Don’t Starve is going multiplayer in an upcoming update, developer Klei Entertainment has announced.
The Don’t Starve Together expansion will allow two to four players to survive together in private and public games. Later, Klei may support additional players. Players who don’t want to experience multiplayer can stick to single player mode.
The expansion will launch first for the Steam and standalone (Linux, Mac and PC) versions of the game before heading to other platforms like PS4 and Vita. It will be free to all current owners of the Steam and standalone versions, but the price of the game will rise to $20 when the expansion goes into alpha.
Klei expects to release Don’t Starve Together in later northern summer.
In a lengthy post on the game’s forums, Klei explained its 180 on the subject of multiplayer in the game.
“We weren’t exactly sure how well Don’t Starve would do to begin with. At the time we made the infamous ‘multiplayer decision,’ we didn’t know if we would have the resources to pull off an expansion, let alone a full conversion of our game from the ground up,” the developer wrote.
“Over the past few months, we’ve quietly smuggled in some new people onto our team who immediately said ‘Heck yeah, this can be a thing!’ and actually threw together a proof of concept. After a couple months and an office-wide session of multiplayer Don’t Starve, we were convinced it was worth exploring and bringing it to our community.”