E3 2018

Microsoft-Exclusive ARPG Ashen Can Be Played Completely Offline

Ashen, the Microsoft-exclusive ARPG first revealed back in 2015 has been confirmed to have an offline mode.

The game’s Creative Director, Derek Bradley, made the revelation during an interview with IGN, alongside revealing new information about the combat.

The game will allow players to enter the settings and turn multiplayer off entirely. Even though the game is built around a multiplayer focus, the developers have added ”Lone Wolf” perks that will give solo players a helping hand. The perks can assist in situations where having a partner would otherwise be mandatory. For instance, one of the perks allows the player to enter dungeons normally reserved for multiplayer. The developers at Aurora44 are aware that some users will want a single-player challenge and have crafted ways to make the game accessible to them.

Bradley also revealed, at 50 minutes into the stream, that Ashen will include a stamina-based battle system, akin to that of the Souls games. For an added challenge, the game comes with three difficulty modes. The perks are intended to help players with the  hardcore nature of the game. Combat is animation-based, meaning the player will have to read and respond to what is visible on-screen.

Ashen forgoes swords in favour of axes, hammers, and spears. The point of omitting swords was to allow the team to better focus on what other weapons can do. This design choice was also so that the team could focus on animations replicating how using such weapons would actually look, rather than basing the animations on swords.

The only ranged weapon in the game is the Spear, which can be thrown. The team behind Ashen has come up with different uses for the spear, such as traversal. To that end, meditating monks are scattered around, who if struck by a thrown spear, will draw the character across the world, allowing the player to reach areas otherwise inaccessible.

Ashen will be releasing this year on PC and Xbox One. The full interview is embedded below.

For all the latest from E3 2018, be sure to follow OnlySP on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Click to comment

RSS Popular around our network

  • Here Are the Nominees for the Gamescom Awards 2018 August 18, 2018
    With E3 fading in the rearview mirror, the next major video game convention is just days away! Gamescom kicks off in Cologne, Germany on August 21st. The week-long event is sure to be packed with announcements (including an Xbox presentation from Microsoft), and it's also a chance to highlight the best of the best when […]

RSS Casual

  • DACCKIT Switch Traveling Case Unboxing & Impressions
    Daackit was kind enough to send us its latest Nintendo Switch traveling case. I was instantly impressed by its size, build, and quality of the fabric. Here is my full unboxing along with my first… The post DACCKIT Switch Traveling Case Unboxing & Impressions appeared first on Nintendo Enthusiast.

RSS Competitive

  • Natus Vincere gets the last invite to IEM Chicago
    Na’Vi gets the last invite to this year’s Intel Extreme Masters Chicago. The news emerged shortly after fnatic received an invite just earlier in the day. With six more slots to fill via qualifiers, the current list of teams planned to attend IEM Chicago is impressive. S1mple and co. will face the following teams during the […]

© Enthusiast Gaming. Pew Pew Pew

To Top