While Ashen isn’t entirely new to the video game scene, the brand new reveal trailer at Xbox’s E3 2017 Briefing was something else. Merging a bunch of different styles, the ominous and sublime indie game from developer Aurora44 and publisher Annapurna Interactive looks beautiful.
According to Microsoft, the game is console exclusive and Xbox One X enhanced for 4K and HDR support. The following overview of the game is provided:
Ashen is an action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. There is no sun and the natural light that exists comes from eruptions that cover the land in ash. This is a world where nothing lasts, no matter how tightly you cling to it.
At its core, Ashen is about forging relationships.
Players can choose to guide those they trust to their camp, encouraging them to rest at the fire and perhaps remain. People you meet out in the world will have unique skills and crafting abilities to bolster your chances of survival.
Together, you might just stand a chance.
People you meet out in the world are players with their own agendas. It will be up to you to decide how to deal with them.
No two games will ever be the same. This is a world that moves on without you. Simply being in a different place at a certain time will alter the story in dramatic ways.
Open World Exploration
Your settlement is nestled in the mountains, surrounded by hand crafted environments as far as the eye can see.
High Risk Combat
Each encounter, no matter how trivial seeming, has the potential to end in disaster. Knowing the land and being patient are some of the most valuable weapons available to a lone wanderer in Ashen. Sometimes it is best to turn and run.
The creatures of Ashen include rare, lonely giants and hungry, twisted inhabitants of the night. Despite the perils of the darkness, life always finds a way. This is a land teaming with a diverse array of flora and fauna.
The town will be cobbled together from survivors you choose to bring to your settlement. They might provide you with help ranging from blacksmithing to foraging expertise.
There is still no official release date for Ashen, but keep an eye out for it on both PC and Xbox One. It’s Microsoft’s indie darling showcased this conference for sure. Check out the trailer below: