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Developer The Fun Pimps is finally about to release the much anticipated experimental alpha 17 of 7 Days to Die, which should be early next week.

A recent screenshot of A17, showing off new lighting.

The last update to the game was around October last year so this has been in progress for some time now. As expected, it's going to be absolutely huge. So big in fact, that to talk about most of it here would be a bit ridiculous. Honestly, even doing some simple highlights I'm utterly lost for where to start it's so long and exciting.

Here's a few interesting things coming: They've updated Unity to bring in some massively improved lighting; texture streaming; a new party system to share XP, share quests and track their location and health; the quest system is brand new, which lets you pick up quests from traders and progress through tiered quests difficulties; the Navezgane map is more than double the original size; many new locations and many improved locations from the previous alpha; multiple new vehicles; overhauled AI system, which includes some scary sounding behaviours and absolutely loads more. To say they've been busy, would be a pretty big understatement.

You can see some preliminary patch notes here.

The actual release isn't going to be the full alpha 17, they're saying it will be an experimental public beta which will be available Monday (depending on timezones).

I spoke to the developer today, who said this about the Linux version

Monday's release is the experimental version so hopefully it will be working well but it is an incomplete version that we are seeking feedback about so that it can be completed. There is an equivalent linux version built alongside the windows and mac versions so hopefully there won't be issues but can't promise anything.

Across this weekend, some livestreamers were given access to test it out, you can see a list here. Sadly we didn't get in on that, as we only have around 3.5K Twitch followers (our channel here) whereas you needed at least 5K.

As long as the Linux version runs well enough, our livestreamer Sin will be taking a look next week as soon as she can.

It's currently on sale on the Humble Store with 64% off, good time to pick it up.

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Ehvis 17 November 2018 at 9:17 pm UTC
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I'm sure Sin will love the new "radiated vulture".
liamdawe 17 November 2018 at 9:23 pm UTC
EhvisI'm sure Sin will love the new "radiated vulture".
Brace your ears for impact ;)
Lolo01 17 November 2018 at 10:49 pm UTC
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I love this game and would like to try coop mode.
silver 17 November 2018 at 11:35 pm UTC
My favourite game. I hope they have managed to fix it so it doesn't crash that often anymore. It uses Vulkan now I think (?)
Jollt 18 November 2018 at 12:10 am UTC
Can't wait for our server too! Will be great playing with everyone again

PS: Steam sale in 4 days, the game might be around 75% discount so if you don't have it wait a little more and get it Totally worth all prices either way.
14 18 November 2018 at 4:54 am UTC
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I played this game for a short while with some co-workers and I got bored somewhat quickly. I also couldn't stand the ugly graphics. The fact that the game hasn't been updated in a year means that I don't regret forgetting about the game for so long. If this huge update is cool and runs well enough, I will jump and and check it out. I didn't find the current version enjoyable enough, even with people to cooperate with.
haiku 18 November 2018 at 7:23 am UTC
Shame but i never enjoyed this kind of zombies shooting game. That said i enjoyed Outcast 2 very much
TimeFreeze 18 November 2018 at 9:36 am UTC
Yes....Yes....YES! YES! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!
razing32 18 November 2018 at 10:34 am UTC
Had so much fun on this.
Played with a bunch of friends and i have some good memories.

1.While being chased by wild dogs i run to my friend in the house and tell him to close the door. He steps OUTSIDE and closes the door. Death by dog"

2.We go scavenging at a gas station and fight zombies and we accidently shoot a red barrel. Half the gas station us and the zombies disappear in a cloud of smoke.

3. Dividing tasks with my friends (i was cementing the house) and when i log in after a day see my friend dug a hole through a MOUNTAIN. Literally an afternoon of digging to get to the other side.
WorMzy 18 November 2018 at 11:52 am UTC
Will be interesting to see if The Fun Pimps actually come through this time. Historically they've been very lousy with their Linux/Mac support, uncommunicative when they break the various builds, and pretty shitty to people who ask them about what problems they're facing. It would be nice to see that they've grown as developers and actually test their builds before they release them, and are open and communicative when things go wrong. They might actually make it off my blacklist if they can demonstrate that.
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