After more than five years in development, Redbeet Interactive’s immensely entertaining open-water survival adventure Raft has just received its full version 1.0, which includes, among other things, the final part of its exploration story campaign.
Raft, in case you don’t know it, first caught attention in 2016 as a free prototype on itch.io. Redbeet steadily expanded this version’s central survival loop – in which players start out on a tiny wooden raft in the middle of the ocean, hooking up food, supplies and building materials until their tiny ship is a veritable seafaring palace – in preparation for commercial Early Access -Release on Steam, which finally arrived in 2018.
Since then, Redbeet has continued to build on that early feature set, introducing things like online co-op, explorable islands, underwater reefs, crop growing, cooking, animal care, and even a full story campaign where players can learn more about the flooded world.
Redbeet is calling the release of Raft 1.0 its “biggest update ever,” and its patch notes are certainly lengthy — and spoiler-y, too, so you might want to avoid them if you intend to jump in fresh after early access is over.
In summary, however, Raft’s story now has a proper final chapter (alongside a fairly extensive overhaul of previous parts to improve the narrative flow), plus new locations, new enemies, new characters, new clothing options, new items, trading posts and more.
Raft version 1.0 is available now on Steam and costs £14.99, but there’s a 15% launch discount until July 7th, meaning you can pick it up for £12.74 until then.