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.
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July 6

Update 0.96.5 (Experimental)

Update 0.96.5 is out now on Experimental branch! 0.96.4 is now on the main stable branch. To opt in to the experimental version, right-click on Kenshi in your Steam games list -> properties -> betas tab -> then choose “experimental”. If opting in, please be aware of bugs and general instability.

  • Characters automatically go to bed if they are wounded and have nothing else to do
  • Characters automatically ditch any spare resource items in containers if they have nothing else to do or are stuck with their current job, this should free up some of the jams
  • Player characters no longer automatically heal or help allies from other factions
  • Fixed some items not spawning in nests
  • Fixed some loot items not spawning in nests
  • Jobs mode now saves and loads properly
  • You no longer get XP for stealing from prisoners
  • Turret/light attachment nodes more visible
  • Reduced max sloping value of all buildings
  • The game now only autosaves once if you leave the game paused for ages
  • Fixed AI tolerance for accessing a turret built with the wrong floor ID
  • Fixed characters incorrectly falling over on load due to injury
  • Fixed a possible startup crash
  • Fixed null pointer crash with faction discovery
  • Fixed some characters appearing on the floors above

  • Hotfix! .3 had a crash
  • Added 2 new cannibal raid types
  • Animal backpacks now have way more space, making them useful for setting up bases
  • Beak things now have meat
  • Made cannibals slightly weaker again, added more Beakthings to the Cannibal Plains
  • Reduced the penalty for tresspassing
  • Crime "Assault" doesn't override other crimes any more, so its easier to see what you did
  • [Jobs] button also no longer skips follow and bodyguard jobs
  • EDITOR: Fixed crash opening translations
  • Unbuilt (ie still passable) walls no longer make characters bounce over the top, and can be clicked through to select characters etc
  • Fixed map items pointing to the wrong towns after import
  • Fixed crash on dismantling buildings
  • Fixed building audio "cavernous" setting not working right
  • Fixed cannibals not properly capturing people if they were drawn out of their home town
  • Fixed "He's in the water" bug when loading a game with ragdolled characters
  • Fixed deadcat bar having no inventory
  • Fixed the Empire taxman assault triggering when it wasn't supposed to
  • Flipped the default setting for "Invert mouse Y", because people start the game without checking through the options first and then freak out because the camera is the wrong way around
  • Fixed map item inventory sounds

Note: Please report any bugs or problems, or upload crash dumps to the Steam forum or official Lo-Fi Games forum[www.lofigames.com] so that we can fix as soon as we can. Thank you

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July 1

0.96.2 Out Now

Optimisation update 0.96.2 is out now on the main stable branch!

Included in the update:

  • Construction shops now have blueprints for most of the decorative furniture like tables and carpets
  • You can now build a lot closer to ruins
  • Placing buildings now has an adjustable slope-matching setting, so you can make more upright buildings
  • The disable jobs button now doesn't disable medical type jobsFIXES
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing victims from screaming when they were being eaten alive.
  • Fixed furniture sometimes not being buildable above floor 0
  • Fixed some talking animals
  • Possible fix for escaping fog men tagging you as a criminal
  • Fixed the Automated Ore Mines research unlocking all 3 levels at once
  • Fixed the "show markers" option not being saved properly
  • Made the new hideous green markers a little more subtle. Our artist is on holiday, he will fix them up nice when he gets back.
  • Added character mouse movement and camera rotation markers (designed to help beginners, disable them in the options if you don't need them)
  • Halved the athletics penalty of samurai armour
  • The bread oven is now automated, but cooks at half the speed
  • AI must get up before applying first aid
  • Fixed arm ragdoll with damage from blocked punches
  • Paried punch sound no longer metalic with sparks
  • Added loading progress bar
  • Fixed a potential rare AI bug with certain gates built on slopes
  • Huge terrain system optimisation, frame rate should be better when looking at the horizon now, and also more detailed. Unfortunately won't do much good for those with slow systems who already have the view distance and terrain detail way down.
  • Secondary lod threshold for distant terrain
  • Initial loading state continues until everything is loaded
  • Changed slow startup load sequence to happen behind splashscreen logos
  • Some general small optimisations to the code
  • Replaced "chase" button with a "jobs" enable button, so you can stop your characters trying to run back to base to do their jobs when they are away from home
  • Dropping an character who isn't an ally now knocks them out, to help with capturing slippery bounties
  • Characters now prioritise eating higher-grade food first
  • Mouse traces ignore collision of destroyed building walls
  • Added some of the system messages to the dialogue log window
  • Added borderless option to ingame options
  • Shop signs no longer clickable, causing characters to pathfind upstairs instead of to the ground floor
  • Fixed crosbow strings flickering
  • Fixed the non-aggressive armory spiders
  • Fixed some missing cannibal village squads, and possible cannibal raids not activating
  • Fixed a crash when loading games in the GOG release
  • Fixed random flat foliage
  • Rewritten interior building placement building collision checks
  • Fixed corpse flies sometimes not appearing
  • Fixed the random missing apostrophes
  • Fixed placing buildings on top of foliage rocks with collision
  • Fixed material when dismantling non instanced buildings
  • Fixed buildings with offsets in build icons

Note: Please report any bugs or problems, or upload crash dumps to the Steam forum or official Lo-Fi Games forum so that we can fix as soon as we can. Thank you

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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.


System Requirements

    • OS:64-bit Windows
    • Processor:Dual-core 64-bit
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Pixel shader 3.0 capable card
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:14GB HD space
    • OS:Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor:Quad-core 64-bit
    • Memory:8 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:14GB HD space
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