Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam with actual graphics

Dwarf Fortress is making its way to Steam with improved graphics that aren't just a few blips on a screen.


Dwarf Fortress is heading to Steam, albeit in a much different form than you might be used to.

The simulation title Dwarf Fortress with advertised "infinite possibilities" is coming to the platform as a sort of "living" project headed by brothers Tarn and Zach Adams, who want more people to encounter the game and start growing the community.

"Dwarf Fortress is going premium because we want more people to encounter the game, grow the community, and some of the creator's close family members have developed serious health issues within the past six months, and money to support them is tight," an FAQ section on the brothers' project reads. They opted to bring the game to Steam for some additional "support."

The Steam version of the game will feature some shiny new graphics, music, and auto-updates, as well as the custom premium tileset that makes it look like an entirely different game. But if it's Dwarf Fortress Classic you're after, it won't change going forward. It'll be updated as well as the new premium versions of the game (which you'll have to pay for) but won't include all the new shiny features. There will still be a major villains update for the game as well, and it will be added to Steam Workshop to allow anyone to work on mods as well.

Kitfox will be publishing the new Steam version, with Bay 12 Games retaining ownership of the game. Thus, Kitfox will be getting a 20 percent revenue cut. However, they have no influence on the design, the team has clarified.

If you're interested in trying out the classic game, make sure you check out the trailer. See how much cooler that looks already? Let us know if you're excited to give it a try. Sometimes a facelift is all a game needs to make it totally awesome again!

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    March 13, 2019 10:50 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam with actual graphics

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      March 13, 2019 11:39 AM

      omg omg omg! im hyped!

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      March 13, 2019 12:39 PM

      Expecting the Bay12 forums to take this about as well as No Mutants Allowed took the Bethesda FO3 announcement.

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        March 13, 2019 12:42 PM

        Bay 12 stressed this doesn't change the development of the text-based version of the game, and they needed to do this to help pay for family medical-related issues. I would help they understand this wasn't just a money grab.

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          March 13, 2019 12:49 PM

          Fair enough. The core fan base is really supportive of Tarn and Zach personally.

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        March 13, 2019 2:05 PM


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      March 13, 2019 12:44 PM

      I wonder what took them so long?

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      March 13, 2019 2:07 PM

      I hope they keep the cool guitar song as well as new stuff.

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      March 13, 2019 2:10 PM

      OK, this is awesome news.

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      March 13, 2019 2:29 PM

      Oh my. I will have to check this out.

      Probably time to send another check to Tarn.

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      March 13, 2019 2:32 PM

      But are there UI changes?

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        March 13, 2019 4:19 PM

        Seems like "no." I assumed the 'premium version with graphics' they're putting on Steam would have been something along those lines. But it just looks like this is initially a Steam-only tileset plus later a pipeline to let modders go via Steam Workshop.

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      March 13, 2019 6:20 PM

      Oh my.

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      March 13, 2019 7:07 PM

      Can you play your old one in the new steam one.

      I have never played this game. It looks like ultima which I loved should I play it.

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        March 13, 2019 7:37 PM

        All this appears to be is a tileset modification of the normally ASCII game, a common thing that has been done in the past for the original roguelikes (Netheck, Angband, etc.) The free text game will remain the main branch, improvements pushed to the graphical version.

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