Ashen, the third-person action role-playing game by Aurora44, launched yesterday as an Epic Games Store exclusive. The decision to skip a Steam or Microsoft Store launch confused many, and so game director Derek Bradley decided to clear the air. In a note shared earlier today, Bradley agrees that a day one launch on the Microsoft Store would’ve been preferable, and assures us that “it is coming.”
“We wholeheartedly agree that this would have been better available day one,” explains Bradley. “We are a small studio that just shipped a very big game, but have been actively working to get it there. Rest assured, it is coming.”
Earlier today, the Aurora44 twitter account let out a tweet mentioning “exclusivity” to the Epic Store. The tweet has since been deleted, indicating that the Windows 10 version of Ashen was hindered by a different issue. Regardless, in the note posted to the Ashen website today, the studio confirms that the game is coming to the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.
“Launching on the Epic Games Store is a unique opportunity that does not come around for an indie title like ours very often,” he continues. “As a developer we want as many players as possible to have the opportunity to play Ashen. A big part of that is having Ashen featured in a place that isn’t crowded and at an exciting time when a great new platform, one that genuinely wants to do the best for developers and players alike, first launches. The promotion we are and will be receiving from our partners at Epic is tremendous.”
Ashen is currently available on Xbox One and PC via the Epic Store, but Annapurna Interactive, Ashen’s publisher, confirmed in a tweet that the game is also coming to Xbox Play Anywhere. Bradley states that the game will also be coming to “other platforms in the future,” but for now, Ashen is exclusive to the Epic Store on PC.