Ashen screenshot of a shadowy character in a brightly lit room

[Update]: Ashen devs are working on a Souls-like RPG with skeletons, guns and magical canine companions - Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn!

As you would imagine from any game that draws inspiration from Dark Souls, Ashen is an action-RPG that will have you explore an intricate world, fight against difficult enemies with a variety of unique weapons, and naturally, repeatedly die against giant bosses. It should be a fairly familiar formula to any fan of the genre, which is why I am glad to say that Ashen has managed to pull if off quite successfully - it's thankfully not just a Dark Souls clone!

When it comes to the multiplayer, however, Ashen has a bit of a different idea compared to its predecessors. While Dark Souls intentionally tries to make you feel isolated from the world, Ashen will occasionally have you come across random players doing their own thing in the wilderness. You can choose to work together in order to solve a quest, head on into a dungeon and see how far your new partnership will take you, or simply ignore the other player entirely and continue on your merry way. A simple, but rather nifty idea to help breathe some life into the world itself.

If you're wondering what all of this looks like in gameplay terms, allow me to share with you the recently posted launch trailer. It's not exactly lengthy, but it should give you a decent idea of what to expect. Have a peek:

You can learn more about Ashen, as well as grab yourself a copy, by visiting either the Epic Games Store or the official website. Have fun!