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 (1,396 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 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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November 15

Build 22: Instanced Loot, Expanded Storage and More!

We are proud to announce that Build 22, a quality of life build filled with highly-requested improvements to the game, is now live.

You can look forward to such features as:

  • Instanced Loot for Multiplayer
  • Expanded Shared Storage
  • Auto-Combine Partial Components
  • And more!

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

With this update complete, we are now moving full-steam ahead to bring you the first chapter of Act 3, where you will discover new locations, characters and exciting new challenges. We expect this update to go live by late January.

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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”
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“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.”

“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.”

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 the first two "Acts" of Grim Dawn and up to character level 35, with some additional 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
  • 5th player class, the Arcanist, will be released Oct 2014
  • Additional big content releases in late 2014

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

    • 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
    • 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
23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
81.3 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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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
92.9 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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13 of 15 people (87%) 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.6 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.

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
96.0 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
54.4 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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8 of 8 people (100%) 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
239.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
Early Access Review
I like this game allot so much to do and so many different things you can do when it comes to the classes and skill and everything
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Early Access Review
Awesome game mechanic, rich dark atmosphere surroundings, awesome loot, class mechanic is good, really hope it will be release quick!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.1 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
208.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Early Access Review
Great game, been playing since the Alpha launched.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Early Access Review
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Early Access Review
I don't often review games but wanted others to know about this great gem. It has all the things that make a great hack and slash, and all of them done well. The graphics are beautiful, the gameplay is compelling. The rewards are difficult but attainable and the replay factor is HUGE. Although only two acts are completed, I've created dozens of various characters trying to get a feel for where to spend my time (LOL - Thats already done !) A fine game at $60.00 a steal and so worthwhile at anything less. Please give this game a chance - if you like the genre then you will love this game and be supportorting an up and coming powerhouse of a game company. These guys have some great talent and if we can keep them in business then we might get a post apocalyptic zombie killer hack and slash from them in the future :) (HINT HINT)
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
So far, the game is pretty neat. The gameplay is quick, fun and entertaining. The controls are quite responsive. The graphics are very decent. The music is fitting. The art style is nice and the game is up it's own butt with atmosphere. It's been a long time I had a game like Diablo or Dungeon Siege to keep me occupied, and now it's here.

The UI and the way the game is presented could be improved, however. Often times it seems the screen is cluttered with text, or my HUD is getting in the way. Other than that, this game is a real gem. Truly underrated as far as it being Early Access.

I haven't tried the Multiplayer feature yet, so I won't say anything in that regard.

This is one of those games I wish more people would get involved in. I recommend it to all you dungeon crawler-loving gamers. Be prepared for fast-paced action and hordes of zombies, demons, beasts and bugs. Not to mention all the 4HAT L3WT you'll find along the way.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Early Access Review
I invested in this game because I remembered Titan Quest and it's expansion. I could always see there was something there but unfortunately as game studios come and go....so went the talented programmers that developed these wonderful creattions. I perused Kickstarter and found that Grim Dawn was being created and noticed that not only the same potential was there but something more or just as special. I invested quickly and not once have I thought it to be hasty. This game is beautiful and the many hours and months of work have paid off. There tone is set well as it has been stated but within it all, there is hope. I would think that more people will look towards investing in this game because this is really what an action RPG should be. Crate's small team has done very well with its limited resources and I hope that they will be doing more work. So please invest in this game. It's been a while ride for the limited time I have spent and I look forward for many more hours of playing.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Early Access Review
It's like Titan Quest. But all grim dark.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
The Diablo competitor you whished for!

Grim dawn is basically the sequel of the nice Titan Quest. Which wasn't so successful.
They’re using the same engine as in Titan fall and the world is hand made. They add content every few months and add stuff like two hand weapons you missed for in Titan Quest.

You can choose between four classes. Later you can add a second class, resulting in a new class. You can make a cool mix of skills. But if you want to keep it classy, you also can combine a warrior with a rogue, resulting in a heavy battleship, raging through the lines.
The setting is really dark and doesn't change that much. It can be depressing over the time to run every time the same themed cave or village. The maps are big and not random generated. So you don't have different results in different runs.
The combat system is classic hack & slay. You beat monsters, use skills and drink some pots to heal you. The classes are good balanced in my opinion and the story is okay. The graphics are a little bit outdated but fit the dark theme of the game.

If you're looking for a classic hack & slay but get sick of Diablo 3, here you go.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
This game is so much fun, even when you completed all the quest you can grind for the best stuff in the game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
This game is fantastic . Haven't played that much into it yet but lovein it so far because i am a huge dungeon crawler rpg fan. There is one little problem that i have with the game and that is the stuttering problem and the fact that the vertical sync doesn't seem to help with the screen tearing issue. Other than those problems the game is solid and very enjoyable in its current state. Keep up the good work guys one hell of a game , and proud to have it in my game library. 10/10
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