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GriftGFX
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2010-08-09 15:03:56 Grim Dawn (PC)



It's no secret that I love me some PC indie devs, and this is right up my alley.

Grim Dawn is an action-RPG for the PC currently being developed by veterans of Iron Lore Entertainment, the creators of Titan Quest. The game is set in a thematically-dark fictional world loosely inspired by the Victorian Era on earth. Grim Dawn is being developed with the same tools and technology used to create Titan Quest. As a spiritual successor to Titan Quest and proud Diablo-clone, Grim Dawn will carry forward the best gameplay of this genre while bringing a few focused innovations and improvements of our own to the table.
This is great. Titan Quest devs + Titan Quest engine. We can basically be sure that it will run very well at HD+ resolutions and look pretty too.
To release on Steam, we must first submit a demo of the game for approval. It is hard to imagine that Grim Dawn wouldn't be approved but, of course, we can't say it is guaranteed at this point. Once approved, we believe it will be possible to work out a deal for existing orders to be carried over to Steam as has been done with other indie developers such as Wolfire's Overgrowth: http://blog.wolfire.com/2009/02/overgrowth-faq/#q1...

As I said though, we fully expect this will be the case but we obviously can't guarantee it until it happens.
...also done for Natural Selection 2. Did I mention that indies rule yet?
Will Grim Dawn have tons of sweet loot?

Does a bear shit in the woods?! We have made many improvements to our item drop and randomization system with far more custom-crafted magical, rare, and even unique bonuses. We have also made several improvements to the loot dropping system to ensure more consistent rewards and less junk cluttering up the screen / inventory. Last but certainly not least, we're introducing a new item crafting system based off collectible recipes and rare crafting components that drop in the world.
The spiritual successor to Titan Quest? More Diablo-clone greatness? Modern, dark and gritty setting? Sign me the fuck up.

More here: http://www.grimdawn.com

The $32 pre-order version includes beta access and your name in the credits! It's also available for $20.

Isomac
Isomac
Since 3098 Days

2010-08-09 16:05:56

Looks ok.

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GriftGFX
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2010-08-09 16:13:17

Revenge for my Minecraft thread replies? :P

UrukHaiPT
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2010-08-09 17:06:21

Looks great. Definitely interested.

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GriftGFX
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2010-08-09 17:49:19

I just hope it has a slightly better UI than Titan Quest. The lack of a transparent dungeon map and the inability to scale the minimap drives me nuts.

Jollipop
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2010-08-10 12:14:42

Looks nice, quite liked Titan Quest, wish Diablo 3 was out already :(

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2010-08-10 18:12:27 In reply to Jollipop (2010-08-10 12:14:42)

Posted by Jollipop
Looks nice, quite liked Titan Quest, wish Diablo 3 was out already :(
Aye, but between this and Torchlight 2, 2011 will have plenty of addicting loot-grind-goodness to go around.

blmbox
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Since 2662 Days

2010-08-10 18:36:13

I really like the gritty feel, and I heard Titan Quest was pretty good.

It also makes me wish Diablo 3 was out...

UrukHaiPT
UrukHaiPT
Since 2858 Days

2010-08-11 23:41:34

Cool Interview:

http://news.bigdownload.com/2010/07/14/interview-c...

Crate Entertainment's co-founder talks about Grim Dawn, just some quotes from the interview:

We have seen action-RPGs before. What will make Grim Dawn stand out from the rest?

We're not really trying to stand out so much as we're trying to make an exceptional game for an existing audience that improves upon their previous experience. That said, we have added quite a few new features.

For combat we've created a new hit-effect system, added blood and dismemberment death effects for some enemies, and improved the physics. On the questing side we now have a faction system a new quest system that provides the ability for the player to make choices that could lead to different quest paths. We've also spent a lot more time developing the fictional world of Cairn, in which Grim Dawn is set; its history, conflicts, and characters.

We understand there's a crafting system in Grim Dawn. What can you tell us about it?

The crafting system is actually somewhat inspired by Defense of the Ancients or DotA, the incredibly popular Warcraft III mod that seems to have spawned an entire new sub-genre of games.

We actually created our own DotA knock-off mod at Iron Lore, which we called Pirates vs. Ninjas. The item recipe system was simple and fun. My favorite part was how there would be several different tiers of useful items that you might create in the course of building towards a final uber-item. We wanted to capture this same dynamic. Blueprints can drop in the game that require the player to collect a number of other items or components before they can be combined into a single more powerful item. Higher level blueprints may include other lesser-blueprint items in their recipes. Often the items you create will have a mix of fixed and randomly generated bonuses.

What other features do you think are important in Grim Dawn?

The big one would be randomized undergrounds. We haven't finished the tech yet, so it isn't 100% but it is looking very promising so far. Allowing for some "dungeon" areas of the game to be randomized would be a big win for replayability.

I don't know that it is an important feature but I love our new dynamic weather system. It really adds an unexpectedly huge amount of atmosphere and life to the game. The way the system works is that designers paint regions of the world with different climate types. The climates are controlled by climate files where designers can add different weather patterns and set probabilities for each to occur.
Just couple cool pictures from the site :P


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UrukHaiPT
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2010-08-25 19:10:07

Some new screens at the site:





Looking great. Really loving the looks of this, Titan quest was great. Might preorder in the end of the year to play the beta whenever it starts, and at same time support them :)

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2010-08-25 19:23:29

Neat. Not the best screenshots but I don't actually fault the game for that. They're just sorta dull, and I'm sure they could do better. I want to see the fog effects in motion.

UrukHaiPT
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2010-10-26 17:44:42

First video: Grim Dawn Pre Alpha - Old Grove Environment

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpf0pWpW63w&feature...

It looks really nice!

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crookedmind
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2010-10-30 03:05:38

Looks very engaging just from the shots... Wonder what this will play like. If it's anything like Titan Quest I'll be all over it.

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UrukHaiPT
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2011-03-29 14:39:45

Here's one recent picture:



And the first gameplay video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqGP4LT_cYo

Looking great, setting looks awesome. Already got it preordered bring it on.

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2011-03-29 15:34:43

Cool pic. Game is coming along just fine. Really looking forward to playing the beta.

labwarrior
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2011-03-29 17:04:35

Looks a bit confusing

I wish we got a 2D diablo style game with HD art, that would be my best

UrukHaiPT
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2012-03-16 11:42:51

Crookedmind posted it on the Diablo 3 topic, but here it is, a new video, showing Occultist class:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYI2DMPWpWg&feature...

Finally a new video... Already bought it december 2010, and theres been very few info since then. Can't complain though since it's looking great, quite fast paced even more than Titan quest.

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2012-03-16 17:16:11

Good idea.. and yeaaaaaaaa.

Do any of these dudes realize that Diablo 3 is coming out in two months? Regardless of the quality of that game (or their own), it seems like a hopeless thing to go up against.

crookedmind
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2012-03-17 10:37:28

Yeah. It's five guys in a basement basically. They got ripped off by THQ (for TQ), so they formed Crate. From what I recall, they were planning on a through-Steam release and a separate client release. Since the project is entirely home grown, and from following the forums for about two years or so, the people working on it are just nice guys and I really want to support them.

Plus it helps that I enjoyed Titan Quest a lot. I at least know what to expect from them. I honestly don't expect them to release this game until 2013. Anything before that would be great, but I'd be satisfied with an Alpha.

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UrukHaiPT
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2012-03-23 16:51:39

Seems like they are going to make a kickstarter project:

http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4985...

I'm actually working on a Kickstarter project right now. It is a fair amount of work to get set up and the biggest thing will be trying to produce a decent video. We're hoping to get it up in the next week or so.

When I initially looked at Kickstarter, my thought was that it seemed unlikely for us to be able to generate much more than a $100k or so based on what other projects were doing. However, given the level of money Double Fine and Wasteland have generated, I think it is definitely worth trying out.

What would we need to do something useful? Well, we could do amazing things with a million or more but even $300k would be enough for us to bring on 2-3 more people full-time, which would be a HUGE help.

We're basically at this point right now where we have the technology mostly finished, the core gameplay is fully functioning and actually quite fun but it is just taking a looooonnnggg time to build out content. Just as an example, we currently have a backlog of 5 monsters that are finished but waiting on animation. Our animator is working as hard as he can but he lost a few weeks crunching on that Warhammer 40k MMO. So, really, just being able to get a few more people working full-time would speed things up tremendously.

I'll share the project link with you guys before I make it live so you can provide feedback.
Guess they just didn't have manpower enough. Hopefully it works out, and they bring more people full-time to speed it up. I won't pledge though since i already paid for it, in December 2010...

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2012-03-23 16:53:07 In reply to UrukHaiPT (2012-03-23 16:51:39)

Posted by UrukHaiPT
Guess they just didn't have manpower enough. Hopefully it works out, and they bring more people full-time to speed it up. I won't pledge though since i already paid for it, in December 2010...
Yeah.. if they just include the same offers they did for their own crowd sourcing stuff, I might bite. I haven't pre-ordered, but mostly because I lacked confidence in the project.

It's hard to throw money at something when they have no idea when it will ever be finished. There's a few FPS's that have attempted the same approach. I'm still waiting for them too.

Isomac
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2012-03-23 16:59:21

Maybe Uruk needs to pay again :D

This looked pretty good from the video. I am just not sure if I want to pledge. I am definitely interested on checking the game out. It's just that Torchlight 2, PoE and Diablo 3 are coming out first... Well I am not 100% sure about PoE.

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UrukHaiPT
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2012-04-17 14:42:44

Kickstarter is up: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crateentertain...

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crookedmind
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2012-05-10 08:02:18 In reply to UrukHaiPT (2012-04-17 14:42:44)

Posted by UrukHaiPT
They hit their mark!

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GriftGFX
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2012-05-10 13:51:46

I never doubted they would. When did you fund this game Uruk.. two years ago now? When's the beta dropping? May of next year? Wake me then.

I'm still really into this.. but Torchlight 2 has all my attention now.

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