Ashen Developer Says the Xbox One X Was “Incredibly Easy” To Develop For

“We had the game running on the hardware the first week we received it,” says developer A44.

Posted By | On 13th, Dec. 2018 Under News


A44’s beautiful Soulslike RPG Ashen is out now for Xbox One and PC, and among the several things that the game is being praised for is its bold visual aesthetic and beautiful art design. As is the case with most titles these days, Ashen also features enhancements for the Xbox One X in the form of 4K resolutions.

Recently, while speaking with Xbox Wire, A44’s Character & Animation Lead Simon Dasan and Lead Designer Mike Vermeulen spoke a bit about the indie studio’s experience with the Xbox One X, mentioning that it was a system that they found “incredibly easy” to develop for.

“To put it simply; it was incredibly easy,” the devs said about their experience with putting Ashen on Microsoft’s enhanced console. “We had the game running on the hardware the first week we received it, so we could see early on in development what the console is capable of. Because of this, we were able to start utilizing the power and potential very quickly to ensure players would experience Ashen at its best.”

According to the devs, Ashen’s 4K resolutions on the Xbox One X are its most exciting aspect, which, in their words, is something that you need to see with your own eyes. They also went on to mention that they’ve got “ideas percolating for the future”.

“Definitely the ability to render in true 4k,” they said when asked about what in the game’s Xbox One X version excites them the most. “It’s one of those ‘you need to see it to believe it’ things, and Ashen’s painterly art-style translates over to 4k in a stunning way. With the stylized nature of Ashen, we’re super excited to be able to double down on our ability to render beautiful art in true 4k. Whenever someone is playing the build on an Xbox One X, a crowd forms. We’ve already got ideas percolating for the future, so watch this space!”

Ashen launched last week for the Xbox One and PC, and it’s an excellent, beautiful game. Read our review through here to get more info on it- suffice it to say, it’s a game that you should look into, especially since it’s on Game Pass as well.

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