Endnight’s cooperative survival horror game, Sons of the Forest (opens in new tab), has been an historic success, selling over 2 million copies within the first 24 hours of its Early Access release. The developer took to Twitter (opens in new tab) to express their gratitude to those who have joined them on their journey, and to share their excitement for what is to come in the weeks ahead. Despite having a much smaller marketing budget, Sons of the Forest even has more Steam players than the much-hyped Hogwarts Legacy (opens in new tab). Hoglegs peaked at 306,615 players today, while SotF reached a peak of 411,999, as reported by SteamDB. This just goes to show the magnitude of the success of this indie hit on Steam.
The PC Gamer team has certainly had their own fun with the game, from writing a variety of guides to making declarations on the state of gaming. For example, Lauren Morton declares (opens in new tab) Kelvin to be the “new best boy of video games,” while Sarah James was scarred for life by Big Head Mode (opens in new tab).
If you’re looking to set off on a hellish island journey, either alone or with friends, we have a nice set of starter tips for Sons of the Forest (opens in new tab), including “the inventory screen is bigger than you think,” “press E to eat,” and “don’t kill Kelvin.” The first The Forest was an unexpected hit, coming from a tiny four person team and standing out among the many survival and crafting games of the mid-2010s. “It’s an exciting time to be a PC gamer when a team of just four can create a game that’s this impressive,” said PC Gamer’s Andy Kelly at the time (opens in new tab). The Forest will always be the first game to make you carry around whole logs if you wanted to make something out of wood, emphasizing the amount of work it takes to build things by hand.
You can find Sons of the Forest on Steam (opens in new tab) in Early Access, where it’s $30.