Core Keeper surpasses half a million downloads on Steam


Core Keeper, the charming Terraria-like underground survival sim, has sold over half a million copies since it launched in Early Access on March 8. This surge in popularity can be attributed in part to positive attention from streamers: Core Keeper streams are approaching 2 million views on Twitch.

It’s really the independent dream, to have hard work like that, and the success is well deserved. In an early Early Access post, PC Gamer writer Chris Livingston praised Core Keeper’s juxtaposition of genuinely unnerving underground surprises with a warm, cozy atmosphere reminiscent of Stardew Valley.

In addition to the positive sales news, developer Pugstorm announced that Core Keeper is already verified by Stream Deck. Gone are the days of waiting six months or more for a promising indie game to hit the Switch eshop so you can take it on the road. The Deck and the Switch have different market niches and use cases, but so far the Switch has had few credible challengers as the preferred mobile platform for PC indie game ports, and more competition in this space can only be a good thing.

It’s encouraging to see Core Keeper receiving so much success so quickly, and Pugstorm is looking to build on that success with substantial updates, including new biomes and mechanics already in the works.


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