After four years in development, top-down horror game Darkwood is finally out


It’s taken four years, but atmospheric horror Darkwood is finally out of Early Access.

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“Early Access has helped this project tremendously, and even though we have stayed in development for way longer than we anticipated, thanks to your feedback Darkwood has grown in scope and complexity in ways we have never imagined possible,” state developers The Acid Wizards in an update on Steam. “We put our heart and soul into this project. We hope you like it.”

“After more than 4 years of development, Darkwood is finally complete. Thank you for being with us.”

Since the launch, there’s also been a hotfix to add in missing assets, fix dialogue, update the credits, and squish some gamepad bugs.

The developers of Darkwood reckon it provides a new perspective on survival horror, forcing you to “scavenge and explore the rich, ever-changing free-roam world by day, then hunker down in your hideout and pray for the morning light.”

Darkwood is out now for Windows, Mac, and Linux on Steam and GOG for £10.79 / €12.59 / $13.49. If you fancy it, be quick – the price jumps 10% after this initial launch week.

We think Darkwood does something very clever, taking a top-down perspective, a traditionally informative and open view, and finding ways to obscure the world and hide things in plain sight.