An open world, post-apocalyptic RPG shooter where you tap into the power of the spirit world to liberate the Hawaiian island of Oahu from the army that occupies it.
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July 23

Developer Diary #7: The Many Forms of Kai

Aloha, it’s been a while since our last developer blog, but don’t worry, we’ve been hard at work on Ashes of Oahu. The team has been putting the game through its paces in the QA process, but among the many bugs we’ve squashed these past few days we still found the time to sneak in a few new forms for Kai. Kai already had the ability to mount a horse to help him traverse the island, but in this blog, we want to show you a few other ways he can navigate also.

Throughout the legends of pre-colonial Hawaii runs a thread of shapeshifting heroes and villains. From the wily kupua to the mysterious mo’o, moving from human form to that of various creatures of the ‘aina is a long-standing show of great mana.

So, tired of walking around on the ground? No problem. One of Kai’s forms allows him to take on the aspect of a hawk. Catching thermals and flying around the island can be quite relaxing, as long as you forget about the Raiders waiting to kill you, and allows you to take in the beautiful countryside. Even though this is a post-apocalyptic setting, there still is some beauty left.

Worried about losing your breath while swimming in the ocean, streams, and bays around Oahu? No problem, now you can turn into a fish. Not just any fish either, long have the bays and waterways of Oahu been guarded and protected by the great mano. If Kai earns favor with the akua, he too will be granted the power to turn into a shark. No need to worry about a pesky breath meter when you have gills. You also won’t have to fret about something higher in the food chain coming along to eat you either.

Can you see it? Turns out the hawk isn’t the only feathered animal that Kai can take the shape of. That yard-bird in the photo is Kai. Sure, it’s not as flashy as a hawk, but sometimes stealth IS the best option. If that’s the case, there is no better way to get to where you want to go in the inconspicuous form of a chicken. Just hope the Raiders aren’t close to a deep fryer….

Not all of Kai’s new forms are for getting around though. when the time comes to bring the fight to the enemy, Kai may bring to bear the power of the legendary guardian mo'o. In this form, he can belch great balls of magma that leave lingering patches of fire, and bite at those that come too near. Who would win man versus beast, lizard versus Raider? Our bets on Kai but you can find out for yourself later this summer.

You can pre-order Ashes of Oahu now and receive access to the upcoming closed beta as well as 3 days early access once the game is released. Be among the first to fly the skies as a hawk, swim the seas as a shark, sneak through enemy camps as a yard bird, and give Raiders a horrible day with flying balls of molten rock as soon as the game launches!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news and updates! Want to chat with the devs? Join our Discord!
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June 17

Developer Diary #6: Player Choice and the Branching Story

In our previous developer blog, we covered the importance of outposts and touched on enemy A.I. You can catch up on that blog here. This week we are covering the depth of the branching narrative that you’ll uncover as you play though Ashes of Oahu and the impacts of your choices.

When Kai embarks upon his journey through Ashes of Oahu the factions exist in a loose tension with each other. They have motivations that place them in conflict, but they do not live in a state of all-out war. Depending on your choices, they can stay neutral towards each other, become allies, or devolve into open hostilities. This is done to increase player agency and show Kai’s influence on the world around him.

What Kai learns as he interacts with different characters will affect the story as well. What you learn throughout the game can become relevant in later conversations with other NPCs. If you have met one particular character and that meeting is connected to another person elsewhere in the world, you could find new branching dialogue available to you. You’ll also find that some NPCs will be willing to help you along your journey and venture out to support Kai’s efforts if you make the correct dialogue choices.

Ultimately the choices Kai makes and the way he aligns himself with the factions will impact who will help you defeat the Pua’a. Kai can turn missions down directly and risk gating any future rewards from that character, or he can choose to work with all the factions and try to bring them into harmony at the likely cost of never reaching the ultimate in skill rewards from any of the factions.

One early example of how Kai’s choices can have severe consequences is how he chooses to interact with a man named Tacitus. A first glance Tacitus appears to be a member of the Islanders that has been evicted from the Farm. He insists that he was helping the Farm fight off an invading band of Raiders, but the Farm didn’t like his tactics and asked him to go. He appears gravely injured and requests you seek aid on his behalf.

Once Kai arrives at the Farm, doubts are raised about Tacitus’ motivations. Apparently, the Raider invasions didn’t really start until he showed up. Needless to say, the Farm isn’t inclined to give you medical items to aid Tacitus. At this point, you can either steal the supplies and suffer reputational damage with the Islanders (if you get caught), or you can do a quest for the medical staff, and then they will reward you with the items you wanted.

If you choose to help Tacitus, he will reward you with grenades, promise you more in the future, but eventually betray you and attack alongside the Raiders at a later point in the game. If you choose to turn him down, he will become openly hostile towards you. You’ll learn early on that helping everyone you meet isn’t always in your own best interest, nor is everyone always going to tell you the truth, but it is your choice to make. However, regardless of the decision you arrive at, you are guaranteed to have some fun and exciting gameplay moments out of it.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news and updates! Want to chat with the devs? Join our Discord!
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About This Game

Ashes of Oahu is an open world, story driven shooter where you work with or against the surviving factions of a post apocalyptic Hawaii.
  • Inspired by native Hawaiian stories, traditions, and beliefs but with a unique fictional twist that brings in ghosts, raiders, and gods
  • Four distinct factions to work for...or against!
  • Over 75,000 lines create a massive and engaging narrative
  • Choices truly matter and can lead to any one of over 100 different endings!
  • Guns take on new and amazing powers thanks to the Magical Weapon Mod System
  • Play your way by unlocking 50+ skills and abilities
  • 25 sq/km of beautiful locations throughout Oahu, Hawaii
  • Craft items from Hawaiian resources you find throughout the island

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Violence, language

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: VIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD R9 270 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space

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