Dark Wish is an adventure role-playing game set in a harsh desert. Explore 'The Dust', a strange and unusual place filled with dangerous animals, bandits, and wanderers who pass on by. A dark but playful and unique story unfolds as you try to escape.
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Apr 26, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The game is playable in the early access state as a linear story mode that uses some random generation for maps and encounters. The main quest directs the player.

With your help and support I can improve the core design and implement the most desirable features from customer feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Up to four months for the core enhancements.”

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

Core Enhancements

Full mod support with Steam Workshop.

Dungeons, accessed via mysterious hatches or caverns in the desert.

Additional side-story content.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version is a fully playable game with choice in character builds, lots of equipment to use, and a story based progression.

All the features listed in the 'About This' section are already implemented in the Early Access version of the game, please refer to this for more details.”

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

“Price will not change when we leave early access.”

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

“The community will be used to shape the final form of the game.

Customers can write their opinions and suggestions on the official forums or the Steam community pages.”
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Recent updates View all (8)

June 20

Early Access Patch v1.16


Baked in 'burned' scenery textures have been disabled to speed up loading time and reduce texture usage.

The auto-map now uses an rgba8 canvas, from rgba4, to support older graphics cards.

The main game texture atlas can now auto-scale-down textures for graphics cards that do not support large textures, such as pre-OpenGL 3.3 supported cards.


UI bug fix for new load-out HUD.

Next up:

The next patch, v1.17, will include a mod-manager tool and new content. Stay tuned.
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May 31

Early Access Patch v1.15


Random maps can now be 'travel sized', that is an extra wide map with little height.

On screen messages can be posted to the player, such as when entering a map location.

Toughened Land Stalker and Toughened Desert Warrior armour added (level 9).

The HUD now has two compact modes enabled by default. These reduce the space used by the equipment and menu buttons, and can be disabled in the HUD section of the interface options.

Face picker has a done button to improve ease of use.


Clean up for TAB hover information.

Tweaks to night-time lighting levels for better colour and atmosphere.

Shadow effects cleaned up.

All vector line-work in the UI is finer and looks neater.

Code-base has been re-organised and cleaned up, there are minor performance improvements.

Movement animation tweaked slightly so that the timings are reset when an actor stands still (animation improvement tweaks will come shortly).


Visual error in female Land Stalker and Desert Warrior armour fixed.

Desert Warrior gear now has changed colours for leg component.

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About This Game

Dark Wish is an adventure role-playing game set in a harsh desert. You play as a wanderer lost in the desert finding a way back to Megacity. Explore 'The Dust', a strange and unusual place filled with dangerous animals, bandits, and wanderers who pass on by.

A linear but playful and unique story unfolds as you work towards your goal. But will you make it out of the wilderness before you lose all sanity?

This game contains some strong language, with themes of violence and visual blood effects.

Key Features

  • Exploration with story elements: Follow your main quest to escape the desert, but stop to meet unique and weird friends on the way.
  • Turn based combat system: 'Beyond-turn' based, a twist to blend time between some actions and allows free movement.
  • Character building and inventory system: There are many character builds to try out with RPG mechanics, perks to choose from, and hundreds of items to find.
  • Unique Sound Track: Over two-and-a-half hours of original composed and produced 'synthtronica' music created just for Dark Wish.
  • In-game camera snapper, log-book and over-world markers: the player is encouraged to find their own way.
  • Extensive list of options and configuration specifics available via the in-game menu.
  • Dark Wish has approx 7 hours game-play to complete the main story directly.
  • Procedural generation is used to provide randomly generated content.
  • There are currently just over 40 types of animals, and 24 types of plants to see.
  • There are roughly 24 set locations, with three town areas.
  • There are currently 151 weapons in the game, and 21 armours. There are many other items such as headgear, backpacks, and charms.
  • A new game plus mode is unlocked on the character when you end the story.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 768 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 7.0 support
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: 2.4+ GHz Intel Core i5 (or equivalent)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460, Radeon R7 240, Intel HD Graphics 4000
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