Free Styx DLC for Icarus survival game doubles map size

Survival game Icarus recently released Styx, a new free DLC pack for players. It contains a chunky new piece of map measuring 8×8 km, effectively doubling the size of the survival game’s playable area and adding new creatures to battle and new quests to complete.

The Styx map contains biomes that you will be familiar with if you’ve played Icarus: dense forests, arid and dry deserts, and icy arctic zones. But even if the conditions are familiar, that doesn’t mean you won’t meet new inhabitants. Several creatures have been added to Icarus along with Styx, such as fierce Komodo dragons, deadly crocodiles, and the beautiful kea parrot.

The colorful bird may seem harmless, especially when compared to these vicious reptiles, but they are hungry and will not hesitate to steal food from your supply stash. Yes, even the birds of Icarus want to cause you trouble. And those horrible cave worms you might have encountered – they were actually just babies. They grow up now and may even leave the caves completely, so be on the lookout.

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If you haven’t played Icarus before, or if it’s been a while since you joined a quest, you might be interested to hear about some other recent changes. The real world timer has been completely removed from the game – now your quest timer only works while you (or your friends) are actually in the game, so you’ll never log back in to see you failed a quest while you were offline . There are new difficulty settings, both for players who wanted the game to be harder and for those who found it a little too difficult. A separate talent tree was also added for solo players who found it difficult to survive without fellow astronauts watching their backs.

The Styx DLC was added for free as a “thank you” to fans of the game who stayed on what RocketWerkz found Dean Hall describes as a “rocky launch”. The team is now working on New Frontiers, a paid expansion for Icarus that is planned for next year and will feature new biomes and alien lifeforms.

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