Enter an apocalyptic fantasy world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, iron is valued above gold and trust is hard earned. This ARPG features complex character development, hundreds of unique items, crafting and quests with choice & consequence.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,175 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We started as a two-man team and eventually grew to six, then eight after a successful Kickstarter and alpha release. Our early vision was to create a fairly small, somewhat rough game as a way to get our studio off the ground with very limited resources. Kickstarter and Early Access have allowed us to expand greatly on that original vision and to create a larger game with more unique features. We continue to use Early Access as a laboratory in which to test and grow Grim Dawn, with continual player feedback and the flexibility to add new features and spend time refining the game in a way that typical publisher funded development doesn't allow.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We hope to have all core content completed by mid 2015. Beyond that, we will take as long as necessary to fix, polish, optimize and make adjustments based on community feedback until the game feels ready to call complete. We're estimating final release before the end of 2015 but ultimately, we'll work as long as it takes to get it right.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Grim Dawn is already about 80% complete.

The only major feature not yet in, is another layer of skill development we're calling "Devotions," which will be revealed in more detail later on. Beyond that, you can expect more items, more enemies, more environments and more quests.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The core gameplay is well established and fun, there are 5 fully complete classes (which you can dual class to create tons of hybrid builds), hoards of loot to collect and an expansive world to explore with many secrets.

Most players are reporting between 10 to 20 hours or more for a first-time play-through. The finished game will probably end up around 15-30 hours for a first-time play-through depending on how much of the content you clear. Since we try to avoid "gating" the player and allow players to access Act 2 even before they've completed Act 1, it is possible to run though the game quickly, skipping a lot of content but there are also huge side-areas and secret areas, so clearing everything will take much longer.

Most players are reporting little to no crashing with only minor bugs. Multiplayer is available and most players are reporting a smooth experience. We continue to work on optimizing performance and expect to release the first significant optimizations in the first quarter of 2015. More performance optimization will occur toward the end of development as programmers finish feature work and are able to focus more on it.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We haven't made a final decision but currently it is expected that the launch price will be the same as Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We regularly read and respond to our forums both on Steam and the Grim Dawn website. A trip to the Grim Dawn website will show our history of interaction with our community since development first began. We've gathered feedback, posed questions to the community, taken polls to better understand the community's feelings about certain issues and tried to always explain our reasoning behind important decisions.”
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March 10

Build 24 Hotfixes 1 & 2 Live

As always, we are committed to maintaining as bug free an experience as possible.

In light of this, we recently released two hotfixes for Build 24 that not only include critical bug fixes, but also some great touch-ups to existing content (such as a visual update to Wightmire).

For the full list of changes, visit the changelog.

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February 25

Act 3: Chapter 2 is Now Available with B24!

A few weeks ahead of schedule, we are proud to announce that Build 24 has just gone live. You may now enter the town of Homestead and explore the western reaches of the ravaged farmlands beyond!

This build also includes some optimization improvements, the first phase of the Faction System Overhaul, an updated character selection screen and more!

With Build 24 out, you can look forward to the full Faction System in Build 25, probably by the end of April, and Act 3: Chapter 3 potentially in B26 around late May or June. Act 4 will begin to roll out in the third quarter 2015.

For the full list of changes, check out the extensive changelog.

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“Grim Dawn’s the action RPG I’ve enjoyed most in quite some time, and I’m very keen to try the later chapters as they’re released. More so than Torchlight 2, which was a bit too much of a sugar rush experience for me, and certainly more so than Diablo III”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Grim Dawn has earned my trust in a viable future; its foundation--the refined action and rock-solid character progression--is so sturdy that from moment to moment, there’s little to remind you that you’re playing an unfinished game.”
GameSpot

“If acquiring loot, battling monsters and progressing a character to amazing heights is your thing, then, again, Grim Dawn is a great game to look into.”
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About This Game

Enter an apocalyptic fantasy world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, iron is valued above gold and trust is hard earned. This ARPG features complex character development, hundreds of unique items, crafting and quests with choice & consequence.

Crate Entertainment is a small indie studio founded by the lead gameplay designer of Titan Quest. Join the Grim Dawn community and provide feedback on the ongoing development of the game. Be among the first to experience our growing world, new features and make your mark by participating in polls and discussions on our forum.

Key Features

  • Dual class - combine any of five distinct skill classes each with multiple skill trees in which to specialize. Advance your class mastery to unlock over 25 powerful skills and synergistic modifiers per class. Soldier, Demolitionist, Occultist and Nightblade are currently playable with the Arcanist on the way.
  • Augment your class build with a diverse array of unique skills granted by items and components.
  • Collect hundreds of items in common, magical, rare, epic and legendary classes of loot.
  • Quests with Choice and consequence mean you will face tough decisions that leave significant impacts upon the world. Strangers on the road, desperate families and even entire villages may live or perish based on your actions.
  • Recruit survivors who will lend their services to augment your power. Upgrade the town to improve the lives of human survivors.
  • Gain favor with different NPC factions to unlock additional quest lines and earn perks like merchant discounts. However, aiding one faction could turn a rival faction into your enemy.
  • Connect with old friends or make new allies in glorious multiplayer. Multiplayer encounters will put your teamwork to the ultimate challenge.
  • Fast-paced tactical combat with enemy blood spatters, ragdoll physics and satisfying enemy death effects. Smash in doors and fight house to house, leaving a path of demolished furniture in your wake.
  • Rotate the camera if you choose to survey the full beauty of the world and always fight from the most optimal angle. Levels are still designed so that players are not forced to rotate the camera; it is purely optional.
  • Test your hero against over 100 named hero monsters, hand-configured with their own unique arrays of deadly skills.
  • Explode obstacles or repair structures to open new paths.
  • Descend into special "challenge dungeons" where enemies levels increase as you progress.
  • Dynamic Weather brings the world to life with region-specific climates and a variety of weather effects. A sunny day can cloud over with mild rain showers that builds into a booming thunderstorm. Variable wind gusts blow grass and affect objects like windmills.
  • Collect item recipes 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 amazing power.
  • The ability to spend money to reclaim skill points alleviates the fear and frustration of having to make early, uninformed decisions that could permanently gimp a character.

Development Roadmap

You can currently play through Acts 1, 2 and the first chapter of, up to character level 40. There are multiple large, higher-level secret areas to be found beyond the main story content. While content is still in development, the core gameplay is already fairly robust and a lot of fun. There is quite a lot of replay value between trying different classes / builds and collecting items. We're still refining gameplay based on player feedback, adding requested features and working to deliver the remaining content and additional slated features. Most players report that the current build is fairly stable with mostly mild bugs and we're always working to fix bugs as they come up. Here is some of the stuff we plan to roll out in the coming months:

  • Currently in development:
  • Continued optimization and bug fixing
  • More questing and NPC interaction involving factions
  • Act 3 - Chapter 2 to be released in Q1 2015
  • Additional big features to be announced

    We expect the final game will provide about 30-40 hours for a first-time play-through on normal difficulty, depending on level of exploration / clearing. This is our first game as a studio and we intend for Grim Dawn to be a continuing franchise, not just a one-off game. So it is important that we put in the time and effort to create something we're proud of, that will help us to earn a loyal fanbase for the future. We hope you'll come be part of this experience and help us to forge a strong new addition to the ARPG genre.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: x86 compatible 2.0GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series or ATI Radeon X800 series or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
    • Additional Notes: 4GB of memory is required to host multiplayer games
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: x86 compatible 3.0GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1.5GB NVIDIA GeForce 500 series or ATI Radeon 6000 series or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 4GB of memory is recommended to host multiplayer games
Helpful customer reviews
60 of 70 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Early Access Review
Disclaimer, This is my first review.

First and foremost, I was highly skeptical about this game before I bought it. I saw it and thought "Re-skin of Titan Quest." I am happy to see the spirit of TQ perserved while establishing itself as it's own Intellectual Property and its take on Action Role Playing Games.

I was let down by the charactor creation (I spend a lot of time on charactor creation in games like Saints Row 3, 4 and Skyrim etc) and thusly wasn't able to creat a persona that felt like mine. However I've come to expect this from ARPGs so I wasn't to let down.

After playing Diablo 3 from launch and being terribly dissapointed by it's lacklustre story I was impressed by how fast I took to the setting and story being told here. In a nutshell you are a "Taken" and about to be hung. Once the game began I noticed zombies assaulting the town and was actually excited to get into the swing of things. 5 hours later, my wife is giving me the stare and the fog clears. This is the first ARPG to legit suck me into the zone. Story wise there are genuine choices to be had and content "can be skipped" (Zones have a minimum monster level however).

Gameplay wise I've only played as a Demolistionist/Occultist but the skills are rewarding and the weapons have an oomph. One gripe i have is being unable to undo mastery points (Something I learned a little late) full on respecs should be a thing.

Graphically the game looks well, the setting and the monsters fit in and match the games tone.

I highly suggest this game to any ARPG lover.
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46 of 52 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Early Access Review
Honestly, it's like what I wanted out of Diablo III, with the ability to mesh together two classes and become, in essence, what I want to be.

In my short timespan in the game, I may have hit the end of the 'content' but I didn't quite hit the end of the 'content.' There's far more to the game than just the main quest.

"I wonder what's in this cave? Oh, a nice demon thing and OMG IT'S 8 LEVELS HIGHER!"
'We should run.'
"Nah, we got th-OMG okay he hurts."
'Nah, you got this!'
"No, we should ru-OW!"
'Okay, maybe we should go....'
"Oh hell naw, this guy's going down now."

You'll run into that. Numerous times.

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41 of 47 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Early Access Review
Five hours into Grim Dawn and my Witchblade is happily swinging around a pipe with gears attached to the end of it with both hands after applying some parts that make it do poison damage. With his little buddy Raven flying behind him, shooting electricity out of his eye balls, my Wicthblade is demolishing every foe he encounters, waves at a time. And just when I think this may be too easy, I hit a boss level monster that makes me start quaffing the few potions I have. I finally crush the boss monster's head like a grape with my two-handed "mace" and get the loot. All is right with the world.

I have a few Early Access titles in my game list, but Grim Dawn is by far the most polished one I have played. Heck, I've played big production titles that don't work this well (I'm looking at you, "Rise of the Argonauts").

Add this to the fact that I played Diablo and liked it. Played D2 and liked it. Played Titan Quest and loved it, and add that I tend to enjoy apocalyptic game settings and that makes Grim Dawn something that will not be uninstalled for a very long time.

For an ARPG, the writting is superb. The letters and dialoge are on par with what you would expect from a classic western RPG.

I cannot reccomend this title enough, and although I am nowhere near being done playing this game I have to wonder with a benchmark being set this high: what will Crate do next?

I am excited for the future.
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100 of 147 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Early Access Review
They out-Diabloed Diablo.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
41.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
Let's get this out of the way, is this game worth buying even in Early Access? Yes.

Why? Well, first of all, it's further along than most early access games. I've already put over 40 hours into the game and still haven't seen most of chapter 2. The amount of content is huge.

But while content is king, gameplay is God for most. The easiest way to describe the game is to compare it to Titan's Quest, but improved. It makes sense since Crate Entertainment is made up of some of the same people who worked on Titan's Quest. It's also built on the same engine, though that's been improved too. The art style is more how I wanted Diablo 3 to look, and I absolutely love it.

Unlike Diablo 3, in Grim Dawn you can have two skillsets or you can just stick with one, but each level only gives you three points to spread over the skillsets, so you have to choose. You also are able to choose your attribute points, though there are only three choices. It's simplified, but not to the point of Diablo 3.

The game has a faction system that looks like it could be promising later on, but at the moment it's simple and mostly meaningless. You gain fame and reputation through killing big bosses and monsters which can open up other side quests, but you'll usually open these up just from playing normally and not paying attention to your fame stats.

I dropped $58 on this game during its kickstarter, it was money I had saved for Diablo 3. I don't regret a penny, and after picking up Diablo 3 on sale, I think I made the right choice.

But, it is in early access so there are chances for bugs. I haven't ran into any since they've released Act 2, but keep in mind it's still a work in progress, but even then it's better in my opinion than some full release games.

If you love ARPGs then you owe it to yourself to pick up this game, especially when it's only $25.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Early Access Review
What Diablo 3 should have been. 10/10
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
81.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Early Access Review
This game is an absolute win all around. I found out about it through an ad on Facebook. From what the ad said I thought "Hmm.. this game sounds too good to be true." I bought it and am still amazed at what a great find it is. In my opinion this game outclasses Diablo, and every other ARPG out there. The build potential is basically limitless, and I really love the aspect of action/consequence (I'm a huge Fable fan). I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys any kind of rpg.

Best 25 bucks I've ever spent on steam. I'd R8 it 8/8, tis gr8 m8.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Early Access Review
Titan Quest was better than Diablo 2 in many ways.
Grim Dawn is better than Diablo 3 in almost every way.

What gave me pause was how similar Grim Dawn is to the absolutely stellar Titan Quest. So after four hours or so in to the game, I looked up Crate Entertainment, the guys and gals behind Grim Dawn. Turns out that they're made up of a lot of the people behind Iron Lore, the company who did Titan Quest and Dawn of War: Soulstorm.

Why is this relevant (besides me being happy that this gives me everything I love about Titan Quest)? Because with Grim Dawn it shows that these guys have done this before, and done it well with Titan Quest. Dawn of War shows that they are familiar with the Games Workshop IP. And this all ties in to the big statement as to why I love Grim Dawn:

It's like Titan Quest and Warhammer Fantasy decided to mate to breed the perfect child.

Is Grim Dawn perfect? No. Is it almost perfect as far as ARPG's go? Yes. I would even say that it is the better of them. It is much better than the Diablo games (I love those too, so this isn't bias), it is better than Titan Quest (the world feels more vibrant and steeped in history than even the historical-fantasy setting of it's predecesor) and it sure as hell beats out all of the other Diablo Clones I have placed since Diablo 1 came out.

It follows the same formula, but I feel like it is better balanced, with a better setting, a cooler plotline, and much better skill/stat progression. And do also like how every stat is useful to every class. And thus far I like every skill I have unlocked.

TR;DR: Buy this game. It blows Diablo 2 and 3 away, and is also better than it's "predecessor", Titan Quest.

9/10, which is SOLID for an early access game. I cannot wait for the finished product.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
40.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Early Access Review
I would highly recommend this game to anyone. It is one of the best hack and slash games I have played in a very long time. And it's good to see a game in early access that is so complete for what has been released. Even though the acts are still being worked on, the content out is great and I haven't seen too many bugs, and none that are game breaking thus far. If you are looking for a good hack and slash game I would recommend you to buy this, you won't regret spending the money.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Early Access Review
I was pleasantly surprised by this game. Bought it expecting a bit of casual fun, played for a couple of hours and wow, I'm hooked! This is the first game since Diablo 2 that has given me the same feeling Diablo 2 did. It's difficult enough to be challenging without being tedious or overly complex. Crate did an absolutely fantastic job on this.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Early Access Review
Short and sweet version.

This game is fun. Better and more realistic than that other triple A title.
The environments and models don't look like they are made out of plastic like that one free to play title.
And it is super easy to just jump in and play with a progressive learning curve and if you totally screw up your spec just go talk to a guy and reset your points and try something different.

I've played the demolitionist and the nightblade and both feel powerful and dynamic with lots of impact on damage and plenty of blood and gore.

Highly recommend this title and kudos to the devs for nailing the atmosphere!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Early Access Review
This game is really polished so far.
~~~All the classes are pretty cool.
~~~Has variety of builds
~~~Cool healing mechanic
~~~Very Challenging if you turn on the Veteran mode
~~~World looks very dark and gloomy which i love
~~~Some boss have cool mechanics
~~~Decent Crafting system
And if you are fan of ARPG like diablo, path of exile, torchlight, titan quest !!!! This game is a must buy !!!! You won't regret buying this game :)
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Early Access Review
faithful to there community they give regular updates and even released a new class, among other things the game is soild and well worith the money they ask for. Also with more updates to come it can only get better, and rememeber this is only alpha or so this game is far from done but it already gives what most games dont.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
Great game from the guys that made Titan Quest. its on sale grab it now. its one early access game they actually continue to work on. I love it
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Early Access Review
As of today Build 24 is out! I finally get to go in that town at the end of my last journey. Great game, will be hooked for a while. Titanquest engine runs, and feels new with the sound design, and gritty artwork in the game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Early Access Review
It is Grim to realize it is Dawn, pulled an all nighter with this game again... FREE ME DEMOLITIONIST/OCCULTIST... Just one more canister bomb into a trash mob of skeletons... just one more grenade... one more flashbang...
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Early Access Review
Wonderful mechanics and beautiful gameplay, with many explorables and trinkets to customize your character to your own liking. Several classes to choose from an allowed to mix classes to change playstyle. It is unique and exciting have recently just purchased this and so far no regrets as I am a fan already. I enjoy the being able to use guns rather than always swords and shields gameplay that feature seems to me a new way of introducing newer fans of aarpg to this awesome game. However at this moment there is no voice overs for quest' I am not a fan of reading though find myself trapt enjoying the phrases of quest added to a number of listful things that are added very quickly to do's. ( The developers have done a wonderful job on this game and to not be fully completed i was a skeptic, an concerned sbout my purchase though now that i am a proud owner of this unique masterpiece my mind is at ease that i did the right thing by purchasing this title....I look forward to completion and any newer content as already hooked at this an cannot set it down....Give this game a run and you will be thankful as you spent your money wisely....................Like i said, I was skeptical as not to knowing of what layed beneath the title and cool scenery though so dag on excited that i made the plunge into the unkown and found this master piece. 10 of 10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
From the makers of Titanquest, Grim Dawn is the real Hack 'n Slash deal to get asap !

Bigger and better than TQ, with tons of new stuff and great graphics / effects. This is what Craplo 3 had to be since the beginning ( the funny thing is that Craplo copied Titanquest storyline - released in the 2006 / 2007 - even the final boss fight / arena + dialogs )

Multiclass, epic fights, awesome blood & gore, customizable camera ( you can even rotate it ), super loot, factions and more stuff that will be added while the game is being developed !

I reccomend you to play this game when it will be fully released, because of the epicness ( also if you don't want to spoil storyline and zones to explore ) !

Would piss on Craplo again. 10 / 10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Early Access Review
9:04 PM - Kinnokin: Satan
9:04 PM - Kinnokin: Death
9:04 PM - Kinnokin: Dead
9:04 PM - Kinnokin: Blood
9:05 PM - Kinnokin: Skull
9:05 PM - Kinnokin: Dagger
9:06 PM - Kinnokin: Hyper aggressive dark bow of the massacre slaughter
9:09 PM - Kinnokin: Keen bloody edge dagger of the hellspawn
9:10 PM - Kinnokin: Intense massacreing greatsword of terror
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Early Access Review
Pretty great....playing on normal mode for about an hour and already died lol....a lot of fun not really buggy....like a better diablo and more serious torchlight i guess lol. epic looting going on too. I am really enjoying the crafting feature of getting to use above mentioned "epic loot"to repair/ build certain infastructure to advance on your map. Quite surprised with how well this early access is going so far....the first one I am trying out very pleased.
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