Raft’s Renovation Update hopes to make living in a flooded post-apocalypse more comfortable

    
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If all you’ve got in the flooded wasteland of Raft is, well, a raft, then you’re probably going to want to make it as cozy of a place as possible when you’re otherwise not worrying about food, water, and that stupid shark that keeps gnawing off sections of your floating living platform. Enter the Renovations Update, which brings a gaggle of new building-related items to make life in this early access multiplayer survival sandbox (waterbox? bathtub?) more homely.

As the update’s name suggests, there’s now a wider assortment of building blocks that can be accessed via the Hammer tool (albeit at higher costs than standard blocks), letting players put together more luxurious floating households. There’s also 65 new decorations to spruce up the place, like sofas, bathtubs, beds, candelabras, paintings, cupboards, and trash cans among other items. Decorations can be found in a variety of ways, either by finding crates with a metal detector, in floating barrels, and in crates on islands.

On top of that, the painting feature has been improved with more color and pattern choices for walls, two-side painting on walls, and two color choices for furnishings. The update also brings quality-of-life adjustments for various tools in the game, an engine control panel that lets players control engines without having to dash over to the engine block, and a host of new wildlife like dolphins, whales, and turtles. You can check out the update in the patch notes as well as the video below.

source: Steam, thanks to Kinya for the tip!
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Leo

so many indie games out there that have continued to update long after release, really shows some passion for their creations

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Neurotic

Raft is great, I highly recommend it. My son and I have been playing it since it was a toy on itch.io, and it’s really grown and evolved into something that’s just superb fun, solo or co-op.

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Schmidt.Capela

I liked the premise enough, and what I’ve seen about the game’s development, that I already purchased a copy as a way to incentive the devs to keep up despite not really planning to play it until it’s more fleshed up (and likely out of early access).

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Neurotic

I do wonder how much longer they can keep it in early access, really. For a long time it didn’t even have a story, and then they added that a while ago. Definitely keep your eye on it. :)

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Keeping a game in Early Access is easy and cheap. Just stop doing updates. Ta-da, permanent shield against criticism, even when the devs have clearly “done a runner.” A more useful measure is “how long can a game stay in Early Access while still getting updates and also progressing towards a full launch.” Warframe doesn’t count, since they functionally launched years ago and just forgot to make a press release.