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29 Agu 2023

August 2023 Dev Update

Welcome to the August 2023 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more: This post is part 4 of a 4-part series where we'll be going over the content you can expect to play in the Merfolk & Fall update. We're planning to release the Merfolk & Fall update in early September. We need extra time to polish and bug-fix this HUGE update. Adoptable pets Adoptable pets are going live in the upcoming update. Check out all the adorable pets (designed by our very own backers) you can adopt! You have 20 pets to choose from, ranging from cats, dogs, foxes, bunnies and a lizard. [Lots of different animations play inside the pet shelter to bring the animals to life!] [Animals take turns soaking up the sunshine outside, giving everyone a chance to shine!] To adopt a pet, you'll first need to reach Town Rank E . This unlocks the availability of both the Pet Bed and Pet House at the Pet Shelter. Once you purchase either item and place it on your farmland or inside your house, you’re all set to adopt a pet! [The different pet beds available.] [SPIKER DOOOOOOOO!] Auto Chest The Auto Chest is the ultimate automation item for the crafty farmer. Head to the lab to unlock this one-of-a-kind chest. Need convincing? Take a look at what it does below: [The Auto Chest: Not your average chest, oh no!] Placed by your machines, this smart chest automatically moves items to and from machines on its sides. Simply load it up with the items or materials you want to process. [Work smarter, not harder.] When stacked, they magically morph into conveyor belts, allowing you to make your own product line. Time to turn your organization game up a notch! [Behold our 30-chest-long conveyor belt masterpiece!] Items will flow seamlessly between the Auto Chests and all linked machines! And when ready, just access the Auto Chest to collect your items. [The fruit juice will be deposited into the aging barrel once complete!] New building styles Farmhouse We're excited to reveal the different selection of house styles that have been added for each house level! You’ll have 5 styles to choose from, check it out: [Level 1 farmhouse styles.] [Level 2 farmhouse styles.] [Level 3 farmhouse styles.] Farm Buildings But wait, there’s more! You can now swap styles for various farm buildings , including the barn and coop. Take a peek below: Visit the carpenters to change the style of your farmhouse or building. A fee applies, of course.
Merit Points Introducing Merit Points, a new feature to our game where players can trade earned points for special items at the Merit Exchange counter.
[Unlock the Merit Exchange counter as you progress through the game.]

Earn your Merit points by increasing the town's rank, completing errands, and participating in festivals.
[You'll see a recap of Merit Points earned at the end of the day.]

Exclusive Merit Exchange counter items include stamina fruit, mastery elixirs (granting a master skill point), and many unique scarecrow designs. [Time to roll up those sleeves and rack up those Merit Points.]
Scarecrows! Hold onto your sunhats, farmers! We're adding a ton of different scarecrow designs . Most can be acquired at the Merit Exchange counter, while some will fetch for a hefty price at the secret shop. Let us know what you think! [Which one is your favorite?] Cooking updates Cooking just got a major upgrade! It sources ingredients from your global inventory (across all chests) and filters ingredients based on the recipe you're cooking. No more backpack ingredient juggling! [Global inventory makes cooking a breeze.] And here’s the icing on the cake: Each recipe now yields not one, but two dishes! [No more tough choices between eating or gifting. Do both!] Plus, buffs from cooked dishes are now displayed on your hot bar and in your inventory. You can have up to 2 buffs active at a time , one from food and one from drinks. [A preview of what the buff icon looks like in your inventory screen.] Charity DLC ($50k raised!) A heartfelt thank you to all the Ocean Guardians around the world! Your support has enabled us to raise an astounding $50,000 USD for an incredible cause. What's next In September, we'll take a look at the Winter Fair, Winter Outfits and have some exciting news to share! Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


31 Mei 2023

May 2023 Dev Update

Welcome to the May 2023 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more: This month we've got lots to share! We'll start with the release news & the updated roadmap, then go over the next game update, our biggest to date, which combines the Merfolk & Fall update into one.

This post is part 1 of a 3-part series where we'll be going over the content you can expect to play in the Merfolk & Fall update. We're planning to release the Merfolk & Fall Update sometime in August 2023. Updated roadmap We're excited to share some news with you all! To reflect our current pace of development, we've made updates to Coral Island's roadmap.

Take a look at our updated roadmap to see what's coming up, starting with the "Merfolk & Fall Update" in August 2023. To our console players and backers, we haven't forgotten about bringing Coral Island to other platforms. We apologize for not providing more updates on this so far, but please be assured that we are still actively working out the details. Although we don’t have all the information to share at this moment, we will keep you informed as soon as we have concrete updates.

*Rewards for console backers and the Character Designer Pack tier will be delivered at a later time. Merfolk character reveal We're revealing the first of many Merfolk characters! We can't spill all the beans just yet, but we can spill some beans! Our team is working hard to bring this unique character to life. Drumroll, please... Meet Princess Miranjani , one of the dateable Merfolk! She lives in the Kingdom with her family. Sweet, kind, with curiosity as boundless as the galaxy. Thinks door knobs are the coolest thing.

We're going to be tight-lipped on more details, but tease more we shall. A sneak peek below at the other Merfolk you'll encounter in the upcoming update: [The royal Merfolk family.] [More Merfolk: Redacted, Redacted and Redacted.!] Fall outfits We're excited to release the third set of seasonal clothing in this upcoming update: fall outfits! Here's a preview: [Mark, Bree, Archie, Millie and Theo]
Take a look at these outfits in-game. Let us know what you think!
[Mark in Fall outfit.] [Millie in Fall outfit.] [Theo in Fall outfit.] [Bree in Fall outfit.] [Archie in Fall outfit.]
Last batch of ranch animals Your final batch of ranch animals will be available in the upcoming update. Check them out! Peafowl New coop animal: you can now acquire the Peafowl at the Ranch! Peafowls have a chance at dropping Feather . Luwak New barn animal: you can now acquire Luwak at the Ranch. They'll find Gesha Coffee around your farm when you let them outside. Heart 8 with NPCs In the Merfolk & Fall Update, you’ll able to reach up to heart 8 with all NPCs! We've added many heart events that can now be accessed, so don't forget to check them out. Here are a couple events that we like: [Look at those moves!] [Anytime Noah... anytime.]
Sturdy computer Today we're taking a closer look at the Sturdy Computer, one of the many devices you can develop at the Lab. Once crafted, you can use your sturdy computer for online shopping . Add items to your cart from select shops around town, and when ready, confirm your order for a 10-minute delivery, straight to your mailbox, by way of a carrier pigeon! But that's not all! You can develop components at the lab and add functionality to the Sturdy Computer. Whether it's the Foraging, Fishing, or Catching component, each gives you real-time information about what has spawned in the world on any given day. We hope this is helpful for those looking to complete their Museum collection! Shed We've also added Shed that can be purchased at the Carpenter. The shed provides an interior area of 17x17 for those of you that want more space! Decor (Indoor & Outdoor) Last but not least, we're adding more decor to the game! [Merfolk indoor decor!] [Merfolk outdoor decor!] What's next Next month we'll reveal another Merfolk, showcase automated Ranching devices, the architects desk, and go over the Spooky Festival. Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


28 Feb 2023

February 2023 Dev Update

Welcome to the February 2023 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more: You'll get the final sneak peek at the Spring Update this March . We highlight new content you can play through, tool enchantments, custom keybindings, and new accessibility options. Scroll to the bottom to check out the complete change list! The Spring Update will go live in March 2023 . The exact date is TBD. Giants Storyline Experience the part of the Giants storyline in this upcoming Spring Update. Head to the mines after you've received the Goddess Blessing to kickstart the quest. [dawwwwwww] [be sure to return to this area once you've freed the first giant!] Tool Enchantments Enchantments apply special effects to your tools and weapons. This feature unlocks as you progress through the game. You'll need gems , artifacts , or fossils to fuel the enchantments! [select the tool you want to enchant and load it up with fuel!] [a visual indication of an enchantment proccing—this is not visible during play] Game Progression Here is a look at other new content you'll be able to play through this Spring Update: Duck New coop animal: you can now acquire the Duck at the Ranch! Ducks produce Duck Eggs.
Sheep New barn animal: finally, your cows can have new company inside the barn. Acquire the Sheep at the Ranch. They produce Wool.

Level 3 House Head to the Carpenters to acquire a level 3 house for even more room!

Large Logs Large logs now spawn daily in the Mid Forest—these drop hardwood which you'll need to upgrade your house to level 3. Mastery skills In addition to increasing the mastery level cap to 8, we've simplified the selection of skills. Now you'll earn a skill point for every 2 levels of mastery you acquire. Decide which skill you want to unlock first!
Custom Key Binding You can now set custom key binds for both the mouse/keyboard and controllers. [nice feature this is!]
Accessibility Updates We’re proud to showcase a couple of the accessibility features we’ve been hard at work on for Coral Island. Dyslexic Font

Thanks to the great folks at Open Dyslexic , we've added a dyslexic font option for all Latin alphabet-based languages, like English. [find the dyslexic options under the "Accessibility" tab, a restart is required] [a look at the dyslexic font in action!] Colorblind Mode We're excited to include several color blind modes into Coral Island. [find the color blind mode options under the "Accessibility" tab.] [a look at the colorblind mode in action!]
Spring Update Changelist Tree Planting Festival: - Join the tree planting festival every Spring 21. It happens right behind your farm, near the Ranch. - Replant Purwo Woods, an area devasted by illegal logging. - See the trees grow every year until complete restoration in Year 4. - Afterwards, the event will turn into something . Replant and find out! NPC’s - All dateable and a few townies will now change into bathing suits when doing most activities on the beach or at the hot springs. - Both the in-game model and portrait changes! - You can increase your heart level until level 5 with all NPC. - Unlock additional dialogue with them. - Unlock newly added heart events with them. New Content - You can open the Wind Gate now after you've reached level 40 of the Water Gate. - Explore the Wind Gate to mine new ores and gems. - Giants Village is now accessible! - The first part of the Giants storyline is available to play through. - Have dialogues with the Giants and grow your relationships with them. - Enchant your tools with special attributes at the Giant Village. - Fuel enchantments by donating gems, fossils, or artifacts. - Upgrade your house to level 3 for extra rooms and a second floor. - Duck and Sheep can now be purchased from the Ranch. - Sheep produces Wool and can be processed with Loom to Wool Cloth. - Duck produces Duck Egg, which can be processed with various artisan processors similar to Egg. - Added artisan machine, Dehydrator: Turns ocean loot into dried goods. - Added resource machine, Solar Panel : Used to produce a battery. - 4 New Fruit Plants: Banana (Spring & Summer), Cocoa (Spring & Summer), Lemon (Fall & Winter), and Rambutan (Fall & Winter). - Large logs spawn daily in the Mid Forest (these drop hardwood!). - 20 New Hairstyle - 71 New Clothing - 4 Beards - 17 New Outdoor Decor - 24 New Indoor Decor Accessibility: - Support for Dyslexic Font for Latin characters. - Support for in-game font sizes modifier. You can change the font to be bigger or smaller. We recommend you use the maximum value when playing with Steam Deck! - Support for Color Blindness filter, you can change the in-game filter to help weaknesses in Deuteranopia, Protanopia, or Tritanopia. You can also adjust the filter strength in-game to your liking. - We’ve moved several options related to accessibility into the “Accessibility” tab to make it easier to find. Improvements/bug fixes: - Added various buff effects when consuming cooked items. - Buffs give special attributes to players for a limited time. - Upgrading to house level 2 now gives the player an oven. - Improved the Journal feature to correctly keep track of everything you’ve captured in the game. - Bug fixes of random crashes for low ram devices. - Re-added Sprinkler II back. - All sprinkler models have been made smaller. - Various 3d model improvements. - Rebalancing various items. - Masteries are being reworked to up to 6 skills for each mastery. - You can now level up until level 8 for each Mastery. - Relationship UI now shows bathing outfits for NPC. - Relationship UI now shows the Giants tab to see relationships with the Giants. - Interacting with tower views across the map now show you a zoomed-out view of that area - Play how you want with our new customized Mouse / Keyboard and Controller keybinding.
Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


6 Okt 2022

Early Access FAQ & Roadmap

A final update before we launch Coral Island into Early Access! If you haven't already, visit our Steam page to wishlist: Early Access FAQ When will Coral Island be released? Coral Island releases on Oct 11 2022 at 03:00 pm UTC/11:00 am EST, into Early Access on Steam and Game Preview on Win10 and PC Game Pass. How much does the game cost? At the time of Early Access launch, the suggested retail price of Coral Island will be $24.99 USD. Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access? The price won’t increase during Early Access. For 1.0 the price may increase, but we’re not sure about that yet. I’m a backer, when will I receive my Steam game key? Keys for backers that selected “Steam” as their platform will be sent out on October 8th @ 03:00 pm UTC/11:00 am EST. Due to the large number of keys to process, it may take some time before you receive an email from Backerkit with access to your game key. If you haven't received your game key within 8 hours of the send date, please reach out to us directly on Discord or email I’m an Alpha backer (or higher). When will I be able to start streaming? Alpha backers (or higher) that selected “Steam” will be available to play and stream Coral Island at the following times:

Sunday, October 9 at 12:00am UTC Saturday, October 8 at 8pm ET Saturday, October 8 at 5pm PT While some players may have access to the game early, we’re asking that everyone please adhere closely to our streaming embargo, which ends on October 9, 2022 at 12:00 am UTC. Please wait to stream until the embargo time has passed! I’ve received my Steam backer key. How do I redeem it? 1. Open Steam and log into your account. 2. Click the “Games” menu option at the top of the Steam client. 3. Choose “Activate a Product on Steam…” 4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process, using the key provided below. How long is Coral Island going to be in Early Access? Coral Island will be in Early Access until we (the developers and you, our early supporters) are happy with the amount of content and level of polish the game has to offer. We expect this phase to take about one year, but may take longer depending on player feedback. Please continue to check our roadmap for more information! What can I expect in the Early Access/Game Preview? Coral Island releases into Early Access/Game Preview with four playable seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. You can farm with each season’s respective crops and try other activities such as ranching, diving, fishing, and bug-catching. Though the selection is still limited, there will be merchants that you can purchase customizations from. Please keep in mind that Coral Island is not complete since the game is still in Early Access.

Everything is still a work-in-progress, including the environment, assets, story, explorable mining/diving levels, NPC portraits, UI, etc. Being in Early Access also means that some things may not work as intended.

We’ve worked hard to ensure that your experience is whole and worth playing, but if you experience bugs, please let us know so we can fix them. If you prefer to play through the complete game instead, kindly wait for our full game release. We’re excited for you to play Coral Island! Which features will be in active development during Early Access/Game Preview? - The Winter season will be receiving some significant enhancements during the Early Access period - please pardon the dust in the meantime! - Diving and mining maps - The combat experience and progression - The festival experience for each season - Storylines and heart events for NPC - Deeper relationship mechanics, like marriage and children - and many more! How will I know when I’ve played through the game’s Early Access/Game Preview content? After advancing through four playable seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, players can continue to farm and enjoy other activities including ranching, diving, fishing, and bug-catching. The story is still in active development, so you’ll need to wait until a future update to continue experiencing the full storyline. Will my save files carry over with each new update in Coral Island? Carrying over saves will be handled on a per-update basis. Our goal is to maintain your save files as we update the game. However, some updates may fundamentally change the game. When this happens, all progression data will be reset, except for: gold, inventory, farm layout, interior, and mastery. How do I report bugs or give feedback? In-game, you can select ‘Feedback’ in the Options Menu to report bugs or give feedback that will be sent directly to the development team. You can also share your feedback in the Stairway Games Discord. What about localization? Good news! At the Early Access/Game Preview launch, Coral Island will support English, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, and Spanish. After launch, we’ll be actively working to improve the quality of localizations and have plans to support additional languages. What kind of updates are planned for Coral Island? We plan to incorporate new areas to explore, stories to experience, more things to do, and more customization options. We’ve put together a roadmap to give you a rough idea of what to expect! *Early Access Roadmap subject to change What are the PC requirements for Coral Island? Minimum Specifications: OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD FX-8350 MEMORY: 8 GB RAM GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740, 2 GB or AMD Radeon R7 250, 2 GB DETAILS: Low 720p @ 30 FPS Recommended Specifications: OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10 PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 MEMORY: 8 GB RAM GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, 4 GB or AMD Radeon R9 380X, 4 GB DETAILS: High 1080p @ 60 FPS Will Coral Island support multiplayer? Currently, the plan is to support both island visits and co-op multiplayer in a post-1.0 update. What about controller support? Controller support will not be available at Early Access launch. We’re actively working on true controller support and aim to include it in one of the earlier updates. How do I stay up-to-date on Coral Island’s development? We post a daily dev diary on our Discord server. In there, you can also find links to our dev blogs for more in-depth updates. See you there! Discord server: How can I contact support? For help, please email us at What's next We'll be resuming development updates at end of this month! In the meantime, the team continues to polish the game for release. We CAN'T WAIT for you all to get your hands on the game. Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


31 Jul 2023

July 2023 Dev Update

Welcome to the July 2023 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more: This post is part 3 of a 3-part series where we'll be going over the content you can expect to play in the Merfolk & Fall update. We're planning to release the Merfolk & Fall Update sometime in August 2023. Merfolk character reveal We're wrapping up our Merfolk reveals with a bang! Here's your last reveal:
Introducing Krakatoa, King of the Merfolk Kingdom! King Krakatoa, named after his esteemed processors, embodies the weight of his noble lineage. He carries the weight of his family's legacy with a sense of duty and fairness. [King Krakatoa, leader of the Merfolk Kingdom.] Merfolk kingdom Prepare for an enchanting journey into the depths of the ocean, where the Merfolk Kingdom awaits! [At long last, the gates will open.] [Naga Palace interior.] Merfolk storyline You've witnessed the effects of the oil spill on Starlet Town. Now, we're taking the story beneath the waves. The Merfolk storyline provides a unique perspective on the spill's impact under the sea. [What happened to the big root?!] [You'll just have to see for yourself...]
Additional lab equipment We're bringing more devices to the Lab to help streamline your farming and enhance your gameplay experience: Auto Trash Collector : This device automatically collects trash when placed on the ocean floor. A great source of trash!
Ultra Scarecrow : Say goodbye to pesky crows with the Ultra Scarecrow. When placed on a farm tile, it covers a 19x19 radius, making it the ultimate crow deterrent! Game achievements Who's ready for some game achievements?! Here's a preview! [52 achievements await you.] Ranching updates To make your ranch feels more alive, we've added a touch of realism! Animals that receive love through petting, feeding, and product collection may now take delightful daytime naps and peacefully snooze at night. [Naps are the best thing ever!] Animals now also have a chance to get sick. When they do fall ill, you'll need to give your animal some Animal Medicine to cure them. The season and your animal's mood influence how likely your animal is to get sick. Placing a temperature machine inside a coop or barn will prevent any animal from getting sick. [Animals will naturally recover from sickness in 4 days if you don't give them medicine.] Various UI updates
We continue to revamp various elements of the game UI to better communicate your in-game progress and highlight important information! [Introducing the Town Rank activity log. See what you've unlocked as the town ranks up!] [Cooking recipes now feature icons to indicate the buff you get when consuming them.] [Cooking now yields two dishes!] [Mastery also got a nice overhaul.]
Slice of life events We've added a ton of slice of life events to the game, showcasing the everyday happenings of the community. Unlike heart events, which mostly focus on one NPC, these events bring together a wider cast of characters, unfolding naturally as you journey through the game. [The fun.] [The fight…and more!] Charity cosmetic DLC The Ocean Guardian charity DLC is still available! 100% of publisher and developer’s proceeds will benefit Coral Guardian, a non-profit org with the mission to protect & restore coral ecosystems worldwide. Preserve together! Get it here: link to awesome charity DLC

What's next Next month we'll be taking a look at even more exciting things, including the excavation site, winter outfits, the winter fair, adoptable pets, merit points & more! Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


1 Mei 2023

April 2023 Dev Update

Welcome to the April 2023 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more: This month's dev update is part 2 of our showcase of the upcoming Summer Update. In this post, we'll new ranch animals, revamped combat, sprinkler attachments, and more! We're planning to release the Summer Update sometime in May 2023. New ranch animals Here's a look at the new ranch animals you'll be able to acquire this Summer Update: Pig New barn animal: you can now acquire Pigs at the Ranch. As outdoor explorers with a keen sense of smell, they'll find Truffles when you let them outside. Quail New coop animal: you can now acquire the Quail at the Ranch! Quails produce Quail Eggs . Goat New barn animal: you can now acquire Goats at the Ranch. Goats will produce fresh Goat Milk , perfect for crafting artisan cheese! Combat beta overview The revamped combat system includes 4 new weapon types , new monsters, and combat traps. Choose between Swords, Hammers, Shields, and Spears, each bringing a unique gameplay style.
Weapon types
You can acquire weapons from the BOS shop in the forest. Be sure to try all the new weapon types and give us feedback! Special attack Each weapon type now comes with a special attack . As you use a weapon to fight enemies, the special attack meter will gradually build until an aura appears. The exception is the spear you can throw at any time. Scent & ring mechanics Scents are craftable items you can consume or attach to a trap. While active, scents alter the awareness of certain actors of your presence, making them more or less aware of you. Different scents affect different actors. Rings are wearable equipment. You can wear up to 2 rings at a time, and they can be found throughout the world or purchased at the BOS shop. When equipped, rings provide a status effect , ranging from increasing tool use speed to gaining energy while doing activities.
Fish pond & insect house Introducing Fish ponds and Insect houses , available from the Carpenter's. Breed various species and build a thriving farm with them! [Fish pond preview.] [Insect house preview.] Sprinkler attachments Upgrade your farming with automatic seed and fertilizer dispersal via Sprinkler Attachments. Develop these game-changers at the lab first. Attachments in action [The auto seed in action.] [The auto fertilizer in action.] Equipment Development As you progress through the game, The Lab will start to offer you the service of developing equipment recipes. Besides the sprinkler attachments, a lot more equipment can be developed at the lab. For the Ranchers , you can look forward to developing the Auto petter, Auto collector, Auto feeder, and Temperature machine. Then there's the Sturdy Computer , which will allow for online shopping. You can then develop components such as Farm stats, Fishing forecasts, and Catching forecasts for more information. Other quality-of-life equipment , including the Auto trash collector, Sturdy Music Player, and more, can be developed! Errands Errands are dynamic quests that spawn on boards throughout Coral Island. Their great for extra coins and a good way to earn more heart points with townies . [You'll see an exclamation mark when errands are available.] [Cycle between available errands and decide whether to take them on.]
Other updates
- Reduced memory usage for smoother gameplay. - Game balance optimizations. - Over 175 community-reported bugs fixed! - Cycle through clothing sets directly in your inventory, and name them too! What's next Next month we'll break down the next major game update, share an updated roadmap, and more with you all! Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


31 Jan 2023

January 2023 Dev Update

Welcome to the January 2023 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more: This month, we'll give you a sneak peek at the upcoming Spring Update, which will feature bathing suits, the tree planting festival, wind gate mining, and more! We're planning to release the Spring Update sometime in March 2023. Bathing Suits Coral Island will feature multiple outfits for a large number of NPCs. We're excited to drop the first batch of outfits for the upcoming spring update: bathing suits! Here's a sneak peek of what it will look like. [bathing suits, coming in hot!] For some outfits, like seasonal clothing , NPCs start the day wearing them. For outfits like bathing suits , they will change into bathing suits at some point during the day. You can see it in action here: [this may look familiar if you've ever been obsessed with a certain sim ulation game...] To best showcase the new bathing suits, we've added a bunch of new NPC schedules . Whether its downtime at the beach or a nice bath at the hot spring (once you've opened it), there are a lot of new routines for you to discover: [volleyball, a classic beach activity] [don't forget to wear your sunscreen!] Tree Planting Festival Another WIP festival will be accessible for the upcoming Spring Update: The Tree Planting Festival . The festival takes place every Spring 21 and can be triggered in the forest, right behind your farm. Don't miss it! [festival area shot] [everyone is pumped up!] Wind Gate Mining The wind gate will become available in the upcoming update. You'll find more gems and, most importantly, come across gold ores in this mining gate. Have a look: [wind gate mine shot 1] [wind gate mine shot 2]
New Mine Monsters You will encounter some new monsters if you visit the mines. Please note that they are still WIP! [meet new slime]
[meet tuku-tuku] [meet skully]
Beards At long last, beards ! A new customization option: beards are now available! [yay!] Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


30 Jun 2022

June 2022 Dev Update

Welcome to the June 2022 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to wishlist the game and find out more: This month, we look at mouse-based controls, the Hotspring, more updated NPC models and more! Alpha v0.09 will launch on July 11 @ 11:59PM PDT. Mouse based controls You asked, and we listened. By default, you now use your mouse to determine which tile you to hit. We're very pleased with how this turned out. We're also still on track to release the controller support and look forward to receiving feedback from Alpha players. The Hotspring Ah, the Hotspring, a place to relax and unwind. When functional, pay a visit, and soak yourself in the warm water to recover some stamina!
[what happened to the Hotspring?] Updated NPC models Check out the upgraded models for Dippa, Zarah, Frank, and Yuri! [Dippa usually spends their day looking for inspiration and painting around the island. Luke's store sells their paintings! Check often! ] [A bachelorette. Zarah is an adventurer at heart. She enjoys going around the island and finding treasures; be it gems, old artifacts, or a buried history.] [Frank is married to his high-school sweetheart, Erika and the couple lives in Starlet Town with their two cats, Peanut and Butter.] [Yuri's goal in Coral Island is to be a part of a community and hang her traveling coat on the rack for good. Will the traditional lifestyle bore a thrill-seeker like Yuri? Or is mainstream good?] [correction from last month, who doesn't love a good A pose] Furniture store UI Check out the furniture store UI. We've spent a lot of time making sure the shopping experience is frictionless. This is especially important given the large number of items you can purchase to decorate your farm and house with.
You can shop by looking at styles or selecting the catalogue and view items by category. Let us know what you think! Future blog posts and minimizing spoilers
For this month, we had originally planned to showcase revamped diving and reveal more interior locations. To make sure you have the best experience playing Coral Island for the first time when it launches into Early Access, we've decided to hold off on doing this.

For Alpha players, note that for the Alpha 0.09 update, we've unlocked all interior locations and most of the newly revamped diving will be accessible too. Looking forward to getting feedback!

Cat Mood. What's next?
We will resume the monthly dev blog in September. Between July and August, all hands will be on deck finalizing the Early Access game content, polishing assets, and optimizing the game performance.
Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


28 Jun 2023

June 2023 Dev Update

Welcome to the June 2023 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more:
This post is part 2 of a 3-part series where we'll be going over the content you can expect to play in the Merfolk & Fall update. We're planning to release the Merfolk & Fall Update sometime in August 2023. Merfolk character reveal Without further ado, let's reveal another character from our Merfolk roster!

Introducing Semeru, the Guard Leader of the Merfolk Kingdom! He is a dateable character, yes. Semeru is all about keeping the Kingdom safe, and he takes his duty very seriously. He resides in the barracks. [Semeru, the Guard Leader of Merfolk Kingdom.] Here's the roster of dateable Merfolk characters. We have Semeru, the head of the guard, Denali, the steadfast gatekeeper, and Princess Miranjani. Final dateable lineup We’ve finally arrived! Presenting the complete lineup of romance characters for Coral Island, all 28 of them. [Merfolk romance will come in a post-1.0 update!] Spooky festival As Fall approaches, we're getting into the spirit with our Spooky Festival ! The townies of Starlet Town go all out for this festival, so it's not one to miss. [Spooky festival takes place on Fall 28) This event features Bonk the Skeleton and Ring Toss minigames, an Ogoh-Ogoh parade, a scavenger hunt, and so much more. Don't miss out on the fun! [Bonk the skeleton.] [Ring toss.] Fun fact : The Ogoh-ogoh parade is a vibrant and festive procession held annually in Bali, Indonesia. During this event, giant papier-mâché sculptures, known as ogoh-ogoh, are paraded through the streets to ward off evil spirits before the Balinese New Year, known as Nyepi. It's a colorful and lively celebration that showcases the rich cultural traditions of Bali. [Ogoh-ogoh parade.] Develop ranching equipment
Ever wished you could have extra help taking care of farm animals? We've got you covered! The Lab offers a range of Ranching equipment that you can develop to make your tasks easier and more efficient. Auto Petter : This device will automatically pet your animals when placed inside a coop or barn. Get ready to see some happy faces! Auto Feeder : No more worries about missing a feeding time. When placed inside a coop or barn and provided with hay in the silo, the Auto Feeder will take care of your animals' meal times. Auto Collector : This clever contraption automatically collects animal products when placed inside a coop or barn. Just sit back and let it do its thing! Temperature Machine : Keep your animals comfortable in all seasons. The Temperature Machine regulates the temperature inside a coop or barn, improving animal mood in Summer and Winter. Last ranch animal (for real this time) Your final ranch animal, the Llama , will also be available in the upcoming update!
New barn animal: you can now acquire the Llama at the Ranch! Llama's produce Llama Wool . At the ranch, llamas are sold in pairs, as they are social creatures that thrive with a companion. The architect's desk We're thrilled to introduce the Architect's Desk! Harnessing the power of the Giants , this special desk will let you modify and decorate your farm's tiles from a bird's eye view. It's time to unleash your creativity and design the farm of your dreams! [The Architect desk occupies 2x2 space] [Move any object on your farm!] [Moving objects will cost you, best to keep that in mind.]
Steam deck verified
Coral Island is now officially verified for the Steam Deck platform ! With this, the game's performance, stability, & user experience is great on Steam Deck. Now, you can dive into Coral Island in the palm of your hand, wherever you go smoothly
Charity cosmetic DLC On July 11th, we'll be launching a charity cosmetic DLC! 100% of proceeds will benefit Coral Guardian, a non-profit org with the mission to protect & restore coral ecosystems worldwide. Preserve together! [Stairway Games x Humble Games x Coral Guardian x You! ] Backer Updates Founder Statue Founders! Next month, July 2023, we'll be emailing you about customizing your founder statue. We can't wait to see what type of statue you make.
Name is credits
A friendly reminder to please complete your Kickstarter survey to secure your name in credits. The deadline for submission is July 10, 2023. If you have any questions, please email or reach out to our Community Managers on Discord. What's next Next month we'll do one more Merfolk reveal; take a sneak peek at the Merfolk Kingdom & storylines, more lab devices, and go over the excavation site! Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


31 Mar 2023

March 2023 Dev Update

Welcome to the March 2023 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more: This month's dev update is part 1 of our showcase of the upcoming Summer update. On this post, we'll highlight summer outfits, the Pet Day festival, fire gate mining, and more! We're planning to release the Summer Update sometime in May 2023. Summer Outfits Coral Island features seasonal outfits for most of our townies. We're excited to release the second set of seasonal clothing in this upcoming update: summer outfits! Here's a preview: [Oh yes he did!] Townies start the day wearing their seasonal outfits . We've captured some footage to show this in action! [Aaliyah in her summer outfit] [Scott got his glasses on!] [Yuri in Wabanana crop top] [Wakuu in his summer hair?] Pet Festival Another WIP festival will be accessible for the upcoming Summer Update: The Pet Day Festival. This festival occurs every Summer 00 and can be triggered in town. Don't miss it! [Pet day festival] Eventually, you'll be able to participate in four activities at the Pet Day festival: Rodeo, Cow Competition, Chicken Competition, and the main event, the Pet Race. The upcoming Summer update will include the rodeo, cow, and chicken competitions. Available activities [Rodeo. Stay on for as long as you can!] [Cow competition. Get moooving!] [Chicken competition. Reminds us of a time back in nature.] Future activities Starlet Town has an animal shelter housing over 20 adoptable pets . Once you've adopted a pet, you'll be able to participate in the pet race. Below is a tease at all of the adoptable pets, most of which are designs from our backers! [Best pets in the world!} Fire Gate Mining The last gate in Starlet Town will become available in the upcoming update. You'll find more gems and, most importantly, come across osmium ores in the fire gate. Have a look: [Osmium ores!] [Sorry Slime but farmer need ores.]
B.O.S Hideout New interior alert! In preparation for the revamped combat experience in the game, we've added a new location called the B.O.S hideout. This is where you'll need to go to progress in combat. [A great place to meet up with other B.O.S members.] New Customization More hairstyles, beards, hats and outdoor decor are coming in this update! Kickstarter Rewards We wouldn't be where we're at if it weren't for our backers . In the Summer Update, backers with tiers "Just the Game" and above will receive one code to redeem two exclusive outfits . One is Kickstarter Exclusive “Farmer Outfit” set, and the other is an additional free cosmetic called Pandabacker. Take a look at the reward below:
Fruit Plants & Ocean Critters
More fruit plants and ocean critters have been added to the game. You can purchase the new fruit plant at Sam's General Store and find the new critters while diving in the ocean. [Dragon fruit, Jack fruit, and Avocado fruit plants!] [New critters for you to catch and donate to the museum!] Insect & critter traps
As part of the catching mastery, you'll now unlock traps used to catch insects and critters. You can place these on the ground and in the ocean. There are 4 traps, 2 for insects and 2 for critters. Here's a look at traps in action: [Applying scents to traps will influence what you catch!] [Traps passively catch insects/critters when placed on ground or ocean beds.] Sprinkler III You'll be able to reach Mastery level 9 in the upcoming Summer Update. This means access to Sprinkler III. Compared to Sprinkler II, which has a coverage of 5x5 (24 tiles), Sprinkler III covers a 9x9 area (80 tiles). [Sprinkler coverage comparison.] Whats next Next month we'll go over part 2 of the Summer Update and showcase the following:

- New ranch animals - Scent mechanic - Ring mechanic - Combat beta overview - Fish pond & insect house - Sprinkler attachments (auto seed and auto fertilizer!) - Balancing & memory optimization - Errands Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


30 Nov 2022

November 2022 Dev Update

Welcome to the November 2022 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to purchase the game and find out more: This month we'll go over the upcoming Feedback Update. Many of your great suggestions have been applied to the game. Let's take a look at some highlighted additions and end with the full change list. Please note that the Feedback Update is currently in Beta. Join our Discord to learn more about it! We're hoping to release Feedback Update in the 2nd/3rd week of December. Highlighted Additions Check out some of the highlighted additions below! [some new hairstyles] [some new clothing] [physics added to player hair] [you can now see a birds-eye view of your farm] [open the festival pamphlet to see all the activities you can do] [scale hud, offering and donation icons added] Player Feedback & Suggestions Craft from anywhere. Stored resources are now accessible from anywhere when you craft. Hold the RMB over a tile to display more information about it, ie, the planted crop and the number of days left until harvest "Donated" icon so you can see if you've donated an item to the museum or not "Offering" icon added so you can see if an item can be offered to the Goddess Improved Interactions on farm buildings. It should now be easier to enter/leave farm buildings Added a button on the relationship tab where you can click to "find" where an NPC is currently on the map (currently not functioning on the controller) Added a comprehensive sorting feature inside the relationship tab. You can now sort by certain criteria such as, heart level, eligible partners, upcoming birthdays and more Waiting time for fish to bite has been reduced Added ability to resize mouse cursor size Added option to rescale HUD elements like Gameplay HUD and Hotbar. Added rope as a possible rare spawned item in the mines to make going through a little easier Reduced the price of moving buildings down from 2000c to 300c Simplified the flow of acquiring hay. Hay can now be acquired by destroying weeds and grass. For grass, the season that you destroy it will influence the chance of finding hay Made the mysterious letter date riddle more obvious Pressing the middle mouse button on a stack of items in a storage container will automatically move them to the next available spot inside the player inventory Improved sorting option inside chests Add a sort button for the backpack, press “x” on KB/M to sort by category Added option to display time in AM/PM. This is currently limited to the gameplay hud clock. Time in other areas of the game is still displayed in 24 hours Added option to zoom in the camera a bit more Buffed the price of crop slightly Rebalanced artisan goods processing time and increase the price of artisan goods Decorative calendars that are placed inside the house are now functional Hot pepper can now be placed into Mason Jars Option to match hair color and eyebrow color When customizing colors in character customizer, currently selected color will be used as the starting point inside the color wheel Added map markers in the game for festivals to help you find where they are located, currently limited to festivals Added hair physics to various player character hair styles Improve the behavior of spawned wildlife The 2 gift limit per week now excludes birthday gifts Nerfed how often legendary fish can be caught, ie Great White Shark Added storage component to dressers. You can now store clothes inside them and preview outfits. Currently only works on 1 dresser Tweaked the logic for grass spread, it will no longer destroy crops by creeping over a fence Added coffers and geodes as possible spawn chance when fishing in various areas Time now moves twice as slow when inside the Museum, so you can enjoy what you’ve collected without feeling rushed You can now place chests inside your home TV shows will disappear the day after you’ve viewed their content. Now you won’t mistakenly see the same show twice (unless there aren’t any new shows left) Increase chance for rock domino to occur Rebalance the requirements for explosive Removed the gap between coop/barn and fences. Animals will no longer slip through Improved the spawning logic for fish. There should now be more variety in terms of how they spawn Made Okra behave as it does in real life, now continues bearing crop after harvest Added text to make clear which quests are not completable and or are still a work in progress Nonfunctioning Festivals will no longer spawn. The player will also no longer receive mail about them Added option to remove the “low stamina” screen effect inside the in-game settings. Reduced the chance for crops to get destroyed during stormy weather. New Features Museum donation UI Lab fossil process UI Festival pamphlet UI (open to see where the main event and minigames are located) Soft bristle brush now allows fossils and torn pages to drop Library book UI Damaged books now spawn and can be accessed in the library Museum reward mechanics added Festival rewards were added for various minigames Added 4 fruit plants into the game: rambutan, banana, avocado, and dragon fruit Added option to view farm from bird's eye view, press P inside the farm area to enter/exit this mode. Toggle the UI by pressing T Added ability to delete save (USE WITH CAUTION) Cows/sheep will now display all possible interaction options for that day, ie heart and milk icons will show when the animal can be petted and milked/sheared Improvements/bug fixes Updated all tool models. They appear like the icons and will reflect the current quality Add quality stars to upgraded Produce from the lab, ie, seedbags and seedlings Improved tools use animation. Previously tools disappeared too soon on use Various typos and grammar have been fixed Time no longer runs when filling out the feedback form Ore veins in watergate now drop silver ore Increased the time it takes for baby animals to become adults Fixed various clothing-related bugs like the incorrect skin color carrying over after shopping Simplified shopping for cooking utensils. All utensils are now always available at socket & pan. The featured utensil on the TV show is discounted for the week Enabled option to donate to Cherry Blossom Potluck Increase the price of various clothing and furniture Secret forest shop items and clothing are now functional Fish bait is now craftable and functional Updated various UI button prompts for better readability Fixed overly dark shadows on farm animals Improved layout of various UI and added cool transition animation Pressing E and Space during dialogue will now fast forward dialogue Improve the reward you get for donating 50 items to the Museum as part of the [REDACTED] questline Added confirmation prompt when leaving mines/diving through the rope and anchor Added fast travel to hotspring Controller Support The game will now detect if the player is plugging a controller and will automatically switch all button prompts into controller mode when the player starts using the controller. Option screen will now display 2 new tabs, and the player will now be able to review all the action list with its input. (Rebinding input will be supported in the next update) Hairstyle, Clothing & Decor Hairstyle : 20 Clothing : 61 Outdoor Decor : 17 Indoor Decor : 24 Thanks for reading, Stairway Team


31 Mei 2022

May 2022 Dev Update

Welcome to the May 2022 Coral Island development update! Please check out our Steam page to wishlist the game and find out more: This month, we tease the diving revamp, look at the furniture store, and showcase some updated NPC models! Alpha v0.09 will launch on July 11 @ 11:59PM PDT. Revamped diving tease Diving is going through a major rework. Unfortunately, we're still finalizing things, so we can only share what's confirmed to stay today. We're adding a bunch of underwater sea-creature NPCs you'll come across when diving. You'll need to bribe some of these NPCs, like Grantle below, to gain access to more diving areas. Grantle is part of a squad of turtles that roam the 10m depths of the ocean. Check out Grantle's portrait! [Meet Grantle! a.k.a Grandpa Turtle] The diving maps are being combined to make one, big sprawling open world. We've added a pressure meter to help communicate the sense of diving deeper into the ocean. You'll need to upgrade your suit to reach deeper diving depths. [As you go deeper into the ocean, the pressure will increase] Furniture store part 1 This month, we're revealing both the exterior and interior of the furniture store! There are two ways to purchase items: the catalog and direct display purchase. The catalog allows you to access all items the store has unlocked. Items purchased from here will be delivered the following day.
[Dinda and Joko own the furniture store in town] With direct display purchase, you'll be able to snag any of the 7 display items at a small discount. Don't dilly dally though, because display items are cycled every week. [Dinda and Joko's relatives help run the furniture store] Updated NPC models Check out the upgraded models for Ben, Eva and Charles! [Ben lives in a van somewhere in the forest and is dateable.] [Eva is the town's baker, loves good red velvet cakes and is dateable] [Charles is one of the doctors in Starlet Town. He is dateable, and enjoys burrito.] [who doesn't love a good t-pose] Bonus: updated Peanut model [just a cat being a cat] Bug of the month [wheeeeeeeee] What's next? Next month, we'll provide updates on the following:

- Revamped diving overview - Furniture store UI - Combat mastery
- Updated interiors & exteriors
- Updated NPC models Thanks for reading, Stairway Team

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