Beyond the Mountain: Dwarf Fortress Developers Share Post-Success Plans

Dwarf Fortress developers' post-success plans unveiled

By Varagan77, Posted 06 Apr 2024

In the wake of their indie masterpiece Dwarf Fortress' meteoric rise, Tarn and Zach Adams, the dynamic duo behind the game, are embracing the fruits of their labour. With Dwarf Fortress surpassing the 800,000 mark in sales and boasting over a million wish lists, the Adams brothers are riding high on their unexpected triumph.

Amidst the celebrations, Zach indulges in a bit of self-spoiling, treating himself to a new abode and a sleek Honda Civic. The sudden surge in success prompts PCGamer to inquire about their plans should the game breach the elusive million-sales milestone. Tarn's candid response reveals their initial disbelief, musing, "When is that going to happen?"

Nonetheless, the duo gears up for the highly anticipated Adventure Mode update, labelling it a "gentle update" and a means to directly engage with the massive community of wish listers. Tarn hints at a celebratory gathering post-update launch, while Zach entertains the idea of jetting off to "somewhere exotic" to mark the occasion.


For the uninitiated, Dwarf Fortress is a strategic marvel set in a procedurally generated world, where players command dwarven clans striving to carve out their mountain abodes.

The game's ascension to fame gathered momentum towards the end of last year, particularly upon its arrival on Steam on December 6. The Steam debut ushered in a host of enhancements, including revamped graphics, music, and various improvements, catapulting Dwarf Fortress to nearly half a million copies sold within a month.

As Dwarf Fortress continues to carve its place in gaming history, the future brims with promise for both the game and its dedicated community. With tantalizing updates on the horizon and the prospect of crossing the million-sales threshold, the journey for these innovative developers is far from over.

The burgeoning success of Dwarf Fortress underscores the enduring appeal of creativity, dedication, and community in the gaming sphere. As Tarn and Zach chart new territories and redefine the boundaries of game development, their legacy stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of indie gaming.

In the ever-evolving landscape of gaming, Dwarf Fortress remains a beacon of innovation and inspiration. As the saga unfolds, one thing remains certain: the adventure continues, beckoning players old and new to explore the boundless realms of Dwarf Fortress.

JW Kotze
Editor, NoobFeed

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General Information

Platform(s): PC
Publisher(s): Bay 12 Games & Kitfox Games
Developer(s): Bay 12 Games
Genres: Simulation
Themes: Construction, Management, City-Building
Release Date: 2006-08-08

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