Don't Starve Together will bring multiplayer to Klei Entertainment's survival game this summer, according to a post on the developer's official forums.
Don't Starve Together will allow friends and strangers to survive cooperatively in public and private games. Klei hopes to support 2-4 players and may "potentially even add new features." It will initially be available on Steam and as a standalone PC download, but it's "too early to tell" whether it will make its way to other platforms.
The expansion will be free to those who own the game, though around the time Don't Starve Together begins its alpha late this summer, the game's price will increase to $19.99. It's currently available on Steam, Klei's website and The The PlayStation Store for PlayStation 4 for $14.99. Bundled with the recent Reign of Giants downloadable content, it's $18.99 on PC.
Though initially designed as a single-player game, and acknowledging that multiplayer was "always a hot button issue" with players, the post explains how and why Klei plans to bring multiplayer to Don't Starve.
"Over the past few months, we’ve quietly smuggled in some new people onto our team who immediately said, 'Heck yeah, this can be a thing!' and actually threw together a proof of concept," the post reads. "After a couple months and an office-wide session of multiplayer Don’t Starve, we were convinced it was worth exploring and bringing it to our community."
The post also says that Don't Starve's single-player content "will not be affected by the addition of multiplayer except for content or features not specifically related to multiplayer gameplay."