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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May 3

V0.29 Loyalty Hotfix

Hello Mercians,

we have a hotfix for our newest update V0.29 Loyalty!

Here are the fixes and updates for the Hotfix.
  • Destroying built objects no longer crashes the server
  • Tool meshes are now correct on the players back
  • Mining Camp and Lumber Yard Peasants should no longer duplicate
  • Rain should no longer be invisible in certain areas around the world
  • All Tabard variants are now craftable through the Artisan Profession
  • New Saving system to help prevent item duplications
  • Mining Peasants no longer use Wood effect audio

Please note, you may need to Quit Steam and restart in order for the new Hotfix to start downloading. You can also set The Black Death to download updates before other titles in your Steam games library. Right click on The Black Death and navigate to the "Updates" tab, then click on the drop-down menu for "Automatic Updates" and select "High Priority".

As always, thank you for all of your Bug Reports, emails Steam forum posts and new screenshots on our Steam community hub!

Thanks for playing, and we will see you in Mercia!

// The SIG Team
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May 2

Update V0.29 Loyalty

Hello Mercians, Today we have a new update focusing on optimising and addressing issues with lengthy connection times and also some new content to enjoy such as guild colour player clothing, lumber mills and throwable torches. Here are the patch notes in full:


  • Increased server stability and optimisations
  • Reduced loading times for entering server
  • Atmosphere enhancements:
  • Day and Night Mood
  • Fog Effects
  • Rain ambience
  • Certain military clothing items will change colour depending on your guild colours
  • Weapons in your quickslots show up on your body
  • New industry buildings added: Lumber mill, store house and mining camp
  • Player built objects now have decay applied to them over time
  • Ability to set servers as PVE
  • New rat animations
  • New movement animation for tools and torches
  • New attack weapon trail VFX on single handed weapons
  • You can now throw torches which create fire areas that cause damage

Not only have connection issues and loading times been addressed but the building feature has been greatly optimised allowing for much large cities without affecting performance

  • Plague masks now prevent infection if worn
  • When you hit a profession level with no more recipes to unlock, it will say “MAX”
  • Main menu has been smoothed out and online/Lan games are now more simple to join
  • Player built lights (e.g. candles and braziers) lights are now always on
  • Updated UI across the board with tweaks to help increase flow/smoothness (e.g. recipe size has been increased, so easier to read)
  • Updated and smoothed out some blends on player movement
  • English warhammer and long sword are now craftable
  • Tweaks to aim offsets to help with aiming weapons and punching
  • Increased the size of the debris pickup
  • Adjusted the context wheel so it doesn't accidently popup as much (when no context)
  • Updated hangable housing objects backend so they are easier to place
  • Updated version number
  • Updated collision across a range of assets to make object placement more accurate
  • Updated and polished numerous areas across the land of Mercia

Hire peasants and build them a lumber mill or a mining camp to provide yourself much needed building materials

  • Fixed crow material not correctly loading
  • Fixes added to crafting at utility flow/UI
  • Fixed drop object sound having no attenuation
  • Fixed bug in combat mode where the character would slowly rotate in the opposite direction from the direction you were running if running at 45 deg angles
  • Fixed start jump effort sound not playing
  • Fixed bug that caused a double landing sound to play after some jumps
  • Fixed current ‘screen resolution’ filling in incorrectly in the settings menu
  • Fixed bug causing old stamina bar system UI to pop up when you are blocking
  • Fixed bug where equipping a spade caused a fullbody animation with no movement on your legs
  • Fixes added to ai to stop them ignoring you when you hit them from distance
  • Fixed bug where crafting item amounts would not update when you dropped something
  • Fixed a bug where the stone wall corner would build a stone wall
  • Fix added to stop tooltip/options menu staying up after you press craft
  • Fix to wooden spikes missing name when you look at it on hud
  • Fixed a bug where friendly ai heavy hit reaction directions were the wrong way round
  • Fixed a bug where the settings menu wouldn’t close when you are in-game
  • Fixed the wrong icon for the storehouse item
  • Fixed LODs for pickaxe, bone club and stick club
  • Fixed small bread roll icon so it is no longer mouldy
  • Fixed stone altar collision so relic will now spawn
  • Fixed for bandits so now use the appropriate idle rather than a sword and shield one
  • Fixed a landscape texture bug

Build yourself a large external store house for mass storage!

  • Trophies and tapestries now stack
  • Reduced the weight of clay
  • All tapestries now require a loom to craft
  • Throne, bookshelf and wooden chair now require wooden planks and nails
  • Player built wells will now spawn water up to 60% faster
  • Rebalanced health of buildings, walls and doors
  • Seeds are around 75% lighter and have less gold value
  • Balanced the cost of NPC contracts
  • Flour now requires two wheat
  • Ai have decreased amount of delays to prevent them so easily being spammed/beaten or caught in reaction anim loops
  • Balanced weapon recipe costs
  • Increased durability on all pickaxes and wood axes
  • Optimised player buildable lights (candles, braziers)
  • Fixed some errors that were slowing down the cooking process
That's all of it! Hope you enjoy the new features, see you around Mercia and thanks for playing.

The S.I.G. Team
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“How The Black Death's developers simulate the plague”
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“There's a kernel of something special here, and if it keeps building, I'd love to come back, dreary as the Middle Ages may be.”
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“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. If you find yourself in a plague area 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: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Compatible GPU with 1 GB Video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

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