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Dwarf Fortress on Steam Now With Gruesome Life-and-death Battles

The latest update for Dwarf Fortress on Steam adds an Arena mode to the game, where dwarves and creatures of all sorts try their strength in life-and-death battles.

Dwarf colonies in Dwarf Fortress on Steam have been expanded to include arenas where blood, sweat and tears (mostly blood) flow in streams.

Patch 50.56 adds to the Steam edition of Dwarf Fortress the Arena mode, known from the previous version of the game about dwarven colonizers. The rules are simple: the player places a certain number of characters and/or various creatures and monsters that can be encountered during the game in one arena, and they fight each other to the death..

Test arena

While watching the bloody pixelated carnage can be interesting in itself, Arena Mode primarily fulfills another, more important role - it enables us to test various items, characters or features. Such a solution is particularly useful for modders. This is because Arena enables you to better understand the relationships between different characters, objects, etc.

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Source: Bay 12 Games

Arena mode in the Steam version received an updated version of the interface (adapted to mouse control), and battles can be customized to our liking. We set not only the size of the clash or the equipment our "gladiators" will use, but even such aspects as the brutality of the skirmish (we can choose between no-violence and bloody pulp).

In addition to Arena Mode, update 50.56 introduced a handful of improvements to the game, including fixes for some serious bugs, texture improvements or audio tracks. The full list of changes can be found here.

Michal Ciezadlik

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