grim dawn

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

Grim Dawn preps challenge areas and the Shattered Realm for its next expansion

Don’t expect a relaxing luxury cruise with Grim Dawn’s Forgotten Gods expansion later this year; it’s going to be a rough-and-tough ride that will require players to be at the top of their game to complete.

Part of this toughness comes from its new game mode, which the team is calling the Shattered Realm. This instable instance will task players to dive deep and fast into it before a timer runs out and the treasures disappear. Just to make things even more interesting, the further players progress, the harder combat encounters become.

And if you want to really test your mettle, why not take a dip in the challenge areas? These zones use difficulty scaling to great effect, ramping up the danger while increasing drop rates. “All this combines to making your loot hunt more dynamic each time you play,” the devs said.

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The MOP Up: Skyforge’s PvP revolution (June 17, 2018)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from War of RightsClosers OnlineWorld War ZOld School RuneScapeThe Black DeathOrbusVRReign of GuildsSkyforgeAlchemiaStoryPath of ExileGrim DawnRevelation OnlineDefiance 2050, and DDO, all waiting for you after the break!

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Make My MMO: Pokemon-inspired ‘creature-collection adventure’ MMO Temtem is about to fund Kickstarter (June 2, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Temtem, “the massively multiplayer creature-collection adventure” that hit Kickstarter this week, is looking like a win, as it’s secured most of its $70,000 goal in just its first few days and will soon be on to stretch goals. It’s clearly inspired by Pokemon, with adorable graphics and critters, breeding system, housing, character customization, story campaign, and yes, a co-op online world to romp in. (With thanks to Jose on this one!)

“The days of traveling solo are over; in Temtem the world is a massively multiplayer one. Tamers from around the world can join and you will be able to see them around you, living the adventure with you and fighting to become the best Temtem tamer. Chill with strangers, make new friends and battle them or trade your goodies; the dynamic online world is full of possibilities.”

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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.

Source: Grim Dawn


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 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.


Humble Bundle and cut deals for online games

Looking for a few good deals on MMOs and multiplayer games? Both Humble Bundle and 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).’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, Thanks Dave!


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 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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