You awake to discover yourself no longer in the company of good men or a fine seafaring vessel. Treasure... you remember something about treasure. Wayward is a challenging turn-based, top-down, wilderness survival roguelike. Explore, build, and most importantly survive in these unforgiving lands.
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Release Date:
Apr 22, 2016

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Why Early Access?

“Wayward is still a beta product. During this phase, many things still need to be improved, expanded upon and tweaked. There's tons of content and ideas yet left to explore. Early Access for Wayward means giving the players an early look into Wayward and providing a vessel for those players to help us shape the future of Wayward.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Wayward will be in beta, or "Early Access" indefinitely, until, we as the developers, and you as the players feel like this is a polished, fully featured release, suitable for a non-beta status. There's no set time frame for this; however, even after the eventual release, there's no plans on stopping development for Wayward. We have been developing Wayward for years now and will continue to do so.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The game will not differ in large ways from the last Early Access version to the full release version. You will continue to see improvements in every aspect of the game through our iterative design and development process during Early Access, all the way up until we feel like it is ready to ship as a fully, finalized gaming experience.

We are transparent about our goals, ideas and planned changes. We will routinely post updates to discuss with the community.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Wayward is a content-rich experience, even in its early state. It's a fully playable game filled with many hours of gameplay. As a disclaimer, we would generally state that Wayward is Early Access and is a beta product. You may experience bugs, unpolished system/mechanics and unbalanced gameplay. Early Access will allow Wayward to refine and fix these issues as we become aware of them.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“At this point, we are unsure if the non-Early Access release will increase in price, but we are not ruling it out. As we provide a better game, more content, and more features, a price change may be warranted. The price increase, if in fact it does happen, will most likely be a small increase to signify a jump from our beta game to a near-finalized product, and as a reward to all the early customers.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Ever since the early alpha versions of Wayward, the community and player feedback has shaped Wayward into the game it is today. This will not change at all going forward on Steam with the project.”
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January 14

Beta 2.5.4 Released

This week has been all about bug fixing. We have a large batch of issues that we have corrected in this release, but still have a few more to go, as well as some improvements we'd like to see get in before we start on beta 2.6. So, a beta 2.5.5 is indeed planned for next weekend likely. Please keep reporting any issues you run into!

We are also aware of a couple issues related to hardware from some players that we cannot fix quite yet. We are waiting for an update upstream (Electron) to potentially patch out these issues. Apologies if you are one of the few that are experiencing these issues.


  • Palm leaves are now considered tinder.
  • You can now once again remove quickslotted items by dragging and dropping from your quickslots (like prior to beta 2.5).
  • Mods now refresh when closing the Steam Overlay anywhere in the main menu. The "load game" menu now reloads the save list when mods are refreshed.
  • The item list for containers now displays in the correct sentence case (for both inspect messages and tooltips).
  • Removed the visual notifier for decayed lit torches, and removed references to "unequipping" them on decay.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed items breaking their quickslot assignment when they were automatically re-assigned when getting the item in your inventory again in multiplayer.
  • Fixed a bug that would result in hatching a chicken (and boiling the egg) when placing an egg on cooling lava. Yep. (Thanks holyshield!)
  • Fixed an issue where binds could get stuck pressed during an auto save.
  • Corrected a visual glitch when equipping the spyglass.
  • Fixed games not loading with custom skills (while skill window is set to auto open) after the mod has been disabled.
  • Fixed containers not closing on death. (Thanks blay.paul!)
  • Fixed the auto save screen not staying up until the save had completed.
  • Fixed quick moving items (using the new bind) facing you into a certain direction.
  • Fixed an issue where using "Continue Game" did not warn about any missing mods you may have.
  • Fixed a bug that did not allow save game mods to be imported unless you loaded a game and then went back to the main menu.
  • Fixed multiple binds appearing as "OR bind OR bind"
  • Fixed audio fading in/out not being implemented correctly (leading to abrupt music stopping/starting) for some players in some instances.
  • Fixed a bug where hovering over a skill or milestone would flash and show "N/A" when passing a turn. (Thanks Amax!)
  • Fixed inspect messages showing incorrect sentence cases doodads, creatures, and tile events.
  • Fixed incorrect pluralization on some items including "Pile of Sands". (Thanks the rift!)
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in lit doodads staying embers forever among other oddities. (Thanks MadMarcAgain!)
  • Fixed a visual glitch when gathering treasure on top of a cave entrance. (Thanks Tevervin!)
  • Fixed some grammar/wording issues within the Starter Quest.
  • Fixed various glitches when using actions by the world's edge.
  • Fixed incorrect graphics being visible when planting seeds on the world's edge. (Thanks blay.paul!)
  • Fixed some grammar issues with damage types in combat messages.
  • Fixed recipes not unlocking if one of the components was quickslotted/equipped and protected crafting items was enabled. (Thanks DarkAcheron!)
  • Fixed rare instances of templates (walls/doors) appearing over cave entrances on world generation. (Thanks holyshield!)
  • Fixed the Starter Quest mod always showing as disabled when loading save games with it enabled. (Thanks Megan!)
  • Creatures can no longer become tamed with items that are not crafted by players (if the item can be crafted), fixing Hobgoblins being tame from their own traps. (Thanks jopi!)
  • Added a registerPacket method to BaseMod that allow mods to easily add new packets.

Developer Tools
  • Fixed grasp and deliberate pick-up actions not working when noclipping.
  • Fixed spawn coordinates not saving the "z" value on game reload. (Thanks Amax!)
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January 6

Beta 2.5.3 Released

January 7th, 2018 update: We have hotfixed an issue where some players were getting black screens upon game launch.

This weekend we have another patch full of balance tweaks, improvements, and bug fixes. We still have more minor patches in us; possibly a beta 2.5.4 and 2.5.5 based on our list of issues still remaining.

One of the bigger changes has to due with multiplayer, where we have added in a fallback to support a larger variety of networking scenarios. Our previous solution (using WebRTC) found some players not able to join games due to unknown networking issues. Multiplayer will now fallback to WebSockets when a connection can't be made with WebRTC. Hats off to Spacetech for his work on this, and Maune/blokzeil1/Woutersparre/jopi from Discord for helping us test the changes!

We also have a large batch of balance and improvements; smoothing out the new player experience. On a technical level, we also added some more compatibility options for players having trouble with WebGL 2 (GL context issues), and UI scaling. You can now find two new properties within the launch_options.json:

webGlVersion: 2, zoomFactor: 1,

Players can now set the webGlVersion to 1 to force WebGL 1 to be loaded. zoomFactor can be changed to integer or decimal, such as 0.75, 1.25, 2, etc. to force UI scaling in-game (since interface scale in options is enable to effect in-game currently).

Speaking of multiplayer, make sure to check out a new multiplayer group that popped up if you are looking for people to play with: or come hang out in the #multiplayer channel on our Discord:

If you want to vote on or suggest the next new big changes in this hobby project of ours, make sure to check out the Beta 2.6+ Wishlist thread: or the poll:

  • Single walls now show as full walls instead of as a post and improved tile-mapping for horizontal walling, closing large gaps when not connected to other walls.
  • All torch stands will now have unique graphics and proper weights/light levels that match their wooden pole/bark torch/animal fat torch counterparts.
  • Paddling (using the raft) will now check if there is water in front of you (and move you if so) instead of requiring you to be in water (potentially dousing torches).
  • Added an "Open Logs Folder" button to the developer section in options.
  • Collector and Explorer milestones no longer trigger for modded items.
  • Length of fire is now doubled across all sources.
  • Vampire bats and zombies will now be scared during daytime (while outside of caves).
  • Hostile creatures may now lose interest in attacking for a short time after killing an enemy/player.
  • Production of ash has been decreased slightly on lit doodads and torches.
  • Starting fire with lit torches now has a much higher success rate over other fire starting devices.
  • Pemmican will now reduce more thirst (-2 to -3); however, prepared pemmican will reduce less thirst (-2 to -1).
  • Trap door spiders will now be revealed when attacking them (even when missing).
  • The game now becomes paused when the game's GL context is lost (for whatever reason).
  • Re-implemented "zoomFactor" within launch_options.json so players can enable UI scaling in-game as a workaround, since the new interface scale doesn't effect in-game UI.
  • Added option to force WebGL 1/2 in launch_options.json.
  • Networking has been rewritten to allow a fallback to WebSockets in the case where WebRTC fails to connect for some players. This is done through port 38740.
  • Added a new clay house to desert template spawns.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where you could still try to quickslot items with a full quickslot bar, causing multiple issues. (Thanks jc_rabbit!)
  • Fixed a bug where you could not move the exact weight limit of items to a container using the "move all" selection. (Thanks Stungun!)
  • Fixed "Join Game" not showing the character select screen when used while the game is not running.
  • Fixed quickslots becoming stuck performing actions while holding them down when a hint or confirmation screen came up.
  • Fixed an issue where restoring GL context for WebGL 1 was not working correctly. (Thanks Tuche!)
  • Fixed unknown items (from unloaded mods) from not showing up in tooltips.
  • Fixed the multiplayer button in the pause menu sometimes not appearing.
  • Fixed the idle bind becoming stuck idling while holding it down when a hint or confirmation screen came up.
  • Fixed a weight issue with message in a bottles weighing more when unpacked (depending on item given). (Thanks mikehail!)
  • Fixed an issue where you could potentially corrupt save games by clicking while loading after using the "Reload and Continue Game" to load games multiple times.
  • Corrected some grammar issues.
  • Fixed several language bugs including interrupt choices and doodad quality not being translatable. (Thanks holyshield!)
  • Updated some outdated references in the modding guide. (Thanks ninjanomnom!)
  • Updated the Hello World mod and modding guide with the changes presented in beta 2.5.

Developer Tools
  • You can now set your weight bonus (increase/decrease weight capacity without modifying strength).
  • Added a "Reset WebGL" button.
Pirate Language
  • Fixed the language appearing as "English".
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“Wayward, a graphical roguelike with echoes of Ultima Online, Dwarf Fortress and Minecraft. Which means: Survival! Crafting! Treasure! An ace chiptune soundtrack! And lots of other things worthy of !s”
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“It's already very impressive though, with plenty to see and do.”
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About This Game

Wayward is a challenging turn-based, top-down, wilderness survival roguelike.

In Wayward, there is a large focus on simulation, survival and openness. There are no classes; there are no levels. Progression of your character depends on individual skill and stat gains by your interactions with items or objects in the world. You are free to play and explore the game in any fashion you wish.

Wayward will continue to grow, expand, and evolve over time to open up new modes of play, add depth and complexity, add content, and further refine the systems presented. You are free to come a long for the ride as we try to make this game a truly unique experience through our iteration and through your feedback.

Wayward's key features:

  • 5 distinct environment types to explore – all generated procedurally.
  • Over 350 items to craft, discover and interact with.
  • More than 30 nasty creatures and animals to combat and harvest.
  • Sandbox game mechanics mixed with roguelike gameplay and heavy inventory management.
  • Deep, multi-faceted skill system with over 25 skills.
  • Open-ended and open-world gameplay.
  • Online multiplayer with optional PVP mode.
  • Optional permadeath (hardcore), or respawning (casual) modes.
  • 15+ hours of content and gameplay before reaching the “end-game”.
  • Day and night system.
  • Modding and Steam Workshop support.
  • Play in turn-based (default) or real-time modes.
  • Character customization.
  • Dynamic reputation and difficulty system.
  • Ability to rollback to the last 25 versions or play the latest development build of the game before public release via Steam.
  • Iterative game design and community feedback driven.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with WebGL support, 512MB of video memory, and at least 128 GFLOPS.
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with WebGL support, 1GB of video memory, and at least 512 GFLOPS.
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9+
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with WebGL support, 512MB of video memory, and at least 128 GFLOPS.
    • Storage: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mac OS X does not support the Steam Overlay.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with WebGL support, 1GB of video memory, and at least 512 GFLOPS.
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, Fedora 21, Debian 8
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual core or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with WebGL support, 512MB of video memory, and at least 128 GFLOPS.
    • Storage: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Linux does not support the Steam Overlay.
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with WebGL support, 1GB of video memory, and at least 512 GFLOPS.
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