Microsoft's Xbox One family of consoles just got another exclusive video game in the form of Ashen which launched today.
Ashen is an action roleplaying game that features passive online multiplayer in the vein of the PlayStation game, Journey. Players can drop in and out of games and must communicate through non-verbal cues. Ashen is also harder than other games in the genre and even likens itself to Dark Souls in its own marketing.
Here's the official game description and launch trailer:
Ashen is an open world co-op action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home.
- Passive Co-Op Multiplayer: As you adventure through Ashen, you'll occasionally encounter other players in a massive open world, akin to the passive multiplayer of Journey. It's up to you to decide how to deal with them - fight together against evil, invite them into your party or simply ignore them.
- Souls with a Twist: Ashen is faithful to the "souls" genre of stamina-based combat, introducing players to a punishing yet satisfyingly vast world. But here’s the twist - no two gameplay experiences are alike. Whether you’re exploring bogs, investigating a fjord or pillaging an old palace, where you are at any given moment will dramatically alter the course of your adventure. It's a brutal open world; you're just living in it.
- Story + Score: Famed fantasy author Mark Lawrence (The Broken Empire trilogy) and renowned band Foreign Fields collaborated closely with the development team at Aurora44 to craft a cohesive and unique narrative and sound.
In addition to being available on the Xbox One, Ashen is also an Xbox Game Pass title which means that any subscriber of that service can play the game for free.
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