Dwarf Fortress launched on Steam on December sixth and by the tip of the month it had bought half 1,000,000 copies. That’s based on the month-to-month Bay 12 Games report, through which its builders historically share their income figures from participant donations. Now they’ve Steam gross sales figures to share.
“Thanks to everyone that helped out in December,” writes Tarn Adams within the replace. “The launch went nice – we cannot have all the particular numbers till mid-February when the whole lot has been processed by means of Valve and Kitfox, however the game bought nearly half 1,000,000 copies in December, which is superior.”
The infamously difficult (and fantastic) colony sim has been in-development for 20 years, and for the length has been free to obtain and play however supported by gamers who donate by way of PayPal or Patreon. Its Steam launch was co-developed alongside Kitfox and prices £25, for which you get a model of the game with a greater UI, mouse controls, tutorialisation, an official tileset and extra.
It’s nonetheless attainable to obtain the unique model of Dwarf Fortress totally free and to donate the outdated methods. Bay 12 Games obtained $15,635 this fashion in December, for a complete of $164,666 for the yr of 2022. That’s greater than in any earlier yr, stretching again till 2007.
I do not usually write ‘look what number of copies this game bought’ tales, as a result of until you are a shareholder, why must you care what a factor sells? We’re not a enterprise web site. I care within the case of Dwarf Fortress, as a result of the game and its growth have introduced me super pleasure for over a decade, and since its success now ought to assure that the people behind it will possibly proceed its growth for many years to come back.
The December report additionally says that extra bug fixes, high quality of life options and the Arena mode are on the best way to the Steam launch. After these, they’re going to begin work on bringing Adventure mode to the Steam model. Adventure mode turns Dwarf Fortress right into a roguelike performed upon the identical generated world because the colony sim mode. It’s nice and an approachable solution to begin enjoying the game.