The wait is all but over to get a full version of The Forest out to us as the game has now left Early Access and heading to a full release. At least in terms of the PC version of the game as Endnight Games has not mentioned when the full release will be coming to the PS4. Either way, The Forest is coming and in its final-ish form as the developer claims to still be wanting to add things in and other major updates. We will all have to wait and see how that truly goes. It feels like a pipe dream for now but I could be wrong. For now, we can all just enjoy what the 1.0 version of the game has for us and look to the future.
In terms of looking to the future and seeing if The Forest will be getting constant updates, it does look like owners of the PC version of the game will be seeing a massive update on May 22nd for the game. In this instance there will be a VR option added in for owners to download and give the game a whirl with. In this version your HUD will be done through a smart watch of sorts but all of the other elements handled through actual motions. Thus all of this placing us deeper into The Forest. At least on the PC side as this does not mention if it will be an option in the PS4 release. It would be nice, but so far there have been a lack of titles doing so between the two platforms. We will see…
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Today The Forest moves from early access into a full release. It’s been a crazy ride, made possible only by the players who have supported us for the last four years. To the team here it feels like a game we all made together, us and the community. Your input suggestions and feedback has been invaluable to us.
This version of the game adds a bunch of new stuff, from a craftable warmsuit, significant re-work of the endgame and a new alternate ending. Along with this there is a ton of cave re-work and polish and many many improvements and fixes.
There is a lot we still want to do, and plan on heavily supporting the game moving forward. Some other big items we hope to implement soon are proper cheat controls in multiplayer and fixes to the issues that will likely come up in this release.
Today we are also announcing our first major update to the game. The VR version of The Forest will release for free to all players of the game, on May 22. It’s the full game, with your hud on a smart watch, a full 3d inventory, and tree cutting using motion controls. We think it’s the most fun vr game we’ve ever played and can’t wait to share it with everyone.
We know there are a couple reports of crashing and keyboard related issues that came up in the last 2 days and will aim to get fixes for those as soon as we can.
If you are running a dedicated server, you will need to restart your server with the latest version to be compatible with this patch release.
Are you ready for The Forest to hit a full release here? Do you think that it still needed more time in Early Access or will it be what we should expect in a full release? Do you think that we could see the VR side of the game hit all of the platforms or will it be just a PC side of the game? Let everyone out there know what you are thinking down in the comments and then feel free to discuss. For more on The Forest as it comes, just keep checking in on the site here as we will do what we can to keep you up to date.