Developer Redbeet Interactive reinstated offline play as of hotfix 1.03 on June 22. “In version 1.0,” the developers explain(opens in new tab), “we blocked players who were not connected to an internet connection from playing. This was due to certain technical issues that appeared when people were playing offline.”
Raft, a survival game, has brought back its offline option in response to community complaints, although the developers caution that it may be unreliable. Raft received its 1.0 update on June 20 after spending years in Steam Early Access. The game shot to the top of the Steam charts and has since remained one of the most popular titles there. Although the game’s online co-op option is one of its standout features, some players were upset to see that offline play had been covertly deleted in the finished product.
The devs do not explain exactly what those technical issues are, or if they’ll be fixed in future updates. While you can once again enable offline mode, you will get a warning message “letting you know that some features might not work as expected, and bugs may occur, but it gives you the option to keep playing, instead of blocking you completely.”
Even when playing in online mode, Raft allows you to play solo. But if you want to completely ditch the internet, you’re likely to run into some issues. In addition to (temporarily) removing offline mode, Raft’s 1.0 update introduced The Final Chapter, completing the story and introducing a host of new features. Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He’s been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.