It's difficult not to fall in love with Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve. The roguelike survival and crafting sim that feels ripped out of one of Tim Burton's gloomier sketchbooks.
After many requests and denials - Klei Entertainment have finally confirmed a multiplayer expansion due out this summer called Don't Starve Together.
"We promised we would make Don't Starve the best single player game that we could. To us, this meant using the resources that we had allocated to Don't Starve and keeping them focused on delivering on that promise. We were not willing to sacrifice our goals for the game to work on a multiplayer version. This was the point we tried to get across in our our original decision.
As we developed Don't Starve, multiplayer slowly turned into a hot button issue in the community. Ok, let's face it... it was always a hot button issue. A lot of people have voiced their feelings that multiplayer would be perfect in Don't Starve. However, at the time we didn't have the resources to make it happen and we weren't confident that it would actually work both in concept and implementation.
It was (and still is) important to us that multiplayer would not only be interesting for you to play, but also something that we would feel proud of creating.
We weren't exactly sure how well Don't Starve would do to begin with. At the time we made the infamous "multiplayer decision," we didn't know if we would have the resources to pull off an expansion, let alone a full conversion of our game from the ground up.
Over the past few months, we've quietly smuggled in some new people onto our team who immediately said "Heck yeah, this can be a thing!" and actually threw together a proof of concept. After a couple months and an office-wide session of multiplayer Don't Starve, we were convinced it was worth exploring and bringing it to our community."
As with the original Don't Starve and it's DLC Reign of Giants Klei will start to roll out Don't Starve Together and shape with the help of the players. They aim for up to four players (minimum) "allowing friends or complete strangers to survive together, in either public or private games". Currently this is only announced for Steam / standalone, but hopefully it will arrive on PS4 at some point as well.
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