In the wake of the tumultuous launch of Farworld Pioneers on May 30th, the game’s developer, Igloosoft, has addressed the multitude of bugs and issues that have surfaced. Despite the game’s initial promise as a Terraria-like sci-fi sandbox adventure, its release has been marked by various challenges, leading to a mostly negative review score on Steam. In a recent development, Igloosoft has announced the temporary postponement of the game’s PlayStation debut.
Igloosoft took to Twitter to communicate directly with their player base, both current and prospective, regarding the situation: “Dear Treasured Pioneers & Future Pioneers, We understand that the PC and Xbox versions of Farworld Pioneers have launched with a number of issues, and we are working hard to remedy the situation as soon as possible. All the PC updates will also come to the Xbox version at a slightly later date.”
They further clarified their decision to delay the originally scheduled June 14th PlayStation release: “We have decided to delay the planned June 14th PlayStation release temporarily and will announce a new release date soon. We owe it to those who have played and paid for the game already to make fixing the existing version of the game a priority. Although we would like to share fixed timelines, we don’t want to make promises we can’t keep.”
Emphasizing their commitment to addressing the challenges head-on, Igloosoft revealed their ongoing efforts: “We are a small team and we need to make sure our patches go live with proper testing to alleviate the chances of introducing new bugs. We are working non-stop to fix major issues, improve AI, and solve some of the common problems raised by player feedback. Thank you for your patience.”
Previously, Igloosoft had detailed the primary issues currently plaguing the game, including problematic NPC colonist behavior, characters falling through floors, instability in multiplayer mode, and a user interface requiring significant improvements. In particular, NPC issues ranged from wandering into hazardous areas and using beds incorrectly, to responsiveness in combat scenarios.
The developers have acknowledged the complexity of these issues, making their resolution their top priority. They are currently exploring potential solutions for these problems, attributing the character falling issue to possible AI behavior and chunk loading changes. The instability of the multiplayer mode is also under scrutiny, with the server team diligently working to isolate the root cause.
While the journey of Farworld Pioneers has undoubtedly been rocky so far, the developers are working to make amends and improve the gaming experience for their players.