After a long stint in Early Access, five and a half years to be exact, RimWorld will finally leave Steam Early Access and officially launch on October 17, an announcement from the studio behind the game has finally revealed.
While the 1.0 release is finally here, the patch itself is fairly simple, focusing mostly on bug fixes. It does introduce a new system for controlling which colonists are allowed to eat, although the restriction is mostly meant for starving out prisoners, as far as I can tell. The devs also mentioned that there would be updates to fan-made translations and other creative content along the way.
Here’s developer Tynan Sylvester with an official statement about the release:
1.0 is mostly the same as Beta 19, with a lot of bugfixes. The only significant new feature is a new food restriction system that allows you to determine what your colonists and prisoners are allowed to eat.
For those not in the know, RimWorld is essentially Dwarf Fortress simplified and shot into space. The player takes control of a small band of crash survivors on an alien planet that have only one mission, survive. Everything concerning the lives and comfort of your colonists can be decided by the player. From agriculture and power generation, to weaponry and combat, RimWorld makes sure the challenges are plenty, but the solutions are left up to the player. Whether you want to create a colony of murderous cannibals, or a group of animal-loving sheep herders, is entirely up to you.
Along the way, players will encounter different factions, alien species and other disasters that they must overcome. Your ultimate goal is to build a ship and flee the planet you crashed on, but you may never get there. The game is notoriously difficult, but a lot of fun. Especially thanks to the huge collection of mods and customizable options that expand the gameplay in new ways.
As any longtime fan would expect, this update is going to be chaos for the modding community. RimWorld has a massive and passionate modding scene that has greatly the potential and customization of the space colony simulator, so a lot of people are going to waiting for their favorite mods to be updated for the 1.0 release. You can read the full details, including what to do with all your mods, on the Ludeon website. You can grab RimWorld via Steam or its official website.