The Forest, the open-world survival game developed & published by Endnight Games, will be leaving Steam Early Access sometime in April 2018 according to a news post on the game's Steam Community page.
In The Forest, you're treated to a lovely plane flight at the opening of the game that unfortunately goes about as well as the first episode of Lost. (Spoilers: the plane crashes pretty much right away.) Awakening in the flaming wreckage, you're horrified to find a gaunt, pale man carrying your son off into the wilderness. It's up to you to get your bearings and survive in the harshness of this mysterious island as you search for your little boy.
As with many other survival games, the beginnings of gameplay center around meeting your basic needs for food, water, and shelter. As time passes, you'll find that you're not quite alone on the island and you'll have to turn your attention to defending yourself with whatever you can manage to do. Players are helped along in these goals with a handy survival guide that acts as a crafting menu as well as teaching you the basics of staying alive. Some of these systems are going to be reworked or added to prior to the game exiting Early Access, and entirely new features will be making their way in as well.
Originally released in May of 2014, The Forest has been making gradual progress in its development in the last two years and change. The developers have finally settled on April 2018 as the release window for their game on the PC. Coinciding with this release is the 0.73 patch which has quite a few small bugfixes, changes, and additions to the game. You can read the patch notes in full on the game's official website. The release of The Forest out of Early Access will also result in the game's price bumping up from $14.99 to $19.99, so if you've been considering picking it up it might not be a bad idea to do it sometime soon. You can grab the game on Steam.
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