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Sons of the Forest: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailers & More

Let's go over everything we know about the upcoming game Sons of the Forest - including its release date, gameplay, and some leaks.
Sons of the Forest: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailers & More

If you're excited about the game Sons of the Forest, you're probably wondering when it's coming out. After all, the game's release date has been pushed back multiple times.

If you're eager to play the game, you're in luck. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming open-world survival horror game, including when it will come out and what you can expect regarding gameplay.

Update on 8 March 2023 - This article was updated and checked for the latest 'Sons of the Forest' news. The game is now out on Steam in Early Access, so check out all our Sons of the Forest guides.

Latest Sons of the Forest News

Please find all the latest Sons of the Forest news and leaks below as we consistently update this article for the upcoming survival horror title.

8 March 2023: Sons of the Forest full release?

Check out our discussion about when Sons of the Forest will leave Early Access and fully release on Steam.

24 February 2023: Sons of the Forest is now out in Steam Early Access. Check out our guides!

You can find our dedicated Sons of the Forest section here, filled with guides.

15 February 2023: Great Sons of the Forest vid explaining what you can expect
8 February 2023: Early Access begins soon!

Sons of the Forest will still release on 23 February but via Steam Early Access.

3 February 2023: Minimum and recommended PC specs for Sons of the Forest
25 January 2023: IGN has got the devs to share some "juicy" Sons of the Forest details in a brand-new video. Check it out!
18 January 2023: Sons of the Forest size explained.

In an interview with GamesRadar, the developers explained the massive size of Sons of the Forest.

"In just scale, the world is around 4x the size of The Forest, but everything is more detailed this time, with more plant and tree variety, more log and stump types, and visually when you craft items, for example, a Molotov Cocktail, you actually see the player take some cloth and shove it into a bottle of vodka. When you place a log on a wall or cut a floor apart you see the player actually do it. We wanted this to feel like the ultimate camping simulator meets a terrifying horror survival game."

11 January 2023: Wishlist Sons of the Forest on Steam

Wishlist Sons of the Forest on Steam ahead of its expected February 2023 release.

14 December: Checked for the latest Sons of the Forest news.

No new Sons of the Forest news this week, so we will likely hear something in early 2023.

8 December: Watch The Game Awards 2022 live!

We can't help but wonder if Sons of the Forest will get a new trailer or solid release date at The Game Awards 2022. We aren't holding our breaths, but the anticipation is building.

Tune in the watch The Game Awards 2022 via the YouTube stream embedded below. It kicks off on 8 December at 7:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM PT and 9 December at 00:30 GMT.

Update on 16 November 2022 - Improvements over the original

Developer Endnight Games has made a tonne of improvements in Sons of the Forest compared to the original. These include:

  • New weapons, from Pistols to Shotguns.
  • New Mutants that work better together thanks to improved AI. New additions include some conjoined mutants, one with a huge mouth, and more.
  • Upgraded building mechanics and crafting.
  • A dynamic weather system, including seasons.

Sons of the Forest Release Date

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Sons of the Forest is slated for release in February 2023. (Picture: Newnight)

Sons of the Forest was initially set to release in August 2022, but the release date was then pushed back to October 2022. As such, fans were excited about a release coming this month.

However, developers recently decided to push the release date back one more time to add the finishing touches to Sons of the Forest. 

Right now, Sons of the Forest is set to release on 23rd February 2023.

Of course, developers could push the date back again if even more polish is needed on the game, so check back here regularly for more updates on the game's prospective release date.

Sons of the Forest Trailers

Three trailers for Sons of the Forest have been released on YouTube, offering some insight into the game's lore and a sneak peeks at gameplay.

You can view two of the trailers for the game below:

The last trailer is age-restricted, meaning it is meant for those 18+ and may contain graphic material, but you can view it on YouTube here.

Sons of the Forest Platforms/Console Release

Sons of the Forest is currently only set to release on Steam - but that doesn't mean you should give up hope if you only have a console. 

The upcoming game's predecessor, The Forest, came out on PS4 and Steam.

Sons of the Forest isn't currently slated for a console release, but the developers of The Forest will likely be keen on releasing it on PlayStation or even Xbox as soon as possible.

Of course, this is all just speculation, so we will have to wait and see if developers end up gearing up for a console release.

Sons of the Forest Gameplay

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Sons of the Forest offers a unique spin on survival horror, throwing players into a vast open world with little to no guidance. (Picture: Newnight)

Sons of the Forest is an open-world survival horror game that will throw players onto an island in their search for a missing billionaire.

On the island, you'll get to make all your own decisions; there will be no NPCs or quests to guide your way. You'll have to do everything you can to survive, fighting demonic forces while building and crafting materials.

The game will feature dynamic seasons, with the atmosphere and resources available changing with in-game time.

You'll also be able to play with your friends, so you won't have to brave the island alone.

If you're curious about other upcoming survival horror games, you might want to check out our article on the game Killer Frequency, which is coming soon.

And that's all you need to know about the upcoming survival horror game by Endnight Games and Newnight, Sons of the Forest, coming early next year.