Ashen (2018) is an open-world action RPG developed by Aurora44. The plot tells the story of a wanderer who went in search of a place where he could feel at home. In the world where the game takes place, the sun is hidden by a veil of ash. It is a world where anything long time does not exist, no matter how strongly are you attached to it.
At its core, Ashen talks about building relationships. Players can choose their trusted companions and invite them to their camp. This has its advantages, as other people may have unique skills and abilities of crafting, which will increase your chances of survival in a cruel world.
The game is declared a “passive” multiplayer. Traveling around the world, you can now and then stumble upon another user, but what to do with it further — to unite for survival or fight for the sake of getting loot — will have to decide on the spot. As reported by the developers, Ashen will implement a system of non-linear development, which is why each new game will not be similar to the previous one. Still it is possible to study the world, but it is worth considering that it carries so many dangers, such as different creatures and other players.