7 Days to Die has surged in popularity thanks to a huge new upgrade coming amount, with developer The Fun Pimps bringing some pretty surprising stuff to the game.
Rated Steam Deck Playable and it has Native Linux support, it's good to see development on it still going well. Thanks to this update it has shot up the Steam charts once again going from ~30K players to over 80K putting it on par with the likes of Modern Warfare 2 for player counts on Steam in the Top 10.
As for what they've added some of it includes:
- Lots of visual improvements.
- New types of Doors.
- A respawn near backpack option.
- Many locations expanded and overhauled.
- Points of interest now show you their name and difficulty tier on screen
- A better intro for new players
- Perk system overhaul.
- The Spear now has a power-attack rather than being thrown.
- Recipe tracker so you don't lose sight of what you're gathering.
- A HUD-less mode.
- Lots of performance optimization work.
All of which can be read in detail here. Safe to say it really is a massive update!
Check out a quick Steam Deck video below where it works quite well:
For desktop Linux with NVIDIA, I was not able to get it to run with Vulkan with this release. The game just crashes and quits when swapping to Vulkan in the launcher. Hopefully they will eventually get that sorted with their gradual Unity game engine upgrades so we're not stuck with OpenGL. Seems the Steam Overlay was also not working on desktop Linux for with 7 Days to Die right now.
Have you been playing the new Alpha? Be sure to comment and let me know what you think.