Frostpunk fans have been asking for an endless mode ever since the game was released and it seems like it took 11 bit studios a bit long, but then again, maybe they didn't plan on the game bursting in popularity like it did. It is now here.
Endless mode was originally called Endurance in 11 bit studios' plans, but they had to rename it later on when they decided they would up the ante with the update. Fans initially simply asked for an Endless mode, but the developers gave them exactly that, but with two difficulty options that no one really saw coming.
First one is Serenity, which is kind of the easy mode. Resources will be plentiful and weather will not be too harsh, at least in Frostpunk's standards. In this mode, the players can focus on growing their city as much as they would like and explore to the maximum.
Endurance is the other difficulty setting, which will be there to present more of a challenge to those who like to earn their merits, or those who enjoy being tortured by a game. On top of the weather being harsh and resources scarce, there will be randomised effects every few days, like automatons breaking down for example.
Three new maps will be added with this update, and players will be able to choose from them at the beginning of a playthrough. Each of them apparently has different layouts and other conditions, which should add to Frostpunk's replayability.
To maximise the randomness of the frostland and add another layer to replay value, as well as to give players an incentive to play for longer, there will be snowstorms that will wipe the slate clean in frostland. After the snowstorm, players will be able to uncover new events that weren't before.
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A new mechanic, called the archives, will be present in Endless mode, and it will be triggered once players find a memento. Building the archives will allow players to store more mementos in the building and learn more about the world of Frostpunk. You can see the full update details on Frospunk's Steam community page.