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Early Access FAQ & Roadmap

Updated: Oct 7, 2022

A final update before we launch Coral Island into Early Access!

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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:


PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD FX-8350


GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740, 2 GB or AMD Radeon R7 250, 2 GB

DETAILS: Low 720p @ 30 FPS

Recommended Specifications:


PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600


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

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