Ashen Trailer Is Beautiful, Haunting, Cute

Ashen [official site] looks pretty different to when we last saw it, but over the past year it’s only become more beautiful. The new trailer revealed during Microsoft’s E3 press conference is stunning, and shows off some of the co-operative exploration gameplay. Did we also mention that it’s really, really pretty?

This game, created by small studio Aurora44, is focused on “forging relationships”. Working together to navigate a hostile environment with extremely limited natural light and what look like evil robot skeletons.

The persistent ICO/Shadow of the Colossus vibe certainly doesn’t hurt, nor does the giant floating dragon creature at the end of the trailer. Fingers crossed this guy follows you through the game, being your best friend and cooing softly. As long as it doesn’t die, we’re cool.

8 Comments

  1. Jim Rossignol says:

    So pretty. Some amazing visual design cropping up in the past year.

    • Synesthesia says:

      Studios are starting to realise they don’t need ALL OF THE POLYGONS. It makes me happy too.

  2. italianprick says:

    TALK ABOUT SHENMUE 3. IT’S COMING FOR PC (sorry for the screaming)

  3. ReV_VAdAUL says:

    Finally, a game where you get to open pound shop tat on a Sofa.

    • Cantisque says:

      That was first thing that came to my mind as well.

    • TobleroneRoloCombo says:

      I was probably going to make that joke if you hadn’t, to be honest.

  4. Ross Angus says:

    H-hang on – is that Sky Whale?

  5. Hydrogene says:

    These guys have no face, but they don’t seem troubled in any way by this absence. Strange. I like that.