A colony sim set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Build and defend your base. Manage your survivors. Engage raiders, aliens, Remnant soldiers and other factions in real-time-with-pause combat. Or use stealth to outwit them. Explore the massive world. Survive at all costs
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Why Early Access?

“Ascent of Ashes is an extremely ambitious and large scope game. Our development team is small. And there are so many features on the development roadmap. We need the community to be active participants in providing feedback”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Approximately 12 to 18 months. Several other colony sims have historically been in EA for much longer. But our roadmap and feedback from the player base will dictate how long we develop before releasing a 1.0”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“For the Early Access we plan to have core gameplay infrastructure and several key features of survival, crafting, exploration, combat and base building implemented.

But there's a ton to work on during the Early Access period including urban maps, mechs, complex bases, faction diplomacy, consumables, item/weapon/armor additions, alien combat, advanced needs management, end game scenario and a ton more. We want players to really immerse themselves in the world we've created. That will take time. And will strengthen the closer we get to a full 1.0 release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, we are planning to include core gameplay infrastructure of basic survival, crafting, exploration combat and base building. We expect to release to Early Access with 10 - 20 hours of playable content.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, we are aiming for a reduced Early Access price for those who support the game while we add additional content during the Early Access period”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We invite the player community to join our Discord and share ongoing feedback!
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“An exciting advancement for the genre! I can’t wait to play this game”
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About This Game


Build your survivors a base where they can rest and trade stories between adventures. Farm crops, tame alien beasts, incorporate salvaged technology and fortify your home against hostile intruders


Prevailing in combat will require more than just point-and-click. A detailed hit simulation and health system will mean that even non-lethal hits can render a survivor unable to go on. Suppressive fire might pin an enemy in place, but the ammunition used up may leave you ill-equipped to fight the next encounter effectively


It's a big world out there. To get around you will need better transportation than your legs can provide. One of the things setting Ascent of Ashes apart from other games of this genre is the ability to restore and drive vehicles.


Each survivor has their own unique personality and motivations. As colony leader it is up to you to find and recruit capable survivors to fill gaps in your roster against ever increasing challenges. Can you keep everyone happy, secure and motivated?


You will find yourself in an expansive, procedurally generated world filled with different biomes and points of interest. To survive the post-apocalypse you'll have to brave the pre-collapse ruins and the many dangers that they hold.


It's not enough to just have an in-depth combat system with a variety of mechanics. You also need opponents capable of using those mechanics to challenge you. Enemies will possess varying degrees of intelligence. Taking on a disorganized band of raiders will play very differently from fighting a squad of well-trained Remnant soldiers.


Combining the deep simulation of classic post-apocalyptical survival titles with the tactical challenge of classic real time and turn-based gems, the original creators of RimWorld's heralded Combat Extended mod present a fresh take on the colony sim genre that emphasizes exploration, tight balance and strategic gameplay.


Our team has its roots in mod-making and we've been fortunate to have been part of many great modding communities over the years. That's why with Ascent of Ashes, we want to give something back to those communities. We're building the game's engine from the ground up to be easily extendable, and thanks to our extensive experience in creating mods ourselves we know exactly what kind of support mod-makers need. Ascent of Ashes is a game developed by modders, for modders.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: i5
    • Memory: 8000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 2048MB
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: WIndows 10
    • Processor: i7
    • Memory: 16000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 4096MB
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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