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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3 comments by Koomatzu on May 12th, 2015

The latest update is now out on Steam! To download it, you will need to opt in to Steam Experimental.

0.74.0 “SO BIG”

This is a super unstable version, it’s not ready for release but because there hasn’t been a release for a long time I’m putting it out in the “Experimental” branch so people who are interested can play around with it. If I try to fix everything first then I’ll just keep delaying it more and more until the players lynch me. If you’d prefer to play it when more stable, we recommend waiting a couple of weeks after patching.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Keep the “view distance” low, it has a drastic effect on performance. This is caused by the terrain engine, it’s getting fixed in a future update
  • Keeping the population size low will help performance too
  • Run the game fullscreen, disable civilian NPCs, turn off shadows will all improve the frame rate
  • Running the game in DirectX11 mode has a better frame rate

SLAVERY!

  • There is a slave camp in the west. Any newly captured slaves will be sent to the camp. Escape attempts will be met with harpoons. Intruders will be captured.
  • Slavers strip slaves and shave their heads. Confiscated items are put into storage. Slaves are kept in cages and made to work in the mines during the day.
  • Slaves have shackles locked onto their feet. They can’t be removed unless lock-picked or broken with tools.
  • Stolen items are now tagged and the original owner can recognise them
  • More limits to trading/looting things at a distance, can’t take items from other peoples storage without looting it directly
  • Disguises- If you wear the uniform of another faction, NPCs will think you are one of them. Until you get recognised
  • NPC towns can have gates, gate guards that challenge you on approach, and recognise unauthorised intruders and escaping prisoners

OTHER FEATURES

  • New race added, the Shek (People keep complaining that we are adding races instead of fixing bugs- The guy who makes the races is an artist, he’s not the same person as the ones fixing bugs!)
  • New character editor that uses morph targets for the facial features instead of bones. Looks better, gives more control, and has better in-game performance.
  • Character models overhauled, male and female faces look much better, less piggy.
  • New GUI re-skin and overhaul.
  • Turrets are faster at aiming. NPC guards can man turrets.
  • Lots of upgrades and features added to the construction set
  • Support added for level mods (to add towns and stuff to the map)
  • Support added for physics object attachment to characters and animals
  • AI system tune up- better performance and no task oscillation bugs
  • Added auto-job for the corpse furnace (careful, they’ll burn any loot too)

RENDERERING

  • DX11 mode (DX9 still supported, but will look crappier and run slower)
  • Lights! Night time is darker, buildings can have lights mounted on them
  • New global illumination ambient lighting model, and BRDF material shaders

FIXES OF NOTE

  • Improved the terrain collision accuracy
  • NPCs won’t loot someone who’s being carried
  • Fixed the bug where guards wouldn’t protect you from bandits
  • Ragdolls are now created on the background thread
  • Fixed the invisible ragdoll bug
  • Fixed missing upper body combat animations
  • Fixed harpoons getting stuck in mid-air
  • Stopped large animals trying to attack targets inside buildings

NEXT UPDATES

  • Will be focused on bug-fixing and stabilisation
  • Will have a new movement system to avoid the characters getting stuck, flickering, and random framerate drops caused by Havok, until then we’ve worked some quick-fixes into the current release to help things as best we can
  • After the performance issues are sorted out the wall placement problems will be looked at

CURRENT BUGS:

  • The gui is not 100% finished and full of cosmetic bugs
  • The pathfinder is super broken right now (movement flickers, getting stuck, no collision, and performance drags) because we aren’t quite finished with a re-write, it will be updated properly asap
  • Still needs more features for the lights, like more techs, types, power-related light brightness and stat penalties for working in the darkness, personal lanterns
  • Still needs more ways of getting enslaved
  • Performance is terrible, it will improve drastically with 2 future updates: The pathfinder (ETA: 2-3 weeks) and the terrain system fix (ETA: 1-2 months)
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This is both the full version and demo all in one, depending on whether you have a product key. You can also get the latest 0.72.1 build below:

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Feb 16, 2014 Full Version 10 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.

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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...

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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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WulfeeGrey
WulfeeGrey Dec 23 2013, 1:50am says:

Quick question, will we be seeing the actual females around in game, or is that still being implemented? Making a female character is fine and all, but i wanna see them around in the actual game/adventure itself.

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WulfeeGrey
WulfeeGrey Dec 23 2013, 9:20pm replied:

Thanks for the reply, although it's sad that so far i haven't been able to find any female companions. Also, the females i have found along my travels... all seemed like men. Maybe the kenshi universe, the women evolved to uglier beings, but it makes me cringe. I hope this isn't permanent.

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Ascensionx
Ascensionx Dec 23 2013, 11:26am replied:

Yes,there are females in a lot of the various factions and inns.

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Zunic
Zunic Dec 23 2013, 10:56am replied:

Captain Deathbeard says he is trying to get the next update out by Dec. 24...even if it means cutting a few things off. He plans to add females in this update

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bigdickbandit
bigdickbandit Dec 22 2013, 11:55am says:

So when does the new 0.58 update come here on desure? as it was released on steam 3 hours ago?

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Zunic
Zunic Dec 22 2013, 11:49pm replied:

As of now...it hasnt been released on steam.

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Ascensionx
Ascensionx Dec 23 2013, 11:29am replied:

The update came out at 8:10am yesterday,so it has been released on steam.

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stephenmbanham
stephenmbanham Dec 18 2013, 5:07pm says:

Hey! We're doing an Indie Of The Year special series on the Top 100! And we featured your game!

Check it out? Youtu.be

Thank you so much in advance! and we hope you like the video!

Alot of team effort went into it! So if you could help us out and spread the word we'd be so grateful and thanks again for your amazing game!!!

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Guest
Guest Dec 18 2013, 7:47am says:

Been playing it off and on for a few months. It's improving all the time but not fast enough( but that's just 'cause i'm impatient for the finished game). Looking forward to new update in dec so i can start again. I've played fully finished games i have got bored with in less time than i've played on this,and with each update it makes me want to play it more.

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Extradaemon
Extradaemon Dec 17 2013, 6:15pm says:

Hi, I bought this game ages ago and can't remember how to find my key, can anyone help?

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RealQi
RealQi Dec 17 2013, 7:11pm replied:

Where did you buy it? desura? Steam? Or off the page?

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Extradaemon
Extradaemon Dec 18 2013, 10:17am replied:

Sorry, it was from Desura

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captain_deathbeard Creator
captain_deathbeard Dec 18 2013, 12:05pm replied:

Isn't there some kind of right-click->show key menu in desura?

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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 (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.)

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