Deadnaut is now available!

Good news! The full version of Deadnaut, the second game from Screwfly Studios, is now available for purchase directly from us.

If you buy it direct, you’ll get a DRM-free download and we’ll also send you a Steam key when we launch there.

The game is currently available for Windows and Mac OS X users; purchasing the game gives you access to both versions.

If you have any suggestions, bug reports or would simply like to share your experiences, please visit our official forums. Otherwise, good luck exploring… and surviving!

Announcing Deadnaut, a new Screwfly game of tactical sci-fi horror


Hey everyone! We’ve just announced our next game, Deadnaut! Due out in October for Windows, Mac and Linux, Deadnaut is a game set in a future where humanity finally makes it to the stars, only to discover it’s the only civilisation left. Everyone else was wiped out long ago and it’s up to you and your team of five guns-for-hire to figure out what happened.

Along with a refined and improved relationship system, like that seen in Zafehouse, Deadnaut introduces the concept of stability, where the mental state of your characters requires monitoring as they delve into increasingly more terrifying and disturbing mysteries. If a character doesn’t like confined spaces, they’ll react negatively if left in a small corridor, while someone unsettled by death will have a hard time moving through a derelict starship full of corpses.

For each mystery, you’ll need to explore the husks of long-dead shuttles, freighters and other craft, reading procedurally-generated crew logs, fighting (or hiding) from aggressive aliens — mutants, experiments-gone-wrong and even Lovecraft-inspired horrors — and hacking consoles while evading Watchers, the emotionless AIs that protect most ships.

Of course, you’ll be able to create your own Deadnauts, importing pictures of friends, crafting their back-stories and defining their relationships with other crew members. If you just want to jump in and play, the game will generate a batch of capable, yet challenging miscreants for you to deal with.

If you’d like to see more screenshots, be sure to head over to the teaser site and if you have any questions or comments, hit up the Deadnaut section on our forums. For news and updates, follow us on Twitter!

Zafehouse: Diaries v1.1.8 released!

Patch v1.1.8 for Zafehouse: Diaries is now available. This patch improves a number of areas of the game and adds a solid dose of content, including a new dilemma, Overwhelmed, and showering, an idle task.

The custom occupation editor has been expanded on, making it more flexible than ever and we’ve even implemented weather effects to keep things interesting.

The Overwhelmed dilemma has a chance to occur when your group faces staggering odds after breaching a location. You’ll be able to retreat to, hopefully, a safe location or, if you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at more heroic options.

Getting around during a zombie apocalypse is not the cleanest affair, so your survivors will accumulate grime and if left idle, will now occasionally wash themselves. Doing so will provide them with a small morale boost.

We felt the towns of Zafehouse: Diaries were drier than they should be, so now it’ll occasionally rain and storm. As you’d expect, noise doesn’t travel as far under these conditions, so be sure to take advantage of the weather when you can!

Several dilemmas, including the Lynch Mob, Moby Dick and the Girl Scout Family, now feature an assessment of your survivors’ chances if you decide to fight. As a result, it should be easier to make more informed, strategic decisions regarding these encounters.

Finally, for users with high-resolution displays, a scaling option is now included so that game takes up most the screen. It is currently experimental, so if it doesn’t work as expected, let us know so we can tweak it!

The update includes several other tweaks, fixes and improvements, all of which are mentioned in the patch notes on our forums.

Direct purchasers and GamersGate customers, the patch can be downloaded from our support page. For Desura and GOG users, please use the facilities provided by these services to update the game. Note that updates from these distributors may be delayed while the patch is approved.

Zafehouse: Diaries v1.1.7 now available!

We’re happy to announce the release of patch v1.1.7 for Zafehouse: Diaries. With this patch, we’ve taken the opportunity to update a number of images, including all of the in-built survivor portraits and several dilemmas, with high-quality replacements. We’ve also added 16 completely new images for in-game items, which will appear as photos in the diary when you discover them for the first time.

On the gameplay side, v1.1.7 features a new dilemma, called “The Believers”, as well as the Priest occupation to accompany it. A new ranged weapon and ammunition type has been added — the crossbow and quarrels respectively. While the crossbow has a slow rate of fire, it makes up for it by being extreme powerful and very quiet. There’s also the possibility of retrieving fired quarrels when cleaning corpses after a fight, making it more economical than the bullet-based ranged weapons.

Barricading has been reworked significantly. Secured and fortified locations will now impart meaty bonuses to spotting and resilience; noise levels inside will be reduced and survivors will sometimes automatically attack zombies through barricades. Barricades now also last longer against zombie attacks.

We’ve also made a thrilling change to the Infection dilemma. Along with the usual “Let them live” and “Kill” options, there will sometimes be a third option with the potential to save the survivor and rid them of the infection. The price, however, may be too great…

These are the biggest changes in v1.1.7, but we’ve added a bunch of visual tweaks, balance changes and bug fixes we’re sure you’ll appreciate, so check out the full patch notes on the forums.

Direct purchasers and GamersGate customers, the patch can be downloaded from our support page. For Desura users, please use the Desura client to update the game.

Zafehouse: Diaries v1.1.6 – Play Road Kill, an all-new game mode

It’s patch time again folks, and v1.1.6 is a beauty!

The most exciting addition is an entirely new game mode, called “Road Kill”. Search the town and scavenge for parts for a broken-down vehicle. Your survivors will then have to fix the vehicle before they can drive themselves to safety. To support this new mode, we’ve not only added new content, but modified existing dilemmas and events to reflect the altered objective.

The best thing about Road Kill is that rescue is now entirely in your hands — the game won’t end unless you drive out… or die. Even if you do make it out alive, relationships and the supplies you’ve gathered play an important role in just how well you do. How these affect the end result, well, you’ll have to play and find out!

Road Kill represents the largest addition to the game since its release; it really changes the way you approach the game. You’ll have to re-examine those rock-solid strategies that served you well in Classic mode and try different tactics if you want to succeed.

For players who like to share their games, you can now enable sharing functionality via the options menu. When active, hovering over diary entries will show a “copy to clipboard” button. This should make it easier to quickly paste text into forum posts or documents. We hope to expand this feature in the future to support popular social media sites.

As usual, a complete list of fixes, changes and improvements can be found on the forums.

Direct purchasers and GamersGate customers, the patch can be downloaded from our support page. For Desura users, please use the Desura client to update the game.

Zafehouse: Diaries site is live

We’re getting close now. The site is now live and we’ll be adding more info, screenshots and other media over the next few weeks.

Note that the game is in heavy development and the game’s features and design are not yet final.

Head on over to sign up for updates, follow us on Twitter or just drop by the forums and say hi.