Huge Steam survival game hits 1.0 after four years of early access (2024)

By Hirun Cryer


Raft: The Final Chapter is out now

Huge Steam survival game hits 1.0 after four years of early access (1)

One of Steam's biggest survival games has just launched its 1.0 update - heralding its arrival out of early access.

After first launching on all the way back in 2016, Raft then arrived on Steam in early access form a few years later in 2018. Now though, a grand total of four years later, Raft: The Final Chapter is here at last, launching the survival game out of early access and into the hands of eagerly awaiting fans.

Hello Rafters! We are happy to announce that The Final Chapter is releasing on June 20! It’s by far our biggest update yet! New destinations, new playable characters, new enemies, more story and many new exciting features. 15, 2022

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Developer Redbeet Interactive officially announced the launch of 1.0 for Raft earlier this week on June 20 on the Steam forums. "It is the culmination of more than five years of development and the grand finale to the Raft story line," the blog post reads. "It is The Final Chapter, and it is ready to be played."

For Raft: The Final Chapter, which is the biggest update in the game's history, there's three brand new locations heading up the launch: Varuna Point, Temperance, and a third surprise destination for players to uncover. Raft's overarching story has actually been rewritten and finessed into one coalescing story with the Final Chapter update, so you can now play through the whole thing smoothly.

There's also plenty of new enemies to fend off while you're out exploring the open ocean. As you might've guessed from the title. Raft puts you on a small float and tasks you to survive in the middle of the ocean, and now you'll be going up against the likes of polar bears, hyenas, and even anglerfish.

It's a monumental update for the Raft community, and brings in even more additions like trading posts, new characters, community items, and more. Six years after it first launched, the end is now here for Raft, and it promises to be a great conclusion for long-time players and newcomers alike.

Check out our list of the best survival games if you're looking for something else to sink you're time into.

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Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.

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Huge Steam survival game hits 1.0 after four years of early access (2024)


How long can a game be in Early Access Steam? ›

steam does not and will never enforce deadlines. devs don't have to provide proof of development . Some scam early access games have lasted 3 years. Don't ask.

What percentage of Steam games are Early Access? ›

Since 2014 there have been over 10549 games that have participated in the Early Access program (Either stuck in EA or gone full 1.0). As a percentage of total games released on Steam, the following graph shows that it swelled to 20% in 2017 through 2020 but has dipped a tiny bit recently.

What is the best free survival Steam game? ›

A delightful shooter that made a name for itself in the last decade and a free survival game on Steam is Fistful of Frags. Set in the Wild West, players will have plenty of weapons in their arsenal as they learn to take on other players in first-person combat.

How do Early Access games work on Steam? ›

Essentially it's just a version update, not a whole new game. Early Access is intended to be a way for developers to fund their game while still under development by selling copies before it's finished and allowing people to play the unfinished product.

Why do games stay in Early Access on Steam? ›

"Early Access" is not "Beta". Early Access means it's still in active feature development. It varies from game to game, but it's more meant to be considered an "Alpha" product. It's a lot more polished than a lot of Early Access games, but they are still adding features and working towards release.

Will Steam refund Early Access games? ›

Are Early Access games eligible for refunds? Early Access games qualify for refunds the same as other purchases - playtime and date of purchase are both considered. Can I review an early access game? Players are encouraged to share reviews about Early Access games.

How long should a game be in early access? ›

How long do games stay in Early Access? Much like the temperature of a grizzly bear's porridge, you need to get the answer to this question just right. The only accurate answer is 'as long as it needs to be'. If your game is stable, playable, and complete, you should think about releasing it as a finished product.

What is the difference between early access and full game? ›

Early access to a game is typically offered when the game is in a playable state but may not be feature-complete, or may still have several software bugs to be found. Often these games are considered at alpha or beta releases, and may be months or years from anticipated completion.

How long does early access last? ›

There's no standard. Games have left 1 year after EA, some games have been in there for almost 10 years. That doesn't necessarily mean they are bad. 7 Days to Die has been in EA for like 8 years or something but its constantly worked on and perfectly playable.

What is the number 1 game in Steam? ›

Concurrent Steam Users
#Name24h Peak
1.Counter-Strike 21,434,522
2.Dota 2827,662
4.Apex Legends330,530
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What is the number one survival game? ›

Minecraft. Minecraft has always been at the top of our list for survival games since its launch.

What are the advantages of early access? ›

Early Access provides developers a way to get their product out to customers early, which they'd want to do for a number of reasons. It allows them to get crucial feedback to improve their game, which would be tough to get otherwise for a small indie studio.

What is the difference between early access and beta? ›

Early access apps are apps that haven't been released yet. Beta apps are newer and more experimental versions of apps that are already released. Early access and beta apps may be less stable than most apps. For example, the app might crash or some features might not work properly.

Is early access free Steam? ›

Early access means the game isn't finished, you buy it, get the current version of the game. When they update (like any game you have) you don't pay for the updates. So simply, IF you buy early access, you WILL have the final game "FREE" when it comes out.

How long do games last in early access? ›

Most successful titles that have used early access typical remained in early access for about one year before a full release. Some have stayed in an early access state for multiple years, such as Kerbal Space Program and DayZ, and others have remained in a perpetual early access state, like Star Citizen.

How long was Hades in Early Access? ›

Hades 1 was in early access from December 2018 until September 2020 – almost two years – though I wouldn't expect Hades 2 to be in early access for quite as long.

Does Steam count hours when game is minimized? ›

It doesn't matter if it's minimized or not, the game is still running.

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