The Factorio expansion will be as large as the main game

Jellyfish monster from Factorio expansion concept art
(Image credit: Wube Software)

Almost precisely a year since we last heard about an expansion for Factorio (opens in new tab) that was in the works, and now we know a little bit more. In the first Friday Facts in quite a while, developers Wube software have posted (opens in new tab) that it'll be as big as the whole base game and cost $30—the same price as Factorio itself.

"Honestly, making the price (and thus the expected scope) a little bit more concrete in this way, motivates us not only to make enough, but also to not overshoot, so we wouldn't spend another 9 years doing it," says the post.

The expansion itself isn't quite done, which means it's on schedule for Wube's original development time of more than a year. As it stands now, Wube has completed the new subsystems and is connecting the into a prototype version, but is still a lot of development, finishing, and testing from a release.

Factorio (opens in new tab) is a factory-building strategy simulation game and probably one of the top 100 games on PC (opens in new tab). You can find out more about it in our review. (opens in new tab) There's concept art of a spooky jellyfish from Wube's software post. It's the only thing we know about the new expansion.

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.