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NZ Made Ashen is out now on Xbox and PC

Posted By Drunk_Monk

Wellington based studio Aurora 44 has surprise dropped Ashen, and awesome looking RPG on Xbox and PC via the Epic Store.

Check out the trailer and blurb below for why you may want to care:

 

Blurb:

DISCOVER AN ANCIENT WORLD ONCE SHROUDED IN DARKNESS FOR A THOUSAND YEARS

The Ashen’s rebirth has restored light to the ash covered plains and the dark world you’ve always known. You must protect the Ashen at all costs, if there is any hope for the new light to survive.

There are those who prefer the darkness and will try to stop you on your quest. You’ll need to be fast on your feet, quick to learn and willing to work with others if you hope to survive against the many threats you’ll encounter on your journey.

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.

You must build a new life in these twilight plains and fight together instead of stumbling alone in the dark.

PASSIVE MULTIPLAYER

While exploring and completing quests for characters, you’ll come across other players in the wilderness. You can choose to work together on a quest, tackle dungeons or go your own way. It’s up to you.

OPEN WORLD EXPLORATION

Ashen is filled with sweeping, hand-crafted environments waiting to be explored. From rugged coastlines to dark intricate caverns and sprawling cities from civilisations past, each region is unique and will reveal more about the lost history of the world.

STAMINA-BASED COMBAT

Each encounter has the potential to end in disaster. Discover unique weapons and equipment during your journey which will let you develop your own play style to defeat the shadows. But knowledge of the land and patience are as valuable as any weapon in Ashen.

THE TOWN

In Ashen you’ll have a settlement where characters you encounter on your adventures will return to and make their home. As you complete their quests, they will expand their own dwellings and provide you with services to help you on your journey.

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Will wait for it to come to steam. Between Steam, Bnet, Origin and uPlay I don't think I can handle another storefront. FFS

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I was confused when absolver came out thinking wait I thought this was made in NZ, and then I ended up thinking I made it up that a game with that art style was made in NZ, and now here it is in all it's glory, I wanna play it but I'll wait for steam release

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Initially I felt it might be using the same engine as Journey, the world and animations gave me that vibe. Then later in the trailer I was getting that Absolver vibe.

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On 11/12/2018 at 5:09 PM, JorDogg said:

Will wait for it to come to steam. Between Steam, Bnet, Origin and uPlay I don't think I can handle another storefront. FFS

I really do not understand all the hate for this, but its everywhere. Imagine if JBHifi etc did not sell games, and you had no other option other than EB. 
More competition is good, especially if Devs get more of the profits. 

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2 hours ago, Lyger said:

I really do not understand all the hate for this, but its everywhere. Imagine if JBHifi etc did not sell games, and you had no other option other than EB. 
More competition is good, especially if Devs get more of the profits. 

I just dont want more applications on my PC then I need, its annoying.

Also its not competition when its the only place selling the game. It would be like EB being the only store to sell RDR2 and they were selling it for $150....

If both Steam and Epic had the game for sale right now and Epic had a cheaper price, cool I would agree, but they don't.

This works well sometimes with ubisoft games where uplay is sometimes upwards of $20 cheaper then steam on launch. Pay more for steam or less on uplay, thats competitive.

Also remember for each storefront I need a friends list for each. Yes discord can get around that but at the end of the day I still have to add everyone on each application.

Also look at microsoft who exclusivly sell Gears and Forza, effectively corning the market and actually limiting competition... Gears 4 took AGES to finally reduce in price years later and if I remember correctly was selling for about $130 initially and stayed there for a long while. Steam seem to have more frequent and meaningful sales.

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I was not refering to Ashen, but to the hate for having another Store Front.

I guess I just don't find it annoying clicking the Gog App, or the others over steam, I don't set any to auto run, so they only activate when I want them too, I have shortcuts for the games mostly, so I just click that rather than opening the store anyway. 
 

As for Ashen, there is still competition, but its competition for the Devs. Why would they want to sell it on steam for 70%, when they can get 88% on Epic, and Customers pay the same price. 
 

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2 minutes ago, Lyger said:

As for Ashen, there is still competition, but its competition for the Devs. Why would they want to sell it on steam for 70%, when they can get 88% on Epic, and Customers pay the same price

Yeah works well for them, but not for me 😅

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1 minute ago, Lyger said:

quality hopefully for the next game lol

That's cute 😏 might mean they dont need to strip out aspect of the game to sell as DLC or Lootboxs anymore.

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I get both sides. 

I absolutely love having 1 PC library. I've got games in so many apps and most I don't install anymore. 

But Epic is keeping less money and giving more to the game makers. If you're paying full price then Epic store is more beneficial to the people making the games which is good for more games. 

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