Shipwrecked takes the survival gameplay of Don’t Starve and ratchets up the difficulty by surrounding players with the briny depths of the ocean. The expansion introduces a host of new characters, biomes and creatures, as well as some seasonal effects that aren’t present in the base game.
Players begin the game by waking up in a boat that’s been turned to splinters after being dashed on the rocks. The setting of a randomized archipelago of island plays host to gameplay that will be easily recognizable to seasoned Don’t Starve players, but with enough new content to warrant a return to the title.
Whether it’s a mutiny of monkeys stealing previous supplies, or the dreaded Quacken rising from the waters to screech and bite with furious anger, there’s no shortage of deadly and devious challenges in Shipwrecked. Anyone who was drawn in by the difficulty of Don’t Starve will find plenty to enjoy in the expansion.
While the base game was developed and published by Klei Entertainment, Shipwrecked sees the studio collaborate with another talented indie developer. Capybara Games, the team behind Super Time Force and the critically lauded Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP, was enlisted to help out with the expansion.
Unfortunately, PlayStation Vita owners are being left out in the cold — developer Corey Rollins noted that there are no plans to bring the expansion to the handheld, in the comments section of its announcement post on the PlayStation Blog.
PlayStation 4 owners will be able to purchase Shipwrecked via the PlayStation Store from August 2, and PlayStation Plus subscribers will be granted a 10 percent discount on the DLC as part of a promotion marking its debut.