A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended sandbox gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Research new equipment and craft new gear.
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Kenshi is currently in alpha state. The game is still in development and is missing many features. There are currently unfinished gameplay features, and the stability will fluctuate as new features are added. Expect crashes and bugs at this stage.
But remember the game receives regular ongoing updates and improvements, by purchasing at this early stage you get the game for a reduced price and can watch it gradually grow and improve, provide your feedback to the developer, and above all you are helping to fund the development for a small independent developer. Remember: the price will gradually increase over time as development progresses, so the sooner you purchase, the lower the price.”
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February 12

Dev Blog: Hunger

We've had a lot of content to cram in before our beta release and it's been a long update - so thank you all for your patience and support so far! Most of the main features are almost finished so our primary task from here on out is game balancing and bug fixing. Game balancing is actually the more time consuming part of adding features so don't get too hyped up for a release soon, we still don't have an ETA as there's still a lot to clean up. Kenshi needs to age like a fine old cheese to reach it's beautiful not-so-buggy state...

Anyway, here's what we're working on right now:

Hunger

Hunger has now been added so it will be possible to die of starvation over a long amount of time. Character appearances will change to reflect the state of physical strength or malnutrition  - again this is early stages and needs a lot of testing and balance.



Tech-tree Revamp

We've now finished adding lots of different foods, crops (cotton, cacti...), boozes, a new power system (dependent on fuel or wind strength) and, of course, you'll be able to start hunting skins for leather making. Research has been re-balanced so that it's faster, plus it's gonna cost items/artifacts instead of Cats from now on.



Destruction & Peril

Finished work on the destroyed versions of buildings! Enough said.



Crime & Assassination

Thievery needs a lot more balancing but it's improved greatly since the current available experimental version. Buildings have things to steal, guards are more alert and we've fixed it up so the player doesn't get busted for accidental clicks, or from looking inside unlocked containers. At the moment, we're doing a lot of testing to make sure it's not too easy/ too hard, and citizens are reacting normally etc.

The crime reactions in the dialogue has needed a lot of editing this week, if the reactions are too specific or too vague it can become too noisy and ends up sounding like jibberish. So it's needed a good amount of testing to make sure the reactions fit all possible situations and to make sure people react realistically.



We're also in the middle of adding the assassination ability, a way to knock people out in stealth mode.


Water

We've pretty much finished improving water reflection in-game now, plus Oli's also added some more details like floating scum etc.






 

*** The above content has not been released yet. This will be added in the next update, Beta 0.90, ETA to be announced.

Click here for details on the current playable version of Kenshi, available on Steam experimental opt-in ***

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February 4

Dev Blog: Hive Villages & Gorrillos

We're back with another progress update! The last week or two has mainly involved tweaks and adjustments all round, starting with the environmental stuff...

Environment

Last week we were unable to take many screenshots due to a problem with the lighting - Sam's spent the week balancing this and it's mostly running nicely now, although water reflection still needs some fixing. Oli's mostly been making minor adjustments to the road terrain, Artery biome foliage and adjustments to the collision on the storm buildings. Other than smaller tweaks and fixes we've finished adding and texturing roof cover awnings...



Plus we now have Hive villages in-game, with their own building types:





At this point we've finalized most of Kenshi's creatures in game now, this week we finished animating and adding in the Gorrillo:



Next up we'll be working on another new 'scary' biome and the new GUI player map (the first section we'll be releasing in our next update is shown in the rectangle area):



Industry
Programming-wise, we've mostly been fixing bugs and balancing, however this week Maykol's almost finished with the crafting bench update. The changes for the latest include saving partial used items for crafting, improving the layout so the item names appear properly, adding an image of the item and changing the item's crafting requirement to the specific item.

As a new enemy for farmers, we've also added pest AI for Swamp Raptors to destroy and eat crops - these walking trash cans will eat just about anything, from rotting corpses to cotton plants!



... Better keep a close eye on your crops ;)


FAQ note: You should still be able to import your characters and tech into the new update, however you won't be able to import buildings. Release date still TBA.

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About This Game

A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended sandbox gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Research new equipment and craft new gear. Purchase and upgrade your own buildings to use as safe fortified havens when things go bad, or use them to start up a business. Aid or oppose the various factions in the world while striving for the strength and wealth necessary to simply survive in the harsh desert. Train your men up from puny victims to master warriors. Carry your wounded squad mates to safety and get them all home alive.

Features

  • Freeform gameplay in a seamless game world in the largest single-player RPG world since Daggerfall, stretching over 400 square kilometers. The game will never seek to limit you or restrict your personal play style.
  • Custom design as many characters as you want and build up a whole squad to fight for you. Characters will grow and become stronger with experience, not just in their stats but their appearance too.
  • Original take on the RTS-RPG hybrid genre. No "hero" characters with artificially stronger stats than everybody else- Every character and NPC you meet is potentially an equal, and has a name, a life.
  • Build a base where you can research new technologies, upgrade your defences and craft new gear.
  • You are not the chosen one. You're not great and powerful. You don't have more 'hitpoints' than everyone else. You are not the center of the universe, and you are not special. Unless you work for it.
  • Variation and possibilities of gameplay. Be good, be evil, be a business man, be a thief, live in a town, live in the desert, join the army, fight the army, travel alone, travel in hordes, build a fortress, raze a city. Devote yourself to freeing slaves, or maybe end up a slave yourself.
  • Purchase and upgrade your own buildings to use as safe fortified havens when things go bad, or use them to start up a business.
  • Carry your wounded squad mates to safety and get them all home alive.
  • Dynamic, ever changing world. Support or hinder whoever you wish, or keep to yourself, the world won't stop moving. This is not just a "game", you are living and surviving in a simulated world.
  • Get captured by cannibals and eaten alive, or sold off by slavers and forced to work in the mines. These are not scripted events, just a regular part of this chaotic world that ruins your life by chance. Anything can happen, yet anything can be overcome if you have the strength.
  • Absolutely no Level-scaling. The world does not level up along with you, and the shops don't change their inventory to only items matching your level. At the start of the game almost everyone will be stronger than you, and survival will always be a struggle. The game won't hold your hand or help you when you're down.
  • Realistic medical system that affects gameplay. A character with a wounded leg will limp or crawl and slow the party down, wounded arms means you must use your sword one-handed or not at all. Blood loss means you can pass out, and the blood will attract predators. A characters stats are affected by equipment, encumbrance, blood loss, injuries and starvation.
  • Intelligent AI that allows for characters to reason and work towards long-term goals and desires. Squads work together and carry their wounded to safety. Characters can be setup to take care of micromanagement for you and run production in your base.
  • Aid or oppose the various factions in the world while striving for the strength and wealth necessary to simply survive in the harsh environment.
  • Independently developed with no design influences, or alterations dictated by men in gray suits who have never played a game before in their lives.
  • Original game world. There are no fantasy-knock-off cliches. No magic.
  • Realistic physics simulation. PhysX Technology provided under license from NVIDIA Corporation. © 2002-2011 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:64-bit Windows
    • Processor:Dual-core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Pixel shader 3.0 capable card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor:Quad-core 64-bit
    • Memory:4+ GB RAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:4GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
182 of 196 people (93%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
Early Access Review
Hour 1: Ugh.. man... this one might be a refund

Hour 2: Yah... this is silly, running around in a low res desert, wierd glitches, just ain't a good game....

Hour 3: I mean.. this is silly, running from more bandits, scrapping stuff...

Hour 5: I've got to keep this unit together while they mine, I'll have my auxillaries patrolling,

Hour 10: Jeez? It's been a whole RL day of this? This.. wierdly horrible game... wierdly.. amazing...

Hour 20: My outpost lives on the edge of the sands and death, traders come now and then, but overall we maintain neutral relations

Hour 25: I hope nobody visits me RL today, so that I don't get interrupted as my settlement flourishes in the wastlands.



There you go. It's a tough start. It's an ugly start. It's a painful start. But every inch after that is pure glory.

If you ever loved squad based rpg, tactical fighting, (think semi-baldergate-esque) well this takes it and throws in crafting, slavery, factions, squads, crafting, and it looks like a whole lot more in the future. I understand that development has been slow on this game, so if you are not okay with Bugs / Early Access, then hold on for now. There are definitely bugs. Some of them F stuff up. None of them have stopped my constantly growing love/enjoyment of this game.

AFAIK there is no story of any sort yet, it's left completely open world, open ended, create your own story.

6/10 - Graphics
6/10 - Sounds
6/10 - UI
9/10 - Gameplay
10/10 - Replayability
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184 of 227 people (81%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
60.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
Early Access Review
In case you don't want to read all of it, go straight to this mark <->

-So this is my review for Kenshi. I have played 57 hours and I can say (sadly) that right now, that's probably how far you're gonna go, there's not enough content yet. However, that doesn't mean it's a bad game, Kenshi is a great game that shows you how life is hard ¬¬ at the start but after a few hours you can see the progress and it gets cooler and cooler as the time passes.
-If you want to buy Kenshi as soon as possible: You'll have a lot of well spent hours after you get the hang of it.
-If you want to buy a full game: Wait patiently. They are working really hard and I'm sure that there will be at least 4 times more content by the end of next year.
-Slow development CAN'T be used as a negative trait, because Kenshi producers are not a big company like Ubisoft or EA, in fact they're only 6 ! (here's proof http://lofigames.com/about/about-us/ )
Also, if you think that a game this creative and complex can be easily made, programming is not as easy as you think,
One of my professors once said: "Developing a game is the programmer's biggest challenge"

<->
Conclusion: If you want to see kenshi growing and have a lot of entertainment, buy it, you won't regret it.
If you want to buy a full game, keep an eye on the updates and wait until there's enough content for you.
Oh, I almost forgot, you can download a demo on kenshi's website. I don't know how much content is there, but it's probably enough to convince you into buying (or not).
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
61.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Early Access Review
This game is in Early Access. It is NOT finished. Anything I say may, and most likely will, be changed as development continues. MANY OF THE BUGS I LISTED WITHIN THE CONS HAVE BEEN PATCHED. DO NOT LET THE ONES I LISTED RUIN THIS GAME FOR YOU, THEY TEND TO BE QUITE RARE. EVEN WITH THEM THIS GAME IS STILL AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE AND WAS VERY ENJOYABLE.

*TL;DR at the bottom of this review*

Kenshi. This game is brutal. I seriously had more moments in this game where I wanted to yell at it for being so ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ hard, yet if you look on my profile it's currently marked as my favorite game. The reasoning behind that is simple, this game offers 0 in the way of hand holding. If you want a good, long, tutorial that explains every single detail to you in a nice format then Kenshi is not your game. Wiki? Don't bother, honestly it kinda ruins the fun of this game. Kenshi is one of the few games where I can say that I never watched a single tutorial, and yet I felt like by 40 hours I knew some pretty advance things in the way of base building and combat tatics. This game will suck you in, it'll FORCE you to learn the game. You'll change your tatics, your starting locations, your ordering in what you need, the way you simply play the game will evolve as you learn, as the game makes you learn. I loved it. Every second of it. Even when I wanted to scream at my computer, I still couldn't help but love this game for what it is. With that said, pro's and con's time.

Pros
- The devs care. If you EVER run into an issue within the game, you can post in the discussions and I bet you $100 that atleast one of the admins or mods will respond.
- Many different playstyles. This game can be an RTS, a squad based rp, a city builder, it can be so, so much.
- Landscape is amazing, and the next update will overhaul this. The biomes, textures, and pretty much everything about the look of this game is pretty amazing.
- Combat system is nice, isn't perfect, but it's very nice none the less.
- Medical system is also really cool. Got hit in the leg? You're limping your way back to town now, bud.
- Base building is some of the best i've seen. The job system and resouce refining is overall very good for its current state. It has some issues, but that'll be seen in the cons.
- Trading system is simple and works, though I found a few exploits
- Farming system is simple but very effective, some bugs will be disscussed in cons
- Factions are pretty diverse in armor, items, etc. Cannibals are really fun, some issues with factions in the cons.
- Smithing and crafting are really simple but work pretty well. Could be more complex or diffucult, but it's still fun.
- Training system, once again, very simple. Not much could be improved here, it works very well and theres not a whole bunch you can do to change it.


Cons
- Medical system is lacking. It's way more simple than I think it should be.
- Combat can get boring very quickly as it's more stat based than anything else.
- There are items within the game that are simply better than any other item. I remember at one point samuri armor or whatever it was called was simply the best you could get. For me this kinda ruined the feel of being able to have so many different build paths, each to their own. Be super slow but super tanky, be super fast with TONS of damage, but super squishy, etc.
- Floating trees, enemies not spawning, falling through world. These are somewhat rare bugs, but they do happen. Remember, it's an early access game.
- Combat system is buggy in some cases. Weapons can hit or miss when they don't appear they did, sometimes your character appears to have his/her weapon equiped but...doesn't use it?... It's like the models there but the hitboxes arn't? Wierd.
- Base building. 99% of my bugs are here. I'll be making a list for this one.
1.- Sometimes you can place a wall down, and even though it allowed you to place it your units simply cannot reach it to build.
2.- There was an old bug where building the tier 3 walls would crash you game if you placed many of them at once.
3.- Some gates, when placed, would never lock/unlock. You could never open them or close them.
4.- Some buildings can be built on slight hills, and yet it'll let you build it while your units cannot get into them
5.- Some buildings, once built, would be unable to open or go up the stairs.
THERE ARE MANY BUGS, I AM SIMPLY LISTING THE MAJOR ONES THAT KINDA RUINED THE GAME FOR ME DURING BASE BUILDING. REMEMBER, MOST OF THE GAMEBREAKING BUGS ARE RARE AND WILL MOST LIKELY ONLY HAPPEN TO YOU ONCE OR TWICE, NOTHING A QUICK LOAD BACK TO A CHECKPOINT FROM 5 MINUTES AGO WON'T FIX.


TL;DR
This game is great. It's hard as steel to learn, but amazingly fun once you do. You will not suceed on your first try, nor your second or third. It'll take time, but once you do it is AMAZING. I reccommend this game to anyone who is willing to put up with a few bugs for an RTS, Squad-based RP, City Builder game, all meshed into one.

For an Early Access game, I would recommend you pick it up. You will not be dissappointed.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
Early Access Review
I would gladly recommend this game. It has a few bugs and such. But they're working on it. If the game gets updated to what they want it to be. I would give this game a fat 8,3 It's still in Early Alpha though. However. This game is really rough and you need to put a good time in it to become a fine combatmaster.
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29 of 45 people (64%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
Early Access Review
Great game, loads of potential, genuinely not sure if it will be finished in my lifetime.
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