Online RTS Grey Goo releases free Descent of the Shroud DLC

    
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It’s been a tough year for online RTS Grey Goo, which released in January 2015 to less than stellar reception. The game promises classic RTS gameplay and has some impressive cinematics and decent reviews, but players have complained of balance problems and a lack of content. There are also typically fewer than 100 players of the game online at any given time, which has made it difficult for players to get balanced matches in multiplayer. Developer Petroglyph recently ran a tournament with $30,000 worth of prizes in the hopes of bolstering those concurrent player numbers, with limited success.

Now developers are hoping to give the game a shot in the arm with the release of a free piece of DLC to all existing and future players. The Descent of the Shroud update adds the game’s fourth playable faction, an extra mission, one new unit for each of the existing factions, and an extensive gameplay balance overhaul. A new Definitive Edition of the game has been released for the reduced price of $29.99; it comes with Descent of the Shroud, the three-mission Emergence campaign, and the soundtrack. All existing players have been upgraded to the Definitive Edition for free, so if you’ve picked up Grey Goo previously, you’ll log in to find some new missions waiting for you. Check out the DLC reveal trailer below for more information.

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GrimlyFandango
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GrimlyFandango

Article is apparently incorrect. No one who previously had the game has been upgraded to the Definitive Edition from the people I’ve asked

chriskovo
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chriskovo

ChaosConstant  It was to generic. Not many units and only one power unit per side.   It was just kinda meh

Nyphur
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Nyphur

ChaosConstant I’ve followed the game since it came out, and the general concensus seems to be that the campaign is great and the cinematics are amazing but it’s too expensive and wasn’t balanced well at launch. It wasn’t until months after release that they introduced symmetrical maps for balanced multiplayer, for example. Evidently most people also got it for the singleplayer and stopped playing soon after completing it (not unexpected for a classic RTS).
Steam Spy estimates that it sold about 138k units at its previous price point of $49.99, so while many of those sales were at 60% off in a sale the game didn’t do too badly at that insanely high price. The publisher obviously thought this was going to be a runaway hit with AAA appeal and priced it accordingly, but the classic RTS may be a more niche genre today. It might do better at its new price point of $29.99 with all the DLC thrown in, and it’ll be interesting to see if the online play takes off more and if they run any more tournaments.

quark1020
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quark1020

ChaosConstant There were other problems as well. I know my biggest gripe was random, harsh, framerate drops that I never managed to fix even by changing my graphic settings. Aside from that, it was still enjoyable, but I never came back to it after beating it, so I don’t know if they ever fixed that particular problem.

Tongle
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Tongle

Just so everyone knows this was made by the former westwood developers. 

Also the price tag is simply too high. They need a demo at least.

mmonerd
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mmonerd

ChaosConstant Bad balance actually killed the game. Its a great concept but the devs made some serious mistake.

Ironhelix
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Ironhelix

ChaosConstant The name is certainly a factor. I know that’s silly, but I’m sure there are people who pass this over because the name is odd (to put it mildly). I know what Grey Goo is, but I doubt many kids these days do.

Benthalak
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Benthalak

ChaosConstant I considered buying it but then read the reviews on Steam.

ChaosConstant
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ChaosConstant

Honestly I don’t understand why this game did so badly. I own it and the gameplay is actually pretty well done, and the campaign cinematics are incredible. I don’t play it as much as StarCraft II, but, as pointed out in the article, the online play is pretty much dead. The only thing I can imagine is to blame for keeping people away is its weird name (especially those ignorant of the von Neuman reference). Or maybe the RTS genre is just more dead than I thought. Either way, I’m excited to try the new race.

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus