Inkbound, the co-op tactical roguelite from the creators of Monster Train, is getting its 1.0 release after almost a year in Early Access, and with it, some pretty hefty updates!

A new questline, a final boss, more content, and most importantly for us Steam Deck owners, controller support! All of these and more will be coming when Version 1.0 drops on April 10th.

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Here are the highlights of the 1.0 update, including controller support and specific Steam Deck tweaks to make it run better on the device, we've copied this changelog straight from the developer to make sure it's accurate:

  • Epic New Questline, Complete with a Final Boss: Inkbound 1.0 includes the latest content drop, Rise of the Unbound, featuring new challenges and unlocks. This new narrative culminates with an epic showdown against the villain behind Inkbound’s unraveling world.
  • Full Controller Support: The fans have spoken! Inkbound’s 1.0 launch includes complete controller support – perfect for on-the-couch play. Improved Steam Deck Experience: Inkbound supports online co-op play, but full offline play is also supported – perfect for Steam Deck players when they’re out on the road.
  • Localization: We’re adding localization to the game for the first time. The 1.0 release includes full localization in Chinese, Japanese, German, and French.
  • Narrative Enhancements: Inkbound 1.0 puts a spotlight on the game’s story with all-new cutscenes and a reworked narrative throughline. Progression is faster and more impactful, telling an immersive tale like never before with full English voiceover.
  • Big Under-the-Hood Tweaks: A variety of improvements and enhancements are being added to Inkbound to fully mark its graduation from Early Access. These include a deep editing pass to ensure that that text is consistent throughout; quality-of-life updates; and player-requested balancing adjustments designed to keep Inkbound challenging over the long haul.

This seems like a pretty big update, adding the final polish you'd expect from a game reaching its Version 1.0 milestone.

Inkbound has received a very positive reception from Steam users since its launch last year, and this update will no doubt bring the game to more players, with new languages being added and controller support, which will allow more devices and people to play the game in the future. Plus, although the game touts online co-op, you can also play it fully offline, which is perfect for when you're on the go on your Deck!

Inkbound is available now on Steam for $19.99. It is currently graded as "Playable" by Valve's Steam Deck Compatibility Rating, due to some text being difficult to read, and generally lacking proper controller support. Hopefully, this 1.0 update will fix any controller support issues the game currently has.

What do you think of this news? Have you played Inkbound before? Let us know in the comments below!

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Oliver Stogden
Oliver began playing video games at an early age, starting with the SNES console and Commodore Amiga computer. Nowadays, his interest is in the future of portable technology, such as handheld gaming systems, portable power stations/banks, and portable monitors. And seeing just how far we can push these devices.
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