Astral Ascent

Created by Hibernian Workshop

Astral Ascent, a 2D platformer rogue-lite on PC and consoles with four worlds to escape, if you can beat the Zodiacs, 12 mighty bosses!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Zodiac Reveal and New Stretch Goal ☄️
over 1 year ago – Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 11:16:06 PM

New stretch goal: Star Guardians Enemies

Things are going very fast in these last 48h of the campaign! We already unlock the sixth stretch goal : Zodiac Spells Water/Wind!

You will be able to gain the power of 6 new Zodiacs!

So here comes our seventh stretch goal: Star Guardians Enemies ☄️

Being thrown into space to face unique brand new enemies. Humanoids, they will be very though opponents but you will receive great rewards linked to the stars if you can defeat them.

You can find a very early mockup below: (nothing final only with basic silhouettes)

Kiran & Octave face 3 Stars Guardians (mockup)

 Zodiac Reveal: Cancer ♋

Cancer ♋ is joining Scorpio ♏ as the second Zodiac reveal from water world:

"So you think I am not wielding any weapon?... this should be quick."

Cancer knows his strengths and, as a perfectly balanced deadly assassin, he hides his weaknesses. He wants to prove worthy and stopping you should absolutely not be a problem for him.

Statue 360° video 

Last but not least, Graphigaut made a 360° video of his beautiful 20cm height Ayla sculpture so you could see better the stunning details! She will have 2 daggers but as it is 2 times the same one you can only see one on the video.

Project we love: UNBEATABLE 

This is a rhythm game with an incredible art direction (if you love animes like us!) and it throws you into frenetic action as well as a great adventure! Oh and it also comes with an awesome soundtrack too: witness that directly with their trailer below!

It has been an incredible campaign but we are not done yet, there is still 24hours left so don't hesitate to spread the word to your friends about it and unlock one more stretch goal!

Have a great day,

- The Hibernian Workshop Team

over 1 year ago – Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 02:43:37 PM

5th playable character for the game! 

Thanks to your amazing support we reached 400% of our funding goal and the game will have a 5th playable character: Yamat - the stars bringer. ☄️

This brand new character uses magic linked to animals & nature. You can expect: 

  • new dialogs
  • new interactions
  • new signature spells
  • much more! 

All this will come as a DLC, offered for FREE to all backers to thank you as early supporters of the game!

New Stretch Goal: Zodiacs Signature Spells Water/Wind 

This is our sixth stretch goal: "Zodiac Spells Water/Wind" Stretch Goal, if we reach EUR 126,000 (about $152,000).

This time it will let you use the Signature spells of Water 💧 and Wind 🌪️ worlds Zodiacs:

  •  Scorpio - Cancer - Pisces 💧 
  •  Gemini - Libra - Aquarius 🌪️
Calie using Pisces magic | Octave using Gemini's scythe

New add-on: Original Soundtrack 💿 (digital)

If you pledged lower tiers than Celestial (50€) you could not access the digital OST: it is now possible with a brand new add-on

The OST is made by the talented music composer Dale North (Dreamscaper, Wizard of Legend etc.) who is doing an amazing job on the project, some examples below

Projects we want to share: 

 Today we want to show you Suffering, we think the game is not receiving enough attention while it has some stunning visuals and promising gameplay! If you are curious they are nearly funded so don't hesitate to check their campaign!

Have an excellent day, 

- The Hibernian Workshop Team

Backer Statues & New worlds enemies ☄️
over 1 year ago – Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 01:50:29 AM

Entering the last 48h: we still strongly believe we will reach the 5th playable character DLC, we really hope you are as hyped as us for this potential brand new character!

Yamat - the stars bringer

Backer Statue ☄️

We received a lot of questions about this new-addon that appeared yesterday so here is more details:

Your statue would appear randomly in the merchant room (as above) and your first name or nickname would be displayed when standing above. Your statue can represent:

  • You with or without accessories (as long as it fits the lore)
  • A character you invented
  • Your pet 
  • You and your pet together
Represented as a warrior with a sword, ready to fight: Skreed (Alexandre), our lead artist
Represented as a magician because he does magic: Relixes (Renan), our gameplay programmer!

If you want a slot, be sure to secure it fast because quantities are limited!

Re-select your pledge and select the add-on

Eyes on 🔥 and 💧 Worlds

We wanted to make a quick focus on what is waiting for you outside the Fragmented Plains (world 1 - Earth World) and how Alexandre, our lead artist, creates the enemies you will face:

First: he creates a lot of shapes
Then: he details the potential animations and attacks for an enemy
Finally: he crafts amazing frame-by-frame animations

With core gameplay setup we will be able to create new worlds very fast with a lot of new enemies and Zodiacs waiting for battle!

Next worlds Zodiacs are eager to meet you!

June 2019 VS March 2021

It always feels nice to take a look back and see how much and how fast our project evolved in such a short period of time! You can see below the gameplay of June 2019 (left) and March 2021 (right).

We are a small team but we are working hard to release the best possible game and, so far, we feel very confident, in particular after such an amazing Kickstarter campaign

- The Hibernian Workshop Team

300% REACHED ⭐ announcing FREE DLC stretch goal ⭐
over 1 year ago – Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 03:53:33 PM

FREE DLC for Backers Stretch Goal:

This is by far our most exciting stretch goal to date: A 5th playable character!

Bonus: it comes as a free DLC for all backers!!! ⭐

This stretch goal will be unlocked when we reach EUR 120,000 (about 145,000$)

Yamat - the stars bringer ☄️

Brand new character, brand new gameplay, new dialogs and more, you can see our reveal timelapse here:

This new character will also come with unique and signature spells

New add-on: Backer statue ⭐ (limited quantity)

Become a part of the game as a custom statue in the merchant room, you will be remembered and your name will also appear when interacting with the statue.

Quantity is limited to 30 units and price is high because it will require manual pixel-art based on your description (as long as it respects the lore of the game) and the name appearing will have to be a first name or nickname as long as it is respecful.

Ayla Exclusive Figure - Final & New promotion! 🔮

We received fresh news from Graphigaut (who worked very hard to deliver this in time!) of the Ayla Figure and it looks absolutely stunning check this: 

Different angles pictures with her 2 daggers

To celebrate we are opening one more time the limited discount for Zodiac Tier for 150 units!

If you already backed the Zodiac tier you can switch to get the time limited discount!

Professional Voice Actors stretch goal is funded (ENG & JP)

Of course let's take a moment to celebrate the Voice-Over Stretch goal that has been unlocked, we did not think we could have it in our game and it's now possible, so thanks again for making it possible!

Game will have voice-over for all dialogs in English and Japanese!

That was a big update, thanks again for your support and have a great day,

- The Hibernian Workshop Team

Animations process & Figure news ✨
over 1 year ago – Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 07:23:12 PM

Final 5 days!

It feels like we just launched the campaign but we are actually 5 days away the end of it!

We are so close to unlock the Voice-Over Stretch goal, we believe it will be unlocked on monday and it will be time for us to announce you our next stretch goal which is the most exciting since the start AND it includes something free for all backers. Do you have any guesses?

It's also the final days for you to play our free demo if you did not try it yet, don't hesitate to tell us what you think about it!

Calie Timelapse ✨

Our lead artist and co-founder of Hibernian Workshop, Alexandre Magnat, is the one behind all animations of the game. He made a video to show how he does his frame-by-frame wonderful animations, so here is Calie Lightning Wire spell animation:

Once integrated in-game

Nearly there

With each new picture by Graphigaut we get more excited about this Kickstarter exclusive Figure, it still  has some missing elements but we are nearly there. We are also still discussing with our partner Limited Run Games the options to provide you the best possible figure, we will keep you updated very soon about it!

20cm height!
Daggers are being sculpted

Sharing other Kickstarter campaigns

This time we would like to talk to you about Unsung Warriors, this Kickstarter campaigns comes with a very high level of polish and sounds like a great game for local co-op for those who liked Castle Crashers. They are 350€ away of being funded at this time so if you like what you see do not hesitate to give them support!

Have an excellent day,

- The Hibernian Workshop