It’s been scarcely a month because it launched on Steam, and the Dwarf Fortress gross sales have been, in a phrase, good. In accordance with the newest report from developer Bay 12 Video games, the paid model of its intricate colony administration sport bought practically half 1,000,000 copies in December – a quite astonishing feat for a 20-year-old sport that’s nonetheless out there (in its non-graphical type) totally free.
“The launch went nice,” Tarn Adams writes within the newest version of The Bay 12 Video games Report, a month-to-month discussion board submit that studies on the corporate’s collected donations. “We gained’t have all the precise numbers till mid-February when every thing has been processed by means of Valve and Kitfox, however the sport bought nearly half 1,000,000 copies in December, which is superior.”
The success has allowed Bay 12, which has consisted solely of the 2 Adams brothers for many of its existence, to rent a brand new programmer to assist with bug fixes and high quality of life enhancements for Dwarf Fortress. That individual ought to start someday in January, and Tarn Adams writes that it’ll free him as much as spend extra time engaged on new options.
He says the subsequent main addition to Dwarf Fortress will likely be area mode, and as soon as that’s prepared he’ll start engaged on journey mode, which is able to enable gamers to show Dwarf Fortress right into a roguelike sport wherein they discover the ruins of their very own doomed fortresses.
Regardless of Dwarf Fortress’ roaring success on Steam, nonetheless, the brothers nonetheless have a month to attend earlier than they reap the monetary rewards. Which means fan contributions are nonetheless necessary.
“Assist us immediately and you may make a measurable distinction,” Zach Adams writes. “We want the espresso cash to make it by means of this final month. That’s it! We win… and it’s your fault!”
The standard Dwarf Fortress slogan may use an replace, maybe: “Dropping is enjoyable, however profitable – that can also be enjoyable.”