V Rising developers will make offline mode available ‘as soon as possible’

V Rising is a new survival game from Swedish developers Stunlock Studios, and it’s doing great on its own. Since launching in Early Access, as is traditional for survival games, the game about Dracula becoming a lumberjack to get enough wood to rebuild a castle has skyrocketed through the Steam charts. It is number seven at the time of writing and has received a user review rating of Very Positive.

A recurring complaint, however, has been about needing an internet connection. although the Steam Page says that you will be able to “Make allies or enemies online or play solo offline”, actually you need to be online even if you are playing solo on a server of one. Stunlock answered questions about playing offline on Discordsaying, “We prioritize making this available as soon as possible.”

The developers go on to say, “For those of you who can’t play right now because of this due to inconsistent internet connections or the like, we apologize for the inconvenience this will cause. It is our estimate that offline play should be available sometime in the next few years.” days, but it could be sooner.”

In many ways, V Rising feels more complete than other Early Access games, with the offline mode one of the few things it lacks. It doesn’t seem like there’s much to do once you’ve crafted the perfect lair and hunted down all the bosses, although there are plenty of them and presumably PvP should fill in the late-game gap.

Players have already started whining even on PvE servers, of course, blocking castle entrances and deleting new player buildings (the latter is only possible if you don’t have any blood essence in the heart of the castle, so keep it full to make sure it’s safe).

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