One of many surprises to come out of this year’s Game Awards was the announcement that Ashen, a game that we still know precious little about, is available now on Xbox One and PC via the new Epic Games Store. Published by Annapurna Interactive, Ashen has been in development for quite a while without much news getting out, until it made appearances this year at E3 and at Gamescom. We know from those demos that the game will feature passive multiplayer, Dark Souls-inspired combat, and some form of town building.
At its core, Ashen is about relationships. You will meet people out in the world, perhaps a tinker or huntress, a fortune-hunter or weaver of shadows. Each character has unique knowledge and crafting abilities that will bolster your chances of survival and victory.
Annapurna Interactive also published Florence, winner for Best Mobile Game at the Game Awards. Two more of the publisher’s titles, Journey and Outer Wilds, are set for release on the Epic Games Store soon.
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