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Ash of Gods

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: Aurum Dust
Release Date: March 23, 2018

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'Ash of Gods' Introduces Four Diverse Heroes, Soundtrack

by Rainier on Jan. 22, 2018 @ 8:19 a.m. PST

Ash of Gods is a mix between a roguelike role-playing visual novel and an online turn-based strategy game.

Ash of Gods is a ​turn-based RPG featuring constantly evolving storytelling with risks that truly affect gameplay, along with an extensive online PvP mode. The game features a story based on the complexity and ambiguity of moral choice where any of the characters in game can die. Momentary benefits may cost a character a life, while sacrifice will make the walkthrough of one of following episodes easier.

Ash of Gods features a mix of gorgeous art, lush music, tactical combat, and a powerful story that plays out via dialogue driven layer interaction. Depending upon a player's decisions, no two playthroughs of the game will be the same.

Along with a constantly evolving storyline, players will be treated to a fantastic visual and aural experience, featuring stunning hand-drawn characters and environments, coupled with music from Adam Skorupa, whose previous work includes The Witcher, Bulletstorm, Painkiller, and EVE Online.

The greatest heroes often come from everyday places and backgrounds - and aren't always the "Chosen Ones" of ancient lore. Sometimes, they are just "regular folk" who refuse to give in to the darkness, and take up arms to battle evil in all its forms.

Developer Aurum Dust has launched a SoundCloud channel where fans can tune in and immerse themselves in the thematic medieval fantasy music.

The road to redemption is strewn with ashes of the Gods themselves, and now four humans travel this embattled route, challenging the fearsome ancient Reapers who want to consume the once peaceful land of Terminum.

These brave four are not the Chosen Ones spoken of in whispered legends, but sometimes, you don't need to be "chosen" to lead the world into the light. Oftentimes, it takes brave souls with strength, honor, and pride to make the decisions needed to break evil's assault on the world.

Thorn, the fearless warrior and survivor of countless battles;

Thorn Brenin is a retired captain who has earned everything he has through virtue and honor—be it gold and jewels, or countless battle scars—Thorn's sense of right and wrong, and his ability with a sword, has earned it all, thrice over. Never once did he retreat in the face of danger, and he has always been successful at whatever he sets his mind to. Being such an illustrious man makes it all the more painful that he can’t find a way to heal his wife’s weak heart.

Gleda, daughter of Thorn, a blademaster and scholar;

One of Thorn's children, Gleda Brenin is a mischievous, strong, and confident young girl. At an early age, her father began teaching her the ways of the sword, while her mother instilled in her a love of reading and knowledge. By the age of seventeen, Gleda was fluent in both ancient history and swordsmanship—defending herself with both a sharp wit, and an even sharper blade, if needed. She is rebellious and does not accept the region's more typical dresses and hairstyles, believing that they would not only interfere with her extracurricular activities, but also with her everyday life.

Blance, the mysterious empath;

Blance is a mystery to those around him, but that does not stop others from trusting him and valuing his skills and personality. Despite the fact he looks and acts like a human, he’s much more than that: Blance is of the race of beings known as the Umbra. He is known by most humans, however, as Hopper Rouley. He usually presents himself as a scribe, but he is also skilled as a healer, an herbalist and a competent swordsman. Blance is also a strong empath and can sense danger before it becomes apparent to everyone else.

Lo Pheng, the deadly mercenary from the island of Shadows. 

Lo Pheng is an Eikon, a member of a mighty race inhabiting the Isle of Shadows, and he is the highest-ranking son of the Shadow Clan. The Eikon, and Lo Phen himself, are surrounded in clouds of mystery and rumor, rumor that focuses mostly on their ability to strike as if carried on the wind itself. Aristocrats, monarchs and rich merchants alike value the Eikon's abilities, and pay astonishing amounts of money to hire their services (and blades).

Key Features:

  • "Roguelike" Storytelling: The dialogue choices you make, journey paths you choose, and battles you fight truly affect the story and the world around you. The team’s resources and time are limited—you must choose who should live and who must die in order to continue along your path. If you rush forward mindlessly, you will gradually lose your characters, including the major ones, but even the death of the party’s leader will not lead to “game over.”
  • PvP and PvE Multiplayer Modes: Live through the story and top the global ratings with your characters in the multiplayer mode. Unlock new characters and cards and upgrade them to build your own unique strategy and tactics. Create your own clans, join forces with friends and participate in the battles together.
  • Intelligent AI Functionality: The AI constantly learns from playing against you. No single tactic or formation will win against an AI that learns your playstyle!
  • Scrupulously Hand-Drawn Graphics​: Visual stylings of the game are inspired by the work of Ralph Bakshi, old-school Disney cartoons, and 1960's-era Russian animation. Character animation in combat scenes are based on live actors’ motion capture.
  • New Approach to Tactical Strategy:  A mix of turn-based strategy and card RPG, where the cards determine your strategy and the characters’ classes determine your tactics on the battlefield

Ash of Gods is set to release in March 2018 for $24.99.

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