‘Dwarf Fortress’ Gets Graphics Upgrade For Steam
- ‘Dwarf Fortress’ coming to Steam and itch.io
- Complete graphics overhaul
- Developer calls Patreon “uncertain”
Procedurally generated world simulator Dwarf Fortress will release on both Steam and itch.io later this year. The retail version will have all new graphics and updated music. At this time, it is expected to cost $20, but Dwarf Fortress Classic will remain free-to-play on the Bay 12 web page.
Tarn Adams, one of the two designers of Dwarf Fortress, recently announced this update through his Patreon. He explained that the decision to move to Steam primarily came from health concerns over his older brother and co-designer, Zach Adams. It is their hope that Steam sales will bring additional stability to the crowdfunding income that pays for Zach’s medicine.
The new graphics, seen in the very brief trailer below, were made possible through a partnership with a small indie studio in Montreal, Kitfox Games.
Kitfox made the nature of this partnership very clear, saying that they have “no access to the source code, and will have no influence on the design, programming, or updates to Dwarf Fortress.” According to the FAQ, Kitfox is onboard “to help with marketing, Steam/itch.io logistics, and paying for other needs like artist contracts, music, PAX booths, etc.”
In this same FAQ, under the question asking why Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam and itch.io, the “uncertain structure of Patreon” was mentioned. Additionally, this link was provided, which leads to a story from January that talks about the tenuous nature of the content subscription service, as well as Sam Harris deleting his own Patreon account.