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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Dev Log: War!

1 week ago News 3 comments


War campaign AI is now underway so that NPC factions will be able to invade and attack towns. We also now have two new movement formations for NPC squads based on the type of faction that the squad is from. Firstly, we have military (box shaped):


And caravan (line shaped):



We've gone back to working on the weather system too. Here's our first screengrab of volumetric fog...


Now that we have basic fog, we have a base for other weather effects such as storms and twisters.

General bits...

Just a few small improvements, Maykol's been improving the general behavior with switching between floors, plus he's added support for an extra floor on buildings. We've also gotten started improving the camera movement and rotation, especially when moving around buildings, floors and following characters. And we've also had a small performance boost after doing some multi-threading to the AI.

Hopefully we’ll have plenty of stuff ready by the end of the month – it’s been another long update and we appreciate everyone’s patience :)

Dev Log: First Town

Dev Log: First Town

3 weeks 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

1 month 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.

Update 0.74.29 + Giant Swamp Frogs

Update 0.74.29 + Giant Swamp Frogs

2 months ago News 5 comments

Our most recent patch notes, plus environment and beastie designs...

Working On: Bug Fixes

Working On: Bug Fixes

3 months ago News 1 comment

Sorry, not had much to report lately since we've mainly been bug fixing! Here's the patch changelogs from over the last month...

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. Aid or oppose the various factions in the world...
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White-Eyes Jan 29 2014 says:

How do I know if my town is set to public? Is it when the button says 'public', or do I click the button and it's public when the button says 'private'?

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captain_deathbeard Feb 1 2014 replied:

It "says what it is"

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White-Eyes Feb 3 2014 replied:


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Fireball24 Jan 29 2014 says:

I want to have more people in my squad :( or atleast more squads

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White-Eyes Jan 28 2014 says:

The game is amazing. I loved everything about it.

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vol4ok Jan 25 2014 says:

i'm getting someking Blue Screen when i play the game, i can see the text, health and hud all normally. Does anyone knows how to fix it ?

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vol4ok Jan 26 2014 replied:

already fixed it,the problem was in Distance it was set on 0

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ForteMilo Jan 24 2014 says:

I've been following Kenshi since 0.29 build and I have to say you really progressed and so far have a great game! :D I really hope you reach your vision of the final product now you have your game on steam. I haven't bought the game yet sadly (I'm too poor lol) but I do plan to buy it sometimes when it reaches around 0.75 on the build for sure! This has to be the most awesome game I've heard about and I'm glad that I followed and tracked it early :)

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neronix17 Jan 29 2014 replied:

It's not free, the download is the full game files but only playable as a demo until you buy it, at which point the demo unlocks into the full game.

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SirJohnKnight Jan 24 2014 says:

It is online?

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habitdasher#2 Jan 25 2014 replied:

no, this is a single player game and always will be.

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Released 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 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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