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Wilderness survival roguelike Wayward gets a big free expansion

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Currently in Early Access, Wayward is a wilderness survival roguelike from developer Unlok and the 9th major update is out now with the Seafarer expansion.

With this now out, the developer mentioned this brings an end to the limited amount of exploration that was possible as you can now sail the seas to explore new lands. Sounds like a pretty huge advancement for the game and not something that was easy for the team, a feature they had originally said 'would probably never happen' but an important milestone for making it much more enjoyable.

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Update highlights:

  • Added infinite persistent travel to up to three different types of islands, "Coastal", "Arid" and "Ice Cap".
  • Players in multiplayer can now travel together to new islands using a new voting system.
  • Encumbrance, dehydration, starvation, and exhaustion are all now status effects that appear in the UI. Their tooltips provide additional information and are more accurate with increased anatomy skill.
  • Added new locked forms of all chests with varied/tiered loot and quality for both generated chests and unearthed treasure chests.
  • The "Traverse the Seas" action and functionality have been removed in exchange for the new travelling system. The bull boat/sail boat can now be used to "paddle" like the raft.
  • Water now has a depletable but slowly regenerative amount of fish and items. You will need to move to other areas to successfully fish when depleted.
  • Dying in casual mode or with the "respawn" option enabled now causes players to become a ghost with a "respawn" button available. The ghost can travel around to any revealed location in the world.

This is only their first step towards different islands to explore, with a lot more planned to come across the next bunch of releases although they may be a bit slower to release because of the focus on bigger amounts of content. They want to add in features like 'temperature, more biome content and other unique island-based features like charting/mapping' and more like that.

You can grab Wayward on Humble Store and Steam.

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g000h 29 Jul
I've been watching this game for years, and enjoyed playing an early free revision of it that you play in your browser. With it being on sale on Humble, and combining the sale discount with the choice subscription discount, I've decided to take the plunge and pick it up, finally.
Nezchan 29 Jul
I've had my eye on this for quite a while now, but like a lot of things I'm waiting for it to finally come out of beta to actually play it. Looks like there's still a ways to go, but the development so far is really promising.
Gamewizard 29 Jul
Quoting: NezchanI've had my eye on this for quite a while now, but like a lot of things I'm waiting for it to finally come out of beta to actually play it. Looks like there's still a ways to go, but the development so far is really promising.

To be frank you might be waiting a while longer as it's a side project for those working on it still last I heard. But as it stands when I bought it a few years ago I have all ready got my moneys worth out of the game. Plus it seems they are not pulling a Starbound on those of us that have bought it :) Yes I'm still salty over how Stabound turned out, nearly burned me permanently on early access stuff
A "free" "expansion". For a game that is still in "early access" beta.

Gamewizard 31 Jul
Quoting: Mountain ManA "free" "expansion". For a game that is still in "early access" beta.

That's Liam getting a bit over editorial with the article title as it's part of the planned release schedule and now where in the official news post on Steam or website is it referred to as a free expansion. Just as an FYI
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