Ashen releases on Xbox One and PC, eschews Steam for Epic Games Store
Surprise! Ashen is out now, and you can grab it on Xbox One or PC. The game has launched on Epic Games Store and it’s also on Xbox Game Pass.
Publisher Annapurna Interactive has launched Ashen today with no prior announcement. The Souls-inspired action RPG is now available on Xbox One and PC, but don’t rush to Steam just yet. On PC, the game is available exclusively via the Epic Games Store for now. Meanwhile on Xbox One, players can either buy the game by itself, or play it as part of their Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Have a look at the trailer for the game below:
Ashen’s main draw is its stamina-based combat, which is modelled after FromSoftware’s “Souls” games (Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and the rest). Not unlike the Souls games, you’ll discover survivors in the game, who you can invite to your Town. They’ll open up their services for you, allowing you to improve your gear.
There’s also a passive co-op system, which means that you will encounter other players in the game and you can choose to fight alongside them, invite them to your party, or just ignore them and move along. There doesn’t seem to be any PvP involved, so you can rest easy if you’re not a competitive sort.
Ashen was developed by Aurora44 (also being referred to as A44), a New Zealand-based studio. Fantasy author Mark Lawrence (of The Broken Empire trilogy of novels), and band Foreign Fields collaborated on the game as well.
For another game that takes after Dark Souls, have a look at Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption. You might also enjoy the side-scrolling perspective of Dead Cells, which won an award at The Game Awards today.