Ashen brings passive co-op and 'Souls' gameplay to Switch in December

Originally released on Xbox One and Epic Games Store, Ashen is now coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam, and GOG on Dec. 9. It is an action RPG from developer A44 and publisher Annapurna Interactive. There is stamina-based Dark Souls-esque gameplay combined with “passive multiplayer,” which means you will randomly run into other players in the game that you can choose to cooperate with, if you want.

Check out the announcement trailer for the new consoles.

Here is how the game’s Steam page describes its creatures and 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.

Fantasy author Mark Lawrence and some band I’ve never heard of called Foreign Fields worked with A44 on Ashen to make it stand out from other games. Evidently, they succeeded, because the game already enjoys a positive critical reception with its initial release. So barring a shoddy port, we can expect a great experience on Nintendo Switch.

Let us know if you’ve got Ashen on your radar — or if it can even fit on your radar with how many big games are coming out in the next few months.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea.


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