Don't Starve Adding Multiplayer This Summer with "Don't Starve Together" DLC, Free to Existing Owners
Klei Entertainment's top-down, Roguelike, survival game Don't Starve received its first paid DLC (Reign of Giants) in March, but its next DLC will be completely free to current owners. It will also completely change the way the game is played for many fans. Entitled Don't Starve Together, multiplayer is heading to Don't Starve this Summer! Multiplayer has probably been the most requested feature for the game, yet Klei repeatedly dismissed the idea, even officially stating that "we have concluded that we can make a better game, and better support the community, if it remains single player." So now, over a year since the game officially launched on Steam, why the change of heart?
"Over the past few months, we’ve quietly smuggled in some new people onto our team who immediately said “Heck yeah, this can be a thing!” and actually threw together a proof of concept. After a couple months and an office-wide session of multiplayer Don’t Starve, we were convinced it was worth exploring and bringing it to our community."
Don't Starve Together will support 2-4 players simultaneously at the minimum, though Klei will experiment with allowing even more players. The goal is to release it on Steam Early Access this Summer with the lovely price of FREE for all current owners (even Standalone owners will get it for free once it's fully released). That being said, the price of Don't Starve will actually increase from the current $14.99 to $19.99 "around the time Alpha becomes available," so if you've been holding off for some multiplayer, it'd behoove you to buy the game beforehand. As for whether this DLC will come to the PlayStation 4 version, Klei says "it's too early to tell."
If multiplayer doesn't appeal to you, the single player portion of the game will remain unaffected, "except for content or features not specifically related to multiplayer gameplay." According to Klei, this means that "balance changes and content aimed at creating an interesting multiplayer experience will not be added to the single player game." Changing the game to support multiplayer while not affecting the single player game, and offering it all up for free? No wonder Klei waited a full year before tackling that hurdle.