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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  • Squad management! Multiple squads, character dismissal. Character cap increased to 50 and can be modded even higher.
  • Made a SmellManager. Bleeding and corpses now stink up the place and attract dangerous animals. Wolves hunt by smell.


  • Finally fixed the Havok loading area crash(?)
  • Fixed speech boxes cutting off text at low resolutions
  • Stealth state is now saved, and the checkbox is fixed
  • Fixed NPCs not being visible when moving the camera around paused
  • Fixed newgame window going off screen at low resolutions
  • Fixed a crash related to building material storages
  • Fixed the framerate drop when building certain walls
  • Fixed a few more little crashes
  • Fixed problem with correct floor visibility when building furniture
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Kenshi 0.67.2

Kenshi 0.67.2

Apr 18, 2014 Full Version 8 comments

This is both the full version and demo all in one, depending on whether you have a product key

Kenshi 0.62.1

Kenshi 0.62.1

Feb 16, 2014 Full Version 9 comments

This is both the full version and demo all in one, depending on whether you have a product key.

Kenshi 0.58.3

Kenshi 0.58.3

Dec 24, 2013 Full Version 6 comments

Full version and demo all in one, v0.58.3. It will automatically update itself to the latest version.

Kenshi 0.50.0

Kenshi 0.50.0

Oct 11, 2013 Full Version 14 comments

Full version and demo. The latest update has music and sound effects. You can safely install over the top of your old Kenshi folder without losing your...

Kenshi 0.45.0

Kenshi 0.45.0

Aug 1, 2013 Full Version 0 comments

This is the long awaited walls update. Full game and demo.

Kenshi 0.44.0

Kenshi 0.44.0

Jul 1, 2013 Full Version 11 comments

Full version and demo all in one, with a built-in auto-updater.

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Prince_Dragoon Feb 14 2012, 12:01am says:

how do i update i hit thw wyupdater but is says my game is up to date even though i dont see any foliage.

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Prince_Dragoon Feb 14 2012, 1:44am replied:

woops typed to fast i ment how do i use the updater i think theres somthing wrong. i use the updater and it says its up to date when its not.

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ZPower Feb 15 2012, 10:42pm replied:

Read the post again.

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Malfious Feb 11 2012, 3:41pm says:

I signed up for Desura just to buy this game after seeing a video on Youtube of it, it looks great. Hope it gets more awareness :)

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Edrahil Feb 10 2012, 9:23am says:

I just bought this game and now when it is downloading a 67mb update it is only downloading at speed of under 20 KBPS. FUU- it's taking too long to download an update

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cork279 Feb 10 2012, 12:33pm replied:

But the game is well worth the patience ;D

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Edrahil Feb 10 2012, 1:35pm replied:

Yes, I waited a couple of hours to get the update downloaded, just gotta say this:
THIS GAME IS PURE AWESOMENESS (is that even a word :P)

By the way, how many members can you have in your squad?

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SefiR0t Feb 10 2012, 7:52am says:

Игра запускается без звука. Это нормально?

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kibertoad Feb 16 2012, 10:21am replied:

Вроде как там пока нету звука :)

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azukee2 Feb 8 2012, 8:52pm says:

I found a bug in the game were you have a item that your about to buy but dont want to and cant put it back because there is no more space in the traders inventory, the trader just drops it and you get it for free.

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soldierss666 Feb 7 2012, 3:23pm says:

How do i build a base (if implemented yet) and how do i make robotic parts??

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RanceJustice Feb 6 2012, 1:08pm says:

Hi, I just purchased a Kenshi key direct from the website. While I hear that you can download the "demo" version here and then activate in-game, Desura will always consider the game the demo version and thus ask you to upgrade with the little "lightning bolt" on your games list. Could Desura and/or developers (Note: this also happens with King Arthur's Gold) please allow us to activate our keys from direct purchase here on Desura, in a way that Desura will understand? Either the whole Tools > Activate a CD Key etc... thing or allow Desura to be able to look into a game that you've installed here and read that the full version is active, not just a demo. Thanks. I've run into more than a few people having issues with this.

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zach538 Feb 11 2012, 12:44am replied:

if you already put in the cd key here on desura you should be able to play it just delete the demo then reinstall it the same thing happened to me when i bought the game towns

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captain_deathbeard Feb 7 2012, 10:09am replied:

Its not really possible technically, the game has its own key system separate from desuras. Is the lightning bolt really such a problem?

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RanceJustice Feb 8 2012, 10:41am replied:

It is when it comes to how people assess the quality of Desura itself, and the content available there. I've had people run into the same issue and become confused, thinking that their game (Not Kenshi, but other titles available here with incompatible key systems) really wasn't completely unlocked. When I explained the issue, every single one of them said "Steam doesn't do that", truly that's the crux of the issue, as it makes Desura and the software sold upon it appear disjointed and amateurish to many, when they are used to something like Steam, which isn't fair to the software itself because of this kind of logistical issue.

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Edrahil Feb 10 2012, 9:24am replied:

I bought the game from Desura while I was having the demo. Desura just deleted the demo and downloaded the new Kenshi Alpha. And there's no lightning bolts

I just got myself a new problem..

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Released Oct 28, 2011
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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, 6:22pm by DuckSauce

Lowest Rated (8 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, 5:25pm by darklord0211

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