Mini-Patch 0.04B – Performance optimizations and some small bugs

Hey Everyone,


Here’s a small performance hotfix. We’ve added an option to disable skylighting occlusion as it was causing performance issues on some PC’s and also added more terrain rendering options to help speed up performance on slower cards.


  • Added graphics options for ambient Skylighting (will be off by default)

  • Terrain settings added to graphics options (Parallax, Relief, Simple, Classic)

  • Fixed grass distance not changing correctly for different quality levels

  • Optimized greeble physics use

  • Optimized sound detect system on player weapons (less colliders)

  • Fixed issue with shadows light leaking

  • Fixed plant rendering glitches

  • Fixed missing small rock pickup

  • Fixed issue where plant triggers would sometimes make book items impossible to click

  • Fixed bug where houseboat blueprint wouldn’t appear or couldn’t be placed in world

  • Fixed held arms/heads registering attack even if not swinging

  • Held arms/legs behave like axes not sticks

  • Tennis balls no longer infinitely bounce

  • Fixed Player sometimes being killed in one hit by enemies

  • More Accurate player fall damage


Hidden new features:

  • You can remove placed blueprints by pressing C

  • You can press space to skip opening plane crash

Patch 0.04

Hey Everyone,


Here’s our latest patch, improving enemy behaviours, world lighting along with more bug fixes and some new features.


As always, please continue to post your bug reports and feedback in the Discussions area of the Community Hub or send them in to


PATCH 0.04


Features and changes:

  • New A.I. behaviour, mutants will sometimes go home to sleep during day along with other new routines

  • Distorted mutants can now be killed with regular weapons

  • Distorted mutants more aggressive and deadly in combat and have expanded actions

  • Better ambient lighting.  Trees and large objects diffusely occlude skylight (experimental)

  • Pause menu now actually pauses game

  • Enemies use rocks more often to jump attack at player

  • New female enemy type added.

  • Better distribution of enemies throughout the world.

  • Constructed bench now works and players can sit to regain energy or watch sunset

  • Increased axe damage against enemies

  • More variation to female cannibal models, added procedural breasts size system

  • Improved Rabbit/Lizard distribution and optimized CPU usage.

  • Improved sky and sun look

  • Improved dead cave lighting and cave 2 lighting

  • Better cave textures and rock look

  • Dead cave prop fixes, fixed some incorrect rock placements

  • Improved load times and added loading percentage amount

  • Re-balanced hunger drain

  • Better cave ground with flowing water and more detailed textures

  • Enemies will now push small items out of the way instead of getting stuck on them

  • Dead sharks now ragdoll



  • Fixed rain sound never going away even after rain stops

  • Fixed bug where some partially built structures couldn’t be completed after loading a saved game

  • Fixed animals sometimes disappearing in regular and vegan mode

  • Fixed issue where you could still shoot flare gun or use other weapons when pause menu was open

  • Yacht random position won’t change now or get lost when saved game is loaded

  • Fixed all effigies turning into arm effigy on load

  • Fixed E to add icon showing up if holding a rock or stick even if items not needed in building

  • Fixed cave drips continuing to play even when not in cave

  • Fixed fish swimming outside of pond near cliff section

  • Fixed fullness always starting at half when loading a saved game

  • Fixed moonlight sometimes missing completely

  • Fixed stick marker vanishing on loading saved game

  • Fixed missing collision roof of cabin

  • Fixed player flying in air after chopping dead bodies

  • Rain effigy effect should now work and will wear off after time

  • Cannibals spawning in villages no longer ‘pop’ when waking up

  • Fixed creepy female model attacks sometimes not hitting player

  • Fixed bug where bird landing on hand would sometimes stop axe from working

  • Fixed enemy head and leg pickups sometimes appearing as arm pickups

Peaceful mode, player head, house boat, inventory saving fixed, better sound effects, new surprise item and more. -v0.03

Hey Everyone,


Here’s our second major patch adding some new features, and fixing a bunch more bugs. We’ve also finally added a player head!!


As always, please continue to post your bug reports and feedback in the Discussions area of the Community Hub or send them in to


Version 0.03 Changelog


  • No enemies mode! Type “veganmode” on title screen to activate (without the “”)

  • Player head added! And held items now correctly cast shadows

  • New suprise item added to plane

  • Yacht location is now random

  • Bats now correctly fly out of cave entrances

  • Partially built structures are now saved

  • Fixed water not accumulating on terrain when raining

  • Cassette player can now be turned off by clicking it a second time if it’s already playing

  • Log Cabin now has a floor, a door with hinge and a sleeping/saving spot

  • Birds will now land on window ledge of your built log cabin

  • Molotov will extinguish if in contact with water

  • Improved sunset/sunrise lighting

  • Two new effigies buildable, simple head on stick and arms pointing to sky

  • House boat buildable (Warning : buggy!! – especially with sharks. Also, may sink)

  • Stick marker added to custom building, quickly build yourself waypoints

  • Coral and seaweed added under water (rough)

  • New buildable item : Stick holder

  • Inventory can now carry 1 additional stick (to make shelter construction easier)

  • Small texture tweaks/improvements

  • Shadow distance increased for High and mid settings

  • Improved motion blur on held items

  • Hanging rope pick ups added to deep in caves

  • New cave lighting prop: Laptop

  • 11 new filmic inspired grade options added to graphic options menu

  • Bench now buildable via book section ‘Furniture’

  • Single bat prefab added to parts of caves

  • Improved lilypad pop-in

  • Med pickups now go direct to inventory instead of being eaten on pickup



  • Improved cannibal village track implementation

  • ‘Lake’ track added to Geese Lake

  • Bash pass at all ambient sound implementation, better transitions, better positioning, fall off and ranges

  • Thunder and rain sounds randomized

  • Cave audio pass, adding reverb and echo, better balancing

  • Underwater sound filter added

  • Water footsteps sounds now play when you walk into water



  • More memory optimizations should improve stability

  • Lowered memory usage further if 32bit windows is detected, should fix crash on opening if less than 4gbs of usable memory is available (note: 4gb usable is still recommended)


  • Head no longer pokes through collision!

  • Fixed some items missing from inventory when game was loaded

  • Fixed collision where you could wall walk out of plane

  • Fixed can’t carry more raw fish message that would appear when you had too many rocks.

  • Fixed pond covered in logs

  • Fixed left hand held conflicts between lighter, torch walkman etc

  • Removed gleam on inventory coins and flares

  • Fixed floating garden

  • Fixed leaf vertex colors on small leaf hut

  • Fixed flare gun falling through yacht

  • Fixed log going to -1 if you died whilst holding a log

  • Fixed small effigy construction shader being too faint

  • Removed grass cutting from opening inventory (was causing crashes on some pc’s)

Windows 32bit version and RAM

Hey Everyone,


The Forest currently requires a minimum of 4 gb of ram to run correctly. We’ve been notified that Windows 32bit by default may not be using the entire 4 gigs on your system.


Some helpful users have posted a guide on the Steam community hub for how to make sure your windows version is using all of your available memory.
This is a temporary fix for users who are comfortable editing their system settings, however we hope to get a better fix to this issue available soon.

Endnight is hiring!

Hey Everyone,


Due to the amazing response we’ve had to the game in the last two weeks, we’ve decided to expand the team a little.

We’re currently looking for an awesome Unity programmer to join the team, working either directly with us in Vancouver or remotely.
If interested, contact us at



Sharks, rafts, roofs and bug fixes – v0.02

Hey Everyone,

Here’s our first big update! This week we’ve worked on a mixture of new features, bug fixes and optimization.

Please continue to post your bug reports and feedback in the Discussions area of the Community Hub or send them in to


Version 0.02 Changelog (Saved games from 0.01 won’t work with this version)

New features and gameplay tweaks:

  • Sharks

  • Simple raft now buildable via book (No Sail yet!)

  • Walls can now snap to form floors and roofs (experimental, can defy gravity)

  • New suprise item added to yacht

  • When being knocked out for first time you will now wake up in a random cave

  • Lowered fall damage amount

  • Birds can be killed with fire

  • Stamina recharge now takes longer

  • You can now block attacks with the red plane axe by holding down right mouse button

  • Timmy taken scene a little more dramatic, better lighting, sparks

  • Lowered intensity and range of fire light

  • Lowered health on turtle

  • Improved fish movement

  • Increased range of lighter
  • Enemies will drag downed friends out of danger again

  • Females will sometimes freak out at dying family members


  • Improved load times

  • Reduced stutter

  • Overall performance increases

  • Big memory optimizations, should help crashing on some pc’s

  • Improved cave wall memory usage

  • Dropped sticks and rocks are now pooled and shouldn’t increase memory over time

  • Optimized hud rendering (10% faster on cpu)


  • Improved lake water swim zones

  • Ocean swim zones now correctly rise and fall with tide

  • Underwater visuals improved

  • Improved terrain in some areas, reduced lumpiness in rocky area, fixed issues with caves poking through terrain

  • Fixed super deep ponds that could kill players by falling into them

  • Small old boat collision added

  • Plane exterior collision added

  • Improved balance on some grass textures (less bright)

  • Lowered top heavy pine tree to be easier to cut

  • Lots of small material/texture tweaks

  • Sunset/sunrise made brighter

  • Beach cave entrances made bigger and easier to enter

  • Improved world collision in some areas

  • Improved low resolution mountain textures

  • Improved terrain rendering and missing specular

  • Improved cave lighting and details (caves 4,5)


  • Fixed countdown timer not taking different time zones into account

  • Fixed some spelling mistakes in tutorials and in survival book

  • Fixed shelter on fire spawning infinite logs

  • Fixed bug where day count was 1 more than it should be

  • Fixed issue where sticks,rocks and logs needed could go to -1

  • Fixed not switching back to default weapon after holding lizard, rabbit or fish

  • fixed player not colliding with things tagged ‘Prop’

  • fixed light leaking into parts of some caves

  • Fixed bug where you couldn’t cook multiple times on same campfire

  • Fixed spear being able to cut down trees

  • Fixed ponds flickering at certain distances

  • Fixed some items not being saved in inventory when game is loaded (some might still vanish, expect more saving fixes/improvements soon)

  • Fixed log holder not saving logs on load/save

  • Fixed twinberries not having eat icon and having wrong leaf texture

  • Fixed bloody tables in cave not being cut out of nav mesh

  • Fixed lizard and rabbit skin triggers not being connected to ragdoll body

  • Removed extra set of teeth and eyes appearing behind Timmy

  • Chopping dead bodies no longer results in player flying into the air

  • Animals no longer spawn multiple copies if on fire

  • Cannibals shouldn’t run underwater or follow player out to the boat (they might run a little bit into water however)

  • Fixed some bushes missing vertex colors when cut

  • Fixed birds landing in sky, improved bird a.i. and performance

Countdown to 0.02 release

Hey Everyone,

Our first big update for ‘The Forest’ will be up tomorrow afternoon PDT. There’s a bug in our current countdown timer which does not account for different time zones, this has been fixed in the new update!

Save “Hotfix” – alpha v0.01b

Hey Everyone, We’ve just posted our first small update to ‘The Forest’ on Steam.

While we were working on the saving issues we also had a chance to fix a few other things. Here is the changelog for the “hotfix”:


  • Saving at small shelter now works
  • Fixed issue where camera would spin during plane crash if a controller was plugged in
  • Fixed enemies sometimes disappearing after a few days
  • Improved tree collision
  • Fixed log cabin floating
  • Fixed some leaves not connected to trunk
  • Improved stuttering/performance
  • Removed lights from blue cave creatures
  • Fixed trees vanishing when exiting caves
  • Fixed bug where cave sounds could be heard above ground
  • Spelling mistake on shelter ‘warmth’ in book
  • Improved collision in some cave areas
  • Fixed missing cliff detail texture
  • Ocean shouldn’t loose render texture on start
  • Water visuals improved
  • Fixed enemy head duplicating when picked up
  • Fixed glitch where you could make infinite flare guns
  • Fixed enemy head icon not centered, and showing an arm instead of a head
  • Heads/arms and legs now go to inventory instead of being directly equipped


Please continue to post your bug reports and feedback in the Discussions area of the Community Hub or send them in to


The Forest on Steam

Thanks to everyone, we are currently the number one game on Steam!

As it’s the first public alpha there are a lot of bugs for us to get through. Please send all bug reports to . We will be setting up a Trello Board soon to make bug tracking easier.

Saving and loading seem to break in our latest build. We will try and do a hot fix out as soon as we can.