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Public Test Patch Notes for Update 0.13.0

Important Note: Your quest status will be reset with this patch. Our work on bringing you the story is going to cause some quest changes to have to happen in the background, so you will need to redo quests you have done previously. But everything you have built, crafted, and purchased in the backyard will all remain untouched!

New Features

Faction Reactivity

Bugs will take the fight back to your base when they get tired of you intruding on their territory. The more you annoy a certain species, the more likely they are to say "knock knock!" at your door.

Waft Emitter

Want to anger the yard at will? Build the Waft Emitter! Concoct a pile of rotting bug parts that wafts throughout the yard, enraging whatever bugs whose parts you add to the pile. The more you add, the more enraged the bugs will be.

Why you say? Well, why not??? Maybe you want to have bug delivered straight to you on demand!

Note: Building art is temp for the start of the Public Test Build and will be updated.


Find MIX.R tanks across the yard mixing some good ol' Raw Science for Wendell's experiments. Overdrive the system by turning up the mix speed beyond suggested limits and trigger an explosive result to collect the massive amount of Raw Science inside. A word of caution though: MIX.R Overdrives are noisy and take time, and nearby bugs don't particularly appreciate that.

Additional Defensive Resources

Help defend your turf by building one of the two new turrets, hopping in, and gunning down some angry bugs.

  • Pebblet Turret
    • Shoots pebblets at high speeds to destroy your enemies.
  • Pollen Turret
    • Shoots pollen that stuns enemies. Effective at bringing down flying pests!

Explosive Burr Trap
Important conversation options with BURG.L now display a "!" icon next to them to show they are important for moving the conversation story forward.

1 New Mutation

Creature Cards

The teens can use their PEEP.R skills to better understand their bug neighbors and unlock creature cards that record important information on them.

  • Creature Cards are obtained via the PEEP.R
    • Successfully PEEPing a creature for the first time will unlock its Creature Card in the Data page
  • Creature Cards contain valuable information regarding the creature
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Weakspot locations
    • Health and Creature tier
    • How many the player has killed
    • Flavorful information or a fun fact

Armor Upgrading and Adjustments

Armor has been completely reworked

  • Armor now applies flat Damage Threshold based on tier and % Damage Reduction based on weight class
    • Flat Damage Threshold reduces damage by a flat number and is better against small hits
      • 20 damage - 10 Damage Threshold = 10 damage
      • 200 damage - 10 Damage Threshold = 190 damage
    • % Damage Reduction reduces damage by a % and is better against big hits
      • 20 damage - 20% Damage Reduction = 16 damage
      • 200 damage - 20% Damage Reduction = 160 damage
  • Armor Upgrades 
    • +1 - +5
      • Upgrades the Damage Threshold value and durability of armor by 5% per level up
      • Requires Grub Leather Plates
  • Bulky Path
    • +6 - +7
      • Upgrades the Damage Threshold value and durability of armor by 10%
      • Requires Berry Leather Plates
    • +8 - +9
      • Upgrades the Damage Threshold value and durability of armors by 10%
      • Requires Pupa Leather Plates
  • Sleek Path
    • +6 - +7
      • Upgrades the Damage Threshold value and durability of armor by 5% per level up
      • Unlocks an innate status effect on the armor piece
      • Requires Berry Leather Plates
    • +8 - +9
      • Upgrades the Damage Threshold value and durability of armor by 5% per level up
      • Requires Pupa Leather Plates


  • Weight Classes Reworked
    • Penalty for heavier armors is now stamina per weapon swing instead of stamina regen delay 
    • Light
      • 10% Damage Reduction
      • 5% More stamina to swing weapons
    • Medium
      • 20% Damage Reduction
      • 15% More stamina to swing weapons
    • Heavy
      • 30% Damage Reduction
      • 25% More stamina to swing weapons


Creatures can now have weakpoints: locations on their bodies that can be attacked for additional damage. 

  • Enemies will take extra damage when struck in a weakpoint
    • Certain weakpoints are only affected by specific damage/attack types
  • Enemies that have weakpoints will have their weakpoint locations detailed on their creature card
  • A special VFX sparkle will play when the player successfully hits a weakpoint

Swap Difficulty Mid Game

You can now change the difficulty of the game at any time on any game that is not in "Creative" mode. 

Change Custom Game Settings Mid Game

You can now change many of the Custom Game options mid-game after having started a custom game. The following options can be changed at any time:

  • Difficulty
  • Bugs Ignore Players
  • Building Integrity
  • Player Damage
  • Friendly Fire
  • Pet Invincibility
  • Hunger/Thirst Drain
  • Stamina Drain
  • Equipment Durability
  • Food Spoiling
  • Menu Pauses Game
  • Base Defense
  • Backpack Items on Death

The following changes cannot be edited mid-game:

  • All Recipes Unlocked and Free
  • Bugs Spawn
  • Quests

ASL Terminals

Field stations now feature state of the art "Advanced System Library" Terminals that connect directly to BURG.L's lab tech from anywhere in the yard. You can now access the Science Shop, BURG.L Quests, and the Milk Molar Infusion interfaces at any field station you find without having to visit BURG.L directly at the Oak Lab.

Save Game Naming

Full playthroughs and individual saves can both be renamed for better book keeping!

Storage Naming

Storage containers can now be renamed and the name will display above the interact text. The name will also show floating above the storage similar to the chosen icon.

Additional Features

  • "Take All" option on Sap Collectors
  • The Read To Me feature can now use different voices installed on your system, including voices for languages other than English. Change the voice in the options menu.
  • Various bugs can jump!

New Crafting Content

  • Charcoal Canteen
    • Purify dirty water on the go.
  • Charcoal Torch
    • Light up a bigger radius, and repair your torch when it gets low instead of crafting a new one.

Story / Quest Revisions

Story and Quest progress will be reset.

  • A lot of the early dialogue and quests have been undergone revisions and thus the story and quest flow are now different. Story and lab content will need to be traversed again to progress the new story flow. You will be placed back at the starting ravine.
  • All inventory, player bases, unlocked recipes, milk molars, science purchases, and other unlocks will carry over.
  • The dialogue revisions are still missing final recorded VO.

Note: The first load of old saves may take longer than normal as the conversion process takes place.

Changes / Tuning


  • Rest warning for waking up in the dark has been moved to 5am instead of 6am.
  • The player will respawn at the nearest discovered Field Station if no respawn point is set.
  • Billy Hogs and Apples now grant more items and are harvested in a slightly different way.
    • After breaking the initial big food node it breaks in to several chunks.
    • Each chunk can be hit to burst in to large quantities of loot.
  • Billy Hogs now grant spoiled meat in addition to their other loot.

Minor Stamina Rework:

  • When stamina is fully depleted you'll now enter an "exhausted" state
    • Exhausted state lasts for 3 seconds
    • Cannot perform any actions that require stamina while exhausted
    • After exhaustion ends, all stamina is fully recovered instantly
    • Some systems such as Thirst have been changed to interact with exhaustion time instead of stamina recovery speed
  • Stamina recovery speeds and delays work as normal in all other circumstances
  • Stamina cost for swinging all weapons has been halved


  • When in PEEP.R mode, your rotation speed is scaled down for more precise control.


  • Mithridatism is now a 3 stage mutation
    • Stage 1
      • Obtained: Kill 1 Wolf Spider
      • Effect: 25% Poison damage reduction
    • Stage 2
      • Obtained: Kill 5 Wolf Spiders
      • Effect: 50% Poison damage reduction
    • Stage 3
      • Obtained: Kill 10 Wolf Spiders
      • Effect: 75% Poison damage reduction
  • Lil Fist has been reworked and is now a 3 stage mutation
    • Stage 1
      • Obtained: Kill 40 creatures with fists
      • Effect: 25% chance on-hit to gain a damage up buff for unarmed attacks, stacks an unlimited amount of times. Clears on combat end.
    • Stage 2
      • Obtained: Kill 100 creatures with fists
      • Effect: 50% chance on-hit to gain a damage up buff for unarmed attacks, stacks an unlimited amount of times. Clears on combat end.
    • Stage 1
      • Obtained: Kill 200 creatures with fists
      • Effect: 75% chance on-hit to gain a damage up buff for unarmed attacks, stacks an unlimited amount of times. Clears on combat end.
  • Cardio Fan now also decreases exhaustion time on top of its previous effect of increasing stamina regen speed.
  • Reliable Friend now decreases revival time by a much larger amount
    • Stage 1 = 25%
    • Stage 2 = 50%
    • Stage 3 = 75%
  • Daredevil now decreases fall damage by 50% and prevents dying from falling in almost all situations.


  • Zipline speed and acceleration increased.


  • Upgraded engine to Unreal 4.27.


  • One new combat music track.


  • Read To Me now works with non-Latin languages.
  • Improved Read To Me functionality in Molar, Tech Store, and BURG.L Quest interfaces.
  • Read To Me now pronounces science words such as BURG.L and TAZ.T correctly.


  • All creatures have had a damage pass to keep up with new armor system
  • All creatures have had AI adjustments for combat
    • Creatures will now strafe and move more frequently
    • Creatures have had their attack frequency and cooldowns adjusted
  • Stamina cost for swinging all weapons has halved.
  • Daggers now deal Slashing damage instead of Chopping damage
    • Daggers can no longer harvest plants requiring chopping damage while above water
    • Underwater harvesting functionality remains unchanged.
  • Creatures are better able to navigate between separate navigable regions.


  • Pet corpses will drop held items and memorials when they decay.
  • Pets now take 3x as long to get unhappy.
    • Additionally, Pets now lose happiness 50% slower when equipped with any sort of hat.


  • Subtitles have been improved to show character icons next to them.
  • Subtitles display to other players when someone is talking to BURG.L so the rest of the party can follow along.
  • Multiple HUD notifications that play at once will no longer overlap each other.
  • Map location marker for current spawn point will show up no matter how far you are from it.
  • Tech upgrades can be purchased by double-clicking on them.
  • The Resource Surveyor interface now sorts the available resources.
  • Added Deposit and Retrieve options to item context menus in container interfaces.
  • Smoothie recipes are shown in the crafting interface (still requires Smoothie Station).
  • "Take All" option on various buildings is disabled if there is nothing to take.
  • A notification noting your equipment took durability damage on respawn now displays.
  • A "Respawn at Kid Case" option has been added to the Death screen.
  • A "Load Last Save" option has been added to the Death screen.
  • Important conversation options with BURG.L now display a "!" icon next to them to show they are important for moving the conversation story forward.

Building General

  • Broodmother Trophy now supports Arachnophobia Safe Mode.
  • The game now communicates more clearly when building is disabled because of combat.
  • Zipline anchors can now be relocated if no lines are attached.
  • Stuffed Weevil, Infected Weevil, Aphid, and Gnat can now drop ingredients when destroyed (except meat).
  • Players may run while relocating buildings.

Building Placement

  • Triangular walls and floors can now be correctly placed against each other.
  • Fixed several cases where snapped walls were incorrectly considered obstructed.
  • Some grid buildings can no longer have other buildings placed overlapping them in specific cases.
  • Buildings can no longer be placed inside characters in Creative mode.
  • Small buildings can now be placed under stairs.


  • Improved CPU Performance while playing the game.
  • Steam versions of the game now use DX12 instead of DX11


  • Dandelion Tufts world items will only stay active for 8 hours before being blown away.
  • Pond Dome exterior lights will now turn off during the day.
  • Removed the button puzzle and TAZ.T fight from the Oak lab.
  • The landscape outside of the yard is no longer an empty void.


  • Dust Mites are now significantly less tanky
    • HP reduced by 20%
    • Damage Threshold reduced by 12
    • Resistances reduced from 50% to 25%


  • The same smoothie effect can no longer be stacked multiple times
    • You can still stack as many different smoothies as you'd like
  • Roasted meat now restores health when consumed in addition to its other effects.

Bug Fixes

Major Fixes

  • Newly-connected clients can now see all resource survey regions instead of only ones near them.
  • Dropped item locations will no longer desynchronize for clients.
  • Fixed a client desynchronization issue related to relocated buildings.
  • Fixed several other client desynchronization issues.
  • Clients will no longer be missing ziplines when connecting to a multiplayer game.
  • Collision added to the crumpled paper in the trash can so players can no longer get soft locked inside.

Other Fixes

  • The player can now take damage when impacting surfaces with sufficient velocity.
  • Dropped weed burrs always collide with players.
  • Controls tabs in the options screen will now scroll more nicely.
  • HUD markers display in the correct locations during zipline connection.
  • Previously-discovered Pagoda field station now automatically unlocks itself as a resource survey region.
  • Clock times are now displayed correctly in Arabic.
  • Reduced tendency of Wide Interaction to flicker between different interactables when many are close to each other.
  • Wide Interaction can no longer be used to interact through walls.
  • Displayed Milk Molar counts will be correctly updated when another player collects molars while the UI is open.
  • Player nameplates and map markers will continue to display when the player is placing ziplines.
  • Buildings can no longer be placed on Candy Corn.
  • The client will no longer see inappropriately-disabled building construction interact options.
  • The player will stop placing Pet Memorials after using the last one in their inventory.
  • Hedge Berries will no longer disappear when cut using explosives.
  • Frankenline drawing correctly saves and loads on Xbox and Windows Store / Game Pass versions.
  • The full map art will now be correctly shown in the Resource Surveyor.
  • Buildings can no longer be placed in prohibited locations by cycling the material.
  • In German, some text labels that were supposed to be uppercase now are.
  • Ziplines cannot be connected to anchors being placed by other users.
  • The Broodmother BLT recipe no longer blends in to the table it's placed on.
  • Collision around the underwater milk molar in the larva cave has been adjusted to make obtaining it easier.
  • TAZ.Ts will no longer sometimes be larger in size.

Bug Fixes - Steam

  • Fixing issue where not logging in (OFFLINE_PLAYER) causes the wrong player save data to be loaded and potentially losing inventory / player progress. 
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0.13.0 Public Test - 3711 to 3713 Changes

  • Fixed the Woodpile tarp and Grill rendering completely black.
  • Lowered peak memory usage when loading a game on Xbox One and Xbox One S
  • Walking up to a MIX.R prior to using the Biometric Scanner will show "Unauthorized Access" instead of showing nothing.
  • Fixed some creatures not having kills tracked.
  • Fixed some creatures not dropping Gold Cards.
  • PEEPing framerates have been improved.
  • Explosive Burr Trap can now be triggered when Friendly Fire is off.
  • The "Base Building Under Attack" icons display at farther distances now.
  • Map markers are now positioned correctly on the map.
  • The number of slots shown in the Data screen for BURG.L chips now matches the number of BURG.L chips to find.
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0.13.0 Public Test - 3713 to 3718 Changes

  • Fixed crash when looking at our attempting to PEEP Bees or Diving Bell Spiders.
  • Fixed a client crash on join regarding equipped main hand weapons.
  • Neutral creatures will no longer instantly aggro you without provocation.
  • Improved memory usage with building Lamps which should help prevent crashing when loading large saves on Xbox One.
  • Slightly lowered the repair cost of almost every piece of armor
  • Increased Milk Molar HP upgrade values
  • Proper art materials have been hooked up for the new scrap and plate items.
  • New art added for the Explosive Burr Trap.
  • Grinder requires cheaper materials to craft.
  • Orb Weaver Jrs are now tier 1.
  • Some normal Orb Weavers in the Hedge have been replaced with Orb Weaver Jrs.
  • Gas Mask now has a Sleek upgrade path.
  • Grubs now drop 3 hides on average with a rare chance of dropping up to 8.
  • More grubs exist in the lower yard, mostly around damp locations.
  • BURG.L no longer incorrectly remarks about the time of day.
  • Honey Pot moved.
  • Aggressive bee sight radius reduced by 50%.
  • Daggers no longer revert back to chopping damage after upgrading to +6.
  • Pollen Turret ammo has a higher velocity.
  • Gaining a small chunk of stamina with Parry Master while exhausted will correctly fully restore your stamina after the exhaust delay completes.
  • Entering a turret from a third person camera no longer has the aim cursor offset when in the turret.
  • New audio when holding a Charcoal torch.
  • ASL interface graphics no longer stretch vertically on some languages.
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0.13.0 Public Test - 3718 to 3721 Changes

  • Fixed crash related to using Photo Mode
  • Fixed crash related to the crafting screen.
  • Fixed crash related to creature combat.
  • Dust hazards no longer deal durability damage.
  • Oven can now simultaneously cook all queued items at the same time.
  • Mushroom Bricks are now cheaper to craft.
  • Creatures angered by the Hedge MIX.R should now path to it more reliably.
  • Having lots of ziplines no longer lowers the performance of your game.
  • General game CPU optimizations.
  • Fixed crashes that could occur during base defense.
  • Scrap recipes should now properly display in the crafting menu after being discovered.
  • Lint Rope now only costs 2 lint to craft.
  • Wolf Spider no longer randomly dips into the floor or other geometry.
  • Visual updates to the Oak lab and Hedge lab.
  • Burr Trap and Green Shield Bug parts have new icons.
  • Burr Trap art in the crafting screen and building radial match the actual trap art when placed now.
  • Kills while in a Turret should count towards your kill count total.
  • Wafter has been renamed Waft Provoker.
  • Reduced memory usage on Xbox to reduce OOM crashes.
  • Halving the rate bugs get upset at you while trespassing in their territory.
  • Factional Reaction base attack cooldowns increased from 2-6 days to 6-9 days.
  • Adjusted the ranges of creatures that can be sent to bases that are smaller.
  • Bees that are part of a wave attack now always drop pollen.
  • All wave creatures have had their rare part drop rates slightly increased.
  • Green shield bugs now drop 2-4 parts instead of always only dropping 1.
  • Charcoal Canteen repair recipe reduced to 1 charcoal chunk instead of 2.
  • Pollen turret now visually has a purple flower petal to help further distinguish it from the pebble turret.
  • Turrets can now be built on steeper slopes like slanted clover roof pieces.
  • Turrets show a reload time bar over the ammo UI.
  • The player will be slowed when finishing ziplines, to reduce falling damage.
  • Armor upgrades now also reduce the minimum damage value of incoming attacks.
  • Completed MIX.Rs no longer show science floating at the top after saving and loading.
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0.13.0 Public Test - 3721 to 3723 Changes

  • Fixed constant crashing on the Xbox Series S
  • Fixed performance issues on the Xbox Series S
  • Repair has been reworked on upgraded weapons:
  • All weapons and armor +6 or higher have their repair recipe replaced with "Repair Glue"
  • Repair Glue can be crafted at a new crafting station: the "Glue Factory"
  • Weapons and armor of +0 through +5 use their normal repair recipes as usual
  • Armor upgrade scraps and plate unlocks have been moved:
  • Grub Plates and Scraps are now unlocked via the same burgle purchase as the Smithing Station. Price reduced to 100 Raw Science
  • Berry Plates and Scraps are now unlocked on the hedge chip in a bundle with the Glue Factory. Price is 500 Raw Science
  • Pupa Plates and Scraps are now unlocked on the same chip as weapon upgrade jewels. Price is 1000 Raw Science
  • Daggers upgraded down candy paths can harvest underwater again
  • Underwater creatures have had their resistances/weaknesses to chopping damage replaced with slashing damage to accommodate the new dagger damage type.
  • Repair hammer damage doubled (repairs twice as fast).
  • Waft Provoker has new art.
  • Attacks triggered via the Waft Provoker will end if the Waft Provoker is destroyed.
  • Attacks triggered via the Waft Provoker are allowed to be more destructive before payback can be considered delivered.
  • Tuned some of the bug parts that can be placed in the Waft Provoker to add more rage than before.
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0.13.0 Public Test - 3723 to 3730 Changes

  • Turrets can be mounted on walls and ceilings.
  • Glue Factory has a proper icon in the building radial.
  • Glue prices slightly increased (1 more part per recipe)
  • Added glue recipes for spider parts and black ox beetle parts
  • Gold creature cards show the proper health rating.
  • Waft Provoker recipe updated to better match final art.
  • MIX.Rs should animate and make noise again when activated.
  • Base attacks are allowed to be slightly more destructive now that they happen less frequently.
  • Waft Provoker has been renamed Waft Emitter.
  • Updated Turret description to note that it does extra damage against creatures involved in defense events.
  • Updated lighting.
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