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Don't Starve Together: A New Reign brings shadow queen, new bosses, further death

Don't Starve Together

I was about to boot up Don’t Starve Together [official site] to poke at the update A New Reign which went live yesterday. Then I remembered that I am bad at Don’t Starve AND any and all of its iterations from vanilla onward. I die to bees a LOT when left to my own devices so Don’t Starve Together is likely to be dying to bees in front of at least one other person, right? And A New Reign adds a Queen Bee so… my in-game life is likely to be one long My Girl re-enactment, yes? Yes.

As per the announcement:

“The reign of the new shadow queen has swept across the land of Don’t Starve Together and now creeps deep into the bowels of the earth. What ancient secrets will be dredged up by Charlie’s dark machinations, and what purpose does she have in mind for the formidable being at the center of the Ruins?”

What this translates to in terms of critters and #content is new bosses including the aforementioned Queen Bee, a desert biome, a way of teleporting to other players, new ruins, assorted other bits and pieces plus tweaks and the general “shadow queen” kerfuffle.

The bug fixes are also worth a read, perhaps especially if you don’t know the game because they conjure up all manner of entertaining scenarios as you feed them into your imagination:

“Beefalo will no longer walk away from you when you are trying to carry a heavy object onto it.”

“Fixed bug where auto-attack fails to target Werepigs drawn to the Moon Stone.”

“Fixed bug where Ghosts can sometimes still do damage after dying.”

“Fixed bug where Lucy did not remember if she possessed an Axe or Luxury Axe after shutting down and resuming a world.”

“Poisoned Canaries will no longer trigger Bird Traps and become invisible.”

“Minor reduction to the collision radius of Wardrobes and Meat Bulbs.”

All excellent news, presumably.

A New Reign is now part of the live game, although Klei offer the following warning regarding how the update integrates with existing save files:

“Please note that all the new content added as part of A New Reign will be automatically retrofitted into existing Worlds, but we cannot guarantee that this will be exactly the same as using a new Save Slot to generate a new World.”

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