Wurm Online works on becoming better-looking and better-performing

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This past Saturday, Wurm Online pumped out a small 4.0.6 client release. With improved performance and better lighting, the patch serves as a prelude of sorts to greater changes that are coming to the sandbox MMO in the future.

For a preview of said changes, you’ll want to head over to Steam, where a developer blog lists the many projects that the team is pursuing in an effort to make the game more robust and better-looking. No offense to Wurm, but “better-looking” is a always worthy goal toward which this team to strive.

“Work continues on the development client with a new rendering engine, with better performance, lighting and shading, along with a ton of new graphics options,” the team said. “It’s an amazing improvement over the existing way the game renders, and will really bring the world to life.”

Other projects that are coming both to Wurm Online and its standalone Wurm Unlimited include new wall surfaces, epic mission structures, transporting animals in crates, an improved creature movement system, and a highway system.

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I remember the early days of wurm, when it was really terrible looking. They have come a long way, but yeah, still a lot of room for improvement.

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This is good news. I’ve always loved the width and breadth of mechanics to be found in Wurm, but it’s just so damned plain, if not downright ugly, that I have a hard time caring enough to put in dozens of hours.

It’s as if some museum had all sorts of brilliant ways to navigate around the exhibits and see lots of interesting info about them, but the art being shown is so unappealing that I wouldn’t ever want to visit again.


A new UI and updates to controls would help too. It’s a good formula for survival sandboxy games that are popular right now. Was always hard for me to in to it because the world has already been owned by players for years.


Wurm Unlimited might be what you want then since you can play with friends on your own server. There are places you can set up yourself, it just takes time to find them in the online version. Lots start off helping someone else rather than their own.