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’.
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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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July 20

Dev Blog #64: Exploits & Cheating, Dev Updates, Unreal Engine Upgrade & Community Extras

Greetings plagued ones, and welcome to Dev Blog #64!

Apologies for the large gap between blogs, we have been very busy with V0.30, V0.31 and our Hot fixes in-between. In this issue we will be taking a look at what we have been working on, fixing exploits, clamping down on cheats and our Unreal Engine Upgrade.

Exploits And Cheating

Thanks to our diligent community we are aware of serious issues related to exploiting/duplicating items and players using cheats on our official servers, so we are currently working on solutions to combat it, the coming unreal engine upgrade will make it easier to locate and ban cheaters alongside this.

Dev Updates

In this Dev Blog we will be taking a look at a lot of different content features that we have been working on!

Prisoners And Contracts

We are expanding recipes and creating new items to require contracts for example the trebuchet requiring the “sapper contract” and to help extend this system you will be able to obtain contracts from prisoners that you can free from bandit camps all around the world, this system will be placed procedurally within bandit areas allowing you to acquire contract items from other sources rather than just your local town earl. Why don’t you save your next guard captain from the clutches of the bandit king?

Free Build Items

Currently within the game players have access to some placeable objects that don’t require stable ground to build/place like tents and campfires, we would like create more items that have this capability, such as campsites (re-spawn point) and loot stashes (storage), these will be starting recipes and have fairly basic recipe requirements however will suffer from low health and high decay, having trouble finding land? Start your life in the forest hidden away building up your empire far from the reaches of tyranny. We will be adding additional small land plots throughout the map to ease players into bigger construction.

Throwing Rocks

This system allows players to equip a stack of rocks and throw them as a low damage projectile just like the NPCs do to you, now it’s time for a fair fight! It is now very close to completion and will be free to test on our beta next week.

Land Claims And Doors

To get players on the property ladder sooner and provide more avenues to land ownership we are in the process to making different tiers of land claim craftable (which vary in size and health) and allowing doors to be owned without the need of a land claim making these systems entirely separate, players will be able to own their built doors automatically and can adjust each one’s permission to be private or open to their guild, allowing you to have public and private spaces with your kingdoms. Land claims will soon be solely for preventing others building near your land and will have a permission list as before.

Beggars And Underwear

We plan on allowing character customisation of beggars again to prevent all early players looking the same, this change will also come with a large alteration to the character’s models themselves. Now you will start in underwear no matter the profession and will be able to craft a large range of basic clothing to cover yourself up. This update will come with more female versions of clothing also but will be an ongoing task for the future.

Production Buildings And Cages

More choice for players to build their own kingdoms the way they want it will always be a priority for us. More items to craft and build will be ready to try out soon such as barns, windmills, granaries and a brewery, these are buildings with strong cosmetic themes however we will be also be introducing cages, this is a small confined craftable structure that has a door slot (like houses) in which you can place your newly caught prisoner within or to simply use as a protective system for your loot. These will come in 3 tiers, stick, wooden and iron.

Unreal Engine 4.20 Upgrade

We are currently in the process of upgrading our Unreal Engine version to 4.20, this brings a TON of additions with it.

If you would like to read all about the new update and what’s included, check it out here over on the official site: Unreal Engine 4.20 Released!

One of the new features that we will be utilising for The Black Death is, Steam Authentication. The information below has been taken from the update notes for 4.20.

New: Steam Authentication

Steam Authentication has been added! Games can now add a packet handler component that interfaces with Steam’s authentication APIs, enabling them to advertise their servers properly, handle VAC/publisher bans, and provide better validation of clients. If enabled, clients joining a server now have to be authenticated by Steam before being allowed into gameplay. By default, clients who fail authentication are kicked from the server.

Community Extras

Localisation Progress

We are currently in the process of polishing up our existing languages in game, from any contributions that have been sent in by community members. A big thank you from us all at SIG for your continued contributions!

On that note, since adding in Polish and Spanish first passes, we are also now collaborating with 2 more community members on an Italian and Portuguese localisation! When we have more details on their progress we will be sure to inform everyone. When these have been completed by our community members, their localisations will be added to a new Beta build for testing.

SIG Presents “Build-A-Base” Event (Closes: 6th August 2018)

For those of you who missed our Steam announcement post on our feed, forum post and social posts too, we currently have an in game event running until the 6th August. You can find the full details over on our Steam sticky post here:

SIG Presents: "Build-A-Base" Event! 16/07/2018 - 06/08/2018

Steam Guide: A Guide To Player Housing (In Progress…)

We are currently drafting up a Steam Guide for playing housing. This Steam guide covers everything you need to know about building a base in The Black Death. It covers the basics such as controls, small houses, larger houses, Castles and Kingdoms too. There are also sections for every buildable housing item in game, along with decorative items, NPC Contracts and lighting.

This guide is still being worked on, as there is a lot of details to cover! When finished, it will be shared around on our Steam forums and social pages too.

We hope you enjoyed reading this weeks Dev Blog and ,as always, thank you for playing, that’s all for this week, see you next time!

// The SIG Team


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July 16

SIG Presents: "Build-A-Base" Event! 16/07/2018 - 06/08/2018

Greetings Mercians!

We have an event for you all, to put your base building skills to the test! We invite you to read the details below, take part and send us your entries!

Event Duration:

Start Date: 16th July 2018 - 10:30 am GMT (UK Time)
End Date: 6th August 2018 - 11:59 pm GMT (UK Time)

Event Prize Tiers:

What is the event?

Players will need to craft and construct a base, or improve on their existing bases. There is no set theme for this event so player’s are encouraged to be as creative as possible in their designs and layouts!

There are three different Tiers of prizes for solo player builds and also a “Best Guild Base category too! Each tier is unique in its rewards with 5 items in total for each one with a Gold bonus.

Players can see the prize tiers on our events image at the top of this post.

Players can only send in ONE final submission of their base, Guilds can also only send in ONE submission, to keep things fair! So when your house base and Guild bases are ready to be shown off to the SIG team. Check the details below on how to contact us!

How to submit:
Players can submit their entries by email, by using our “Build-A-Base Event Form” or by sending a private message to SIG_Emily on Discord with your screenshots, videos, and info. This way, players can submit their entries with a minimal risk of others potentially copying their ideas, to keep it fair. The SIG Team will each choose their top 3 player base submissions, these will then be shortlisted and voted on again, until only 3 remain. The SIG Team will also pick their top Guild submission using the same process.

When the winners have been selected we will gather the screenshots, videos and Steam names of the winners and prepare a community post over on our Blog, Steam News feed and Steam forums post too. We will also share the winners on our social platforms too.

We will also have a gallery of the winners over on our website with details of the event. For everyone else who sent in an entry to the event, we will display your entries on our website on the events page, when it has concluded.

What To Send In & Where To Send It:

If you are sending us an email or contacting us on Discord, Here is what you will need to send in for your submission. The Google Form has all of these questions included! If you are using the Google Form, you will still need to email us your screenshots! The optional parts will not affect your chances!

  • 1. Your Steam Name
  • 2. Your Server
  • 3. Your screenshots

  • 4. The name of your base (optional)
  • 5. Your video/s (optional)
  • 6. Your favorite part of your base? (optional)

Submission Options:

1. By Email:

2. By Discord:
Discord Server:
Discord Name: [SIG] Emily#6187

3. “Build-A-Base” Form Submission:

How will I be notified if I’ve won?:

If you have been chosen by the SIG team as a winner, we will send you an email with the details of how to claim your prizes from the team. If you were not chosen as a winner, we will still be sending you an email thanking you for participating and will be showing your base off in our gallery over on our website too.

Happy building and good luck!

// The SIG Team
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“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”

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

“Two NPCs charged at me with clubs raised and death in their eyes, trying to end my miserable existence. Outnumbered, my “Fight or Flight” decision process very heavily favored the second option – so I mashed the “Sprint” key and made a run for it.”
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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’.


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…


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.


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.


  • 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

    • 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
    • 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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