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Ashen gets nail-biting footage from Gamescom 2018

Ashen is a dark role-playing game which was announced as a Microsoft exclusive many years ago. It stood out from the crowd because of its unique art style and haunting atmospherics. Since then, the project basically went dark, and fans of that early trailer have been wondering what form it would eventually take. It's unclear if it's an exclusive anymore, but we do know it's only coming to Microsoft's platforms as of now.

At Gamescom 2018, developer Aurora44 shared more footage from Ashen. Unlike the build from a few months ago, the game looks like it features smoother animations and better combat. The difference is immediately noticeable if you look at this footage.

The Xbox One X version of Ashen runs at native 4K resolution. It's great to see Aurora44 push technical boundaries on Microsoft's new console. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. Ashen is expected to launch sometime this year.

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6 Comments
  • Looking good
  • Nail-biting footage? Did you even *watch* the "nail-biting footage" you embedded? I could probably put my toddler to sleep watching this video. The narration only adds to the feeling that this is the most boring kill-anyone-who-stands-in-your-way-with-just-two-swipes-of-your-sword game of all time. I've heard 10 year olds who read with more expression (if the narrator is reading this, please, next time, perk up and sound like at least *you* are interested). This game honestly looks like it may just make it onto the list of most boring games of all time. I think I might sooner buy and play a copy of something like Farming Simulator at full retail price before I would consider playing this game for free. But I appreciate having seen this, so that if Ashen is ever offered Free with Gold, I will just not bother.
  • Wow. Someone's a bit irritated. That time of the month, huh?
  • I'm of the same opinion.
    Plus the technical glitches with the lightmaps and LoD management would irritate me with every screen refresh.
  • Pssst......... Easy solution: don't play it. ;)
    Not every game will be everyone's cup of tea. Just pass on it and play the games that won't irritate you
  • This game is going to be fantastic, but "pushing technical boundaries" is not something it is doing. Visually it is incredibly basic, just because it's 4K doesn't mean its using the console to its fullest.