<em>Ashen<\/em> is an action RPG that originally debuted as an Epic Games Store exclusive. This is a pretty common practice for Epic Games. They go after exclusives on a regular basis as a way to prop their digital distribution system up and gain more users. It sometimes goes the other way, though. That's happening to <em>Ashen<\/em>.\r\n\r\nAs of next year, PC users will be able to pick up the unique RPG on the Steam and GOG platforms. This news was confirmed via a trailer announcement. That's a huge victory if you prefer to use platforms other than the Epic Games Store.\r\n\r\nIf you haven't had the chance to explore <em>Ashen<\/em>, it's an amazing game that has received so many positive reviews. The developers -- A44 -- did great work with the <em>Breath of the Wild<\/em>-like graphics and epic story. The game follows along a wanderer in search of a place to call home. You feel sympathetic for the main protagonist's plight right away.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/m.youtube.com\/watch?v=Sb_hQ1K-CQo\r\n\r\nThe developers made much of the game's design centered around forging relationships. The environments you explore are teaming with interesting characters, who you'll get the chance to grow closer to. The characters you really favor can join your camp on a quest to unify forces against evil. It's important that you're strategic with who you recruit, though.\r\n\r\nIt helps to favor those with crafting skills. This way, you can gain access to helpful weapons and items that will be needed in combat. Speaking of combat, <em>Ashen<\/em> shines well here too. The stamina-based combat can be a little intimidating at first.\r\n\r\nYou can't just approach enemies on a whim. Instead, you'll need to study their behavior and surrounding environment. After careful analysis, you might just come out the victor. Every encounter is potentially fatal, which gives you a great challenge even if you have experience with this type of RPG.\r\n\r\nThe open-world design of <em>Ashen<\/em> is worth a lot of praise as well. Its mapped out to keep you guessing. Just when you think you have the layout of the land, everything changes. You'll come in contact with new enemies and elements to brave. It's a wild ride from start to finish, and as you progress in the story, you'll become attached to those you've selected to be in your party.\r\n\r\nYou can expect <em>Ashen<\/em> to hit the Steam and GOG stores sometime in December. You're in store for a grand, dynamic adventure.