Plague has left a trail of destruction across 14th century Europe. Survivors confront sickness and scarce resources in a land rife with banditry. Fight for scarce resources and learn new crafting techniques. But at all times you MUST avoid the plague. This is the land of ‘The Black Death’.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (11) - 54% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (1,100) - 62% of the 1,100 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?

“Our release date is still being planned. We are enough time to 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 and are looking 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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November 15

Dev Blog #68 - V0.35 Expedition Update Teaser!

Greetings Mercians, and welcome to Dev Blog #68!

In this Dev Blog we would like to take a look at some more features and additions that we have been cooking up at SIG HQ!

The coffee is flowing and we are hard at work on making V0.35 Expedition an amazing update, packed with loads of new features and additions to The Black Death. We can't wait for you all to get stuck into our new update and enjoy the content!

Towards the end of this Dev Blog are the dates for the Beta and Live Build dates for our new V0.35 Expedition update.

With every update we craft for The Black Death, we appreciate the communities feedback, comments and of course Bug Reports. When the new Beta is pushed out, our Google Bug Report form will be updated to reflect the new version. We appreciate every bug report we are sent, these help us to find crucial issues as soon as they arise so we can get to fixing them as soon as possible for a smoother gameplay experience when our updates are pushed to the Live Build.

On with the Dev Blog! Here’s some more features that are coming to the black death in the next update: V.035 Expedition!

Leveling Up!

The XP system has been ‘remastered’ into a level system, taking a more traditional RPG approach. Now when you hit a certain level of XP you gain a level which is fully persistent with your character. Each level provides a group of points to spend anyway you see fit (varying on level). This allows new players to have more points to spend per level but also provides season veterans with bragging rights.





Ranged & Heavy First Person Combat

Ranged weapons have now been polished for a new visceral first person experience. It’s never been more satisfying to land a headshot in the black death. They including camera movement for aiming (zooming in) and equipping animations. 2-handed heavy weapons have also had their animations created for a unique first person experience.







Day and Night Adjustments

Lighting, the sky and fog effects have had further improvements to provide a more dramatic effect/difference between day and night to give the feeling that venturing out at night isn’t such a good idea. This also provides for more interesting lighting scenarios in towns and caves.



Arena Map

One of the maps the player can play privately with friends is our new arena map which comes with some unique features. One being a bell that can be rung to summon a randomised bandit. This is perfect for training, however be careful, they can kill.



Mini Community Update & Showcase Issue Preview



Just a few words here from SIG_Emily on the community side of things.

"Hello plagued ones! I do hope you have all been enjoying our Dev Blogs and teasers for our latest update, I myself am very excited to explore the new regions, especially the Outlaw Town! I do have a sticky post on the Steam Forums about where I have been. The short of it is that, I am studying at University full time, and sadly I haven't been able to dedicate as much time to the Community as I would like. To make up for this, I want to give back to the Community by finishing the Player Housing Guide and create some Seasonal Treats for you all! Those of you who have been following us for the past two years know what these are!

The Steam Player Guide is currently on hold for the moment, but it will be making a return in the future. It is an ambitious project and I want to do the community justice in making it the best it can be, with quality content with attention to details and quality screenshots and GIFs. The Server Setup Guide (both our Steam and Blog one) will be updated after our new update V0.35 goes Live!

A special "Seasonal Showcase Issue" is also being drafting up at the moment! So "watch this space" for that post in a couple of weeks!

- [SIG] Emily"


V0.35 Exploration - Dates & Information



We plan to get the update out on the 21st November in the public beta so everyone can try out all these juicy new features, we will do another announcement so everyone is notified when exactly this beta is out. Depending on beta performance the latest for a full release will be the 28th of November. Thanks everyone for your patience, we can’t wait for everyone to try out the new content!


See you in Mercia!

// The SIG Team
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November 2

Update V.035 Expedition Annoucement!



We would like to announce the next major update of the black death named EXPEDITION will be released on or around the 21st of November 2018! Here’s what to expect in this massive incoming update:

Private and Public multiplayer

We have built a new infrastructure allowing players to seamlessly create their own sessions so their friends can join without sacrificing the ease of joining a public/multiplayer server. This has opened the horizon and provided maximum flexibility to how we provide content and how you can enjoy it! Which is in relation to…


Eventually you will be able to take one character across all servers with you, which will be viewable from the new main menu

New Maps

When players will be able to create their own private sessions they will also be able to choose which location they wish to play in, within this update we will be including new maps the player can try out including a new arena that includes unique game mechanics.


Want to test your might? Then siege the templar headqaurters and see what riches await you

Quests

Players will be able to obtain ‘quest note’ items which are consumed to provide mission instructions displayed on your HUD, these quests vary in terms of requirements including who to answer to for completion, for example; collect the head of the outlaw captain of Bywick and return it to the town sergeant of freeman’s port. These ‘quest notes’ can be found on job boards in the main cities or from NPCs. These quests will mainly follow the theme of the professions to further push immersion. Renown, gold and XP will be rewarded for completing these quests.


Live the life of a bounty hunter or a simple peasant, choose the right quest for you!

First person/Third person Gameplay

Experience the black death like never before, immerse yourself with a remastered first person feature including unique animations and gameplay but don’t fret you will be able to jump back into third person at anytime to make larger tasks easier such as building your empire.
Updated Combat

Enjoy a new iteration of combat that supports our first person camera, the new combat system utilises directional movement for variation of attacks and brings a whole new level of fidelity for ranged weapons. Camera animations for first person camera combat will also be included to make strikes even more immersive.



Horses

It’s now time to experience medieval life to its fullest. Rare mountable horses will be found roaming all parts of Mercia, once obtained is up to you to make sure they are not taken from you so make sure they are locked up safe and sound in your kingdom.



Bigger World (15%)

3 brand new regions are being added to Mercia which adds over a square kilometer of new gameplay area to explore. The new regions include a kingdom region added to freeman’s port, a outlaw only town and a murky swamp.



Inventory improvements

To help players manage their character more effectively and support new first person camera mechanic you will be able to view your character from inside your inventory this also includes tweaks and improvements to equipping and crafting items that feels more natural.



NPCs

New NPCs are being added to Mercia but to support the core mechanics of the A.I. new behaviours are being created such as shopping, mining and fishing. This will help bring another layer of immersion to the game.



Forestry

Vegetation within the game is going through a large overhaul, we found that once the first person camera was in the game started to lack detail, especially in terms of forestry. The update will include a large revamp of grass, bushes and trees in the main forest areas of Mercia.




Thanks everyone for your patience on waiting for this update and we can't wait for you to try it! See you around Mercia.

The S.I.G. Team



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Reviews

“The game already looks amazing, I can’t see how they’ll improve the graphics any further. The combat is surprisingly effective, and comes complete with the horrific sound of bone connecting with flesh”
ggsgamer

“The Black Death is an excellent survival game that features base building, PVP & meaningful progression.”
gamebyte

“its clear creative vision provides the blueprint for a potentially amazing game to come.”
7/10 – The Digital Fix

About This Game



A catastrophic plague has left a trail of destruction across 14th century Europe. Survivors confront sickness and scarce resources in a land rife with banditry.

To survive you will need to fight for scarce resources including food and learning new crafting techniques will certainly improve your chances. But in the desperate times, you will need to defend yourself in a land full of bandits looking to profit at your expense and at all times you MUST avoid the plague

Conditions are harsh, times are dark - this is the land of ‘The Black Death’.

A GRITTY MEDIEVAL MULTIPLAYER WORLD

Embark on a journey through a dark and gritty open-world depiction of a plague-infested Medieval Europe. Team up with other players and work together to prosper and survive or enforce a world where the sly, the strongest, meanest take everything by force. But be careful who you trust…

A LAND RAVAGED BY PLAGUE

Was it God or was it the devil himself that despatched this evil plague on Europe’s population? No one knows for sure, but everyone knows that it will kill.
Watch as the plague slowly rolls across the towns and countryside with the world event system, do you avoid the plague or attempt to combat it and prevent it spreading? If you find yourself in a plague area too long or are in contact with a plague victim, it is only a matter of time until you will succumb.


FORGE YOUR OWN PATH

Take advantage of different realistic medieval professions: Crafting fine armors to protect yourself from deadly raiders as a Blacksmith, taming animals and farming the land as a Peasant, tricking players with counterfeit goods as a Bandit, and much, much more.

Try to rebuild society by building a homestead by yourself, or with friends. Develop your building skills and turn a rickety shack into a powerful estate, complete with an ultimate medieval research lab to help you perform your experiments and find a cure.



KEY EARLY ACCESS FEATURES

  • Large scale multiplayer, with up to 50 players per server
  • A huge open world (8km2) based in 14th century Western Europe. Explore thriving castles, bandit camps, busy ports and abandoned mines.
  • Avoid the plague sweeping across the land
  • 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 deeds to houses, upgrade them, and hire staff to work on your estate.
  • Learn skills from a number of different professions to help you survive.
  • Learn more about the plague through physical examinations and autopsies of infected animals and humans.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10 (64bit OS)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Compatible GPU with 1 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10 (64bit OS)
    • Processor: 3 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Compatible GPU with 2 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

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