Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam on December 6th, which is great news on its own. Even better news: you’ll get Steam Workshop support from day one.
“If you’ve been following our update roadmap, you’ll know that Tarn has been busy prioritizing Steam Workshop integration,” says the latest developer update on Steam. “We are happy to announce that Steam Workshop will already be available at launch. This means that you will be able to find and install Dwarf Fortress mods with ease.”
Modding has always been a big part of Dwarf Fortress, though these mods often add tile sets, UI tweaks, or world visualizers to make overly complex simulations more straightforward. Dwarf Fortress’s Steam version already does most of these things, with the official tile set, mouse-operated user interface and proper instructions. In any case, there is still huge modding potential in a game as rich as Dwarf Fortress.
The post also states that the focus on getting workshop support ready means Classic and Arena modes will not be included at launch. The arena mode is where you can spawn various Dwarf Fortress monsters and watch them fight and while fun, is far from necessary. At the same time, Classic Mode allows you to revert Dwarf Fortress’s Steam version back to its original ASCII graphics while also keeping the ASCII-only versions of the Steam version’s new user interface.
Finally, the post mentions that an official Dwarf Fortress is on the way, including a pin, metal band-style t-shirt, and pint glass. I’m not much of a high-profile guy but the shirt is cool.