If you have a preference for building things with friends while running from hungry, creepy cave creatures, you may have spied Core Keeper when it launched into early access in March. The cunning 8-player co-op game surpassed half a million downloads on Steam in just a few weeks, its combination of Stardew Valley homesteading and cave survival creating a surprisingly effective balance between cozy and scary. Now, developer Pugstorm is working on the first major update to Core Keeper.
As revealed at the PC Gaming Show, Sunken Sea will launch on June 15th and is free for all Core Keeper players. The highlight of the new update is a biome of the same name: an underground sea filled with aquatic surprises and islands that you can navigate by boat. There are also four enemy types and a new Titan boss on the way.
“We’ve worked hard to deliver a broad and meaningful lineup of new content for Core Keeper players to discover with the Sunken Sea update,” says Sven Thole, CEO and animator at Pugstorm. “We are listening carefully to our community’s suggestions and comments and are very excited for players to discover all that Sunken Sea has to offer.”
Some of these new quality of life features include portals to warp great distances across the map, sprinklers to automatically water plants, and gaps so you can customize your cave dweller’s appearance. There are also new items, plants, weapons, ores, buildings – pretty much everything you need to keep expanding and defending your underground settlement.
Core Keeper is one of the most exciting games of the year so far, blending Stardew Valley, Terraria and Valheim to create something that looks pretty fresh, so it will be exciting to see what the Sunken Sea has in store.
You can discover its secrets for yourself when the update goes live on June 15th.