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Return of Them is a free Don't Starve Together expansion. It is to be distributed as an "Update Chain", meant to add game changing features in the same vein as A New Reign. Similar to its predecessor, Return of Them started as a beta.

The first update, Turn of Tides, began its beta phase on May 16, 2019.[1] It will be fully released at a later date.[2]

Official Description

Charlie’s machinations have come to a head as she turns her attention towards the skies - and the mysterious entity that awaits there. Our Survivors will be forced to contend with terrifying monstrosities beyond their comprehension, and yet, there may be a silver lining: their minds and horizons will be expanded under the sublime light of an ancient moon.

Features

Gramophone The following information was gathered during the Beta phase for Return of Them, therefore details might be inaccurate or not entirely up to date.

In Return of Them, the Ocean was completely reworked to create a new area accessible by multiplayer boats. The other features of this expansion include:

World

Mechanics

Mobs

Plants

Items/Structures

Tweaks/Changes to existing content

  • The Potter's Wheel now also accepts Moon Shards as sculpting blocks, allowing all Sculptures to be made with this material.

Version History

Turn of Tides

June 18, 2019

Rev. 344479

Fixes

  • Boats should no longer be deployable in the void.
  • Walking around the boat using a controller and having an oar equipped should no longer sometimes show the word “boat” instead of “row”.
  • Fixed some bugs when using a controller to row.
  • Attempting to deploy items such as a mast or anchor should no longer fail when doing so on a moving boat.
  • Masts can no longer be placed so close together.
  • Masts are slightly faster.
  • New embark sounds.
  • New mast deploy sound.
  • New steering wheel sound.
  • New sounds for mutated hounds, carrats, and saladmanders.
  • Fixed incorrect string when launching boat using a controller.
  • Boats can no longer be deployed on top of floating items.
  • Player should no longer get interrupted when beginning to jump or landing on a boat.
  • Player should now animate when steering using a controller.
  • Boats can now be placed using a controller.
  • Player should no longer walk away from the steering wheel when clicking on an unlit area.
  • Spiders should now spawn from spider dens when placed on a boat.
  • Fire effect when steering wheel is burning should no longer be layered behind the player.
  • Fixed missing Driftwood Oar description.
  • Wardrobe now uses the same layout as found in the Item Collection and Lobby screens for skin selection.
  • Fixed a crash related to shadow hands
  • Wormwood's craftable items now have floating visual effects
  • Winona's Generator/G.E.M.erator can now only power devices on the same platform as them
  • Projectile attacks in the caves should no longer get stuck on edges
  • Oars now burn, and can be used as fuel
  • Wormwood should now properly be affected by lune trees, driftwood trees, and rock fruit bushes
  • Bunnymen, Pigs, and Guardian Pigs can now hop onto boats
  • Werebeaver can now use planks to abandon ship. There is currently a missing animation on clients that we are investigating.

June 10, 2019

Rev. 342138

  • Fixed players occasionally falling into the ocean while walking on land
  • Telelocator Staff no longer randomly targets the small islands off the coast of the Luna Island
  • Players no longer drown while out of bounds (in the void). This is for mod support.
  • Suspicious Marbles will now only spawn on the mainland (new worlds only)
  • Fixed a crash on shutdown
  • Abigail's flower should no longer randomly get wet or float on the ground
  • Improved shadow hand behaviour for fires on moving boats
  • Fixed rendering of Enlightenment fx on old video cards.
  • Rendering optimizations
  • Updated world generation animation
  • Added strings for Wormood inspecting the Mothling
  • Fixed inventory icon for Bull Kelp Stalk

June 7, 2019

Rev. 341693

  • Wormwood is now available in the beta
  • Players can no longer board boats while mounted or heavy lifting
  • Telelocator Focus can no longer be built on boats
  • Tweaked Seafaring recipes
  • Fixed players getting stuck while entering or exiting boats as they break apart
  • Fixed crash when multiple players try to use the walking plank at the same time
  • Lune Tree Blossoms can now be haunted
  • Fixed extra Big Tentacles from spawning in and around the Atrium area (newly generated worlds only)
  • New Driftwood Oar
  • Followers no longer abandon the player when their follower items are picked up on boats
  • More lunacy effect optimization to fix issues with it running on low end hardware.

June 4, 2019

Rev. 340271

Fixes

  • Fixed turning invisible while riding a Beefalo and hopping on/off a boat
  • Fixed drowning while mounted or holding heavy objects
  • Fixed world gen crash with certain presets
  • Hounds no longer spawn outside the bounds of the world
  • Fixed crash caused by Bat Bat Infinite mod when opening Ornate Chests
  • Moonrock Pengulls are no longer considered innocent creatures
  • When a boat sinks, structures on it will now break accordingly
  • The player should no longer randomly walk away from the steering wheel when setting a new heading.
  • The player should no longer get stuck on the steering wheel when the boat is moving at faster speeds.
  • Slightly increased the pickup range of objects lying on the water.
  • Fixed boat health HUD indicator not being removed after dying on a boat.
  • Bee boxes now work on boats.
  • Burning a bee box no longer freezes the game.
  • Added burnt art for the Mast, Steering Wheel and Anchor

May 29, 2019

Rev. 338219

  • Fixed Caves world gen layout and cave Stairs (requires a new world)
  • Fixed /rescue in caves
  • Items going out of world in caves should behave as normal
  • Steering Wheels on boats can now be hammered and burned.
  • Creatures should no longer try to eat or pick up items in the ocean
  • Flying creatures and hounds are no longer killed by sinking boats
  • Fixed a bug where certain items lost their skins while floating
  • Changed draw order for Wooden, Checkered, Scaled, and Carpeted Flooring
  • Further optimized lunacy overlay effect.
  • Fixed missing Werebeaver boat hop and sink animations.
  • Fires that spawn on boat should no longer prevent things to be built around them if extinguished.

May 27, 2019

Rev. 337422

  • Masts can now be hammered down and deconstructed
  • Masts that are destroyed or burned down stop affecting their associated boat
  • Birds in bird cages no longer disappear when reloading the world
  • New art for leaks repaired with Trusty Tape
  • Stone Fruit don't give more loot than their stack size anymore
  • Stone fruit bushes no longer grow after being withered from picking them
  • Unopened stone fruit and ripe stone fruit are now mole bait
  • Fixed a starfish trap duplication bug
  • Fixed a bath bomb duplication bug
  • Moon trees now remain on fire when they grow
  • Hot springs now glassify immediately during a full moon
  • Star and Moon Caller's Staffs can now target locations over the water
  • Fixed loss of stack when auto-equipping Bull Kelp Stock
  • Fixed Antlion causing craters on boats
  • You can now use 'wasd' to steer a boat when connected as a client.
  • You can now bundle items on a boat.
  • Buildings are a lot less likely to fall off a boat.
  • Fixed another rendering issue with objects outside the world bounds.
  • Oar takes a larger durability hit when rowing incorrectly.
  • Optimized haunt shader so that it should once again run on pixel shader 2.0 hardware.
  • Further optimized lunacy/post processing shaders.
  • Boat fragments are now wet

May 22, 2019

Rev. 336171

  • Fixed Set Pieces overlapping the water (requires regenerating your world)
  • Wormholes should no longer spawn too close to the water
  • Lazy Explorer/Wortox teleports now work on boats.
  • Fixed crash when Tallbird Eggs hatch
  • Fixed a bug where players would not drop all their items when they died on a boat.
  • Fixed resurrecting a player if they died on a boat when their inventory was full.
  • Hound waves now spawn at sea
  • Oars are now a weapon
  • Oars will auto-equip a new one when broken
  • Woodie will no longer be stuck when turning into a beaver while using the steering wheel.
  • Fixed Moon Glass Axe durability when fighting shadows
  • Red Fungal, Green Fungal, Deciduous, and Desert turfs have their inventory images back
  • Fixed placer art for Sprouting Stone Fruit and Stone Fruit Bush
  • Hounds are now wet while swimming
  • Fixed hound art while asleep in the water
  • Moved some of the tuning values for boats to Tuning.lua to make them easier to mod.
  • Fixed a rendering issue causing some mods, such as Basements, to not render properly.
  • Equipment that reduce wetness now work on failed rowing attempts.

May 21, 2019

Rev. 335754

  • Fixed boat health icon getting stuck open when jumping on and off a boat quickly
  • Fixed crash when mods change the camera zoom limits
  • Fixed crash when a steering wheel is removed while in use
  • Fixed a crash when tall bird eggs try to hatch
  • Fixed clients not being able to repair the boat.
  • Fixed replanted/fertilized rock fruit bushes not growing or being affected by Applied Horticulture
  • Fixed spoilage rate for Rock Fruit and tweaked loot chances
  • Fixed Seawreath disappearing when dropped
  • Houndius Shootius now renders correctly on boats
  • Fixed Ocuvigil build on boats
  • Fixed anchor and steering not saving/loading properly.
  • Further optimized lunacy effect.
  • Optimized ground/ocean shaders.
  • Fixed not being able to place walls on the boat.
  • Fixed tooth traps not being resettable
  • Fixed Lucy possessing the Moon Glass Axe
  • Fixed Werebeaver gnawing Rock Fruit

May 17, 2019

Rev. 335371

  • Objects built on the edge of the boat should no longer get built on the water.
  • Fixed equipped items not showing up
  • Fixed boats getting stuck when the anchor is burnt
  • Fixed crash when near Saladmanders with the ice hat on
  • Fixed crash when the deerclops leaves
  • Optimized lunacy overlay effect.
  • Fixed missing beach turf inventory image
  • Fixed crash when debug spawning wave effects in the caves

For Modders:

  • Added mod release id “R08_ROT_TURNOFTIDES” to modders

May 16, 2019

Rev. 335011

  • Fixed a crash when on or jumping onto a sinking boat
  • Fixed a crash when hamming a Partially Assembled Altar
  • Fixed overlap of beaverness and boat health hud meters
  • Fixed chatter text when mining the Inviting Formations
  • Fixed the Horror Hound spawning anim
  • Changed oar inventory art

Rev. 334844

  • Fixed crash that would occur when disabling lag compensation and using an oar.
  • Fixed occasional crash when jumping onto a boat
  • Fixed occasional when walking away from Gestalts
  • Fixed Horror Hound spawning
  • New art for the Seafaring crafting tab

Rev. 334676

  • Added a new seafaring craft menu, accessible after building the Think Tank crafting station.
  • Added a new multiplayer-centric boat mechanic, where players can build and deck out a boat for multiple survivors to travel together on
  • Added a new island to explore

References

  1. Upcoming Content Beta and Roadmap Update Posted on May 16, 2019.
  2. Return of Them Status Update Posted June 14, 2019.
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