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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Apr 19, 2016

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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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August 17

News - Upcoming Content and Beta Progress

Good day Mercians!

We apologize for the radio silence on steam however we have been busy getting our new content stable including a large engine update, we also wanted to let everyone know the current progress being made on the beta which is being updated frequently and is free for everyone to try out in the “the black death” properties setting.

Here is a quick breakdown of current beta and upcoming features in the next update for the black death:

Engine Upgrade

Utilizing the new unreal engine version has aided in stability for the black death and increased performance greatly. Some of our lower tier machines are reporting a solid 60 FPS (45 FPS previously) This has also addressed some crashes that were occurring in various siege maps. If you are curious about the unreal engine version we have implemented you can read information HERE

Master Professions & Profession Redux

In an attempt to make professions more essential to the games core mechanics we are altering attributes to be hard bound to professions (rather than being leveled up separately) and including new professions that provide a larger variation of gameplay. We will also be removing renown and having profession purchased using skill points, we found renown was lost on some players and added an unnecessary wall/block to obtaining professions. We are especially excited to announce master professions which is designed to be mid to late game content. Here is a breakdown of how some of them work:

  • Master Peasant (higher attribute levels and triple item forage passive ability) Unlocked after level 20 peasant. 5 Skill Points to select

  • Master Blacksmith (higher attribute levels including cheap item repair and faster building passive abilities) Unlocked after level 15 blacksmith and level 15 Mason. 6 Skill Points to select

  • Master Outlaw (higher attribute levels including bandits are friendly, guards are enemies AND double loot from hunting passive abilities) Unlocked after Level 10 Bandit and Level 10 Hunter. 4 Skill Points to select

New Siege Map

A lower difficulty/cost map set in celtic territory, fight your way through barbaric defenses and cleanse the area of unlawful clansman.

Integrated Custom Server Hosting

You will be able to host custom servers of Mercia (PVP or PVE) from within the game for you and your friends to enjoy the black death in full publicly or privately including seamless travel between our own servers.

Blast destruction technology

All player built structures will now fall apart accurately using Nvidia’s blast plugin. You can learn more about it HERE

Here are some GIFs taken of it in action with various structures:

We greatly appreciate the patience the community has shown and we are understanding of the frustration the lack of recent updates has caused however we will continue to strive to build the black death to a full release and look forward to getting it to the standard you expect. This next update will also include large amounts of bug squashing, one step closer to the visceral medieval survival experience we envisioned.

Thanks for reading.

The S.I.G Team

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May 3

Update V0.38 - Throne of Mercia

Hail adventurers. In this latest update we bring you some exciting new features as well as fixing some issues which we know have been plaguing you.

Below are the patch notes in full:

  • King/Queen of Mercia - Rule over all of Mercia, let the people hear your name!
  • Major revamp to the Arena map - Battle your way through for gold and glory!
  • Gladiators A.I. (Arena Map)
  • Gladiator weapons (Arena Map)
  • Fixed a bug which could cause your homestead to wipe
  • Fixes added to armour recipes which were not crafting correctly
  • Fixed a bug that would cause some weapons to do 300% damage when in first person
  • Fixed an issue that prevented loot spawning in raidable locations around Mercia
  • Fixed server crash to do with chest armour UI event
  • Fixed server crash to do with House serfs begin play on network
  • Fixed server crash on AI end swing null pointer while dying
  • Fixed duplicate AI weapon loot spawning
  • Fixed bugs relating to degrading over time not working correctly
  • Fixed a ui bug which stopped storage chests number of items updating when you put in/take out items

once claiming the throne in ravens reach you will be known throughout the land as the ruler of Mercia but be careful your position will be known on the map

  • Updated tooltips to be in line with the recent content changes
  • Updated HUD and map to reflect the kings/queens changes
  • Added additional tooltips for new features within the game


  • Increased the damage output for primitive weapons such as the crude hammer, stick club and crude spear to make them more viable than punching
  • Optimised game icons

Thanks again to everyone helping us find these issues, we are continuing to see an increase in activity which is great, we hope you enjoy these fixes and brand new content.

The S.I.G. 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.”

“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’.


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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