Town builder Roguelike Against the Storm adds new Coral Forest biome

Against the Storm, a semi-roguelike city-building game that’s been in Early Access on the Epic Games Store for just over a month, just received its third major update. This patch adds a whole new biome to explore and makes key changes to the resolution and order systems that should make your next forest expedition a bit smoother.

The headline of this update is of course the new biome, the Coral Forest. It’s the winner of developer Eremite Games’ recent community brainstorming session, and it’s a place where the trees are all covered in various colorful coral-like shoots. These shoots provide additional resources when you harvest each tree, which means you’ll probably want to devote more resources to chopping wood than the normal resource harvesting while you’re at it.

The patch also provides a course correction on a nerve in the resolving system introduced in the last patch. Resolve in Against the Storm is a measure of your citizens’ morale, and it’s crucial to keep it as high as possible – otherwise, you risk seeing your villagers abandon your encampment. This patch makes it a bit easier to build reputation early and mid-game, so hopefully your chilly lizards will recover a bit.

Here is a video from Eremite that describes the changes:

Finally, the patch also updates the order generation system. In each Against the Storm race, you will periodically receive orders from the Smoldering City, which you will need to complete in order for the Queen to be happy with your progress. If she gets too impatient with you, it’s over.

These commands are drawn at random from a bunch of possible commands, and the problem was that you often ended up with commands that could not be completed in a particular cycle – you might get an order of copper bars when there was no no copper was found in the area. This first iteration on the updated order system should now generate orders based on your current game conditions.

The update includes a great crop of new content, like six new Forest Mysteries to uncover as you explore the forest glades, 20 all-new commands, new types of objectives, and more. The patch notes also list a host of UI tweaks and bug fixes.

Against the Storm is already a surprisingly polished and incredibly complex game, just a month after starting its Early Access roadmap. This is an area we will be diving into frequently as it prepares for its official launch.

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