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Caves of Qud from Freehold Games is probably the absolutely wildest roguelike I've ever played and now the developers are teaming up with Dwarf Fortress publisher Kitfox Games to publishing it with the final release in 2024.

This is great news because Caves of Qud is truly excellent, and more people deserve to know about it and experience it. With publishing help, the developers can focus more on polishing the 1.0 release! Thanks to the partnership Qud also has a fancy trailer now:

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From the press release:

“The partnership makes sense on so many levels,” says Jason Grinblat, co-founder at Freehold Games. “First, Tanya is one of our oldest friends in the industry, and we've already worked with her on a few non-game projects. Second, we love what Kitfox has been doing over the past few years, both as an inspiring indie developer and as a publisher carving out a really distinctive niche. And third, of course: Dwarf Fortress. Few games have had as big an impact on Caves of Qud as DF. It's humbling to be mentioned alongside the legend, and it's delightful to lock arms with our friends and some of our favorite devs ever, Tarn & Zach Adams.”

"We've always loved Caves of Qud as an alternate-dimension take on deep world simulation, where a skilled writer prioritized certain elements of atmosphere at every turn in the design,” says Kitfox Captain, Tanya X. Short. “So when we heard Kitfox could help Qud get to 1.0, we leapt at the chance. It's a crime that not enough Dwarf Fortress fans have heard of this cousin, an underrated gem of a game made by lovely people, and we hope we can help spread the word to those who would adore it."

You can buy it right now on GOG and Steam. It has Native Linux support and is Steam Deck Verified.

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Cyril Jul 29, 2023
Great, hope it turns well, this game is in Early Access since forever!
pageround Jul 29, 2023
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I've had a lot of good times in Qud. I recommend playing with a numpad. I'm also interested to see if Kitfox makes DF and Qud more steamdeck friendly; playing Qud on the steamdeck wasn't as intuitive as I would have liked. You can also get Qud from itch.

Last edited by pageround on 29 July 2023 at 5:18 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy Jul 29, 2023
Quoting: CyrilGreat, hope it turns well, this game is in Early Access since forever!
Hopefully with this team-up, they'll be able to emulate Dwarf Fortress' speed of development! Um . . .
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