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The First Descendant 2024 Release Date Speculation, News and More

Everything you need to know about the upcoming looter-shooter from NEXON Games.
The First Descendant 2024 Release Date Speculation, News and More
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The First Descendant is an upcoming free-to-play sci-fi looter-shooter similar to games like Outriders and Warframe. It's being developed on Unreal Engine 5 and features photo-realistic visuals and fast-paced visceral combat with a focus on buildcrafting.

Nexon Games, the Korea-based studio behind The First Descendant continues to reveal more info about the game as we head toward the cross-platform open beta where you can finally try the game for yourself. But before that happens, here's everything you need to know about The First Descendant to get excited, including its release date, story, playable characters, gameplay, and more.

The First Descendant Latest News

The First Descendant PC System Requirements Revealed 

Nexon Games has revealed the minimum and recommended system requirements for The First Descendant ahead of its open beta. You can check out the details below. 

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The full PC specs for The First Descendant open beta. (Picture: Twitter - The First Descendant)
The First Descendant First 17 Minutes of Gameplay Revealed

IGN has revealed the first 17 minutes of The First Descendant gameplay. There are plenty of cutscenes here, and early gameplay spoilers, so watch it at your own risk. 

Sharen Gameplay Teaser Revealed

Nexon Games has revealed a brand new teaser trailer for the stealth-focused Descendant Sharen, showcasing some of her abilities in action. 


The First Descendant Gameplay Trailer Revealed at Gamescom ONL

Nexon Games revealed a brand new gameplay trailer for The First Descendant at the Gamescom ONL event showcasing new environments, characters, weapons, and more. Check out the two-minute long trailer below. 


The First Descendant Trailer Dropping at Gamescom Opening Live Event

A new trailer for The First Descendant is set to drop at the Gamescom Opening Live Event. If you didn't know, Gamescom ONL takes place on 22 August 2023 at 8 PM CEST.

The First Descendant PS5 Gameplay Features Revealed

Nexon Games has revealed a brand new PS5 gameplay trailer for The First Descendant, detailing all the DualSense functionalities and the different graphics modes for the upcoming open beta. You could read all about The First Descendant's PS5 bells and whistles in our breakdown here

The First Descendant Bunny Gameplay Trailer Revealed 

Nexon Games has revealed the first gameplay trailer for the Nuker Descendant Bunny. The 50-second-long trailer showcases her agility and lightning abilities in action.

The First Descendant Supports Nvidia DLSS 3

In a new blog post, Nvidia has confirmed that the First Descendant will launch with Nvidia DLSS 3 support. It means improved performance on all GeForce RTX 40 Series cards. 

The First Descendant Release Date Speculation

The First Descendant cross-platform took place between 19 September to 25 September 2023. Following the event, the developers put out a message clarifying that they are looking into a 2024 launch. You can find the full quote below:

"This Crossplay Open Beta Test was an invaluable time for our Dev Team, giving us a good look at what our Descendants enjoyed, what frustrated them, and the current state of The First Descendant. So we’re using the results of the test as a basis to discuss our future plans. The Descendants’ expectations and support for the test have been so amazing that we’re eager to perfect the game even further. As such, we’re still discussing heatedly about our release schedule and future plans, and to implement your feedback for a better quality, we are looking into the launch period to be in 2024. We'll provide more details about the release schedule in the near future. It's also heartbreaking for us that we could not deliver the exact date that you have been expecting."

The First Descendant Story & Characters

The First Descendant takes place in the war-torn Continent of Ingris. You play as one of the Descendants, a group of superhumans gifted with physical and magical abilities from their ancestors. 

As a Descendant, your job is to protect Ingris from an enemy faction called Vulgus, whose leader has been raising Hell all over the continent. You play as one of the thirteen Descendants, each with unique skills, abilities, and combat style. 

These characters are:

  • Lepic
  • Ultimate Lepic
  • Ajax
  • Viessa
  • Jayber
  • Sharen
  • Gley
  • Blair
  • Bunny
  • Freyna

During the Extended Xbox Games Showcase 2023, Nexon revealed three new characters coming to the cross beta. These are:

  • Ultimate Viessa
  • Kyle
  • Valby
Descendants are superhumans gifted with physical and magical abilities. (Picture: Nexon Games)

The First Descendant Gameplay 

As mentioned previously, The First Descendant is a third-person looter shooter where you fight against alien enemies. Traversal is a huge aspect of gameplay, and you can use a grappling hook to get around the world of Ingris. 

There are gigantic boss raids that you can pursue solo or with three additional players. The boss battles mostly boil down to targeting the enemy's weak points. 

Every character favors different playstyles and has unique active and passive abilities. For instance, one of the characters, Valby, can execute water elemental attacks, whereas another character Ultimate Viessa, can apply magnetic defenses to fly around the battlefield.

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Each playable character has unique active and passive abilities. (Picture: Nexon Games)

Will There Be Microtransactions in the First Descendant

Yes, there will be microtransactions in The First Descendant since it's a free-to-play title. However, Nexon Games has confirmed that new characters and gear can be earned through gameplay. However, several cosmetic items could still be available to purchase with real money like most free-to-play titles. 

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The First Descendant is being built on Unreal Engine 5. (Picture: Nexon Games)

That's everything you need to know about The First Descendant.