Dwarf Fortress is getting its first update in more than two years, promising various tweaks and additions. While the contents are still not entirely known, a community made changelog has been created to give people a rough idea on what to expect.
“The time has come,” said Tarn Adams, one of the game’s developers. “We are planning to release the next version of Dwarf Fortress in the beginning of next month. Many of you understand how this process works, but the rest need to know how Bay 12 Games operates. Dwarf Fortress is more than a game. It’s a kind of art project that has been in production for over 10 years, and you are part of it!”
Those ten years of production have been possible because of generous donations from fans every month. However, the new release will require more than just money to get it in a stable shape.
“We need everyone to help find bugs, show newbies how to play, and generally spread the word.” explained Adams. “It will take time for the new version to be as stable as the one that’s out there now. Not to mention all the mods that will have to be re-calibrated. We know that without all the people working and contributing, Dwarf Fortress would be just another failed oddity of a game.”