Don’t Starve is billed as an upcoming survival/exploration game following the exploits of a gentleman scientist named Wilson.
The game has just launched its early-access beta, which runs from the Google Chrome browser (a standalone version of the game will be released later). This isn’t free though. You’ll have to buy into it for $6.99. Read on to see why that isn’t so bad.
This early access beta includes:
- The full game for free when it releases (also a Steam copy)
- Two copies
- Regular updates with new content
- Talk with the developers to help “evolve the game”
So the early-access beta serves as a pre-order of sorts, a rather cheap one at that. This early-access build also comes with some improvements over the earlier builds if you’ve already been playing the beta:
- Don’t Starve is now available for purchase.
- Map randomization improvements.
- Buildable chests, by popular demand.
- New marsh area with lots of new stuff in it (like reeds)!
- New and improved Farm Plot art.
- Trees have life cycles, and look less like each other.
- New easier-to-use crafting / research interface.
- New Science machine mechanics. You earn Research Points by grinding up objects in the science machine.
- New, different ambient sounds play in different areas of the map.