Originally posted by Bigfoot on the official forums:
Hello everyone, It’s time for another update on Don’t Starve Together!
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.
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!
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.
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.