grim dawn

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

Make My MMO: Albion Online hits Steam, Camelot Unchained tackles crafting (May 19, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, buy-to-play sandbox Albion Online, which launched back in 2017, formally landed on Steam, bringing its blend of PvP warfare to a totally new audience. While the game never ran a Kickstarter, it did raise close to $10,000,000 from a quarter of a million backers through website crowdfunding and preorder packages prior to its release last summer, making it one of the higher profile crowdfunded MMORPGs to actually make it to launch and keep on producing content.

In Camelot Unchained – you’re still keeping an eye on the upcoming beta one, right? – the devs are busy sending early backers into the test server this weekend to break things. Among the bits and bobs CSE is working on? The crafting system, a major environment bug, character creation rendering, new ambient music, scenario maps, trait icons, animations, and “a new template for the home islands.”

Meanwhile, the Pantheon team sat down for a stream and revealed the first of its three classes, Ship of Heroes posted gobs of new screenshots to its Instagram, Elite Dangerous proposed making its factional combat mode entirely open PvP, and Legends of Aria patched in some good stuff, including the first iteration of secure trading.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the weekly roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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Grim Dawn releases the kraken, crafts rune augments for the Forgotten Gods expansion

Last week the waters of Grim Dawn got even more treacherous, thanks to a patch that released a kraken god to harass players (and make life more fun). “Seek out Kra’vall the Ancient of the Waters within central Ugdenbog if you dare and earn new Monster Infrequents exclusive to this powerful foe,” the devs advised.

But that’s not all that’s lurking below the surface of this online ARPG. Grim Dawn’s team is hard at work on the Forgotten Gods expansion. One major feature that’s coming with the pack? Rune augments!

Rune augments can be applied to medals to enable active abilities for characters. These are generally focused around mobility, giving players the skills to teleport, charge, and leap across the battlefield. These runes can be obtained through crafting, reputation vendors, and fighting in the expansion’s tough new game mode.

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Grim Dawn begins formal testing of major engame revamp and new kraken boss

Grim Dawn players and tentacle fans should point their eyeballs at Crate’s official forums today, as the studio says update 1.0.6.0 is now officially in testing. What’s in it? For starters, a creepy kraken. “Kra’vall, the Ancient of the Waters, has stirred within Ugdenbog and awaits daring new morsels. Beware, as its lair is heavily guarded by local Slith, which are certain to defend their aquatic ‘god.'”

Crate also says it’s pumping out new armor sets, putting Nemesis bosses on the minimap, tweaking pet skills, rebalancing boss resists, and making “over 60 changes to items in addition to adjustments to every mastery.” But maybe the most useful bit is the sweeping overhaul for endgame.

“The Crucible’s end-game has stagnated a bit and we’re going to give it a nice big boost, with significant balance changes that should bring new playstyles into the fray,” the studio explains. The devs aim to cap defense (effectively nerfing defensive ability stacking), buff Tributes, reduce trash spawns, tweak crowd control, reduce inbound damage, and buff celestial blessings.

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Humble Bundle and GOG.com cut deals for online games

Looking for a few good deals on MMOs and multiplayer games? Both Humble Bundle and GOG.com are running some sales right now that might cut you a deal on a title you’ve been eyeing.

Humble Bundle’s Sci-Fi Week includes price breaks on No Man’s Sky ($23.99), Osiris: New Dawn ($12.49), the standard version of Elite: Dangerous ($13.49), the commander deluxe version ($31.79), and the season pass for Elite: Dangerous Horizons ($17.99).

GOG.com’s Most Wanted Games Sale isn’t quite as relevant for the online gamer, although you can pick up Grim Dawn for a respectable $7.49, Torchlight for $3.79, and Torchlight II for $4.99.

Source: Humble Bundle, GOG.com. Thanks Dave!

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Titan Quest launches on console, Grim Dawn teases Forgotten Gods

Multiplayer ARPG Titan Quest has been on an absolute tear the last couple of years reinventing itself: First, it got a mobile port; then it launched a free 10th anniversary edition with new content on Steam. At the end of last year, it put out a Ragnarok expansion and made plans for console. Those console plans have come to fruition today as the game is now out for Xbox One (including Xbox One X) and PS4. A Nintendo Switch edition is still in development. And yes, the console edition includes Immortal Throne!

Meanwhile, Titan Quest’s equally successful spiritual successor, Grim Dawn, has news too. Crate Entertainment’s OARPG has been teasing its own Forgotten Gods expansion and Xbox One port, the former of which at least is due out this year. The latest tease is lizards and scarabs. Eeep.

The new TQ trailer is down below!

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Make My MMO: Pantropy’s Kickstarter ends Tuesday, Project Gorgon eyes Steam this week (March 10, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, it’s not looking great for Pantropy, whose Kickstarter is only just over half funded with only a few more days to go.

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained is prepping for two scenario tests this weekend (the second is tomorrow, if you can catch it!), Dual Universe rolled out its new supporter packs, City of Titans took a look at character customization, Chronicles of Elyria posted a long lore piece, Elite Dangerous rolled out 3.0.2, OrbusVR previewed its talent system, Crowfall talked up its vendor system, and we streamed a first-hand look at Ship of Heroes. Plus, Project Gorgon hits Steam this coming week!

Finally, a troll informed me this week that Massively OP is nothing more than a pile of Kickstarter propaganda and some WoW and GW2 columns, so if you happened to read the 120 or editorials, streams, and articles we published this week that aren’t related to crowdfunding, good news, you imagined all that!

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the weekly roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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Grim Dawn announces Forgotten Gods expansion for 2018, confirms Xbox One port

Remember last week when Crate Entertainment teased something really big for OARPG Grim Dawn? That announcement is now here, and as you probably predicted, it’s a brand-new expansion. As you probably didn’t predict, it’s called Forgotten Gods. If you did predict that too, you should probably go play the lottery or something.

“In the Forgotten Gods expansion, players will journey beyond the bounds of the Erulan Empire, traversing burning sands, lush oases and volcanic wastes to reach the sun beaten ruins of a city with secrets that should never have been disturbed. The flames of a forgotten god have been rekindled, sending ripples through the Eldritch realm and sowing terror even among the Witch Gods themselves.”

Crate is promising “a thrilling new chapter in Grim Dawn’s story, a new gameplay mode, quality of life features, hundreds of new unique items and more” in a “densely packed new addition” that just so happens to already be “well underway” in development. Launch is expected in the bottom half of 2018. And yes, the devs are still working on the Xbox One port, “which is coming posthaste.”

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Grim Dawn rolls out brand-new Ancient Grove dungeon and teases ‘major announcement’ for next week

Patch 1.0.5.0 rolled out to OARPG Grim Dawn last week, and it’s a pretty big one headlined by a brand-new Ancient Grove dungeon in the wilds of Ashes of Malmouth, complete with unique relics.

“A new roguelike dungeon: the Ancient Grove, has been added in Ugdenbog. Once the haven of the beast god Mogdrogen, this sacred place has become tainted by the corrupting presence of the Aetherials and the Chthonians. Venture inside and face off against grave new dangers, and powerful unique rewards. Featured within the Ancient Grove are 4 new Monster Infrequents, 2 new Unique items and a new Mythical Relic Blueprint for you to hunt down from its 6 new bosses and mini-bosses, including one special spawn that appears only on Ultimate difficulty!”

The update further tweaked chest loot tables, attempted a balancing pass in Crucible, and slipped in a ton of itemization changes.

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The MMOs of the Steam winter 2017 sale

Another December, another Steam sale to entice you to spend money on games you don’t have time to play just to have them for a rainy day! Here’s a quick look at what’s on the list for MMO and survival sandbox players.

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Make My MMO: Vampire MMO Shadow’s Kiss has almost doubled its Kickstarter ask (November 11, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, the Shadow’s Kiss devs must be stoked beyond belief, as not only has their Kickstarter reached its goal but it’s almost to double now with three weeks remaining. Thus far, backers of the indie vampire fantasy MMORPG have unlocked stretch goals including a crafting systems, ritual magic system, and some sort of tenebrous tentacles thing, with narration and music on the way when they break the $50,000 mark.

Meanwhile, Crowfall demoed its Cleric class, Star Citizen explained how space travel won’t be boring, Ship of Heroes worked on character customization, and Elite Dangerous launched on Xbox One X.

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’re following.

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Grim Dawn’s next big patch paves the way for Xbox compatibility

What’s doing on in OARPG Grim Dawn since the release of its apparently well-received Ashes of Malmouth expansion last month? Quite a lot, actually. Crate says it’s been working on another large update that’s already in testing and due “to go live in the next two weeks.”

“This patch will address many reported issues, whether that’s concerning loot, questing, items or otherwise,” the studio told players yesterday. “It will also bring with it some overall balance adjustments and improvements to the new Components introduced in Ashes of Malmouth.”

Additionally, the update should patch up casting skills’ responsiveness and “dramatically improve Grim Dawn’s functionality with a controller” on your PC, which Crate calls “another major step towards getting Grim Dawn onto the Xbox.”

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Make My MMO: Dual Universe vrooms into another pre-alpha test (October 21, 2017)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, the much-anticipated indie sci-fi sandbox Dual Universe dropped a starship-load of tutorials on ship construction, the interface, territory, and more. They’re aimed at folks in the pre-alpha, another weekend of which kick off earlier today – it’s a nice chunk of backers, if the activity graph posted to Twitter earlier is any judge. (Cheers, Cotic!)

Meanwhile, HEX launched on PS4, Star Citizen confirmed it’s still granting refunds but isn’t launching S42 this year, Legends of Aria wrapped up its alpha, and Albion Online launched a new trial program.

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’re following.

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