E3 2017: Survival sandbox Ashen boasts ‘passive multiplayer’

    
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One of the indie highlights of this weekend’s pre-E3 show was Ashen, a beautiful survival sandbox with a former Guild Wars 2 artist on board at studio Aurora44. It’s not quite an MMORPG, but it’s promising what it’s calling “passive multiplayer” in a “seamless multiplayer” mode — a bit like what No Man’s Sky promised and failed to deliver — though you can opt to play solo too. It’s reminding me more of the Myst franchise or Wander in that it’s a survival sandbox framed by mystery and open-world exploration and relationship-building, not so much by the now-tropish parade of murderous zombies, dinosaurs, or other players (which is not to imply it’s not stuffed with danger, mind you!).

It’s expected to be a Microsoft exclusive, meaning PC and Xbox One release only, and that includes the newly announced Xbox One X. Peek at the trailer down below.

Source: Official site
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Other than the facelessness I loved the look of it. The cloth physics were especially elegant. This is on my radar now….

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Sleepy

“Come on Perkins, our faces have to be here somewhere…”

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Is that supposed to be a sandbox?
From the extended dev’ interview with plenty of gameplay footage this is Dark Souls. Probably the most striking clone of all of them, and that’s a good thing because combat looks super well done for once. And you can collect people’s avatars as NPCs for your village or something.

Do I want online Dark Souls with people running around with only gestures to communicate?Actually yes. Didn’t care one bit for the trailer, but now I’m quite excited.

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I know that making these redundant co-op survival sandbox in forever early access is the easiest way to gain money but the market is pretty saturated and seems there is not the courage to make true mmorpgs anymore. Come on devs, back to the origins of UO and give us true sandbox mmorpg again, dare to change this trend and forever stagnation.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Ahh! No faces!

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Minimalistway

Journey multi-player? where you meet with others randomly … whatever the game is, i’m interested.

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TomTurtle

This reminded me of a bit of Necropolis.

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Armsbend

The X3 is priced ok. Maybe I’ll get it for Sea of Thieves if it does anything new.