A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a mercenary, a business owner, a doctor, a bandit... the list goes on.

  • 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.
  • Freeform gameplay in a seamless game world stretching over 400 square kilometers. The game will never seek to limit you or restrict your personal play style.
  • Variation and possibilities of gameplay. Be good, be evil, be a business man, be a thief, live in a town, live in the desert, join the army, fight the army, travel alone, travel in hordes, build a fortress, raze a city.
  • Purchase and upgrade your own buildings to use as safe fortified havens when things go bad, or use them to start up a business.
  • Carry your wounded squad mates to safety and get them all home alive.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Lose an eye and it will affect your field of vision. Blood loss means you can pass out, and the blood will attract predators. Exhaustion affects performance and is increased by equipment weight, weather, blood loss and thirst. Severed limbs will need expensive robotic replacements.
  • 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.
  • Aid or oppose the various factions in the world while striving for the strength and wealth necessary to simply survive in the harsh desert.
  • 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.
  • Realistic physics simulation. PhysX Technology provided under license from NVIDIA Corporation. © 2002-2011 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved.
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Note that as it's such a big update, lots of bugs and instabilities are likely until I can get through all the bug-reports. The Stable Build of the game I will leave as it is until the new world map is ready.


    • Huge optimisation that uses more multi-threading for the game code and AI, improving performance significantly when there are a lot of characters around.
    • AI War Campaigns, NPC factions can now launch proper missions. This is similar to the faction assaults feature that was around in an older version, except the difference is it's now a fully dynamic system. If assaults are coming repeatedly they can be stopped by decimating that faction's base of operations.
    • Towns and nests can now be wiped out.
    • Random bandit camps, allowing the bandit factions (among others) to have a population source, which can therefore regenerate, run low, or be wiped out.
    • Races now have different bonuses and penalties to certain stats
    • Render optimisation for the lights, it appears they were slowing things down a lot
    • Bars now have a variety of random goons who all sit together: mercenary groups, thieves (with fences to sell stuff to), bounty hunters colorisation maps added to faction armours
    • AI squads now move in formation
    • You can now buy and sell slaves
    • You can now pay the bounty on a character to get him out of prison


    • Made our own game launcher (old one was a default part of Ogre engine), which hopefully fixes some of the config problems people had with DX11
    • Fixed the shortage of nests
    • Fixed being unable to use beds and cages
    • Fixed the overpopulation of the slaver camp
    • Fixed some more pathfinding/collision bugs
    • Fixed a ragdoll display bug

Note: This is available on opt-in Steam experimental only

Dev Log: Assaults

Dev Log: Assaults

1 month ago News 7 comments

This month we've been working on bringing back town assaults for release in the next update. Instead of random attacks like before, assaults will now...

Dev Log: War!

Dev Log: War!

1 month ago News 3 comments

Just a couple of teasers from our progress this last couple of weeks! You should be able to expect our next content update around the end of this month...

Dev Log: First Town

Dev Log: First Town

2 months ago News 2 comments

We don’t have any updates planned for a while, but in the mean time here are some of the features we’ve been working on…

Dev Log: Storm Buildings

Dev Log: Storm Buildings

2 months ago News 4 comments

Now that the big bug fixing phase is over, we'll get back to the dev blogs... Here are a few little things we’ve been working on lately.

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magicrat_larry Jul 27 2015 says:

I purchased this game a long time ago on Steam. I have not played it in a while, but man since I looked at this project page I want to get back in there. You seem to have made the world a lot more enticing.

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WulfeeGrey Jul 23 2015 says:

I don't mean any offense, but the character face models look really, REALLY, ugly. Will there be any touch ups for that or anything? Almost all of the face models look as though they are 40+. Cant have a bad *** team of mid 20 dudes. Hopefully there will be a facelift, or at least a face lift mod.

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maxcodes Apr 8 2015 says:

Ummm my antivirus detects this game as a trojan... anyone else having this problem?

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Prince_Dragoon Feb 19 2015 says:

I hope we can tame and raise animals (I have eggs and I don't wanna sell em) .

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KPL Jan 29 2015 says:

Your game looks great! What about Mac/Linux support?

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Volumed Jan 2 2015 says:

Indie of the Year 2015. ;-)

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Cheddar_Bob Dec 18 2014 says:

Hey, I am not trying to demand anything from you guys but plllllease do not give into any masses demanding a "finished" product affect how long you spend developing the game. This has the possibility of becoming a masterpiece and let it be so. :)

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Marceline_Beast Dec 18 2014 says:

Game failing to launch. No any error message. (sorry for my bad engl)

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Koomatzu Jan 28 2015 replied:

What version are you trying to play?

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Marceline_Beast Jan 28 2015 replied:

latest experimental.

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Koomatzu Creator
Koomatzu Jan 28 2015 replied:

Are you using a 32 bit or 64 bit system?

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Marceline_Beast Jan 28 2015 replied:


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Koomatzu Creator
Koomatzu Jan 28 2015 replied:

That version is only 64-bit at the moment. Sorry, you'll have to opt out of experimental for now - hopefully won't be too long until 32-bit is supported as well :)

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Highest Rated (82 agree) 10/10

Kenshi is a very ambitious game, it is as of the moment I'm writing this in a very unfinished state, but it's fun to play and it looks like with more love and care, this will be an absolutely great game.

Therefore I'm voting this a 10, I also bought the game to support the (currently) only developer working on it.

Despite the crashes, the content the game has now, made by only a single developer is very impressive in my opinion.

Thumbs up :)

Nov 5 2011 by DuckSauce

Lowest Rated (9 agree) 4/10

In it's current state, it deserves a one.

But because it's being updated and because its from one dude, it deserves a 4.

When its finally released, hopefully it will be worth a 10.
I don't see why people are just spamming 10 on this, lets be honest. in its current state, it is pretty sh*t. But we can all agree it WILL turn out great. (Don't hate me for the low rate, i'll re-review it with a high score as the game is being made. Or when its finished.)

Feb 16 2012 by darklord0211

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Update 0.76 is out now. Now with 200% more bugs!

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Gonna release an update soon, but I added stealing so now I'm trying to make it less easy to rob the towns blind before I release it.

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