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 (1,536 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

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“We're still working on expanding content and features for Grim Dawn but it is already very playable and the core gameplay is fun and relatively polished. The first two acts are currently available and most players have reported their first run taking between 12-24 hours and some have already logged hundreds of hours with replays and item farming. We still have significant content to develop and some features, such as multiplayer, are not yet online. Join us as we roll out new content, features and continue to refine the gameplay experience based on your feedback.

Grim Dawn is a passion project by a small team of experienced developers. Please be aware that we do our best to maintain a stable, enjoyable experience but because the game is in active development and things are constantly changing, problems do sometimes arise. You may also find that our pace of development is not as fast as larger teams. If you're looking for a polished gameplay experience right now and / or would be upset by delayed releases or slow updates, then you'd probably be happier waiting for the final release.

Look below for more detailed information on the current state of Grim Dawn and what's to come.”
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"The spiritual successor to Titan Quest, this loot-based Action/RPG has numerous improvements to the already-great Titan Quest formula."

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December 22

Build 23 Hotfix 1 is now live

After receiving reports of frequent crashes in Multiplayer with the latest build, we have investigated the issues and discovered the cause. Build 23's Hotfix 1 is now live.

Thank you to all who sent in crash reports.

v0.3.1.2 (b23 Hotfix 1)

[Tech]

  • Resolved crashes associated with player aura skills in Multiplayer, such as when transitioning to new areas
  • Resolved a crash associated with Inspecting other players in Multiplayer
  • Resolved a crash associated with Trading with other players in Multiplayer

[Game]
  • Updated the dialogues for several NPCs involved with Kill Target quests (ex. Gloomweaver) so that you can no longer accept the quest if you killed the target before. Instead, you will now only see the option to turn the quest in retroactively.
  • The one-shot chest in the Jagged Waste/Pine Barrens/etc area now spawns in one permanent location instead of 3 possible locations
  • Increased the drop rate of Manticore Poison Glands

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December 20

Act 3: Chapter 1 is Now Available with B23!

At long last we're ready to liven up your holiday season with the first segment of Act 3. This stretch of levels will take you from Smugglers Pass to Deadman's Gulch, into the Mountain Deeps and beyond to the gates of Homestead. With these new areas to explore, the player level cap has been raised to 40.

Also included is an expansive side-region with additional questing through the Pine Barrens, Jagged Waste and Tyrant's Hold, plus other secrets.

You will be able to secure the riftgate outside of Homestead, although you cannot yet enter the town. However, the second chapter of Act 3 is already nearing completion and we expect to release it by mid-March or earlier.

B23 also contains additional item art, improvements, fixes and balancing changes. Check the change log below for more details.

To view the full list of changes, visit the changelog here.

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Reviews

“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.”
MMORPG

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
95 of 106 people (90%) found this review helpful
89.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Early Access Review
I was and I still am a huge fan of Titan Quest. Grim dawn has exceeded my expectations by miles so far. I like the graphics, I like gameplay and I like the way you can improve gear by using collectable items. Gameplay is great, resources are not too scarce but its still a challenge. I just love it!

Yeah, progress is slow, the game is still in Alpha state. That's because developers resources are scarce and mostly because they are doing it right instead of releasing a half baked thing. In Switzerland we use to say "do it right, or it's not worth to be done."
You guys seem to do it just perfectly, keep on doing so well! And don't listen to the voices of impatient kids, they know nothing about hard work...
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39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
503.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
This game should not be overlooked by anyone who is interested in either Diablo 2,3,Titan Quest, or POE. While all of the games have fundamental differences in gameplay. Grim Dawn brings something fresh to the table that I have found lacking in POE and D3.

The Pros:

- Attention to detail (for example piles of burning bodies in fields and outside of burrwitch lead one to believe there was a major fight against the rampaging Aetherials, which leads me to my next "pro".)

-The story telling ( while it does lack in lore like some of the AAA games (Diablo) it does a masterful job at telling a story without spelling it out for you. Different scenes you come across throughout the world really get you interested in what had happened as you put it together.

-Itemization ( the loot is both unique and visually appealing)

-The Combat (the melee and spells feel really good)

-The MUSIC ( is just amazing, nuf said)

The Cons:

- The Combat ( Ranged combat is somewhat underwhelming, althought it has come a long way since initial release)

-Skills ( while I am not one for super flashy skills like D3 some of the skills feel relatively underwhelming, for example the soldiers and cultist last tier skills, while useful, just don't look or feel all that impressive)

- Multiplayer (multiplayer is not all that great as there are relatively few people who have public games open and the latency with the person hosting is often terrible, if one day they can have their own dedicated multiplayer server, it will be amazing!)

-It's not done yet! ( just cant wait for it to release)

Needless to stay it is still pre-release and there is much that is being done to improve the game on all fronts, when fully releases there will be much rejoicing.

Highly reccommended
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
This is honestly one of the best games I've played overal and easily the best ARPG. It's obvious to see how the developers are in this to make a great game they're proud to put their name on, and they rightfully have a lot of loyal fans who have been with them since the Alpha or some point in the Beta. I started playing in late Alpha, and the game was rather good even in that early state and they only continue to vastly improve it. It's really great to see developers not try to get away with the minimum amount to make X sales but pay great attention to detail and continue to go above and beyond of what would be an 'acceptable release'. I can't wait until this game is finished, if you enjoy ARPGs at all this is a MUST buy.

You pick a class at level 1, and once you reach level 10 you have the option to pick a second class, although you can do it at any level after 10 as well if you're not sure what to pick. This allows you to have some really great hybrid builds with huge replayability potential. There are currently 5 classes, so the combinations you can make are quite large, and they plan to add at least 1 more class in every expansion.

Grim Dawn has a great mix of C'thonian elements, undead and other demensional demonic enemies. The environment is beautifully crafted and the plot/quests are well thought out, the additional info diaries you can find are fun to collect and read, although not a nonsense mundane task like some games make finding such things to be.

Grim Dawn has a good difficulty level and can further be increased by choosing a Veteran mode, and later when the game is released more difficulties will be released.

10/10
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42 of 63 people (67%) found this review helpful
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Early Access Review
At a beta release, this game is more complete than Diablo III's full price AAA release.

Guaranteed way to kill an afternoon smashing things. Brings back all the addictive fun of Diablo II / Titan Quest without the 15 year olds.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
59.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
I've been playing this on and off during its development and it's shaping up very nicely. The devs seem like a great and active bunch so I'm happy to support them.

If you're looking for a good ARPG with plenty of depth I'd highly recommend giving this a go.

In it's current state it's perfectly playable with enough content to get your teeth into, and act III due to be released soon.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Early Access Review
Pretty much this game is like if Fallout and Diablo had a baby together and it took mostly after Diablo but people could still see enough of Fallout there to know who the father was without having to ask.
Mind you, I mean that in the best way possible.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
98.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
Grim Dawn, as it exists right now, is worth the money. The dev is constantly adding to the game and progress is regular. Multi player was just added and for the most part works just fine. There are a few rough spots but then again this is an early access title. I have been on board since the kickstarter and the developer has done a fantastic job so far. If you are a fan of ARPG's - buy this. It's good right now and its headed towards great.
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36 of 57 people (63%) found this review helpful
99.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
Early Access Review
This game is an exellent replacement for Diablo 3. They made Titan Quest. Like Blizzard before it became Acti-blizzard
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
156.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
Despite still being in early access this hack and slash already feels more complete than many other "finished" games on the market. Quite possibly the finest hack and slash sense D2:LOD.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Early Access Review
From the people who brought you Titan Quest comes another great ARPG. It's currently in early access, but there's a lot to do in game, as they just released the first part of Act 3, and multiplayer was added a few patches ago. The first thing you will notice is how fun combat can be. A common issue in ARPGs is boring combat. As fun as Diablo 2 and PoE are, the combat can feel very boring. In Grim Dawn when you attack stuff you see the enemy corpse really take damage, you see the gore and the corpse fly off depending on what you hit them with. The sounds are also good quality which helps make each hit you do feel powerful and rewarding. With good combat, the return of Titan Quests unique skill system, and a dark world to explore, the game is very much worth buying even in early access. The devs are good about responding on the steam forums and their own, so you can easily follow the development as this goes towards release.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
First heard about this game back when I was hooked on playing Diablo. I saw five minutes of it and thought it was just a clone. Don't think the way I did, this game is downright amazing, even in early access. When I first looked at the map, it was way larger than I expected, and it is literally full of things to do. The only problem with this game is it isin't done yet, becuase with the way im going right now, I will have a bulk of the game done in a week. Love this game, check it out, worth every cent.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Early Access Review
Dark gritty atmospheric game that's similiar to Diablo 2 and Titans Quest combined. Gamplay feels like a current generation Diablo 2 game with it's own great twist and additions. Grim Dawn is a must buy for anyone looking to play a great hack and slash game. However, the game is still in early access but is worth the sale purchase weither you want to wait for a full release or play it from the get go.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
55.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Early Access Review
Basically take diablo make it fun, add better graphics, bigger maps, better monsters some kick ♥♥♥ weapons and you have grim dawn, very addicting game and exploring pays off greatly
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
A very good aRPG. If you liked Titan Quest then you should stop reading this right now and buy. I prefer this to Diablo 3 and would say I put it about even with poe, although I usually end up playing this one wen I want to play an aRPG simply because it requires no internet connection. The class system and upgrade system are great. It's also not finished yet (though pretty close) so it hasn't even sown its full potential. The dev team are solid and have put in consisten work so you can feel confident even tough its early access. The one thing I would criticize most is that even tough I love the design style and the setting, the in-game graphics feel really muddled to me at times, but it doesnt take away from the enjoyability of the mechanics.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Early Access Review
I have played virtually all ARPG's over thousands and thousands of hours for years. I am happy to say that this game is a worthy spiritual successor to Titan Quest and is a very well done, content rich game with hours and hours of content. Relatively nice looking, great soundtrack, great combat, original universe, fun to play and well made. The develoipers have put love and care into the game, and I wish them all the best in completing it. I would definitely purchase expansions if they came about to. More more more!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
I have to say, i'm very impressed. As another user put it, Grim Dawn is very much like Diablo III, only several times more fun and beautiful. For an Alpha, the gameplay is very well polished (well, I guess for a completed game as well!), and I love the fact that you can put skill points into another skill tree, allowing interesting hybrids of characters. For example, my toon is a Molotov chucking, gun-toting, demonic Eye throwing Necromancer/Technician. Yeah. GET THIS GAME. I have a feeling that my Christmas break will not be spent doing anything productive, thanks to this. All I can say is, well done, the makers of this game have done excellent, and I hope to see more of it in the future. (At the time of posting this review, I had 3.3 hours worth of gameplay. I suspect that shall soon be in the double numerals quite soon.)
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
Early Access Review
- score
playability 90/100
story 55/100
ost -did not listen-
sfx 90/100
replayability 70/100
overall fun 80/100

The current build only covers two complete acts. Even so, the maps are huge, feels like an open world, to complete them, it cost me at least 8 hours per act.

The sound fx is very nice, some mobs have some creepy nasty insect sounds.

The fun comes from testing builds, Occultist feels a bit like Witch Doctor from Diablo 3. My main character is Warlock (Occultist + Arcanist) and I feel like playing a WD + Wiz hybrid!

I've been playing in veteran difficulty and I've felt farming is somewhat optional, you can only keep scavenging green/blue items but "silver" won't drop much.

A small color equivalence of items rarity for Diablo3 players
item in diablo3 color in diablo3 color in grim dawn
normal white white
rare blue yellow
magic yellow -none-
legendary orange green
set green blue
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
Reminds me of a lot of Champions of Norrath/D2,very fun so far! if your looking for a Hack n Slash game buy this.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
Early Access Review
Ever play Titan Quest and its expansion? Well this is that game, but with more stuff to look forward to!!

Don't believe me? Well then get the game and check it out!!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Early Access Review
I'm just barely scratching the surface of this game and it's seriously one of the best of the recent ARPGs I've played. (of those in mind Torchlight 2 and D3). Path of Exile is an honorable mention, because I enjoyed it very much.

If you like Titan Quest you're a fool if you miss out on the christmas sale on this.
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