Microsoft’s conference delivered big on games, including a new trailer for Ashen from Aurora 44 and Annapura Interactive. The trailer revealed that Ashen will be an Xbox One launch exclusive and showed an interesting art style and action reminiscent of Dark Souls, with a melancholic atmosphere and giant enemies.
No release date was shown, and the atmospheric trailer was short on information about the game. We know from the game’s previous announcement at E3 2015 that the game will be an action RPG featuring a wanderer in search of a place to call home in a land covered in ash. The action in the trailer featured adventurers creeping down dimly lit corridors and fighting monstrous foes, and shows characters co-operating in a nod to the game’s unique multiplayer features.
From previously released further information on the title, we know that the game features none linear progression in a dynamic world that moves around the player. Ashen also features a passive multiplayer system in which players can meet out in the world and will have to decide how to deal with each other according to their own agendas. It was revealed in an interview with Derek Bradley of Aurora 44 games back in 2016 that players who co-operate to achieve a significant goal like beating a boss can invite their co-operator to join their settlement, gaining an permanent NPC version of them. Filling your town with NPCs will be key to character progression, town progression and more. There’s no PvP element to the multiplayer but getting killed will have it’s own penalties and the distance-based passive connections between players means it’s unlikely you’ll stumble across the same co-op partner in the same place, should you lose them.
Ashen is set to release for Xbox One and PC, a release date has not yet been specified. If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2017 Coverage Hub.