grim dawn

Official Site: Grim Dawn
Studio: Crate Entertainment
Launch Date: February 2016
Genre: Multiplayer ARPG
Business Model: B2P
Platform: PC

Make My MMO: The Repopulation's new owner, Shards Online's alpha (January 14, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Above & Beyond announced that Hero Engine company Idea Fabrik has acquired all rights to its indie sci-fi sandbox MMORPG The Repopulation and will be relaunching the game -- in the Hero Engine -- with a new content patch sometime in Q1 2017. The game had originally raised $230,000 in Kickstarter funds in 2012 and 2014 and made it to early access in 2014, only to become entangled in a financial drama with Idea Fabrik over a year ago, which kept the game offline for a year while A&B built Fragmented with the goal of porting Repop to Unreal. The port will no longer be happening, but A&B is still working on Fragmented's console version. Definitely check out our whole article on what's up -- we've got an exclusive interview with A&B there as well.

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Grim Dawn recaps 2016, plans first expansion by summer 2017

Grim Dawn's latest "Grim Misadventures" featurette is a recap of its progress through 2016 in the leadup to its first birthday coming up in February. Crate put out seven content updates last year -- which even I'd forgotten about -- counting up survival mode, extensive modding tools, the Hidden Path storyline, the Crucible DLC, new legendary gear, the Fall of Valbury roguelike dungeon, supporter upgrades, and tech improvements.

2017 already looks promising for the ARPG, as its first formal expansion is on the way.

"Grim Dawn’s first expansion is sure to be a treat. Along with a new chapter of the story, an increased level cap and two new masteries come new Devotion constellations to unveil with an increased Devotion cap, several new features, hundreds of new unique items and monster infrequents [as well as] new dungeons and environments to explore, and dangerous new foes and bosses to conquer."

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Make My MMO: Shards Online's January alpha, Star Citizen's Star Marine (December 24, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Shards Online announced it'll kick off its alpha early in the new year, on January 13th. "Based on the feedback we've received from our current playerbase, there are a few things that need to happen before we can consider ourselves ready for Steam," says Citadel's Derek Brinkmann -- and those include a bigger world map, tamed mounts, the archery skill, modding, and dev tools.

And last night, Star Citizen dropped 2.6 Star Marine for backers, along with the surprise announcement that it's been using Amazon Lumberyard for over a year now.

Meanwhile,

  • Former City of Heroes community member Je Saist has set up a GoFundMe to help him pay off medical bills accruing as a result of his early onset glaucoma diagnosis.
  • John Smedley told Redditors that "money is tight" for Hero's Song.
  • Project Gorgon pulled in over $17,000 from its Indiegogo campaign.
  • Grim Dawn rolled out its 1.0.0.7 patch, which includes a massive outdoor "Aetherial roguelike" dungeon.
  • Elite: Dangerous raised £46,813 during its recent charity livestream.
  • Descent: Underground announced its Avalanche update and GOG launch.
  • Wild Terra updated with its Christmas event this very weekend.

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Make My MMO: Ashes of Creation aims for Kickstarter, Elite Dangeous aims for PS4 (December 10, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news -- or future crowdfunding news, as the case may be -- we learned all about Ashes of Creation, a new sandbox MMORPG being built by a group partly made up of ex-SOE/Daybreak designers. A future Kickstarter is just one of their plans!

Meanwhile, winter is coming to AdventureQuest 3D, 1000 guilds have already formed for Dual Universe, Elite Dangerous announced plans to launch on the PS4, Ever Jane introduced house ownership, and Camelot Unchained explained how it plans to integrate with Discord.

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Make My MMO: Crowfall's big world playtest, Star Citizen's alpha 2.6 (December 3, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, ArtCraft says over 9000 gamers have been invited to try to break the three alpha servers active during Crowfall's "Big World" playtest. "We’ve shifted our development approach to be more like a live MMO," says Creative Director and Co-Founder J. Todd Coleman. Still on the way "soon" are the new crafting skill trees, unique world maps, the necromancy system that serves as the foundation for avatar swapping, and the protype for the Eternal Kingdoms. The company also crossed the minimum threshold for its Indiegogo-based equity crowdfunding effort, though it has been thus far unwilling to answer questions about its now-public finances.

Meanwhile, Pantheon is plotting a stream on December 9th, Ship of Heroes became the fourth City of Heroes spiritual successor (and has crowdfunding on the way), Star Citizen began testing alpha 26, Richard Garriott donated an in-game skull to a tavern in Shroud of the Avatar, and The Exiled kicked off its closed alpha (for which we still have keys!).

Finally, we sat down with Project Gorgon's Eric Heimburg to chat about the state of the game and its graphics plans for 2017.

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding over the last couple of weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Make My MMO: Dual Universe funds, Hero's Song doesn't, and CitizenCon begins (October 8, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Star Citizen has begun its pre-CitizenCon festivities with multi-hour streaming yesterday and today, culminating in a grand presentation by CIG's Chris Roberts tomorrow. The sale of the Polaris concept ship during the hoopla raised a million and a half bucks in less than a day, marking the second biggest crowdfunding day in the game's history.

We also have two big crowdfunding campaigns winding down this weekend. Hero's Song, the John Smedley-backed pixel sandbox, failed to make its $200,000 Indiegogo goal, but it did pull in $94,000, which the studio gets to keep. "While it's short of what we were looking for, it's helping us immensely," Smed wrote. In happier news, it does appear that sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe is going to fund; as I write this, the game's campaign has pushed past its $560,000 goal with just a few days to go.

Meanwhile, The Exiled (Das Tal) got a new community director, Crowfall flipped its pledge packages, Grim Dawn teased a large update, Valiance Online showed off gear designs ahead of its alpha, Shroud of the Avatar kicked off a housing deco contest, and Antraxx joined our Kickstarter list.

Read on for more on what's up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we've got our eye on!

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Make My MMO: Elyria's funding and Osiris' console plans (October 1, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Chronicles of Elyria caused an unintentional stir this week when Soulbound Studios posted that it still needed up to $3 million to completely finish the game. While it wasn't exactly a secret, the revelation was still a surprise to many players as it wasn't expressly stated in the Kickstarter earlier this year. Compounding the consternation was Soulbound's simultaneous notice that it would not be granting refunds for Kickstarter donations. Studio boss Jeromy Walsh told Massively OP in a lengthy interview that the money raised through Kickstarter and pre-Kickstarter investment from friends and family is being used to create a minimal viable product and that while the company does plan to crowdfund using its website store, most of the remaining money will be raised through investors or publishers, not players.

Meanwhile, we offered up a checklist for how to approach MMO Kickstarting from the player end, Shroud of the Avatar launched release 34, Albion Online released its Elaine patch, HEX published three new signature decks, and on the planetary survival sandbox front, ROKH delayed its early access to next year, while Osiris: New Dawn swooped into early access and announced console launches for 2017.

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Grim Dawn's Crucible DLC arrives tomorrow

Multiplayer ARPG Grim Dawn is getting fresh DLC later this month. Tomorrow, in fact. Called The Crucible, the DLC

"[...] introduces a challenging new arena survival mode to Crate Entertainment’s Action RPG Grim Dawn. Enter the Crucible, a harsh battleground filled with waves of Grim Dawn’s deadliest fiends. There you will engage in magnificent combat for the amusement of the Crucible’s mysterious overlord, Lokarr. But he is not a cruel master: endure his trials and be rewarded with vast wealth; fail, and know only his scorn. Featuring multiple arenas, 150 challenging waves of enemies and all new mechanics, the Crucible offers a great new way to enjoy Grim Dawn’s visceral combat and vast character customization options."

"Crucible isn’t the end of the road for Grim Dawn, not by a long shot," Crate told players last week. "On the horizon, just beyond the Crucible, we are looking to introduce new high-level unique items to spice up your loot hunt. We will also be taking a look at high level Epic sets, which currently don’t quite live up to their intent as stepping stones to Legendary items."

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Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained's state-of-the-game address (July 30, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Camelot Unchained closed out a quiet July with a newsletter and state-of-the-game address. CSE boss Mark Jacobs told players that progress since the game's setbacks this past spring has been strong; this summer will see the addition of many new abilities to the retooled system, in-house animation is revving up, and new waves of testing are on the way. Beta 1? Not yet, but Jacobs says he's hoping to announce Beta 1's planned date after early backers have had time to test some of the on-deck pushes.

"This attitude of not rushing a 'Not ready for Prime Time Beta' has meant/means/will continue to drive a slower march to release than we would all like, but after certain games’ issues at launch, do you really want us to do it differently?" he asks. "I hope not, because this is the right way to do things, and one of the advantages of being a crowd-funded game – we won’t be rushed into releasing a game to meet somebody else’s needs, other than the long-term needs of our Backers for a stable, fun, and 100% 'Ready for Prime Time' game. And as Alpha, Beta 1, and IT Backers will be seeing over the next few weeks, our time and your/my money has been well-spent."

Meanwhile, Das Tal is wrapping up its final summer alpha weekend, Star Citizen kicked off a refreshed season of community videos, Grim Dawn teased new content, and Shroud of the Avatar pushed out Release 32, which officially marked the last wipe of the game and unofficially marked the closest thing it's going to see to a launch.

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Make My MMO: 3001SQ's Kickstarter, Gorgon's patch, and Elyria's update (June 25, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, the Chronicles of Elyria team discussed its plans for the online shop (it'll be ready in a few more weeks and allow folks a whole month to purchase packages identical to its original Kickstarter offerings), its design bible (expect notes on the game's bloodlines and religions soon), and other bits and bobs of production.

Online multiplayer space colonization game 3001SQ also began a two-month Kickstarter, asking just over $95,000 to fund its commercial prototype. A public tech demo is already available.

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The MOP Up: Mark Hamill's new tour of duty (May 22, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week in our roundup, we'll touch base with Mark Hamill's "other" science fiction tour of duty, discover Saga of Lucimia's pillars of gameplay, celebrate Memorial Day in Dark Age of Camelot, and more!
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Grim Dawn to unveil modding tools this week

For some players, enjoying the original game itself is only the first step on a larger journey that leads to modifications galore. Grim Dawn is preparing to open the post-apocalyptic ARPG up to modders when it unveils its suite of tools this week to the community.

The modding tools that players will get to use for Grim Dawn will be the same that the developers used to create the game, so expect them to be both robust and daunting. "This grants players vast opportunities to create their own content, items, classes and even entire worlds. Advanced users can take advantage of Lua support to script complex gameplay events and create entirely new types of content not seen in the base game," the studio said.

The team went into some of the finer points of the coming mod tools, including various ways that they can be used. With the tools, fans could conceivably turn the game into a tower defense title, whip up new factions, add in custom music, and more.

Source: Official forums, press release

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Make My MMO: Star Citizen's studio report (April 9, 2016)

This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Star Citizen published a massive studio report, complete with a brand-new video on EVA transitions for first-person combat.

Meanwhile, Sacrament posted about its Druid class and roleplaying system, Shroud of the Avatar showed off the Halls of Artifice and Valhold in its latest newsletter, and The Repopulation spinoff Fragmented announced an April arrival on Steam's early access.

LUX joins our list this week with a new Kickstarter to fund the development of a survival sandbox MMORPG reminiscent of Don't Starve.

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