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Grim Dawn

Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: Crate Entertainment

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'Grim Dawn' - 16 New Screens

by Rainier on June 20, 2010 @ 5:03 p.m. PDT

Grim Dawn is an action RPG intended for digital distribution on the PC. As a spiritual successor to Iron Lore's Titan Quest, Grim Dawn will attempt to better perfect the magical formula of exploration, character advancement, and loot collection pioneered by Diablo.

Players will be thrust into the dark, war-torn world of Cairn where a once proud empire has been brought to ruin and the human race driven to the edge of extinction. Cairn has become ground zero of an eternal war between two otherworldly powers, one seeking to use human bodies as a resource, the other intent upon destroying the human race before that can happen. This cataclysmic war has not only decimated human civilization but is warping the very fabric of reality and, in its wake, giving life to new horrors.

For humankind it is the dawn of a grim new age where iron has replaced gold as currency and the importance of salt as a weapon makes it far too valuable to waste on food. Small enclaves of human survivors exist scattered throughout the world, holed up in hidden refuges. These humans have quietly watched the warring invaders destroy one another and have become wise to the strengths and vulnerabilities of their otherworldly foes. A few survivors have begun to exhibit strange new abilities after surviving possession or exposure to the warp. These unnatural powers are feared by some but give many new hope of launching a resistance to fight the "outsiders" and reclaim what's left of their world.


Key Features:

  • Combine any of five distinct skill classes each with multiple skill trees in which to specialize. Advance your class mastery up to 75 levels to unlock dozens of powerful skills and synergistic modifiers. New classes will be periodically released through downloadable content.
  • Gameplay systems design for 200 levels of character progression, equipment, and enemies to fight makes for ridiculous amounts of replay value.
  • Connect with old friends or make new allies in glorious multiplayer. Specially balanced multiplayer encounters will put your teamwork to the ultimate challenge.
  • Collect blueprints that allow you to combine salvaged components into unique crafted items and then, later, use those basic crafted items with higher-tiered recipes to complete items of unprecedented badassness.
  • Camera rotation enhances the three-dimensionality of the world and gameplay while levels are still designed so that players are not forced to rotate the camera.
  • Refined loot system drops less junk items and ensures more consistent rewards from hero and boss monsters.
  • Satisfying enemy damage and death effects with an option to enable blood and gore.
  • The ability to spend money to reclaim skill and attribute points alleviates the fear and frustration of having to make early, uninformed decisions that could permanently nerf a character.
  • More features are in the works and will be announced as Grim Dawn nears release.

We have received many emails from enthusiastic fans asking if they could donate money to Crate Entertainment and Grim Dawn. We hope that with your donations, Crate will be able to keep Grim Dawn privately funded, develop more content for the initial release and perhaps even sneak in some of the new features most requested by our fans.

The greatest impact of pre-ordering now [prices range from $19 to $40) is that it will help save us, the developers, from having to give up the intellectual property rights to Grim Dawn in exchange for additional funding. This is not only important for us as a company but it has benefits for you, our audience, as well. It means that Crate will be able to continue interacting openly with the community and freely sharing information. Post-release we will be able to decide when to work on updates for the community and what to include in them. Most importantly, you will be giving us control over the future of our creation; allowing Crate to produce expansions and sequels without having to pitch each new project to an IP-holder that could potentially decide to discontinue the Grim Dawn franchise.

We hope that you will show your support and help us to build a great game with as little developer starvation as is necessary. We consider these contributions to be donations because Grim Dawn is a yet unfinished project still early in development. However, we've structured them as pre-orders so that fans who want to help fund the development of Grim Dawn will not have to pay again to buy the game after release. Clicking a button below will take you to a PayPal site where you'll have the option to pay by PayPal account or major credit card. Once the transaction is complete, you will be emailed a CD-Key that will allow you to download Grim Dawn directly from Crate Entertainment on release day.

Not quite ready to pre-order but still want to donate? By popular demand we now also offer the donation button.

Already a supporter and need your pre-order key email resent? Click here. Have a legendary/epic pre-order and need to set your name for the credits? Click here.


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