unlocks correct enemy codex entry (Mission 3).
  • Whisper Cybernetics now correctly unlocks for all manufacturer items, not just 'Lock-on Fire'.
  • Fixed an issue where resetting Skill Points did not update visuals.
  • Fixed names in location plaques in the journal map.
  • Habnet gear was set incorrectly as Canary. It has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue with Side Mission markers appearing incorrectly inside Serenity Plus.
  • Fixed an edge case issue where melee enemies would stop attacking the Player after certain steps.
  • Resolved an issue where a Player could fall out-of-world from a certain lift in Grinder.
  • Fixed a rare issue where enemies may not spawn during the "Kill Onyx Void" step of "Trading Places" (Mission 3).
  • Fixed an issue where the Mono Defender could not be obtained from a Vendor after completing "Empowerment" (Mission 4).
  • Fixed an issue where a Player could use Propulsion Leap and knock Celine down, blocking her completely during "Trace Protocol" (Mission 7).
  • Fixed an issue where a Player could use Propulsion Leap to knock down Hung’s Left/Right Hand and block them during "Board Meeting" (Mission 10).
  • Fixed a number of issues where the Cyberdeck animation would interrupt Ability usage.
  • Fixed an elevator in ‘Cosmodrome’, near ‘Docking Bay 92’ where it was possible to fall out of the world.
  • Resolved an issue where a downed Player being revived as a cut-scene was being played could cause a progression blocker.
  • Fixed an issue where AI would sometimes stop going aggro against the Player.
  • Fixed an issue where a player could interact with a Gun Smith through the wall in ‘Coders Cove’.
  • Resolved a rare issue where the ‘Kill the Turbo Vipers at the Glittering Rose’ objective could not be completed (Side Mission).
  • Resolved an issue where sometimes enemies could stop attacking the Player during the Appropriation in "Data Miner" (Mission 5).
  • Dealbreaker weapon is nerfed.
  • Knockback decreased from 150 to 110.
  • Close range damage decreased from 90 to 30 (all shotguns are around 30).
  • Reload time increased from 4s to 7s.
  • Clip size decreased from 200 to 150
  • Minor Note weapon is now fun to use.
  • Piercing shots with huge knockback and stuns enemies.
  • Weapon Handling Skill nerfed from a maximum increase of 25 per cent reload time to 40 per cent.


  • Loading screens have been added for Players hot-joining to clearly communicate the status of joining a game in progress.
  • Fixed numerous issues with dual elevators in the Local Coop.
  • Improved loading speeds for starting a Coop session.
  • Fixed several potential soft locks in the Local Coop that could happen during controller disconnection & reconnection.
  • Fixed a number of Coop related crashes.
  • Fixed dialogue windows not being visible for Player 2 in Local Coop.
  • Fixed an instance where a hot-joining Player could spawn out-of-world.
  • Fixed an issue where a black screen might be displayed for hot-joining Players instead of a loading screen.
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Invite’ button might not be working in the Pause Menu.
  • Fixed an issue where Serenity Plus wasn’t loading for a Player joining a game whilst the Host Player was just entering the interior of Serenity Plus.
  • Resolved an issue where Tutorials would sometimes not trigger for Host Player is the other Player in the party, triggered them first.
  • Addressed an issue where Players may be unable to join a Coop hosted session after changing the User account.
  • Resolved an issue where Client Players on Window’s 10 Gamepass may not be teleported into nogHead’s room during the ‘Speak with nogHead’ objective step in "Trading Places" (Mission 3).
  • Fixed a bug where XB1 Client Players could sometimes see characters early when joining a game hosted by a Windows 10 Gamepass Host.
  • Resolved a hot-joining issue where the Client Player could potentially get stuck on the Interlink if they joined a session right before the Host Player took the train.
  • Fixed the elevator in Rooftops that would not reliably work for Client Players.
  • Numerous Local Coop controller focus issues have been fixed.
  • Improved loading speed for crossplay when a Client Player is joining the Host Player who has just been entering/leaving interiors with hostile enemies.
  • Fixed numerous issues with network disconnections.


  • Replication of audio fixed for the Larkian Thug in Coop.
  • Fixed an issue where Player pain vocalisations were not firing.
  • Fixed some missing spot SFX that wouldn’t always reload after a restart in the HighStreet area of the game.
  • Fixed missing music in Taxi that could occur in certain situations.
  • Fixed missing spot SFX that could vanish during Interlink rides.
  • Music when entering a Vendor now lowers volume, instead of muting it.
  • Fixed some instances where background music could be missing from the Main Menu.
  • Fixed an instance where music wasn’t playing correctly during end-game Credits.


  • Fixed issue where fog would be incorrect if approaching from a certain direction in AGHQ.
  • Fixed an issue where viewing map in the Pinnacle on XB1 would be white.
  • Fixed an issue where the player circles would be hidden in certain locations.
  • Fixed an issue with Augmentation visuals on female characters.
  • Fixed an issue with software augmentations not updating the Augmentation visuals.
  • Fixed an issue where, in some instances, using the Pocket Mech could change the character's appearance from Male to Female or vice versa.
  • Fixed a number of minor issues with hairstyles.
  • Fixed some extremely bright lights in the ‘Ascent Group HQ’ area on XB1.

Translation (all platforms)

  • Lots of translation fixes across all non-English languages.
  • More improvements to come in future patches. 

Misc. Fixes (all platforms)

  • Lots of assorted and minor collision issues.
  • Fixed a number of potential collision issues on elevators during Coop.
  • Fixed a number of minor fade-group issues (where parts of the world weren’t becoming transparent).
  • Fixed minor visual issues in the Journal for Character Bios.
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