Death is not the end. You’ve been chosen as the Ankou, a servant of Death who aids lost souls using the tools of your old trade. Roam haunted lands to find resources, craft weapons, and slay hordes of demons in this action-exploration roguelike.
Recent Reviews:
Mostly Positive (29) - 72% of the 29 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (424) - 86% of the 424 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 17, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As designers, we do not like games that stretch the same idea over and over for an infinite amount of time, and as we started its development, An Ankou quickly felt like very malleable material. We have tons of ideas to lead the genre into new territories, things that we want to try or things we guess might be cool to have in this kind of game. But we need players’ feedback to prioritize what’s more promising or correct the course quickly instead of wasting time on stuff boring the majority of our community.

Also, we always wanted to make a “live” game with evolving content based on players expectations. Mind you, not a “live game” as in “Game as a Service” with microtransactions or f2p mechanics, but as a frequently updated game with loads of new little events and features, new ways of engaging with the game or new objectives for already experienced players.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“It’s hard to say precisely but probably between 6 to 12 months as we ramp up the content and adapt to feedback from the community. What you will see at the beginning of the Early Access has been built from scratch in 8 months and we feel confident that content can be added quite quickly on this base with updates between every 2 weeks and a month.”

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

“As explained above, we have multiple ideas to lead An Ankou in different directions so it’s a bit hard to define clear limits between early access and the final version of the game. It will stay an action rogue-like but with more content as time grows and hopefully more game modes to bring diversity to the experience… Expect very regular updates and a clear road map of what we’re doing at the moment and for the near future.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game features at launch 2 maps :
one hand-made and one procedurally generated
Two playables classes
30+ craftable items
Difficulty modifiers to test your skill and unlock the 30+ achievements”

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

“Yes, we intend to price the game very competitively at the beginning of early access and to increase it at the release. Early buyers will of course not be impacted by this raise and we will warn before any price raise.”

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

“We will be monitoring all feedback made through the game on Steam and on our Discord server to correct the course of our development in the direction that seems the most popular among early players. We really hope that this Early Access can become something you can enjoy over time as the game experience diversifies regularly.”
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About This Game

With death comes a new job. An Ankou is a fast-paced action roguelike where you usher souls from the land of the living whilst battling hordes of demons. As the servant of Death, explore a haunted open environment, scavenge resources, and craft equipment to help in your task.

With multiple professions to imbue the Ankou, each with its own items and skills, random events scattered across the maps, and optional challenges to tackle, there is tons of replayability, and each playthrough is unique.

Servants of Death

Death has given you a new purpose. Legends state that the last dead of the year becomes the Ankou, who helps lost souls depart the land of the living. And for some reason, this is a busy year.… With your scythe, cart, and tools from your living profession, collect resources and souls to craft weapons, upgrade and survive.

The Tools of Your Trades

Each run, a newly dead person inhabits the role of the Ankou, and they bring the knowledge and tools from their profession in life. Each version of the Ankou gives you access to new weapons and abilities to unlock as you dispatch unruly demons. How many souls can you aid using the skills of a blacksmith, a soldier, an apothecary, a cook and others?

Forage and Craft

Roam the haunted lands searching for resources to craft and upgrade your gear. Use your scythe to harvest wood, plants and metal, or hunt dangerous beasts for rare and precious components.

Legions of Demons

Most of your challenges will begin with a handful of evil creatures to defeat, but they will quickly escalate into waves of hundreds of demons fighting alongside increasingly powerful bosses. An Ankou has a fast-paced progression and swiftly shifts from careful exploration to frenetic fights.

Choose your Gear and Gameplay

Multiple tools of your old trade are ready to be used, but more can be unlocked as you play. Choose your gear based on the available resources, challenges you have to overcome, and the playstyle you prefer. But can you craft what you need before waves of deadly demons overpower you?

Customise your Experience

  • Multiple game modes with game durations between 15 minutes and 1 hour
  • Tackle objectives and increase difficulty at your own pace
  • Different control schemes for all profiles: 2 sticks, 1 stick, 1 stick with auto-aim, mouse and keyboard
  • Regular updates. Always know when the next update is due.

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

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10+
    • Processor: Intel I3 or equivalent and above
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 10 series equivalent or above
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Anything that goes beyond bleep
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10+
    • Processor: Intel I5 or equivalent and above
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 16 series equivalent or above
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Anything that goes beyond bleep

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