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Multiplayer coming to Don’t Starve

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For a long time, Klei has been saying that Don’t Starve is for single player gaming only. However, in a recent post that will make the game’s fans very happy, they have announced that multiplayer is coming. I can’t wait.

Don’t Starve has done extremely well on PC and consoles. Its overwhelmingly difficult gameplay combined with charming and bizarre environments and crafting has made it something of an indie darling. However, Klei insisted that they wanted the game to be a fantastic single-player experience and fans should just give up and stop asking about a multiplayer option. Now, they’ve just turned that all on its head.

In a forum post, they explain that this was because they didn’t think that they had the resources available to deliver a multiplayer experience while still making the single player something excellent across platforms. However, they brought some new people on board who were able to happen. So, what can we expect?

Don’t Starve Together is a multiplayer expansion for Don’t Starve allowing friends or complete strangers to survive together, in either public or private games. As far as we know, it will have most of (if not all) the normal features in Don’t Starve, balanced for multiplayer, and potentially even add new features.

For now, multiplayer will only be available for those who purchased the game on Steam or as a standalone title – no PS4 multiplayer just yet. They are aiming to accommodate at least four player multiplayer, and Don’t Starve Together will be a free expansion for those who purchased on Steam/Standalone. The price of Don’t Starve will go up to $20 with the addition of multiplayer around the time the Alpha becomes available – if you still haven’t bought the game and think that multiplayer might be the thing to make you finally grab it, do it now. Considering how much of a time sink it is, it’ll be well worth the price. Klei is working hard to release the multiplayer alpha by late summer in the Northern Hemisphere, so before Q3 for those with different seasonal patterns.

This is making me far too happy. I have thoroughly enjoyed Don’t Starve – it is punishingly hard and absolutely bizarre, and a ton of fun. However, I’ve often wanted to play with friends. Imagine, you can send one person out to gather a ton of wood and stone while the other person gets a whole bunch of food. One player can build a beautiful base while the rest of the team go out foraging. Or, you could each have a base and add to the brutality of the game by raiding each other’s scarce provisions. So many options to make it a ridiculously fun experience.

Last Updated: May 8, 2014

35 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief in Space

    May 8, 2014 at 12:08

    Speaking of MP, when are we jamming some games again with the LG folk?

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      May 8, 2014 at 12:14

      Supposed to be the 16th according to the calendar.

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      • Admiral Chief in Space

        May 8, 2014 at 12:18

        Aye, but it seems the calendar is a lie!

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          May 8, 2014 at 12:19

          It’s probably all Zoe’s fault… that’s because she is the “social” person, supposed to organize these things.

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          • Her Highness the Hipster

            May 8, 2014 at 12:35

            apparently whenever we organize, people can’t find each other. need to find a game that makes for easy pick up

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 12:37

            How about a ‘find the right sized tshirt’ game? 0-O Tehehehe

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 13:51

            Wait, did I miss something?

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 13:55

            I take it your ‘saved lg’s bacon’ tshirt hasn’t arrived 😉

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 13:56

            It did yesterday. That’s why I’m asking.
            Taking it with me for camping the weekend, since I don’t have a tent.

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 13:57

            Your’s too? 🙂

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 13:59

            For a moment I thought I’d lost 20kg. Then I realised that that wasn’t the case.

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 13:59

            Hahaha 🙂 Did you get a medium?

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 14:00

            Says so on the tag. But on my body it says Wookie size.

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 14:01

            Mine too… Will use as a sleeping bag

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 14:02

            Haha. Could work. Or we should start taking steroids.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 8, 2014 at 14:11

            I took steroids once – ended up sleeping for a week. How was I supposed to know horses get tranquilisers too.

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 14:14

            LOL

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 8, 2014 at 13:58

            That’s what she said.

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 14:04

            We were having such a nice conversation Trevor. Why? WHY must you do this when we are being friendly?

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 14:05

            Maybe he’s recalling nostalgic moments of his past and wanted to share it with us so we’d all be better friends.

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 14:08

            Is this true @Alien Emperor Trevor:disqus over sharing again?! We told you after the ‘school’ incident, you should know better by now…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 8, 2014 at 14:08

            Isn’t it obvious? I like ruining things for other people. It makes me happy. Don’t you want me to be happy, or are you that selfish?

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 14:09

            But you are ALWAYS happy! 0-O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 8, 2014 at 14:27

            I know! That’s why I can’t understand why everyone else around me is so miserable. Life’s great.

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 14:46

            Le sigh

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 8, 2014 at 14:52

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 14:11

            Sounds like something “she” would say after you ruined it for her. Boom!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 8, 2014 at 14:11

            Where do you think I got it from? lol

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 14:13

            Hahaha

          • VampyreSquirrel

            May 8, 2014 at 12:42

            Lol… that should be interesting. I’ll see if I can think of any suggestions and send them through.

          • Jedi JJ

            May 8, 2014 at 14:17

            Many strategy games are like that, but the LG sessions are more for bang action, so that’s not going to work. The other issue is finding something that most people have.
            Garry’s Mod would be a ton of fun if everyone had it.

          • Rincethis

            May 8, 2014 at 12:37

            “supposed” 😉

  2. Kensei Seraph, Sparkly Samurai

    May 8, 2014 at 12:10

    I wonder if Mark of the Ninja would get MP and if so how would it work?

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    • Admiral Chief in Space

      May 8, 2014 at 12:19

      Very awesomely I suspect!

      I can see it already, sneaky sneaky neeeenjaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  3. Jedi JJ

    May 8, 2014 at 13:02

    This has me very interested. I love Don’t Starve

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