The Black Death is a dark multiplayer survival game set during a plague-ridden medieval era.
User reviews:
Very Positive (26 reviews) - 84% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (711 reviews) - 59% of the 711 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 19, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have brought The Black Death to the Early Access community because we want players to join us in shaping this new medieval role-playing experience that offers a unique take on survival. As a multiplayer game, continuous community feedback is vital for us to enhance and evolve the strong foundations that we have built. This is your chance to get involved. Those who choose to take part in the Early Access scheme should expect bugs and potentially game-breaking issues, but can look forward to a dramatic and rapidly evolving simulation of medieval life.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We anticipate that a full release of The Black Death will be ready in 8-12 months. This will allow us to act on invaluable community feedback, add and extend features, improve performance and fix bugs.”

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

“The full release version of The Black Death will include a whole host of features, many of which we have already begun work on. Server stability is a big focus for us, and testing through Early Access should allow us to incorporate an even more dense population and thriving world without sacrificing performance. The full release will have more playable professions and an increase in the size of the playable area and content included within the game.

We have a roadmap for new ideas, such as questing, horse riding and bounty systems, and look forward to working with the community with iterating and including their ideas.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

The Black Death currently has a strong foundation on which we can continue to build, with core mechanics such as combat, trading, hunger, crafting and plague systems already in place. We have a large Western European themed world, with a range of NPCs, animals, towns, mines, castle ruins and dramatic landscapes, providing an engaging sandbox experience.”

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

“Yes, the game price will increase after Early Access.”

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

“We have exciting plans for the future of The Black Death and will work actively with the community to gather issues, feedback and ideas to further enhance the game. We’ll continue to provide updates, keeping players informed of changes/improvements through Steam and social media and will work closely with the community to create a roadmap of future features.”
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June 23

The Black Death is 33% off during the Steam Summer Sale

Get The Black Death for 33% off at 10.04 GBP until the 5th July 2017.

Our latest update V0.14 - Industry brought:

  • New Estate Player Housing
  • The Navigator (Compass)
  • Polished Durability
  • New Menu UI
  • Many fixes and improvements
  • Hall Of Heroes

Read the current Patch Notes for V0.14 - Industry here:
V0.14 - Industry - Patch Notes

V0.15 is scheduled for release on the 30th June 2017.

Join in our Beta Wars Community Event this Sunday 25th June 2017 at 17:00 UTC:
The Beta Wars - Sunday 25th June 2017!

// The SIG Team

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June 23

The Beta Wars - Sunday 25th June 2017!

We invite you to join us for an evening of absolute mayhem! Hosted by Kap, Art’eamon (and the Templar’s) and our very own [SIG] Emily, we’re organizing the biggest battle the game has seen yet!

This will take place on

THE BETA SERVER @ Queen’s Crossing Bridge

On the
25th of JUNE 2017 @ 17:00 UTC

We will be giving out gold, weapons and skill points to use during the battle, so the options will be endless. Expect absolute carnage. The goal is to have a battle that includes every player on the whole server, we can even extend the server capacity if we have enough interest…


Here are the teams for the event! We've got the SIG Knights, Art'eamon's Militia and Kap's Raiders. Equipment such as weapons, armour, food, and medical supplies have been stocked up ready for the event.

Choose your allegiance for the Beta War and sign up today over on Discord and send either Art'eamon or Kap a message on Discord or alternatively leave a message on this post with your name and chosen Allegiance!

Art'eamon's Militia: Devil_s_troop#4304 / Art'eamon

Kap's Raiders: Kap#1040 / Kap


Gold prizes will be given out for various victories (and of course best RP voice!). Just let us know the character and server you want to receive the gold on and we’ll send it over after the event ends. The sums will be substantial!

The winners can contact us by email at / or drop us a direct message on Discord if you are unable to email us.

How do I get onto the Beta server?

Here is a guide from HolyAvengerOne on how to install and play on The Black Death Beta server:

Switching To/From Beta Builds in Steam

If you are unable to attend the event we will be sure to have a follow up bonus Dev Blog with all the coverage.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

// The SIG Team

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About This Game

Note on Early Access:

The Black Death will launch on to Steam’s Early Access program. This means the game is still in active development and is liable to change. The Early Access program will not only allow the player enjoy the fantastic gameplay experience that is The Black Death, but will also allow the player to make a real difference to how the game progresses.

The Game:

Welcome to the gritty medieval world of The Black Death. The plague has left a trail of destruction across Western Europe. Those who endure struggle against sickness, scarce resources and other desperate survivors.

Start as a beggar and work your way up to a number of realistic professions, each with their own ways to survive. Enter a huge multiplayer open world, set in 14th century western Europe. Trade at fisherman’s ports, loot disease infested cities, hunt wild animals in dense forests, fight in bandit camps, upgrade your properties and much more. Loot, pillage, craft and survive in an epic struggle against The Black Death.

Key Features in Early Access -
  • Rich profession based role playing combined with medieval era survival.
  • A huge open world (8km2) based in 14th century western Europe. Explore thriving castles, bandit camps, busy ports and abandoned mines
  • Unique medieval professions to unlock, each with a rich skill tree and their own way of surviving.
  • A living world with hundreds of NPC’s and day / night cycle. Trade with merchants, hunt animals, talk to townsfolk and fight bandits.
  • Over 300 in game items. Craft over 40 different weapon and armour pieces, using medieval tools and utilities.
  • Buy and upgrade properties - and protect it from other opportunistic players…
  • Large scale multiplayer, with up to 50 players per server

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8 (64bit OS)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 Compatible GPU with 1 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8 (64bit OS)
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 Compatible GPU with 2 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space
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