Manufacturing facility-building game Factorio has offered 3.5 million copies, reviews developer Wube Software program in its year-end update. It is an unimaginable validation of success for a game that may politely be described as of area of interest curiosity to mainstream gaming.

“This yr we’ve reached one other gross sales milestone, with 3.5 million gross sales being handed this Christmas. We’re nonetheless having regular and constant gross sales of about 500,000 annually, which looking back validates the unique no-sale coverage we’ve caught with since we launched on Steam in 2016,” stated Wube in a weblog submit.

The identical submit contains an growth teaser picture, a couple of small improvement updates, and a statistics recap on Wube’s mod portal function. Wube Software program additionally introduced that it is nonetheless arduous at work porting the game’s new console controls to the PC model for each folks on full-size rigs and on cellular PCs just like the Steam Deck. 

Alongside the announcement, Wube Software program additionally posted a scant teaser for the Factorio Growth. A “Christmas postcard” made by the studio contains “a sneak peek of some new merchandise icons.” What’s the brand new stuff? No positive factor in a game that features applied sciences as numerous as wood-burning steam engines, petroleum chemical refining, and nuclear fission, however I am going to speculate anyway.

Dealing with scorching, liquid metals is not a factor in Factorio, however that crimson icon appears so much like a blast furnace of some type, and it is actively pouring red-hot liquid. Alongside that could be a sealed chamber that is perhaps used for vaccum processes, and a spherical meeting in a bigger machine crackling with electrical energy that to me bears greater than a passing resemblance to theorized Fusion reactor containment.

After the final teaser, quite a lot of followers have speculated that the creature proven should be aquatic not directly, and so the growth should contain exploring (and exploiting) the seas of Factorio’s planet.

When you’re a hardcore Factorio-head, or a game modding fanatic, go try the complete submit for a take a look at the statistics, together with the fairly stunning revelation that greater than 25% of Factorio mods have 2,000 or extra downloads.