If you're looking for your next adventure on Nintendo Switch, you might want to consider picking up Ashen. The game launched for the console and other platforms yesterday, bringing with it this new trailer (see above).
To be more clear, Ashen is only actually available in North America at the time of writing - European players will need to wait until next week on 19th December. The game is an open-world co-op action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. It's been likened to Dark Souls (because of course it has), and has been described as "a tight, third person, skills-based action RPG with passive multiplayer".
We've got a pretty extensive feature list for you below if you'd like to learn more:
Passive Co-Op MultiplayerAs 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.
Creatures + Combat
Ashen has no shortage of dangerous encounters, from hostile enemies to indigenous creatures. You'll be rewarded for studying the environment and its inhabitants, planning your adventure rather than flying by the seat of your pants. The flora and fauna within the world aren't just fantastical; they're often fatal. Each confrontation, no matter how trivial, has potentially dire consequences.
Crafting is Key
As you discover survivors, you'll have the choice to invite them to your Town. But these aren't mere adventurers - they're potential collaborators, bringing a plethora of crafting skills, from blacksmithing to foraging expertise, in tow.
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.
You can grab the game from the US eShop for $39.99. Pricing for the European release hasn't yet been confirmed.
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