Dwarf Fortress, the classic roguelike simulation oft cited as one of the most intricate and complex in the genre, is finally coming to Steam and Itch.io, publisher Kitfox Games has announced today.
The original game, which sees you tasked with creating and maintaing a titular Dwarven Fortress, was released as an alpha all the way back in 2006 and has been continously developed since 2002 by brothers Tarn and Zach Adams' Bay 12 Games almost entirely on donations from fans and supporters. The game has been cited as influencing many games since its launch - including Minecraft - and was even selected to appear in the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of a history of video gaming exhibition back in 2012.
This new Steam version will include new graphics - the original game used ASCII art - new audio and Steam Workshop integration. Furthermore, it'll be continously update in what the developers have called a 'lifetime living project with no end in sight'.
There's no word yet on pricing or an exact release date yet, with the game's Steam Store page reading simply that 'time is subjective' - however the developers have promised that work will also continue on what will now be known as the 'Classic' version of the game too. There's more information in an FAQ document announcing the release, which you can find here.