Nexon Announces Upcoming Crossplay Beta, New Playable Characters, and Launch Window for The First Descendant

Today at the Xbox Games Showcase Extended, Nexon Korea revealed exciting details about the highly anticipated cross-platform beta test for their upcoming game, The First Descendant. This free-to-play third-person co-op action RPG shooter is set to launch on multiple platforms, including Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5 (PS5™), PlayStation®4 (PS4™), and PC via Steam in the fourth quarter of 2023. The crossplay beta, scheduled for August, will provide players with a taste of the game’s thrilling action and allow them to participate in the battle against alien invaders known as the Vulgus.

To participate in the crossplay beta, interested players can register by visiting the official website at This beta is particularly significant as it will be the first time players can experience crossplay across PC, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles.

Nexon also released a captivating gameplay trailer during the showcase, highlighting the game’s stunning visuals and showcasing more of the intense action powered by Unreal Engine 5. The trailer also introduced two new playable characters, Valby and Kyle, joining the roster of thirteen unique characters available during the beta. Each character possesses their own distinctive combat style, abilities, and concepts, adding depth and variety to the gameplay experience.

The development studio, NEXON Games, has been diligently listening to player feedback from previous play tests and has implemented several highly requested features and improvements. Players can look forward to dynamic character customization through an all-new cosmetic system, skill modifications, and a grappling hook for enhanced mobility. Additionally, the game’s quality of life (QoL) elements has been enhanced, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable gameplay experience.

The First Descendant crossplay beta, scheduled for August 22, will introduce players to an array of new content and updates. Exciting single-player and co-op stories and missions await players, allowing them to delve deeper into the game’s immersive world. The grappling hook mechanic has been improved, offering more flexibility in traversing the game’s vast landscapes. Furthermore, players will have access to a wide range of customization options, including a new cosmetic system, unique skins, and character skill modifications.

To further enhance the gameplay experience, Nexon has made significant improvements to the game’s user interface (UI), user experience (UX), and overall quality of life features. The updated UI and UX ensure a more intuitive and seamless interaction with the game, while the quality of life improvements aim to streamline gameplay mechanics and enhance overall player satisfaction. Additionally, the server and game performance have been upgraded to provide a smoother and more stable online experience.

Nexon has also collaborated with Stephen Barton, a globally renowned composer known for his work on Apex Legends, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, and Star Trek Picard, among others, to deliver high-quality audio design. Players can expect immersive sound effects and a captivating musical score that adds depth and richness to the game’s atmosphere.

Lastly, The First Descendant crossplay beta introduces an exciting new multiplayer feature: giant boss raids against the Colossuses. Players can team up with up to three other players to take on these formidable foes, adding an extra layer of challenge and camaraderie to the game.

With the upcoming crossplay beta, Nexon aims to engage players from various platforms and offer an immersive and action-packed gaming experience. Players can look forward to exploring the world of The First Descendant, battling alien invaders, and unlocking the full potential of their chosen characters. Stay tuned for further updates as the game progresses towards its official launch in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

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