It was years in the making but Endnight Games’ The Forest has finally graduated from Early Access on Steam and is now available in full for purchase from Valve’s digital storefront for $19.99.
The game originally entered into Early Access way back in 2014, four years ago. The small indie team working on the open-world survival game slowly updated the title, adding new enemies, adding new weapons, refining the survival loops, improving the graphics, and eventually fleshing out the game’s story mode so that all the chapters were added.
The update to version 1.0 isn’t just for lip service, though. The developers added an all new endgame with an alternate ending for players to unlock, along with a complete overhaul of the game’s cave system with improved polish and improvements added to the game.
You can check out some of the gameplay and new updates with the trailer below, courtesy of PlayMassive.
Some of the big changes includes new fixes for keyboard and mouse support for the 32-bit build, along with some balances for effigies lowering sanity, and some binding fixes for some of the in-game utilities.
The team isn’t finished with updating The Forest, though. The game is expected to receive an update for the multiplayer, along with full-fledged VR support. In the Steam community thread, the developers reveal…
“The VR version of The Forest will release for free to all players of the game, on May 22. It’s the full game, with your hud on a smart watch, a full 3d inventory, and tree cutting using motion controls. We think it’s the most fun vr game we’ve ever played and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
The game itself is a horror-survival title that mixes in a narrative-driven goal where a father must seek out his missing son after a plane crash. On the island there are creatures to evade and human experiments gone wild that you must contend with.
You can learn more about the game or pick up a digital copy by visiting the Steam store page.