UnReal World

UnReal World

UnReal World is a unique low-fantasy roguelike game set in the far north during the late Iron-Age.
The world of the game is highly realistic, rich with historical atmosphere and
emphasized on survival in the harsh ancient wilderness.

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UnReal World development

The very first version of UnReal World was released in 1992. The game was a lot different back then, but still featured many ideas and style of computer role-playing we're working on now. Over the past 23 years we've seen dozens of UrW releases, and ever since 1992 the game has been constinuosly maintained and developed. And still there is no end in sight to perfecting the game and working with the next generations of this "fenno-ugrian fantasy". You may want to take a look at Dev.history since 1992.

Below you can find a list of improvements and development goals for the future releases and years to come. The list rarely features what has been done already, but aims foremostly for what there will be in the future.

Development list

Last updated: Feb-18-2016 (and constantly under construction)

Some color codes are used to indicate the work in process:
  • future goal
  • bigger task in process / partially featured
  • a section of the game being developed step-by-step among all the other things only the entries being actually coded at the moment are highlighted - any of the future goals can end up on this list without warning.
  • done and already featured (in current version 3.30)
  • a few recently accomplished goals are listed to give a bigger picture of the progress on certain fields of development

3.30 has been released on Feb-29-2016. Main focus of development for the next version is in implementing quests.

Character's Life

  • Quests (having huge impact on the whole gameplay and game world)
  • Getting friends and foes among NPCs (as a result of quests)
  • Ability to woo NPCs and get married
  • Ability to have children
  • Ability continue playing as one of your own offsprings after you've perished
  • Being able to inherit some property (house, tools etc.) and family skills of your late character when playing as one of your own offsprings
  • Persistent archive of ancestors (deceased characters)
    • List and data of deceased characters staying between version updates
  • Utilizing the data of the deceased
    • NPCs telling legends about your late characters
    • Being able to find settlements and items of your late characters
  • Dreams and premonitions

World and terrain

  • Map of known areas (F6) overhaul
    • Larger map viewport
    • Set custom markers
  • Agriculture balances - pod type plant yields reasoned down
  • Trees of all age and size
  • Trees growing over time
  • Tracks for the player character
  • More beautiful and realistic modeling of ice:
    • Gradual freezing of the lakes
    • Varying thickness of ice
    • A thin ice being able to break under load
  • More beautiful and realistic modeling of snow:
    • Varying forms of snow
    • Gradual snowfall and hourly accumulation of snow cover
    • Graphical presentation of snowfall
    • The amount and the form of snow having more impact on physical activities the character, NPCs and animals can do
    • Ability (and sometimes a need) to remove snow (by shoveling)


  • Crossbow balances; loading times, accuracy etc.
  • Archery; somewhat skill dependant shooting rate
  • Advanced shield usage to protect from missile attacks
  • Shield related NPC AI
  • Blunt and broadhead arrows

The weather

A much more detailed, realistic and beautiful weather generation is slowly underway. Ultimately the weather will have much more impact on the whole game world.
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Storms; trees felling down, crops getting hurt etc.
  • Growing plants reacting to the weather and flourishing accordingly

Health and injuries

  • Eye injuries may cause you to lose sight
  • Scars; being generated, and displayed in wounds screen
  • Infections
  • Improving importance of taking a sauna bath
  • New types of injuries/ailments; abrasions, twisted knees, sprained ankles, muscle pain etc.

Movement and transport

  • Challenge to moving in rapids and rivers:
    • boating upriver to be more fatiguing and difficult
    • rapids being risky and dangerous to boat in and swim
    • capsizing watercrafts
  • Travois
  • Winter transport:
    • pulkka - a small toboggan/sled (being pulled by a skier or a draught animal)
    • Sleigh (being pulled by a horse)
  • Summer transport:
    • Barrows
    • Cart (pulled by a horse)
    • Rowing boat
    • Ability to float timber


The ultimate goal of non-player character behaviour is to have them live a meaningful daily life in rich and interesting way - and to feature a possibility for the player character to participate after being accepted as a village/community/family member. This includes NPCs eventually being able to do all the actions that a player character can do in the game world - and that's quite a bunch of activities to fit in the artificial NPC brains. A list of some short-term goals for NPCs are:
  • Robber and bandit NPCs - they can be of any culture
  • People remove their dead from the villages
  • Woodsmen and adventurers may occasionally carry furs
  • Little girls and old women as new NPC types
  • New approach to breaches in villages
    • Banishing; NPCs will spare your life, but will forcefully remove you from their village
    • Handling thievery; NPCs will spare your life, but will reclaim stolen goods by force
  • Village inventory and restocking overhaul
    • Restocking is more accurately based on population and culture.
    • Basic toos, weapons, utensils can be found in almost any settlement.
    • Villages have better culturally dependent food supplies.
    • Furs - a completely new type of village property
  • NPCs having seasonal rituals, feasts and life-cycle rites
    • Birth
    • Marriage
    • Death and burial
    • Hunting rituals
    • Spring and summertime feasts
    • The end of crop year
    • etc. (there is a special occasion for nearly every month)
  • NPCs doing the ordinary work in a meaningful fashion;
    • sowing, harvesting and stocking crops
    • building, crafting, gathering berries and mushrooms etc.
  • More options to command your party members; hunting, fishing, building, crafting and combat related ones
    • Companions hunt on demand
    • You need to keep your companions fed
  • Possibility to help NPCs in their daily communal work (in quests)
  • Possibility to gain reputation among NPCs based on your actions
  • Spreading of news; word of your good or bad deeds gets around and news spread across the villages
  • Moody NPC speech; reputation and familiarity affects how NPCs talk to you.

Trading & Villages

  • More resources to villages:
    • all the farm products from the field are stocked
    • seeds, peas, beans, turnips etc.
    • berries
    • building materials; boards, logs, wooden stakes etc.
    • common tools and equipment; ropes, ordinary clothes, wooden containers etc.
  • Communal trading system
    • Pick items freely around the village and pay your debt at will
    • Removal of "shop-based" trading - you can trade for village goods with any adult
  • Items/materials having different value for different cultures; based on the item/material availability and commonness at certain cultural region
  • NPCs valuing items individually; based on their personal inventory and possessions
  • Ability to ask a craftsman to make you a certain item; to be paid and obtained after it's ready
  • Seasonal markets being arranged by villagers; foreign traders and peddlers coming to sell various goods


  • Harvesting grain crops is fatiguing and used tool matters
  • Improving skills by learning from NPCs (as a quest reward)
  • Special consequences from failed attempts to use certain skills; e.g. hitting your knee with an axe when felling a tree etc.

Items and crafting

  • armour glossary overhaul - balanced availability, lamellar armours, removal of anachronistic armours, etc.
  • Possibility to dry mushrooms and berries
  • more beverages: beer, mead.
  • Moisture content for items; wet firewood and clothes to dry after rain
  • Weapons used in the battle can get damaged and break.
  • Shafts of spears, axes and the like being able to break and needing to be shafted again once in a while
  • Ability to sharpen edged weapons and tools
  • Item quality assessment based on not only crafting success but mastery level as well; novice craftsmen rarely produce top quality items and highly skilled craftsmen can trust their skills won't fail all too easily
  • Item quality having more impact on its properties; e.g. fine furs providing more warmth than low quality ones
  • Ability to continue crafting after cancelling the process; thus making the selection of your working hours and periods completely free
  • Raw material quality having more impact on the finished item
    • Raw material quality affects to quality of finished item
    • Tool usefulness affects to quality of crafted item - the more unhandy the tool, the less perfect the resulting item
  • Tool quality having more impact on the finished item - can't craft the finest items with poor quality tools.
  • Musical instruments
  • Bone and antlers as raw materials

Buildings and constructions

  • The quality and type of the timber used having more impact on the finished building/construction
  • Poorly constructed buildings being less warm, having leaking roofs etc.
  • Buildings and constructions deteriorating over long period of time
  • Thread about seasonal decay on UrW forums
  • Ability (and a need) to fix and repair buildings
  • Ability to continue building after cancelling the process; thus making the selection of your working hours and periods completely free
  • More building types; e.g. earth lodge


  • Collecting, preparation and smelting of iron ore to be featured as it was practiced
  • Introduction of blacksmith skills for the player character
  • Blacksmith NPCs


  • Pausable carcass cutting and skinning
  • Carcasses can be moved and picked up like any items
  • Carcasses rot, decay and eventually disappear - scavengers can utilize rotting carcasses, but humans may obtain usable meat and hide only from fresh carcasses.
  • Carcasses can be burnt - kind of "burial" for your dead pets and companions
  • Bones and antlers from carcasses


  • Balance overhaul of animal populations
  • Natural habitat playing a greater role in appearance of animals
  • Animals can feed on sprouts (causing harm to crops)
  • Cubs, young ones and baby animals
  • Animal dens and nests
  • Animals leaving droppings and other marks of their activity at the area
  • Wild animals reacting to each others: predator-prey relationships
  • Predators actively search, hunt, kill and eat their prey - possibly also from your livestock
  • Species specific diets and related AI for all the animals
  • Birds laying eggs
  • Feathers (naturally dropped and from skinned birds)
  • Mating seasons for all the animals; animals gathering up at their mating territories, being more aggressive and more courageous
  • Seals
  • More birds: goshawk, goldeneye, willow grouse, hazel grouse, eagle owl etc.

Livestock and domestic animals

  • Dogs alert their owners if they spot intruders/predators
  • Commanding dogs - attack, come, stay
  • Sheep shearing
  • Horses:
    • Ability to ride a horse
    • Ability to use horses in farming, forest work and for hauling freight
  • Ability (and need) to feed animals, including grazing
    • Feeding dogs
  • Tie animals to trees
  • Dogs notify their master about a kill
  • Animal husbandry
  • Breeding
  • Chickens


Introducing large scale modability requires lots of work, but nevertheless the goals listed below will be completed step by step. For the already completed and released sections the modding options are going to be perfected even further.
  • Moddable starting skill levels and base attributes
  • Moddable animals and NPCs (+ add completely new ones)
  • Moddable items (+ add completely new ones)
  • Moddable plants (+ add completely new ones)
  • Moddable cookery recipes (+ add completely new ones)
  • Moddable crafting
  • Moddable building
  • Moddable in-game messages
    • Combat messages
  • Moddable sounds (+ add completely new ones)
  • Easier modding of tile graphics; separate graphic file for each item


The game is going to stay 2D tile based game, but that doesn't exclude some sweet graphical improvements.
  • More character portraits
  • Zoomable map view - zoom out for more viewspace
  • Migration to SDL 2
  • Freely scalable game window
  • Tile graphics overhaul - redrawn tiles 2016
  • Character/NPC/animal tiles for all the facing directions
  • Lighting changing based on season and time of day; color schemes for day and night cycle

etc. etc. etc. (Hundreds of minor additions are left unlisted - and some major ones are pending to be listed)