Despite some mixed reviews from critics, players met The Ascent with generally positive reviews. And the game has already surpassed $5 million in revenue, which is a record for publisher Curve Digital.
It took only a few days since launch for The Ascent to generate these numbers, making it the publisher’s biggest hit to date. According to Curve Digital, it “firmly positions the indie title as a AAA competitor.”
“This success is the result of a genuine team effort throughout the company, the arrival of new leadership and talent and is truly reflective of our new approach of being developer and player focused in all that we do,” the company’s CEO John Clark said.
The Ascent generated over 10 million views, being streamed by over 1,700 YouTube and Twitch channels. The game also received coverage from major game websites. Curve Digital noted that it put the title in the top 10 for PR coverage received on a single day in 2021.
Cyberpunk-themed action with RPG elements The Ascent was released on July 29, debuting in third place on the Steam weekly chart. It is the first game from Swedish indie studio Neon Giant, which was founded by former developers of Far Cry 3, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, and Doom.