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The Forest will flee Early Access this April

The Forest, one of many survival games to hit Steam's Early Access over the past four years, will launch into 1.0 this April. The announcement was made in a new Steam Community post, where studio Endlight Games also outlined what the launch will entail.

First of all, the current price of $14.99 will rise to $19.99, so for those eager to make the most of that five dollar difference, now's probably the time. In addition to simply launching, the game will get official controller support (useful, since the game is coming to PS4 this year as well). As far as game improvements go, "new reasons and resources" for killing the game's ubiquitous AI foes, the creepies, will be implemented.

Elsewhere the cold and warmth system will be addressed, most notably with a new warm suit. New buildables are incoming, as well as performance optimizations for both "late game saves" and "multiplayer save games". On the topic of multiplayer, the clothing system will be "improved and expanded with a new system to allow you to switch outfits."

Finally, there will more details regarding a VR game mode "closer to release", as well as more information on other changes, additions and improvements.

The Forest is a survival game about surviving a passenger jet crash and, as you'd expect, fending off diabolical zombie-like creatures on a mysterious forest-coated island. For mine, it's among the most fun of the survival games out there at present.

Shaun Prescott
Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.