Dwarf Fortress receives leadership after 20 years of development
Dwarven Fortress, the game that has always been and always will behas never been the most enjoyable experience for the average curious gamer. The developers have finally decided to work on the upcoming release of the game on Steam.
Writing on the game store pageco-author Zach Adams says:
Dwarf Fortress is deservedly considered one of the most excruciating games to learn. A lot is happening even after we’ve changed all the ridiculous keyboard commands and replaced the Matrix-like interface with clear and stunning pixel art. Something else is needed. Something that eliminates the need to go straight to the wiki to figure out what’s going on. The answer, of course, is the textbook.
Zak shared some screenshots of the new tutorial in action, showing things like initial greetings, and guides on the basics like logging and stockpiling resources:
“To make learning as effective as possible, we found the perfect game tester: my wife Annie,” says Zach. “Now there are a lot of base building games, enough to Dwarven Fortress easier to get into. She doesn’t play any of them. The closest she’ll get to DF is Overcooked 2. After one failed attempt with the original, the latest version of the tutorial allowed her to master the game well enough to burrow through the swamp and sink her stronghold.”
The Adams brothers first began work on Dwarven Fortress in 2002so why only now about it? The game’s upcoming re-release on Steam certainly seems to be as good an excuse as any, as putting the game on Valve’s storefront, which will also bring things like vastly improved visuals, will expose the game to a potentially huge audience. new and curious players.
“Our goal is to make this level of play accessible to everyone,” writes Zach. “We want the world to be able to play this game and enjoy it.”
Steam version Dwarven Fortress doesn’t yet have an official release date, although fans digging into SteamDB think it will happen sometime in early 2023.