Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations.
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Release Date:
Jul 15, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

Caves of Qud is a colossal project. We've weaved a rich, exotic, and well-researched culture around deeply simulated physical and political systems. The world is expansive, the gameplay is unpredictable, and the plants are sentient. For example, you can:
  • Play as a turtle-shelled gunslinger
  • Play as a telepath with amnesia
  • Dig a tunnel anywhere in the world
  • Swap stories with an albino ape mayor
  • Clone yourself, mind-control the clone, and then hack off your own limbs
Before calling it done, we want to watch the community play Caves of Qud, and as the strange, unexpected stories of their characters unfold, we want to use them to refine the systems and make the game better.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We don't have a strict timeline. At the very least, Caves of Qud will remain in Early Access until you can complete the main plot. In the mean time, we'll be adding all sorts of items, monsters, NPCs, quests, new regions, new systems, tweaks to old systems, and more sentient plants.”

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

“The full version will have:
  • A completed main plot
  • Tile art for every tile
  • Improved UI and graphical effects
  • Sound and Music
  • Less bugs
Additionally, it'll feature refinements to all the game's systems, more monsters and items, new sidequests and locations, and more lore.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Caves of Qud already has a tremendous amount of game, amounting to 50-100 hours of play. There are:
  • Over 70 mutations and 24 player castes and kits
  • Hundreds of monsters
  • Dozens of overland regions with unique ecosystems
  • Scores of conversable hand-crafted NPCs and infinite procedural ones
  • Rich and varied sidequests
  • Hundreds of items and a tinkering system to craft them
  • Themed dungeons—ruined sectors of a fossilized arcology
  • Diseases, storied artifacts, history books, the poetic ramblings of a mad goatman, cryogenic chambers, and cybernetic implants
Most of the major systems are already in the game. The big missing piece is the resolution of the main plot, and that's our #1 development focus.

Also, while Caves of Qud is very stable considering the complexity of the engine, there are some late-game save corruption and crashing issues. We'd love your help identifying these bugs! If you encounter them, please give us the details so we can reproduce them.”

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

“We plan to increase the price by at least 50% when we exit Early Access.”

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

“You're going to teach us how to play Caves of Qud—from bizarre bug reports...

'I can walk even though a saw-handed robot cut off both my feet.'

—to emergent weirdness...

'Farmer Mehmet's procedurally generated backstory said he hates the Wardens for repeatedly beating him at dice, so he attacked Warden Ualraig, and Ualraig killed him.'

We can't possibly play through all the permutations ourselves, so we're asking for your help. We're active on the Steam forums, Twitter, and our website—tell us your story.”
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June 14

Feature Friday - June 14th, 2019

  • Added new dialog for ichor merchants, shoemakers, gunsmiths, grenadiers, armorer, and haberdashers.
  • You can no longer use spiral borers on the world map.
  • Changed the stats of leather apron and gave it a new description.
  • Gave a DV penalty to spiked gauntlets but increased their bleed damage and save target.
  • Updated the description for telescopic monocle. It now includes information on its artifact examination bonus.
  • Added information about grassy yurtmat's camouflage properties to its description.
  • Gave vine-weave tunic camouflage properties and updated its description.
  • Carapaces, quills, and wings no longer show up in armor racks.
  • Latch-on weapons and Hook and Drag now disengage once you're no longer hostile to the target.
  • Added a message to the message log for when you swim through a tile (you swim when you move through a pool of water that's at least 1,000 drams).
  • Clones of your evil twin are now appropriately described as evil in their short descriptions (appropriate for your perspective, that is).
  • Holograms and force bubbles created by fugue clones no longer become permanent when the clones disappear.
  • Time dilation speed penalties no longer permanently affect clones of someone who was time dilated.
  • When a creature occupies the same tile as a wall, projectiles no longer pass through the wall when they miss or pass through the creature.
  • Projectiles can now damage walls and other non-creature solid objects they strike.
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the wrong sacred liquid to be displayed in the water ritual dialog choice.
  • Fixed a bug with generating certain zones.
  • [modding] Mod build errors are now logged to a separate file: build_log.txt.
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June 7

Feature Friday - June 7, 2019
  • The 'cook a recipe' popup now displays the effect of the meal, sorts favorites to the top and hides uncookable recipies by default.
  • The console version of the 'cook a recipe' popup got a make-over.
  • The ingredients list in the cooking menu is now sorted alphabetically.
  • You will no longer automatically rifle through trash if that trash is a quest item.
  • Heat resistant NPCs will now avoid hot areas less, acid resistant NPCs will avoid acid less and NPCs immune to slipping on slimy liquids will not avoid slimy liquids.
  • All 'pick a choice' popups accept scroll wheel to move up and down now.
  • Desalination pellets no longer consume an entire stack of pellets when used.
  • Companions will now join the player at more sensible locations when moving via the world map or recoiling.
  • Air current microsensors and night vision implants' toggleability will no longer stop working after a save and restore.
  • Thistle Pitchers will no longer appear in dynamically generated populations
  • Hook and Drag has been moved to the the proper "Skill" section in the ability list
  • Electrobow bolts are now immune to damage
  • Dueling stance Swipe's save target was much higher than described, causing it to never fail. The save target has been adjusted to it's proper, lower, value.
  • Hypertractors now function properly.
  • While on the world map you can no longer fire missile weapons, throw things, drop things, activate summoning curios, burrow, or pour liquid other than between containers.
  • You can now use the natural ranged weapons of slugsnouts, two-headed slugsnouts, agolflies, glowmoths, and gamma moths while dominating them, and they will show up in the sidebar.
  • Wounding Fire now performs the proper effect rather than duplicating the effect of Suppressive Fire.
  • Equipped blast cannon, arc cannon, mortar tubes, and swarm racks are no longer duplicated by cloning draught.
  • Clonelings produce somewhat less faithful clones than cloning draught again, as was previously the case.
  • Being in the same cell with slippery liquids no longer causes chairs, beds, iron maidens, and psionic sarcophagi to malfunction.
  • Fixed a bug causing some mutation granting effects to show extra messages
  • Fixed a bug that made gas masks' and vinewood sap masks' behavior with regard to status effects persist after removing them.
  • Fixed a bug that made hologram bracelets and compass bracelets malfunction if worn across a save and restore.
  • Fixed a bug that made some emergency teleportation effects stop working across a save and restore.
  • [modding] The DesalinationPellet part can now be modded to remove or convert different liquids; see the Desalination Pellet blueprint for its configuration attributes.

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“There’s a sense of magnificent history to dredge from its depths.”
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“Caves of Qud is one of the best roguelikes in years, packed with evocative prose and featuring a captivating world of arcane secrets to explore.”

“Narratively, this is one of the most compelling game stories that I’ve seen in a long time.”

About This Game

Caves of Qud is a science fantasy roguelike epic steeped in retrofuturism, deep simulation, and swathes of sentient plants. Come inhabit an exotic world and chisel through layers of thousand-year-old civilizations. Decide: is it a dying earth, or is it on the verge of rebirth?

Who are you?

Play the role of a mutant indigenous to the salt-spangled dunes and jungles of Qud, or play a pure-strain descendant from one of the few remaining eco-domes—the toxic arboreta of Ekuemekiyye, the Holy City; the ice-sheathed arcology of Ibul; or the crustal mortars of Yawningmoon.

You arrive at the oasis-hamlet of Joppa, along the far rim of Moghra'yi, the Great Salt Desert. All around you, moisture farmers tend to groves of viridian watervine. There are huts wrought from rock salt and brinestalk. On the horizon, Qud's jungles strangle chrome steeples and rusted archways to the earth. Further and beyond, the fabled Spindle rises above the fray and pierces the cloud-ribboned sky.

You clutch your rifle, or your vibroblade, or your tattered scroll, or your poisonous stinger, or your hypnotized goat. You approach a watervine farmer—he lifts the brim of his straw hat and says, "Live and drink, friend."

What can you do?

Anything and everything. Caves of Qud is a deeply simulated, biologically diverse, richly cultured world.
  • Assemble your character from over 70 mutations and defects and 24 castes and kits—outfit yourself with wings, two heads, quills, four arms, flaming hands, or the power to clone yourself—it's all the character diversity you could want.
  • Explore procedurally-generated regions with some familiar locations—each world is nearly 1 million maps large.
  • Dig through everything—don't like the wall blocking your way? Dig through it with a pickaxe, or eat through it with your corrosive gas mutation, or melt it to lava. Yes, every wall has a melting point.
  • Hack the limbs off monsters—every monster and NPC is as fully simulated as the player. That means they have levels, skills, equipment, faction allegiances, and body parts. So if you have a mutation that lets you, say, psionically dominate a spider, you can traipse through the world as a spider, laying webs and eating things.
  • Pursue allegiances with over 60 factions—apes, crabs, robots, and highly entropic beings—just to name a few.
  • Follow the plot to Barathrum the Old, a sentient cave bear who leads a sect of tinkers intent on restoring technological splendor to Qud.
  • Learn the lore—there's a story in every nook, from legendary items with storied pasts to in-game history books written by plant historians.
  • Die—Caves of Qud is brutally difficult and deaths are permanent. Don't worry, though—you can always roll a new character.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.11+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: OpenGL 3+ and DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 1GHz or faster. SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card: OpenGL 3+ and DX9 (shader model 3.0) or DX11 with feature level 9.3 capabilities.
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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