Great addition for factorio is still in development and the company Wube Software shared new details about the new content that will appear in the popular base-building game. As the name suggests, factorio is a game about building a factory. The game has sold over a million copies while still in Steam Early Access and launched version 1.0 in 2020. Since then, the developers have released a significant 1.1 update and announced an expansion.
The planned expansion was first announced a year ago. Then Wube Software stated that development would take “at least a year”; Now the developers have explained that this estimate was technically correct in today’s progress update (via Reddit) – the extension is still in development.
Wube Software outlined the 7-phase development plan for the expansion and explained the logistical challenges associated with it. The expansion will include an overhaul of the game’s base engine, so it’s unlikely that an experimental version of the code will run. In short, the expansion will go live when it’s fully ready, albeit after a short beta test with a small number of hand-picked players.
The release of the Factorio extension will coincide with the launch of Update 1.2. Interestingly, the expansion will be treated as a mod, allowing players to turn it on and off with the flick of a switch without any major consequences for the game. As a bonus, many gameplay improvements and other planned features will be included in Update 1.2 for all players, essentially the expansion will focus on new content and mechanics, while the base game will get new features whether you bought it or not. .
Unfortunately, Wube Software isn’t ready to reveal the actual content of the extension just yet – it doesn’t even want to reveal its name. However, today’s development announcement shows the company has a plan; hopefully we won’t have to wait long to play it.
The release date for the Factorio expansion is likely to be in 2022; a more specific release date has yet to be announced. The launch of the extension will coincide with the release of the Factorio 1.2 update.
One specific detail is known: the price of the expansion will be the same as the base game. Wube Software promises to “add enough content to make it worth the price.” For now, the base game still has a lot to offer, you can purchase Factorio on Steam.