What Does Alpha Mean?

Right now Stonehearth is in the “Alpha” stage. This means that the game isn’t even done yet. We’re actively adding new features month by month. Different development teams use the terms “Alpha” and “Beta” in different ways. Here’s what they mean for Stonehearth

  • Alpha. The team is adding major features to the game, like new gameplay systems, new classes, and new monsters. The game is playable, but pretty buggy. Save games will probably not work from release to release. Stonehearth is in this phase now.
  • Beta. All the major features of the game are finished! At this point bug fixing begins in earnest. During the beta phase, the game will get more and more bug free. Save games will work across releases.
  • 1.0 Release. The game is basically finished. It’s as bug free as we can make it, and plays great.

Stonehearth Release Process

Here’s a brief overview into how we go about developing Stonehearth. On the dev blog you’ll see us refer to terms like “branches” and “release candidates.” This page explains all that, briefly, I promise.



Each new Alpha release goes through the following cycle, which we repeat every 4 – 8 weeks.

  1. Work on features, adding new features to the game or improving existing features. New classes, better AI, new gameplay systems, etc.
  2. Release a buggy version of the game to the “Latest” branch. This is your chance to kick the tires on the new features and give early feedback.
  3. Fix lots of bugs. Inevitably, writing new code brings its share of bugs. We fix all the big scary bugs that we find and update the Latest branch with those fixes.
  4. Release a new Alpha! Once we’re happy with the quality of the Latest branch, we officially update the game for everyone. We’re still Alpha, so don’t expect things to be 100% bug free, but you can generally play and enjoy the game at this point.

About the “Latest” Branch

If you’ve installed Stonehearth in Steam, you have access to the Latest branch. This is a separate version of the game that we use to test out new brand new features. Generally we update the Latest branch every few days in the weeks before a new Alpha release.

Consider Using the Latest Branch When…

  • You want a sneak peak at the brand new changes coming in the next Alpha
  • You want to help us out by testing and giving bug reports before the next Alpha
  • You don’t mind big, scary, game-breaking bugs.

How to Switch Between Branches

The Latest branch is available if you’ve installed the game through Steam. Here’s how to switch between the Latest branch and the regular version of the game.

  1. Go to your Steam Library and right click on Stonehearth
  2. Select “Properties” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Hop on over to the “Betas” tab
  4. In the “Select the beta you would like to opt into:” dropdown, choose:
    • latest – The latest branch
    • NONE – The regular version of the game.






  • Zelwak


    I just discovered the new design of your site and I find it very good! 🙂

    I have a question: Have you thought to translations of the site, into French for example? I thinks that it can help new players who discover the game but who don’t speak English. If you have this project, we would be happy to help you. 😉

    Zelwak, moderator of the French Community ( )

  • Preston

    HI once the 1.0 release of the finished game comes out will there continue to be more features added to the game, or will it be done for good there?

    • Silas_1

      I know for sure the developers have said that the playable Dwarf faction will be added after 1.0 release. So there is at the very least going to be that.

    • Thomas Wood

      Tom said in a stream that he would love for Stonehearth to be that kind of a game and that’s what they’re planning to do.

  • Ashkan Parhizkary

    Hello Dear Stonehearth-Team,

    this game is absoulty amazing 😀 and I want to tell you its a great game.
    So I have two suggestions: 1st. Pls translate this in German, an your website 😉 you can’t believe it, your game is popping in every fancommunity, congratulations.
    2nd.: Pls fix this bugs, when I played the game, its rlly buggy, my little hearthlings, move very buggy not everytime, but almost every 5 minute. the soldiers taking for a assault-order, extremly long, like the stand (idle) so 10 min to 20 min. and then MAYBE they are assaulting -.- some of the villager, if I order to loot, then they do nothing, standing everywhere or still are building something or mining, the best part is, when they loot, they dont come back to the village …
    You dont know how I am feeling if the stupid villagers doesnt come back and some goblins or monsters, kill my villagers for nothing.
    SO pls pls pls fix this and I will get very happy when this game will be released.

    I am sorry for my not so bad English, but I hope you understand what I want to tell you.


  • Sina Gündoğdu

    Hi ı want to this game just like age of empires controls ,so when we click the hearthlinks we can move another location easly or mine, chop, gether and other things. Sory for writhing ı am Turkish.