Ashen, an indie Dark Souls-esque game with a focus on cooperation unveiled at E3

At Microsoft's E3 event, a new gameplay trailer for Ashen was showcased, a game very much resembling the Dark Souls series, but with what seems to be a heavier focus on cooperation and a simple but engaging cartoon-ish art style. Being developed by Aurora44, the game was originally unveiled at E3 2015 with a short announcement trailer.

The new trailer has shots of characters wielding various weaponry, fighting mobs ranging from mutated spiders to humanoid beings, as well as fighting what looks like other players.

The game's official website lists off some gameplay features such as open world design, giant creatures as evident by the trailer, non-linear progression, high-risk combat, and lastly but curiously 'passive multiplayer'.

The website states that the passive multiplayer feature entails meeting other players while exploring the desolate world within the game, who will have their own skillsets, crafting abilities and agendas. It will be up to players to decide whether they trust these random individuals enough to bring them to their camp and maybe even continue the harrowing journey together.

The game's description taken from its official website is as follows:

Ashen is an action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. There is no sun and the natural light that exists comes from eruptions that cover the land in ash. This is a world where nothing lasts, no matter how tightly you cling to it.

Ashen does not have a release date just yet but will be available on PC and Xbox One via the Microsoft Store. Also, the newly announced Xbox One X will receive an enhanced version of the game with 4K Ultra HD support.

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