The Forest will leave behind four years of Early Access on April 30

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After nearly four years in Early Access, survival game The Forest finally has a release date: April 30. As previously announced (opens in new tab), the full 1.0 release will be accompanied by a price increase, from $14.99 to $19.99. The full release will also bring with it controller support, new buildings and a long list of performance fixes. Read all about those changes here (opens in new tab).

The premise of The Forest is that you're the lone survivor of a plane crash, trapped on an island full of man-eating mutants. You chop down trees for wood, catch fish for food, build shelters and explore a network of underground caves and lakes. Its enemies hit hard, so you won't be able to take on more than a couple at a time, but there's a peaceful mode for those wanting a more relaxed experience. 

I haven't played it yet, but I've heard good things about how it's expanded since Andy played it in 2014 (opens in new tab), especially about its co-operative mode and its solid building system. If you haven't played it in a few years, then it might be worth checking back in to see how it's changed. 

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.