Let me be perfectly clear: When I heard that the highly anticipated upcoming DLC “Reign of Giants” for Don’t Starve was entering open beta for early-access buyers, I had a total fan girl moment. Don’t Starve is, without a doubt, one of the best video games I’ve played in recent years – and it’s now available on the Playstation 4 (PS4) in addition to PC via Steam. “Reign of Giants” is the first downloadable content (DLC) being released for the hit game, after extensive free updates following Don’t Starve’s release in April of 2013. It’s a survival-based title in which almost every adorable, odd creature you encounter tries to murder you, and progress into “winter” is something to be feared by even experienced players.
Introducing the “Reign of Giants” Beta – just, without the giants.
The early-access beta for the new DLC released in late March, but game designers at KLei have been quick to remind players that nothing is final or permanent in any testing phase for Don’t Starve — and giants should be added soon. Many of us (myself, included) started our epic quest through this deadly world during the beta period for the core game; it’s no wonder that the community went crazy, leaving hundreds of forum posts, following the February announcement that the DLC would soon be available for purchase. The added bonus of a discounted pre-order price of $3.99 instead of $4.99 had most of us rushing to the KLei Entertainment website.
Tumbleweeds, moles, and vultures – oh, my!
Despite the fact that giants are coming in a future update and aren’t currently live in the game, the new DLC for Don’t Starve actually has an impressive amount of new features already available. Moles tunnel underground, and strange cat-and-raccoon hybrids attack butterflies and each other near their cat tree homes. I especially love the addition of tumbleweeds in the new desert biome; killing these majestic, lovely creatures gains you three random items. New birchnut trees drop still-very-overpowered birchnuts, and have a lovely autumn hue to them. I don’t want to reveal all the new content here, but rest assured that there are quite a few new creatures out for blood.
A true spring and autumn have been added to the cycle of seasons, and rainstorms now have an added danger other than lightning strikes and extinguished fires…
I absolutely can’t wait to monitor the “Reign of Giants” DLC progression, and give my feedback to the KLei developers. Don’t Starve continues to be in my Top 5 Favorite Video Games list, and I expect things to get even better as the game evolves. I highly recommend this game to anyone who loves a quirky, surprisingly challenging, and insanely addictive title – but don’t blame me when you also have 120+ hours logged!