The samurai RPG 'Kenshi' finally launches after 12 years in development

An in-game scene from 'Kenshi'. An in-game scene from 'Kenshi'. LO-FI GAMES

Twelve years after Lo-Fi Games began development on a "sword punk" single-player RPG called Kenshi, the game finally gets its release.

Available via Steam for PC, Kenshi mixes together RPG elements, squad-based control, and city-building.  Gameplay is completely free-roaming and open, so players will be able to enjoy the freedom and potential to do whatever they want.  Despite the long development time, Lo-Fi Games says Kenshi is worth the wait.

“We’ve had our struggles with delays, budget, engine upgrades, and of course mountains of bugs to squash”, says Lo-Fi Games’ CEO and head developer Chris Hunt.  “But it’s exciting to reach the finishing line and to see so much enthusiasm amongst the community that supported us for so many years.”

The game is set in an unrelenting world of bloodthirsty cannibals, starving bandits, brutal slavers and wild beasts, survival alone is a gruelling struggle.  You (the player) are not the chosen one, but you're not all great and powerful.  Really, you're not even all that special.  You're not, that is, unless you work for it.

“I hope that Kenshi meets a need in players that wasn’t being met by bigger games in the industry - a need for freedom and depth," further comments Hunt.  "Kenshi’s great for making your own stories and we think it also offers a really unique experience, different for each individual player where free roaming AIs can collide outside of a linear script."

Kenshi is a Windows PC exclusive with a $29.99 MSRP.  Those who played the game during its Steam Early Access phase can upgrade to the full game at no charge.

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