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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

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