author: Jakub Tarchala
City Builder Farthest Frontier Developmet Continues; Full Release Date
Update 0.8.2 will hit Farthest Frontier soon and will bring many interesting changes and new features. Unfortunately, the title will remain in early access for a long time to come.
Farthest Frontier from Crate Entertainment - consisting of veterans of Iron Lore (Titan Quest), who made Grim Dawn - is taking shape. The developers are rolling out new updates to their city builder, adding content and improving gameplay. At the same time, the company is in no hurry to leave early access.
Farthest Frontier - what will patch 0.8.2 bring?
The title has launched in early access on Steam on August 9, 2022. Since then, the developers have been supporting the game, which resulted in things like the biggest so far, November patch 0.8.0. For the past two weeks, players have been testing version 0.8.1, which particularly affects optimization (especially for larger settlements).
In turn, in the latest announcement the developers shared the news that the game will receive patch 0.8.2, scheduled for mid-March, this year. Below you'll find a list with the most important new features.
- A quarry will be added at level 4 of city expansion. Once it is placed on a resource, it will enable endless mining.
- A new feature in mining will turn out to be a deep mine, which will endlessly extract all fossil and mineral resources (such as coal, gold, iron or clay). It will be available for construction on a level 4th city.
- The labor camp will be upgradable, allowing for residents to be employed to plant trees. The area will be limited in size and dependent on the quality of the land.
- The new patch will enable us to move a cemetery and the city center to any location.
- Arborists will eventually plant fruit trees for us in 1x1, 2x2 or 3x3 grids. Currently, the player has to perform this activity manually.
- Composters will get an option to automatically fertilize the farm field with the lowest soil quality.
- The developers are considering adding a crematorium to the game (so as not to fill the map with tombstones over time), although this option is still in the concept stage.
The update will also fix a number of annoying bugs.
- Sound will be fixed. Currently, when the game is running in the background (with Alt+Tab), it does not work properly and when the game window is maximized, it turns on all accumulated BGM and sounds at the same time.
- The equipment of soldiers will show whether they are armed with a shield.
- Finally, it will be possible to turn off notifications about the death of residents (currently such an option is available, but it does not work properly).
- The aspect of hiring educated residents will be improved - these currently are not always displayed in the list of available citizens.
The release is still far away
The developers, in the published message, put the unhurried but in-depth polishing of the game first. They described it as follows:
"We are fully committed to creating quality games for you. We won't rush anything or give specific deadlines, because we want to focus on bringing you features as soon as they are ready!"
For this reason, the developers of Farthest Frontier have only given an approximate release date for the full version. The game will come out of early access in the second half of 2023 at the earliest, but the developers do not rule out a release even at the end of the year or later. You can buy the title on Steam.