Raft, a stunning open water survival adventure developed after more than five years of development, has just received its full version 1.0 release, which has brought, among other things, the final part of its exploratory story campaign.
Raft, if you''re unfamiliar, was first launched as a free prototype on itch.io back in 2016, but it continued to expand on the core survival loop, in which players begin out on a tiny wooden raft in the middle of the ocean, hooking up food, supplies, and construction materials until their tiny vessel is a real sea-faring palace. In preparation for a commercial early access on Steam, which finally arrived in 2018.
Redbeet has continued to build on this early feature set, introducing the likes of online co-op, explorable islands, underwater reefs, crop growing, cooking, animal care, and a comprehensive story campaign in which players may learn more about the flooded world.
Raft''s 1.0 release is called the "biggest update ever" and its patch notes are certainly large, as well as spoilery, so you may want to avoid them if you intend to come in again soon because early access is finally over.
To summarise, Raft''s story now has a good concluding chapter (aside a fairly extensive redesign for previous sections to improve the narrative flow), plus new locations, new enemies, new characters, new clothing options, new items, trading posts.
Raft''s version 1.0 release is now available on Steam and costs 14.99, but there''s a 15% launch discount until the 7th July, meaning you may get it back for 12.74 copies until then.