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.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (1,129) - 87% of the 1,129 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (7,540) - 89% of the 7,540 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 6, 2018

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested


Recent updates View all (170)

January 11

Update 1.0.10 Out Now

Patch notes for yesterday's 1.0.10 release.

Please report any bugs or feedback to either the Steam or Lo-Fi forums. Thank you.

  • French missing data updated
  • Fixed again that pesky bridge in Rebirth
  • A fix for the AI constantly alternating between self preservation and another task
  • Announcement dialogs shouldn't get repeated, but if they do it won't keep snapping the camera to the location anymore, only once per raid
  • A fix for characters in crowds sometimes getting pushed through walls
  • Buildings town reassigned when new player outpost created (for walls). If you built your town walls before anything else they would be assigned the wrong town and the AI builders would ignore them.
    • Spanish tweaks
    • French update
  • A small number of people are getting an unexplained random crash, this is an experiment to see if something we did fixes it
  • A bug sometimes gives player buildings the wrong town, not sure how but sypmtoms of this will be the AI not getting food or items or building things. With this update you should be able to fix any broken towns by importing.
  • Fixed being able to reorder research to skip prequisites
  • Fixed multi-line datapanel text overlapping
  • AI fix where a crippled character with un-healable legs would still keep trying to heal them
  • Fixed some bugs with corpse disposal AI
  • Slaves can no longer claim bounties on other slaves in a slave camp
  • Fixed an AI bug in Okran's Shield where prisoners were all getting piled up by a be
    • Japanese, french, german, portugese, spanish missing data updated
  • Combat spark effects added
  • "Entered new biome" notification sound
  • Fixed a crash that could be caused by a bad mod
  • Truncated research data panel lines if name is too long
  • AI fallback for bad nest locations
  • Fixed game crashing if install path has non-ascii character
    • Changed the launcher saying spanish was incomplete, because it's not, it's finished
    • Spanish tweaks for some stat names being too long to fit on their GUI lines
  • Fixed the City Hero gang waiting for you by the wrong gate in Heng.
  • If you defend yourself from the City Heroes or similar bandits you should no longer get attacked by the guards
  • Fixed carpets disappearing from your buildings on re-load
  • 2 crash fixes, one caused by re-ordering the research list
  • A fix that should solve the problem of buildings and walls sometimes getting assigned to the wrong town, which led to bugs like characters not getting food or not building things
  • Nests can no longer spawn in inaccessible locations
  • More NPC AI fallback for bad nest locations
  • The point at which your health causes you to go into a coma, based on toughness, is now moddable in the FCS: ["max toughness ko point"[/*]
    • German update
  • Lots of AI fixes for police, so they shouldn't now forget to heal or release any prisoners
  • Fixed animation modding crash
  • Fixed gamedata modIndex value for modded animation load orde
    • Japanese update
  • Font scaling should be improved, increasing font size should no longer over-increase the line spacing
  • The font scaling slider in the options should no longer crash
  • Fixed animals sometimes replying to human speech
  • Fixed the bridge in Rebirth (again)
  • Doors use name of parent building in context menu
  • AI fix for inacessible walled off towns with an internal gate
68 comments Read more

December 6, 2018

1.0 Out Now!

Kenshi version 1.0 is now out!

After 12 years of working alone, working as a six man team, shrinking back to a four man team, and suffering the dreaded year-long pathfinding update disaster of ‘15... we kept going til the end and we finally hit version 1.0.


We want to thank all of our players who have spread the word, supported us along the way and never given up on us during our long development. And of course we want to give a special thank you to all of our moderators (Shidan, Hatsune and Lumi) and contributors (Gauthier, Vlad, Yuri, Yayoi, YangFu, Egoisto.j.k, Tanishi, Urakata and many more!) who have given us their time and help to make Kenshi as good as it can be.

We will still be supporting Kenshi so if you do come across any technical issues we may have missed, just make a report in the bug forums and we’ll look into it asap.

Happy explorations :)
601 comments Read more


"Kenshi impresses the bejeesus out of me. Given the opportunity, I’m confident I would play it for a year – more, even." - Rock Paper Shotgun 'Bestest Best'

"84/100 - Work through the presentational ugliness and technical awkwardness, and you’ll find an experience of frightening depth." - PC Gamer

"8/10 - Kenshi has a unique style with anything you accomplish in the game feeling like a true achievement." - Cultured Vultures

About This Game

Free Demo Available Here

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.


  • Freeform gameplay in a seamless game world in the largest single-player RPG world since Daggerfall, stretching over 870 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.

  • 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.

  • Build a base where you can research new technologies, upgrade your defences 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.

  • Variation and possibilities of gameplay. Be good, be evil, be a businessman, be a thief, live in a town, live in the desert, travel alone, travel in hordes, build a fortress, raze a city. Devote yourself to freeing slaves, or maybe end up a slave yourself.

  • 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. Severe injuries will result in amputees needing robotic limb replacements. Blood loss means you can pass out, and the blood will attract predators. A character’s 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.

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:64-bit Windows
    • Processor:Dual-core 64-bit
    • Memory:6 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Pixel shader 5.0 capable card
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:14GB HD space
    • OS:Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor:Quad-core 64-bit
    • Memory:16 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:14GB HD space

What Curators Say

135 Curators have reviewed this product. Click here to see them.

Customer reviews

High Volume of Reviews Detected:
Exclude  or  View Only
Review Type

Purchase Type


Date Range
To view reviews within a date range, please click and drag a selection on a graph above or click on a specific bar.

Show graph

Display As:
Review Beta NEW!
When enabled, will sort reviews by new Helpfulness score. Read more about it in the blog post.
Show graph
Hide graph
Review Helpfulness Beta Enabled
There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
Loading reviews...