Descent Retail and Digital Release Coming Early 2019 – PC Pre-Orders Open Now

Descent Retail and Digital Release Coming Early 2019

Descent takes one more step towards becoming a reality. Publisher Little Orbit and development studio Descendent have announced today that pre-orders are now available for the PC version at along with a number of benefits for doing so (listed below).

A reimagining of the classic 1995 PC shooter, Descent has you twisting and turning through a series of underground tunnels, with enemy ships coming at you from all sides. It’s a wild wide and from what I played at E3 this past year, the team at Descendent appears to have nailed it.

Descent will be released for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, and Linux. Pre-order information for the consoles will be coming at a later date, but hey, Descent is getting a physical release!

Check out our Hands-On time with it at E3 in the video below.


Press release follows

Descent’s Launch Countdown Begins

PC Beta in November 2018 and full PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Early 2019

IRVINE, CALIF., October 4, 2018 – Little Orbit, a leading independent video game publisher and Descendant Studios today announced launch details for their long-awaited reimagining of the award-winning classic shooter Descent®. In Descent®, players fight through twisting tunnels and vast caverns where the concepts of up and down mean nothing and danger lurks around every corner. Gamers can watch the all-new sneak peek trailer for Descent® on the official Little Orbit YouTube Channel here:

Little Orbit is honoring the spirit of open-development from the original reboot project by inviting early supporters to a special PC Beta beginning in November. PC Beta players will help the studios polish the final release candidate.

Retail and digital full release for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 will be coming in early 2019, now including Nintendo Switch.

“This has been more than a 3 year journey for the Kickstarter backers, Early Access players, and fans who all made this game possible. We are excited to begin rolling out the Descent® beta for players later this year,” said Matthew Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “With Descent®, we are reimagining a classic franchise, while still staying true to the core gameplay that made it one of the most popular games of the 90s.”

Starting this morning, gamers can pre-order Descent® on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux PCs at

Pre-order benefits include:

  • PC Beta starting last this year
  • A custom version of the Generation III “Viola” ship w/ exclusive paint job
  • Special PC Beta challenges to unlock exclusive pre-season cosmetic rewards
  • Multipass upgrade for multiplayer seasons 1 & 2 with additional gameplay challenges
  • “Secret Missions” DLC with additional single-player missions, landing later in 2019!

Players who purchased Descent: Underground during Descendent Studios’ Kickstarter campaign or Early Access will also receive these pre-order benefits. Additional information is available at

About Descent®
Descent®, the first truly 3D shooter, blasts into the 21st Century with next-generation gaming technology built on Unreal Engine 4. The game will offer fans both a deep single-player campaign with more than 15 missions and expansive multiplayer gameplay including spacecraft customization, multiple class roles, and four-player online co-op gameplay. Multiplayer modes will include cooperative Survival, as well as PVP modes like Anarchy, Corporate War, and Miner Mayhem.  Players will be able to unlock up to 20 ships with full tech trees across classes including attack, defense, engineering, and support.

About Little Orbit
Little Orbit is a privately held, worldwide video game publisher formed in January 2010 with a focus on AAA entertainment products. The company works with popular creators to extend their vision into games through transmedia storytelling and engaging content for all gaming platforms.

Founded by industry veterans and key development, sales and marketing personnel, Little Orbit is focused on three primary channels of distribution including traditional game retail, non-traditional retail channels, and digital download on and other networks. Follow Little Orbit on Twitter at @LittleOrbit, on Facebook at and visit for details on all of Little Orbit’s titles.

About Descendent Studios
Descendent Studios, Inc. is an independent game development studio based in Austin, TX. The studio’s team includes several industry veterans who worked on titles such as Wing Commander, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Conquest Frontier Wars, Starlancer, Star Citizen, and Ultima Online.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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