Nexon announces crossplay open beta for The First Descendant in September

Nexon has announced that an upcoming crossplay open beta for The First Descendant will run from September 19 to September 25, available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. 

The beta will be available to anyone who registers at the official website.

A new developer commentary video, details, and screenshots can be found below, via Nexon.

Today, Nexon Korea and Nexon Games announced that its upcoming The First Descendant crossplay beta will be fully open to anyone who registers at The Open Beta dates have been adjusted to September 19-25, 2023 to ensure that all enlisted Descendants are able to experience the title optimally on any platform of their choice. New features and improvements have come directly from players’ previous beta feedback found on Discord and other official channels, prioritizing optimized performance and significant quality-of-life adjustments. The First Descendant Open Beta will be available and free to play on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X | S starting September 19, 2023.

Additionally, Nexon will show players how they got to the current events that will be experienced at the beginning of the game via a substantial Prologue as they begin the Open Beta. Why did the Vulgus invade the Ingris continent? Why are they trying to get hold of the Iron Heart? How will humanity fight back? This will all be answered in The First Descendant’s Prologue. 

Below are major updates and adjustments found in the upcoming Open Crossplay Beta:

  • Performance Enhancements
    • Improved frame rate performance 
    • HDR and NVIDIA DLSS 3 support 
    • Utilizing latest Unreal Engine 5.2
    • Performance and quality modes for PS5 and Xbox Series X | S
  • Quality-of-Life Improvements
    • Revamped grappling hook control and new parkour movements
    • New module (previously called rune) system
    • Improved jump motions
    • Improved gun sound effects
    • Updated UI, UX elements
  • Updated Narratives and Prologue
    • New additional storyline
    • A mysterious new map (The Sterile Land) 
  • New Gameplay Content
    • 11 playable Descendants and two ultimate Descendants
    • 11 new ultimate weapons each with unique effects
    • 8 Void Intercept Battle bosses 
    • 2 new Void Intercept Battle maps
    • New cosmetic system
    • Improved world missions
  • New Open Beta Rewards 
    • Available only to those who participate in the Open Beta 
    • All participants will receive a limited-edition social motion.
    • Reach Descendant level 20 to receive a back-attachment customization item at launch.

More details on The First Descendant’s upcoming Open Beta, performance improvements and gameplay footage can be found in The First Descendant│Dev Talk Ep. 2│Crossplay Open Beta Details.

A gift and a test alert will be sent to all interested Descendants who register for the upcoming The First Descendant Cross Platform Open Beta by visiting Stay informed by joining the conversation on Discord, following via Twitter, liking via Facebook, or watching out for more on YouTube.

More about The First Descendant:

The First Descendant is a next-gen free-to-play third-person PvE co-op action RPG shooter launching with crossplay across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation 4 (PS4), and PC via Steam. Developed using Unreal Engine 5.2, players become a Descendant whose mission is to combat against alien invaders – The Vulgus who crossed dimensions over 100 years ago and brought with them the devastating Colossi and destruction– for the survival of humanity and to protect Albion and the continent of Ingris. Players will encounter spectacular stories as they grow stronger through various missions and raids to finally discover the Descendants' secret. Cooperation is crucial as players team up with one another in strategic 4-player boss fights where teamwork and tactics are key. New equipment, materials, and items obtained through a myriad of missions and boss fights will contribute to players’ character development. The Crossplay Open Beta will be held from September 19-25, 2023 on all supported platforms.

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