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Stylish action RPG Ashen gets a new trailer, out in 2018

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Ashen was first shown back at the 2015 Microsoft E3 conference (opens in new tab). It slipped by us at this year's Microsoft show (opens in new tab), but better late than never, right? Check out the new trailer above.

According to its site (opens in new tab), Ashen is an open-world, non-linear game with "high risk combat" and "passive" multiplayer. "People you meet out in the world are players with their own agendas," the site says. "It will be up to you to decide how to deal with them."

I don't think I need to say the name of the game it'll be compared to, but even though there are similarities to a certain Japanese action RPG, Ashen has a style of its own, with lowish-poly, faceless characters. It's like zooming in on Kentucky Route Zero. While also adding giant spiders.

Ashen will be out in 2018 on the Windows Store. If a non-Windows Store release is planned, it hasn't been announced. (Correction: It is in fact on Steam (opens in new tab), so never mind that!) Check out some new screenshots below.

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.