Sons of the Forest, the upcoming horror survival game by developers Endnight Games, was initially delayed from 2022 to eventually settle on a release date of February 23, 2023, on Steam (Feb 24 for us in ANZ). In a period where game delays are becoming the norm, when I saw a post on the Endnight Games’ Twitter feed, my heart sank.
Hey Everyone,— Endnight Games (@EndNightGame) February 3, 2023
We have an announcement about our release on February 23rd. Check out our news post on Steam, for more information.https://t.co/vQo43uCRh3
My frown was quickly turned upside down though as they have chosen to stick to the date of February 23, however Sons of the Forest will release in an early access state instead of facing another lengthy delay.
“We set out to make the ultimate survival horror simulator, and feel it is now at a stage where it needs player feedback and involvement to help push this even further. Our experience with releasing our first game ‘The Forest’ in Early Access was extremely positive. We got a lot of really good feedback and suggestions and were able to shape and improve the game drastically, rather than if we kept development internal. Having players involved at this stage will make this game even better.”
You can read the full announcement on the game’s Steam page here.
Johnny and gaming legend Colonel Kane have been playing 2018’s The Forest for over 500 hours between them, so to say that they are chomping at the bit to get their hands on Sons of the Forest is an understatement. Sent to find a missing billionaire on a remote island, players find themselves in a cannibal-infested hellscape in Sons of the Forest. Craft, build, and struggle to survive, alone or with friends, in this terrifying new open-world survival horror simulator.
A Survival Horror Simulator
Experience complete freedom to tackle the world how you want. You decide what you do, where to go and how best to survive. There are no NPC’s barking orders at you or giving you missions you don’t want to do. You give the orders; you choose what happens next.
Enter a world where nowhere is safe and fight against a range of mutated creatures, some who are almost human like, and others who are like nothing you have ever seen before. Armed with pistols, axes, stun batons and more, protect yourself and those you care for.
Build and Craft
Feel every interaction; Break sticks to make fires. Use an axe to cut out windows and floors. Build a small cabin, or a sea-side compound, the choice is yours.
Pluck fresh salmon directly from streams in spring and summer. Collect and store meat for the cold winter months. You’re not alone on this island, so as winter rolls in and food and resources become scarce you won’t be the only one looking for a meal.
Survive alone, or with friends. Share items and work together to build defenses. Bring back-up to explore above and below ground.
Sons of the Forest will launch on Steam Early Access on February 23, 2023 (Feb 24 for us in ANZ).