Content Type: Gaming News
Date: March 11, 2022
It seems that eager prospectors of Icarus tend to set things aflame all too easily… it was about time someone thought about installing an emergency sprinkler system! That’s right, fellow players — water piping is coming to ICARUS, and with it a whole new way of growing crops in the game!
And really, this time around Farming is getting quite a bit of love from the developers: from automatic watering, to using fertilizer, to new Farming talents, to the updated spoiling mechanic, and to the updated crop plot UI to reflect all of the new features. Oh, and have we mentioned the new mission — Agriculture: Hydroponics — that will test your knowledge of all this new cool farming tech? (Hint: prepare to build a proper greenhouse, piped and wired!)
New Crop Plots and Water Piping
Our good old pal Crop Plot is getting some upgrades — in addition to the wood variant we will now have the Iron Crop Plot, and the Hydroponic Crop Plot. The two new crop plots will come with automation built into them: both will have the option to be connected to the water piping, which will improve growth rates and overall efficiency of farming projects. The Hydroponic Crop Plot in particular will also be able to take power input to generate the greenhouse buff, making it an excellent standalone choice for growing.
The Crop Plot UI will now show the connection status and other modifiers to incorporate the new content.
Water piping comes with a nice bonus feature: it can serve as an emergency sprinkler system! I don’t know about you, but I keep setting my buildings on fire in all the dumbest creative ways (combined with the mighty power of the thunderstorms), and I am very much ready to use my Fire Whacker panic slot for something else.
New Talents and New Farming Mission
One consideration for ICARUS’s Farming Talents so far has been their steep cost, with most of it the points needed to be spent in non-Farming talents under the Cook/Farm category. That will no longer be the case: Farming is becoming its own dedicated specialization, with five new talents added to the two we had in the past!
Here is the quick list from the patch notes:
- All-Nighter – Crafted crops in crop plots grow faster at night
- Neat and Tidy – Crafted Crop Plots use less fertilizer
- Speed-Gro – Crafted Crop Plots grow crops faster
- Bumper Crop – Crafted Crop Plots yield more crops
- Sturdy Stalks – Crafted Crops Plots crops spoil slower when harvested
Of course, you do not need these talents to use Crop Plots, but after this update Farming in ICARUS will become a very powerful tool that can quadruple the yields we have seen with the regular plots, meaning that it can definitely affect the default strategy for providing food for solo and co-op players in the game.
Speaking of which — you can get a chance to test both the water piping and the new powered features of the Farming system by taking on the new Agriculture: Hydroponics mission! This one will comes with the massive order for freshly grown crops sets a new bar on the farming system — to handle the challenge, you will probably need to outfit a proper greenhouse, which will require some gearing up! (Or, perhaps you have already decided to invest some Talent points into Farming?)