Ashen is a timed console RPG exclusive for Xbox One, with haunting visuals and unique asynchronous multiplayer. Store listings indicated that the game would become available on December 7, 2018, and it appears that it's now live on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) for Xbox, for $40 (opens in new tab). If you're not seeing it yet in your region, it might still be rolling out.
Ashen is also available as part of Xbox Game Pass for $10 per month (opens in new tab), and is listed as an Xbox Play Anywhere title alongside PC, however, as of writing, the PC version for the Windows Microsoft Store hasn't yet materialized.
In Ashen, your goal is to build up a home in a ash-blasted wilderness, where the last vestiges of light are beginning to fade away. Part of your quest is to find out what's going on, while meeting new friends and allies along the way. Bringing them back to your camp will help it grow from a small settlement into a functioning village, complete with all sorts of character upgrades along the way.
Ashen has a striking, low-poly art style and in our hands-on sessions with the game, we found its combat to be responsive and fun. Ashen's most unique feature is its asynchronous multiplayer features, which will dynamically phase anonymous co-op partners into your game, so you can work together to take on some of the game's more difficult dungeon challenges.
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Looks pretty good.
I've been playing for about an hour. Love the art style. Gameplay has been a little slow to get into. Hopefully things pick up as the game progresses!
Can't wait to give it a go. It should be downloaded on my Xbox by the time I finish work.........
Has anyone been able to coop with a friend? I've come across other 'players' but not my friend. We both set the passcode to the same number but we are running around the same bonfire and nothing.
I've played it for a couple hours, it's a pretty blatant copy of Dark Souls, so far with no new aspects brought to the table (that I have seen yet). But if you enjoy that style of game it definitely scratches a necessary itch.
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