Survival game The Forest has left early access today after nearly four years in development.
The Forest was one of the more striking survival games when it landed. It hit during the genre rush a few years ago, but stood out by being both detailed and good-looking, but also imbued with a fair bit of horror on top. It managed to stand out in an oversaturated market, which is not that easy to do, and I know for me at least, it has lingered in the mind. However, that was from when it launched all the way back in May 2014.
However, even after all this time, the game is ready to hit 1.0. The game has hit suddenly, bringing with it a couple new items to enjoy. In a post on Steam thanking the audience for sticking with the game, Endnight Games said that there were several things with this release. They said:
This version of the game adds a bunch of new stuff, from a craftable warmsuit, significant re-work of the endgame and a new alternate ending. Along with this there is a ton of cave re-work and polish and many many improvements and fixes.
There is a lot we still want to do, and plan on heavily supporting the game moving forward. Some other big items we hope to implement soon are proper cheat controls in multiplayer and fixes to the issues that will likely come up in this release.
Here are the patch notes and also, a trailer for the release.
On top of this, it was announced that a full VR version would be coming out on May 22nd, if you want to get further immersed in a harrowing survival world.
I remember being quite struck by The Forest when I originally played it. I am absolutely going to peak my head around the corner and see what has changed in the ensuing four years. If you haven't picked up the game, you should really check it out if you want an unsettling survival experience. Have at it.