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Don't Starve Together: Floodgates are Opening Soon!

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Bigfoot    2,151

Hello everyone, It’s time for another update on Don’t Starve Together!
 
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In our previous Roadmap Update we announced that we were focused on 4 major things; dedicated servers, controller support, Mac/Linux support and Reign of Giants. As of recently we have achieved each of these goals. While we have some more work to do to polish these things, they are currently looking good and we want to update you all on what’s next. 
 
We can now confirm that Don’t Starve owners will be gifted Don’t Starve Together on June 3, 2015. 
 
For everyone who has participated in Early-Access so far, we are extremely appreciative. Your playtesting has been amazingly helpful to help us scale our systems. Now that Reign of Giants content is in, we need a bit more time to make some adjustments and iron out the bugs on this massive update, which will take a few more weeks.
 
Initially, we had wanted to wait until the caves content (more info below) was in before opening the floodgates, but we believe that the game’s in great shape and players have waited long enough. So come June 3rd, all Don’t Starve owners in Steam who don’t already own Don’t Starve Together will get DST for free; and we will continue with Early-Access in order to complete the caves, fix up any leftover bugs and make some more general improvements and other goodies as we have throughout early-access.
 
On June 3rd, new Don’t Starve owners will no longer get Don’t Starve Together, and there will no longer be a loyalty discount. In other words, if you haven’t bought Don’t Starve yet, now would be a good time to do so!
 
The main packages available on June 3rd will be the following:

  • Don’t Starve will continue to be $14.99
  • Don’t Starve Together will be $14.99, and include an extra giftable copy of Don’t Starve Together for your friend
  • Don’t Starve + Don’t Starve Together + a giftable copy of Don’t Starve Together will be $19.99

Now that we’ve covered that, let’s discuss a bit about the future content updates.
 
Upcoming Updates
In the short term, we are continuing to make lots of improvements to the game. Some things include:

  • More collaborative tools to help players work with each other (writeable signs, anyone?)
  • A streamlined UI to help players find the servers they’re looking for, and more easily manage their servers.
  • Moddable vote-kick options.
  • And more!

Through the Ages 
A few months ago, we also discussed our plans for Through the Ages, and our expected timeline. Our priorities have been to get the game ready for Don’t Starve owners first, and then work on Through the Ages -- because this took longer than expected, we’ve had to push out the date for Through the Ages content. I don’t have concrete dates for this right now, but I can say that we’re actively working on the content and will become our focus after Early-Access ends. As we discussed, this expansion is free for all players!
 
Caves 
Because caves is implemented as a separate world in Don’t Starve (it is separately generated), it is a relatively significant technical hurdle for Don’t Starve Together. We’re currently working on some ideas, and when we have more information to give you we’ll update you as we have more information.
 
F.A.Q.
 
After June 3, will new purchases of Don’t Starve get Don’t Starve Together for free?
No, we will only be gifting a free copy of Don’t Starve Together on June 3rd;This means that June 2nd, will be the last day to qualify to receive Don’t Starve Together by purchasing Don’t Starve. After this date, there will no longer be a loyalty discount to upgrade to Don’t Starve Together as well.
 
When is the end of Early-Access?
We do not have a current date for the end of Early-Access. When we have a solid date, we will make sure we announce it here.

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ConeyKrab    137

Aww, still no Wes? He's like, the easiest character to implement... You don't even need to balance him because he's the tough character.

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Bigfoot    2,151

@kraken121 -- Don't Starve Together uses a lot of the Steam API's to function, so at this time, Don't Starve Together is only available on Steam. If you have a standalone key, that should work just fine on Steam, though!

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kraken121    396

@kraken121 -- Don't Starve Together uses a lot of the Steam API's to function, so at this time, Don't Starve Together is only available on Steam. If you have a standalone key, that should work just fine on Steam, though!

standalone keys are same as steam keys??

 

Initially this game was supported by non steam members but you have forsaken us for $.

 

and you miss the poinnt, there are many people that do NOT want to use DRM steam. 

 

It's using steam API is a joke, 

 

your're using  steam for some unique id and lobby support, lobby is unnecesary/could be done over lan/vpn/tunngle, if steam keys are same as standalone keys, then the key can be used as id

so indeed there is no rational reason to claim that you have  heavy steam api reliance when its just a  lobby

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leonseye    805

Okay, I do have a serious question, though.  It's a bit unclear from your post whether Caves are actually going to be included in the June 3rd release version of DST, or if that is a more long-term goal that will be pursued during the remainder of Early Access.

 

As I understand it, Early Access will be continuing indefinitely past the June 3rd release date, correct?

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T4T3RGR3NAD3R    2,749

Aww, still no Wes? He's like, the easiest character to implement... You don't even need to balance him because he's the tough character.

 

Wes and Maxwell (Mainly Maxwell) are tricky from a lore perspective. Klei is also probably trying to figure out who gets to use them, given that in singleplayer you need to go through adventure mode to unlock them.

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Bryce    1,068

Okay, I do have a serious question, though.  It's a bit unclear from your post whether Caves are actually going to be included in the June 3rd release version of DST, or if that is a more long-term goal that will be pursued during the remainder of Early Access.

 

As I understand it, Early Access will be continuing indefinitely past the June 3rd release date, correct?

 

Caves will not be in the June 3rd release. And yes, early access will continue past June 3rd.

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ailailou    729

Sweet! Any hints about the "surprise" for those who owned Reign of Giants before dst? Also, what about skins, any approximate date for them? ^^

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leonseye    805

Caves will not be in the June 3rd release. And yes, early access will continue past June 3rd.

 

Thanks so much for the prompt response.  Eagerly awaiting Caves, Through the Ages, character skins, and all the rest of the goodness you guys keep coming up w/.

 

Patiently.

 

Keep up the awesome work!

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Lonestarr01    187

 

standalone keys are same as steam keys??

 

Initially this game was supported by non steam members but you have forsaken us for $.

 

and you miss the poinnt, there are many people that do NOT want to use DRM steam. 

 

It's using steam API is a joke, 

 

your're using  steam for some unique id and lobby support, lobby is unnecesary/could be done over lan/vpn/tunngle, if steam keys are same as standalone keys, then the key can be used as id

so indeed there is no rational reason to claim that you have  heavy steam api reliance when its just a  lobby

 

The game won't work without Steam. Regular DS was different, but seeing as in DST you play with other Steam users,  you have to be on Steam to play.  Has nothing to do with $$$ :p

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_Q_    634

Make Through the Ages for standard game it can have a price tag on it, I don't mind paying for more DS content.

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1v0    836

If you are in  Early-Access does that mean you will get test content (like patches or next dlc) early before others ? Or we will be on the same build of the game as the others from 3rd on ?

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oCrapaCreeper    3,071

Aww, still no Wes? He's like, the easiest character to implement... You don't even need to balance him because he's the tough character.

Wes and Maxwell aren't in because they were unlocked in adventure mode which doesn't play into DST right now. I think Maxwell would also have some problems lore-wise until more is explained.

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Cuvey    2

Thanks for all the updates Klei, you're doing great and we love you :) I have a question though, and every time I ask I get a different answer, so if you could please anser me I'd be grateful. I got a beta key quite some time ago, but I didn't own the original Don't Starve , I played through a shared acount. When early access ends, the game I have will stop working? Should I buy Don't Starve right now?

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Asparagus    9,107
More collaborative tools to help players work with each other (writeable signs, anyone?)

:emmersed: 

(yeah I heard about the caves and through the ages but this one -- for some reason -- plucked more at my heartstrings O__O)

Thanks Klei :D Getting excited about Rideable Mounts in TTA XD

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rezecib    3,143
When early access ends, the game I have will stop working?
Nope, you have a full copy of the game already! 

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