Deep Rock Galactic - GSG_Jacob


Attention Miners!

While you impatiently wait for Update 25 to bring the Endgame to Hoxxes IV, we have decided to give you a little bonus hotfix. We’ve been doing more hotfixes than usual to keep you sated, and this one has a little extra something to keep you busy.

First of all, we have given the gunner a little love in regards to balance, as per request from the community.

The Minigun has gotten some much-needed punch, including both base damage and adjustment of mods. The Autocannon also got an overhaul, although not as significant as the Minigun.

Other weapon tweaks are counting the Boomstick, the Auto 210b, and the Voltaic SMG.

For those of you who like to work the long nightshifts with Bosco as a helping hand, we’ve upgraded the drone algorithm, allowing him to retrieve gems and other objects from afar. However charming that is, please do not spend too much time playing fetch with company property. You’re on the clock.



Q'ronar Shellbacks have had their diet modified and their armor should now be less durable. Their Younglings should also appear less frequent. Hopefully, this will reduce the amount of deadly pinballing in the narrow caverns. The bug causing muffled sound for the entire game has also been squashed.

FULL HOTFIX 7 NOTES
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  • Bosco can now dig out and carry objects!
  • Q'ronar Youngling encounters should be a bit more rare.
  • Q’ronar Shellback’s armor is significantly weaker. Most weapons will be able to break it in a few shots. Weapons with armor breaking capabilities will still excel at it.
  • Tweaked the rolling animation of the Qronar enemies to resolve unintended jerkiness
  • Changed material on the weakpoint of the Glyphid Menace, when it dies so it does not light up dead
  • Fixed a bug with sounds becoming muffled for the remainder of a mission after getting hit by a rolling Q’ronar enemy
  • Glyphid Praetorian backside is again considered a weakpoint but does not give any damage bonus on its own
  • Fixed a bug with the Mission Assignment icon not showing in the Mission Terminal
  • Fixed a bug with clients being required to open the map in order for the host to be able to see their Mission Assignment
  • Increased attenuation distance for sound and camshake when digging out eggs
  • Fixed a bug with the Terrain Scanner getting stuck
  • Fixed cases where you would switch weapons after mining and using the Terrain Scanner

Weapon Balance Tweaks
We are constantly tweaking and balancing the weapons based on player feedback and our own testing, and quite a few tweaks are coming in this hotfix. Since the weapons are currently a living system that is still growing and evolving, there will certainly be more tweaks in the future, especially with the upcoming addition of the overclocks in the next update. Your feedback has been invaluable in this process so please, keep it coming.

Minigun
The minigun has been suffering, especially in high hazard missions, so we’ve made a few changes to address this.
  • Increased base damage
  • Increased value of the Lighter Barrel Assembly mod to allow for more a more responsive gun build
  • Increased value of Magnetic Bearings mod to better balance against the rest
  • Increased slightly how long you can shoot before overheating to help against larger swarms
  • Increased value of Magnetic Refrigeration mod to better balance it against competing options
  • To better balance it against the other choices the Aggressive Venting mod will now also cause enemies to flee
  • Stun is now a default function of the Minigun to help gunners stand their ground, we are also working on improving the stun system in general for the next update.
  • Changed the Stun mod to a Stun Duration mod since stun is now built-in

Auto 210
Some of the mods for this gun have not been able to hold their own so we’ve done some changes to better balance the whole weapon and prepare it for the upcoming overclocks.
  • Tweaked the crosshair to look a bit more balanced and moved hit confirmation to the inner markers
  • Shortened base stun duration
  • Increased base stun chance
  • Stunning a creature now requires a weakpoint hit
  • Replaced the Stun mod with a Stun Duration mod
  • Decreased the bonus of the Overstuffed Magazine mod
  • Increased power of Choke mod
  • Swapped places of the Choke and High Capacity Magazine mods
  • Increased base pellet count to compensate for the mod rearrangement

Boomstick
This has been another weapon that needed an overall balance shift to make the mod choices more relevant and interesting.
  • Increased the rate of fire bonus from Double Trigger Mod so it feels smoother, also rephrased the description a bit
  • Decreased effect of the Bigger Pellets mod to better balance against the Expanded Ammo Bags mod
  • Increased base damage to compensate for the Bigger Pellets mod tweak
  • The Boomstick now has a base chance to stun targets
  • Increased the power of the Stun mod to better balance it against the competition
  • Increased effect of 3rd row Expanded Ammo Bags Mod to better balance against the High Capacity Shells mod

Autocannon
The Gunner’s Autocannon also needed a little love, though not nearly as much as the minigun.
  • Increased value of Damage Reduction Mod so that just like with the minigun, players can better stand their ground against a swarm.
  • Increased base splash damage range to help the gun deal with large swarms
  • Removed friendly-fire from splash damage so you can safely fire into the fray and not hurt yourself when shooting enemies at point blank range.

Voltaic SMG
This little powerhouse had a crazy build hiding in it, those mods responsible have been reigned-in to better compare to the Auto 210 while others got a needed boost.
  • Fixed the Electrocution Bonus mod (it used to give a 120% damage bonus which was crazy) now it does 30% just like the NUK17s.
  • Renamed the Electrocution Bonus mod to Conductive Bullets since the two mods were identical in function.
  • Adjusted the values of Increased Caliber and High Velocity Rounds to better balance against the other mods and other weapons.
  • Increased the value of the Improved Gas System mod to make it more relevant
  • Swapped places of the second Expanded Ammo Bags mod and the Improved Gas System mod
  • Increased the range of the Electric Arc mod as it was too short

Other Weapon Tweaks
  • Increased damage done by the Gunner’s Sticky Grenade to the creature it is stuck on as it felt a bit meh before.
  • Decreased the damage bonus of the Defender mod for the LMG Gun Platform as it has turned out to be too powerful.

If you missed the previous hotfixes, here’s a highlight of the dents we’ve hammered out since the update was released.

PREVIOUS HOTFIX HIGHLIGHTS
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  • Hole plugged in upper launch bay.
  • Throwing axe can now hit all killable things & Fixed various Impact Axe shenanigans
  • Certain vanity items no longer show up red when Frozen
  • Players who just joined the game can no longer be grabbed just as they spawn
  • Fixed the barrel hoop game combo display
  • Disabled saluting while having a grenade equipped.
  • Improve spawning of enemies
  • Improved carriable gems logic in an effort to fix bad cases with throwing and dropping when dying
  • Space Rig exterior GFX improved
  • Removed confusing requirement for the "Total Makeover" achievement that required players to change to a non-default owned skin color
  • Naedocyte Breeder has been nerfed. It now spawns more rarely and the spawn amount of
  • Naedocyte Hatchlings from the Roe has been decreased.
  • Weapon reloads now better-synced with audio-visual cues
  • Mine head sentry gun now dismantles, rather than disappear, when ammo is spent
  • Mule, Drop Pod, etc. now have floating icons again when holding the laser pointer

And much, much more below.

HOTFIX 8
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  • Changed Q'ronar Shellback’s unintended 100% Explosion Resistance to 80%
  • Woodlouse Younglings are no longer completely immune to explosions and electrical damage when rolling
  • Fix for Bosco making gems unreachable after someone Latejoined

HOTFIX 6
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  • Players should no longer get stuck in an invulnerable downed state
  • Fixed a bug with BET-C’s pulsating sound
  • Fix for ambient occlusion only working for dynamic objects
  • Mule, Drop Pod, etc. now have floating icons again when holding the laser pointer
  • Fixed Mine Head Launch icon not properly disappearing for clients

HOTFIX 5
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  • Sound added to pickup of throwing axes
  • Tweaked colors of power attack cooldown display
  • Fixed a bug with pickaxing frozen teammates not breaking them free
  • Fixed the extraordinary laziness of Molly which made her refuse to follow players

HOTFIX 4
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  • Added Steam Rich Presence, since Pedro was bored. You may need to restart Steam before it works
  • Naedocyte Breeder has been nerfed. It now spawns more rarely and the spawn amount of
  • Naedocyte Hatchlings from the Roe has been decreased.
  • Enabled Hoarder's physical animations
  • Fixed more cases where enemies would not spawn
  • Fixed pathfinder issues around special objects
  • Fixed emission on a plant that was wrong in Lush
  • NUK17 - The NUKs now have static bullet spread that is not affected by either shooting or moving. Run & gun or spray & pray to your heart's content.
  • Weapon reloads now better-synced with audio-visual cues
  • Mine head sentry gun now dismantles, rather than disappear, when ammo is spent
  • Pathfinder fixes for issues seen around mine head
  • Resource bag now only spawns if the player that left had any resources
  • Fixed late-join drop pod choppiness
  • Fixed a bug where beards get stuck floating in the air when a player gets downed
  • Shortened the Sticky Grenade fuse time
  • Cryo grenade now affects Naedocyte Shockers / Hatchlings

HOTFIX 3
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  • Removed confusing requirement for the "Total Makeover" achievement that required players to change to a non-default owned skin color
  • Fixed a bug that enabled the mission time achievement to trigger after waiting in the space rig for an hour and dropping into a mission
  • Fixed various Impact Axe shenanigans
  • Fixed an animation problem in third person for the M1000 Classic causing it to be misplaced when reloading
  • Improved spawn location logic for enemies in an effort to fix missing enemies
  • Fixed issues with saluting during auto-reload causing magazine spam and broken animations
  • Shadows disabled on point lights on Load Screen
  • Fixed white light flashes in space rig terminals

HOTFIX 2
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  • Typo fixed on Impact Axe description
  • Disabled saluting while having a grenade equipped.
  • When dropping a gem / carried the item, you no longer switch weapons twice. If you press 1-4 on client you also now get the correct weapon/tool for that item slot.
  • Improve spawning of enemies
  • Fixed cases of enemies not being allowed to spawn
  • Fix choppy motion when late-joining and dropping down.
  • Remove Disable Optimizations Pragma
  • Grenade count will now be correctly counted when rejoining a game after disconnecting
  • Updated Grenade UI after late-joining
  • Players rejoining a game after disconnecting will now spawn back directly instead of going down with a drop pod
  • Improved carriable gems logic in an effort to fix bad cases with throwing and dropping when dying
  • Fixed Shield Regenerator deploying twice
  • Fixed weapon mastery skin not being available for Bulldog, Autocannon, and NUK17
  • Scaled the Q'ronar Younglings smaller
  • Localization update
  • Rotating movement removed from planetary ring outside space rig until we find a better solution
  • Fix space rig hologram performance (collision related)
  • Procedural Smoke and Fire progress
  • Space Rig exterior GFX improved
  • All the Loading Tips have gotten a grammar- and typo-fixing pass
  • Enor Pearl material set to Local Space
  • Fixed material issue on Tentacles around Dreadnought Egg
  • Fix pickaxe and Gems could become invisible on client if he got downed
  • Fix throwing a gem/item on clients would not always select the last weapon.
  • Fixed Retroactive milestone progress for achievements "Performance matters" and "Management Approves"
  • Added text explaining that Hazard 4 is demanded to play on to unlock Haz 5 in the
  • assignment
  • The Achievements requiring you to not call in a supply pod or die, now only triggers if you haven't called a supply pod

HOTFIX 1
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  • Glacial Strata - Decreased the cooling rate for Frost Praetorian breath attack and death cloud.
  • Glacial Strata - Cooling effect from blasts of freezing air now stop as soon as you leave the area of effect
  • [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Typo fixed in Plasma Burster grenade description
  • [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Hole plugged in upper launch bay. Well spotted, miner.
  • [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Elevator shafts on Space Rig cleaned up a little because there's nothing we won't do for our players.
  • Minor hole plugged in monitor mesh
  • Fixed XP bar showing for players on the loading screen
  • Fixed poodle related overlay issues
  • Fixed bomber puddles creating permanent overlays
  • Fix for terrain related crashes
  • Hoarder's electrical resistance increased
  • Cryo Grenade area of effect increased
  • Fixed the retroactive functionality for promotion achievements
  • Throwing axe can now hit all killable things
  • Fixed player able to throw grenades after death
  • Certain vanity items no longer show up red when Frozen
  • Grenade loadout UI: Extra Detail button hidden for grenades
  • Players who just joined the game can no longer be grabbed just as they spawn
  • Fixed the barrel hoop game combo display
  • Bugfix - Fixed Impact Axe sometimes getting stuck to the player throwing it
  • Tweaked stationary enemy encounters in caves
Deep Rock Galactic - GSG_Jacob



EDIT: We posted an FAQ in the Steam forums. Find it here.

Listen up, Miners!
Fasten your safety harness and keep your eyes focused on the information terminal - this is going to be a long lecture.

The next update is a big one. The smart ones among you have probably already guessed it; Update 25 is all about the Endgame in Deep Rock Galactic.

What does all that mean? Well, first and foremost, the endgame will be focused on content that is primarily available once you have enough missions under your belt to promote your first dwarf. We are aware that once you get your dwarf past the first promotion, there are other and better-paying mining gigs out there, so we are setting you up for some special assignments for you to do once you reach the appropriate rank.

Be aware that this is a preliminary description of what we want to do; as this is a creative process, the design is subject to change along the way.



Deep Dives
Once your first promotion happens, we will trust you enough to grant you special privileges and access to a new mode called Deep Dives. This new mode is a set of periodical high-risk multi-objectives, that won’t give you the normal payout, but instead, award you "Batteries".

Each part of a Deep Dive will take you deeper into the bowels of Hoxxes IV, and you will have to field a full team of reliable dwarves from the very beginning to be able to make it to the end - the current personal drop pod will not be able to make it this deep (and the current budget does not allow us to upgrade their performance to this extent), so at the end of each part, we won’t be retrieving you but supplying you with a fresh pod to take you to the next and deeper part of the Deep Dive.

A Deep Dive will consist of three different missions chained together with a mix of objectives. These objectives will be similar to the main objectives you already know, except more than one will need to be completed. Example; In one mission you might have to salvage two Mini-M.U.L.Es and battle a dreadnought. Health and ammo will carry over from one Deep Dive mission to the next, so be sure to stock up on Nitra and Red Sugar before you move on.

The difficulty level on a Deep Dive will be fixed. You will not be able to bring a greenbeard to a Deep Dive. Do not attempt a Deep Dive on your own or while ill-prepared - you’ll be wasting company resources, and you don’t want that kind of attention from Management.

A new Deep Dive will appear every week. You will be able to do a Deep Dive several times, but you will only be able to reap the main rewards once. Should you fail during a Deep Dive, which we fully expect many shall, you will receive a partial reward - but the real gold is at the end of the Deep Dive, behind the hordes of vicious aliens.

Furthermore, each Deep Dive will take place in the same caves, with the same types of aliens for everyone. However, spawns will still be unpredictable, so stay alert while on a Deep Dive.

Machine Events
Using Batteries, you will be able to access Machine Events, that will randomly appear in the normal missions. You will be seeing abandoned machinery appear in some normal missions, but interacting with them will only be possible if you have Batteries. Every dwarf, even greenbeards, on the team will be able to get access to these events as long as at least one dwarf has enough Batteries to activate it, and chooses to do so.
Activating these events will add something entirely new to do, like hunting Glyphids for resources, tracking treasure or throwing explosive barrels at something big and angry.
The rewards for activating and successfully completing a Machine Event will be a craftable item Blueprint, credits, and XP.



Blueprints and Overclocks
Blueprints will give you access to a new, powerful type of weapon modification called Weapon Overclocks, that goes in their own unique slot. There will be a vast number of available overclocks for the weapons, but beware - turning up the juice might not be all it’s cracked up to be as the more powerful Weapon Overclocks comes at the cost of instability in the form of drawbacks.
Blueprints will be awarded randomly - and some might be rarer than others - but you will never be awarded the same Blueprint twice.
Blueprints will also cover new rare cosmetics, such as weapon skins and glorious beards, matching the latest dwarven trends from back home. Even Bosco might get some fancy new skins.

So when is this happening? Due to the size of the upgrade, and the upcoming summer holiday, it's going to take a bit longer than usual. We're committed to releasing Update 25 in August/September. This is a huge thing which we know you'll love.

Once again, be aware that this is a work in progress and that anything in our roadmap might change as we test and improve.



And more?
While we’ll focus on the Endgame in this update, we might add some additional small surprises to Update 25, but you’ll have to stay tuned for those.

Are we at 1.0 yet?
Not yet. As you may have noticed, we’ve shuffled the roadmap a bit. That doesn’t mean the ideas for future content we had listed have gone away for good - we just want to focus on Update 25 and commit to that. We still have a lot of content we want to make come alive in Deep Rock Galactic, and the Endgame update is not the end of that.
Deep Rock Galactic - GSG_Jacob


Take your seats, Miners!
We got new grenades, eye candy, personal drop pods, a bunch of new enemies, and a TON of gear tweaks to brief you about, so grab a brew and listen up!

Also - look out for the [COMMUNITY REQUESTS] - these are things you guys have been very adamant in talking about and bringing to our notice, so keep up the good work! It is, as always, very appreciated. :D

--- PATCH NOTES ---
GRENADE LOADOUT
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The boys and gals in R&D have been hard at work once more! All the old grenades have been reworked, and a ton of new ones have been added. Each class can now unlock up to three distinct types of class-specific throwables, with the potential for more to come in future Updates.
- Engineer: L.U.R.E, Plasma Burster, Proximity Mine
- Gunner: Sticky Grenade, Incendiary Grenade, Cluster Grenade
- Scout: IFG, Cryo Grenade, Pheromone Canister
- Driller: Impact Axe, HE Grenade, Neurotoxin Grenade


LOADING SCREEN MAKEOVER
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We’ve finally gotten our new orbital drone cameras installed, enabling much better and varied scenic views of mining crews descending to the surface of Hoxxes at the beginning of each mission.


END SCREEN MAKEOVER
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The End Screen shown at the end of each mission has gotten a much-needed overhaul as well. Now you get to pose and display all your lovely cosmetics in full 3D while the mission data ticks up!


STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
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They’ve been a long time coming, but they’re finally here! 50+ Steam Achievements have been added to the game, ready to be unlocked! We’ve strived to make them retroactive anywhere it made sense.


NEW MOBS
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NAEDOCYTE BREEDER
Imagine a floating bag of slime, constantly spewing out pulsing egg-sacks full of ravenous young. They may look like gentle giants (depending on how much you like tentacles), but trust us when we say you want to take these oozing blimps out quick.

NAEDOCYTE HATCHLING
The result of leaving the Naedocyte Breeders to do their thing. We’ve run into more developed varieties of these before, but this is the first time we’ve ever encountered them in their larval state. They are hatched ravenously hungry, so mind yourselves that you don’t get overrun.

Q’RONAR YOUNGLINGS
Younger and softer variation of the Shellbacks. Unlike their more solitary-minded mature state, the Q’ronar Younglings hunt in packs. Do not underestimate them.

GOLDEN LOOTBUG
Now, this is an interesting one. Unlike the common Lootbug, this particular breed gorge themselves on gold alone. Management has no qualms with employees taking them out for sport and personal gain.

HUULI HOARDER
This rare beastie seems like a bit of an oddity among the otherwise mostly hostile Hoxxes fauna. Often referred to as “The Clown Car”, the Huuli Hoarder is an abject coward and will run away from any potential threat once startled. However, like the common Lootbug, they subside solely on a diet of precious minerals - as in, taking them out will net you a tidy profit, just take care that you don’t let it separate you from your team.


LATE JOIN DROP POD
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[COMMUNITY REQUEST] Let it not be said that Management does not care about employee complaints. Joining a mission already in progress now dumps you into a personal drop pod, letting you safely land in the mission area instead of utilizing the horribly unreliable teleportation technology used so far. As with the Supply Pod, it is recommended to keep a safe distance to the landing zone.


BETTER DISCORD INTEGRATION
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Sign up for the Miner’s Union and join our wonderful Discord community directly from the Space Rig! We have bigger plans for this down the line, but for now, you can use it to see the number of active members and such.


MISSIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
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- [COMMUNITY REQUEST] The Mission Map now displays Assignment Icons for every team member, making it easier to choose which missions to go on.
- [COMMUNITY REQUEST] The Hazard 5 Unlock Assignment now requires you to play the associated missions on Hazard 4 difficulty
- [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Dwarves leaving a game will now drop a resource pouch with any materials they had in their inventory
- [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Added an option to opt Bosco out of solo missions at the Drone Modification Terminal

UI AND CONTROLS
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- Personal Temperature HUD overhaul
- [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Added option to disable Mouse Smoothing
- Improved gear stats display in the Equipment Terminal


PICKAXE POWER ATTACK
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Surrounded by awful bitey things? Let them know how you feel about that! While having your pick out, hit Fire to unleash a devastating Power Attack. There’s a cooldown on it, so spend it wisely.


MODELS AND AUDIO
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- New Heavy Sentry model for Engineers
- New Sentry models for the Minehead
- New Floodlight models for the Minehead
- Several new enemy and weapon sounds
- New Hoxxes model shown on Space Rig


GEAR TWEAKS
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PICKAXE
- Fixed the Q-mining exploit

"THUNDERHEAD" HEAVY AUTOCANNON
- Fixed a bug with Autocannon fire rate not resetting
- Fixed Autocannon lighter barrel assembly mod
- Tweaked Autocannon fire rate to increase in a more linear manner
- Removed Stun mod

"LEAD STORM” POWERED MINIGUN
- Decreased Stun mod chance
- Decreased Stun duration
- Fixed Aggressive Venting modification to properly function as client

DEEPCORE GK2
- Renamed Stagger to Stun
- Gear stats now display the weapon's stun on weak point hit functionality correctly

EXPERIMENTAL PLASMA CHARGER
- Renamed Normal Shots Bounce mod to Bouncy Plasma
- Renamed Charged Projectile Explodes mod to Unstable Containment Field
- Increased Radius and Damage of Unstable Containment Field implosion
- Fixed some EPC shots doing "generic" damage

“BULLDOG” HEAVY REVOLVER
- Removed Stun Mod (anyone who purchased it will get a refund)
- Added stun chance as an inherent property of the gun

JURY-RIGGED BOOMSTICK
- Stun Mod proc chance increased
- Tungsten Pellets Mod armor damage multiplier increased
- Blast Wave description made more clear (hopefully)
- Blowthrough Mod changed to Super Blowthrough (can penetrate multiple targets)
- Fixed Blast Wave mod to work consistently

ZHUKOV NUK17
- Removed the Stun mod (anyone who purchased it will get a refund)
- Rearranged some of the other mods to better balance the potential builds
- Increased the accuracy penalty while moving
- Increased the speed with which accuracy is regained
- Decreased accuracy spread when shooting
- Increased Tier 4 Expanded Ammo Bags mod from +100 to +150 ammo

M1000 CLASSIC
- Added a tutorial hint for Focused Shot
- Fixed Stun modification to work properly

BREACH CUTTER
- Fixed the Breach Cutter so it no longer damages the player if fired directly downwards


MISC TWEAKS
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- Deeptora Honeycomb is no longer immune to fire
- Glyphid Praetorian acid gas can now be lit on fire again
- Fixed cases of mission weapon assignment completed not being counted correctly
- Fixed some invisible colliders in levels displaying as ‘Unknown Material’
- Credits pages now change properly
- Fixed a bug that caused a floating Shield Generator or Satchel Charge to appear at the - location of the spawn point
- Fixed some bugs related to saluting while reloading
- Fixed certain armors that caused the player’s arms to be invisible at the beginning of a mission
- Fixed the revive progress bar so it no longer stays on the screen if another player starts and cancels the revive process
- [MIXER Interactivity] Resupplying Ammo now works
- Super Blowthrough modifications changed from 10 penetrations to 3 for all weapons that have them
- Added a failsafe for Shield Generators that fail to deploy

HOTFIX 1
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  • Glacial Strata - Decreased the cooling rate for Frost Praetorian breath attack and death cloud.
  • Glacial Strata - Cooling effect from blasts of freezing air now stop as soon as you leave the area of effect
  • [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Typo fixed in Plasma Burster grenade description
  • [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Hole plugged in upper launch bay. Well spotted, miner.
  • [COMMUNITY REQUEST] Elevator shafts on Space Rig cleaned up a little because there's nothing we won't do for our players.
  • Minor hole plugged in monitor mesh
  • Fixed xp bar showing for players on loading screen
  • Fixed poodle related overlay issues
  • Fixed bomber puddles creating permanent overlays
  • Fix for terrain related crashes
  • Hoarder's electrical resistance increased
  • Cryo Grenade area of effect increased
  • Fixed the retroactive functionality for promotion achievements
  • Throwing axe can now hit all killable things
  • Fixed player able to throw grenades after death
  • Certain vanity items no longer show up red when Frozen
  • Grenade loadout ui: Extra Detail button hidden for grenades
  • Players who just joined the game can no longer be grabbed just as they spawn
  • Fixed the barrel hoop game combo display
  • Bugfix - Fixed Impact Axe sometimes getting stuck to the player throwing it
  • Tweaked stationary enemy encounters in caves

HOTFIX 2
  • Typo fixed on Impact Axe description
  • Disabled saluting while having a grenade equipped.
  • When dropping a gem / carried item, you no longer switch weapons twice. If you press 1-4 on client you also now get the correct weapon/tool for that item slot.
  • Improve spawning of enemies
  • Fixed cases of enemies not being allowed to spawn
  • Fix choppy motion when latejoining and dropping down.
  • Remove Disable Optimizations Pragma
  • Grenade count will now be correctly counted when rejoining a game after disconnecting
  • Updated Grenade UI after latejoining
  • Players rejoining a game after disconnecting will now spawn back directly instead of going down with a droppod
  • Improved carriable gems logic in an effort to fix bad cases with throwing and dropping when dying
  • Fixed Shield Regenerator deploying twice
  • Fixed weapon mastery skin not being available for Bulldog, Autocannon, and NUK17
  • Scaled the Q'ronar Younglings smaller
  • Localization update.
  • Rotating movement removed from planetary ring outside space rig until we find a better solution
  • Fix spacerig hologram performance (collision related)
  • Procedural Smoke and Fire progress
  • Space Rig exterior GFX improved
  • All the Loading Tips have gotten a grammar- and typo-fixing pass
  • Enor Pearl material set to Local Space
  • Fixed material issue on Tentacles around Dreadnought Egg
  • Fix pickaxe and Gems could become invisible on client if he got downed
  • Fix throwing a gem / item on clients would not always select the last weapon.
  • Fixed Retroactive milestone progress for achievements "Performance matters" and "Management Approves"
  • Added text explaining that Hazard 4 is demanded to play on to unlock haz 5 in the assignment
  • The Achievements requiring you to not call in a supplypod or die, now only triggers if you haven't called a supplypod

HOTFIX 3
  • Removed confusing requirement for the "Total Makeover" achievement that required players to change to a non-default owned skin color
  • Fixed a bug that enabled the mission time achievement to trigger after waiting in the spacerig for an hour and dropping into a mission
  • Fixed various Impact Axe shenanigans
  • Fixed an animation problem in third person for the M1000 Classic causing it to be misplaced when reloading
  • Improved spawn location logic for enemies in an effort to fix missing enemies
  • Fixed issues with saluting during autoreload causing magazine spam and broken animations
  • Shadows disabled on point lights on Load Screen
  • Fixed white light flashes in spacerig terminals

HOTFIX 4
  • Added Steam Rich Presence, since Pedro was bored. You may need to restart Steam before it works
  • Naedocyte Breeder has been nerfed. It now spawns more rarely and the spawn amount of Naedocyte Hatchlings from the Roe has been decreased.
  • Enabled Hoarder's physical animations
  • Fixed more cases where enemies would not spawn
  • Fixed pathfinder issues around special objects
  • Fixed emission on plant that was wrong in Lush
  • NUK17 - The NUKs now have static bullet spread that is not affected by either shooting or moving. Run & gun or spray & pray to your hearts content.
  • Weapon reloads now better-synced with audio-visual cues
  • Mine head sentry gun now dismantles, rather than disappear, when ammo is spent
  • Pathfinder fixes for issues seen around mine head
  • Resource bag now only spawns if the player that left had any resources
  • Fixed latejoin drop pod choppiness
  • Fixed a bug where beards get stuck floating in the air when a player gets downed
  • Shortened the Sticky Grenade fuse time
  • Cryogrenade now affects Naedocyte Shockers / Hatchlings

HOTFIX 5
  • Sound added to pickup of throwing axes
  • Tweaked colors of power attack cool down display
  • Fixed a bug with pickaxing frozen teammates not breaking them free
  • Fixed the extraordinary laziness of Molly which made her refuse to follow players

HOTFIX 6
  • Players should no longer get stuck in an invulnerable downed state
  • Fixed a bug with BET-C’s pulsating sound
  • Fix for ambient occlusion only working for dynamic objects
  • Mule, Drop Pod etc. now have floating icons again when holding the laser pointer
  • Fixed Mine Head Launch icon not properly disappearing for clients
Deep Rock Galactic - GSG_Jacob
Attention Miners!
Welcome to the second Deep Rock Galactic community update! First and foremost, we hope you have been enjoying going face to face with the Horrors of Hoxxes in Update 23. It’s been great to see all the positive feedback, and we’re looking forward to hearing what you think of the next big update. In regards to the release of Update 24, we are pushing the release back a little bit, to be able to finetune and polish the new content some more. We are confident that the update will land May 15 - remember to check back in due time for the experimental release.

Fan Art
We’re still blown away by all the amazing fan art that the community keeps pumping out, and below you’ll find a small selection from our different channels.

Drilling in the dark
This first moody Driller piece comes from DIwii on Discord.


Karlburster
Discord user Grimjak went above and beyond merging DRG with Alien, one of the big inspirations.


Leave no dwarf behind
This black and white piece from Discord user Lesolan turned out great.


Cotton Eye Karl
This video from Discord user Vooker525 is beyond description. Just watch it.
https://youtu.be/BspXBOEbq_0
Why would you even...
Reddit user JoeDuncan made an enemy suggestion that’s too good not to share. It’s aptly named “Brood Nexus Warden Bulk Bearded than you Grabber Detonator” because it’s all of those things.


Dwarvengers
Last, but not least, our mention of the endgame in our roadmap resulted in this great Avengers mashup from Reddit user GryphonKingBros.


Content Teasers
So what is coming in Update 24? We’ve already shown a little bit on our different channels. If you missed it, catch up below.

New grenade types

Gunner End Mission celebration

The drone delivers

End Mission Flex

Slimy Swarmers

Join us on Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/drg
/r/DeepRockGalactic on Reddit
@JoinDeepRock on Twitter
Deep Rock Galactic on Facebook
Deep Rock Galactic - GSG_Jacob


Attention, Miners!

Due to glyphid swarmers in the machinery, the roadmap update has landed a little later than usual, but boy oh boy is it a good one. First of all, Update 24 will arrive early May instead of April, due to the Easter holiday in Denmark. Contentwise, for update 24 we’ll be getting a bit handsy. We are introducing no less than [REDACTED] new grenade types - not the big one we teased on Twitter, but we’re confident that everyone will be happy with their new throwable ordnance. Also, you want more swing in your pickaxe? There’s a mod for that!

With new things to throw at the enemy, we’re also giving you more to throw at. In Update 24 new creatures that go bump in the night will show up on Hoxxes IV and if you have been following us on social media, you might recognize a few.

We weren’t completely satisfied with the anticlimactic way missions were ending, so we are revamping the end screen to make it feel more… victorious if you make it out alive. Those left behind might not feel the same.

Some of you may have noticed that we are adding Steam Achievements (Yes, we did see the spreadsheet tracking it on Reddit). However, since we have a lot of Achievements coming up, they will not make it into Update 24. We’d rather do some more work on them and listen to suggestions and feedback, before letting them out into the wild. Please leave a comment on this post, on the subreddit or on the Discord if you have suggestions for cool achievements.

In regards to future updates, we’ve begun to look at the endgame of Deep Rock Galactic. Our vision is to keep you engaged and rewarded past the first promotion of your dwarves, whether it’s adventures, useful upgrades, equipment, or overall challenge. The endgame will tie into the Daily Adventures mentioned on the roadmap, but with the significant change that it won’t be daily and we will change the name of Daily Adventures to reflect this (once we come up with something fitting).
Deep Rock Galactic - GSG Community Manager
Hello Hard Tried Miners,
We got Hotfix 1 for update 23 ready for you! We have been monitoring the game over the weekend and we have noticed that the game got more difficult with Update 23 and that you have had to work harder to get your paycheck. Some of this is intentional like the buff to Elimination and Point Extraction missions, and some are not.

Overall we have now increased rarity of some of the new special enemies and they have been both bug-fixed and tweaked. Glyphid Grunt Slashers and Guards were appearing way too often compared to what we intended and they have been reduced in numbers as well. The Nayaka Trawler has also gotten some much-needed love.

We now expect your chances of survival to have increased, but please keep in mind that Hoxxes still is a very dangerous place to work, even for a dwarf!

Best Wishes,
-The Ghost Ship Crew-

Changes

Enemies
  • More granular scaling of Dreadnought's difficulty across hazard levels
  • Fix for enemies in attack stance sometimes ignoring shield (and other blockers)
  • Fixed: Naedocyte Shockers leave an empty health bar upon death
  • Tweaks to enemy types distribution
  • Nayaka Trawler impact+supply pod sound distance fixed
  • Nayaka Trawler no longer infinity grabs the player
  • Fix crash when joining a game in progress while someone is grabbed by Mactera Grabber
  • Tweaks to reduce Nayaka Trawler's speed
  • Nayaka Trawler's damage reduced
  • Nayaka Trawler is now scaling health based on player count
  • Hooked up sound for Trawler so it does not use the supply drop pod impact sound for bumping into players :-)
  • Better distribution of grunt Slashers and Guards + Glyphid Warden and Trawler is rarer
  • Fixed Caveleech biting sounds being heard over big distances.
  • Lowered chance of Slasher and Guard spawns
Weapons and Tools
  • Fixed the flare duration upgrades for the regular flares.
  • IFG particles on enemies made more intense
  • Fixed SMG Electrocution Bonus was showing 1 when it should show +20%
  • Fix crash when joining a game related to Line Cutter
  • Fixed a bug that caused clients to not be able to see the upgraded damage radius on the Satchel Charge
  • Fixed shield generator icon not always being removed after cool down
  • Fixed an issue that caused the player to turn when reopening the terrain scanner after closing the terrain scanner during a turn to face operation
  • Fixed a bug that caused you to get stuck in the terrain scanner camera mode if you swapped guns while using the terrain scanner
  • Fixed a problem that caused the ammo for Satchel Charge and carried sentry gun ammo to display incorrectly on clients if they were upgraded
Bosco
  • Made it easier for Bosco to hit the cave leech
  • Bosco's digging animation now stops if you send him from one dig operation to another
  • Bosco now looks for a place that has line of sight to his target before firing his rocket
  • Bosco ability los checking now actually works... oops
Resources
  • Improve how resource veins are generated in rooms. Mostly affects point extraction where they should be distributed further out into the room
Assignment
  • Change Weapon Assignment Milestone to 1,3,5 so that you can actually complete the last one.
Mixer
  • Making mixer dreadnought a bit less dangerous

Hotfix 2 (Loot Bug got its Health Bar back)
  • Loot bug showing health bar again (This is the most important fix!)
  • Possible flaregun intensity fix
  • Fixed a collision issue with the Supply Pod beacon that caused the hologram to block alot of shots/projectiles
  • Wardens now only summon enemies if they no longer have anyone to buff nearby, but they summon a group instead of only 1.
  • Glyphid warden now takes 3x damage instead of only 2x on weak point
  • Bulk Detonator and Glyphid Warden a bit rarer
  • Fixed spawn diversity for Haz 1-3
  • Fixed Sound attenuation for Trawler

Update 23 Hotfix 3
  • Fix enemies suddenly appearing out of terrain when they could not reach you.
  • Fix enemies pathing through air
  • Wardens weak points glow when they take damage.
  • Warden doesn't leave invisible collision behind when it dies
  • Fix for the scout grenade triggering twice
  • Tweaks to slightly reduce the difficulty of the Dreadnought for 2 and 3 players games in order to match 1 and 4 players experiences
  • IFG made more blue
Deep Rock Galactic - GSG Community Manager


Hello, Miners!

What a party! Thank you so much for all that participated, sent in fantastic contest entries, and got down to some right ol’ dirty cavedelvin’ with us during the celebrations. Now, though, we’re all out of Dark Morkite, there’s no more confetti in our hair, and we’ve gotten right back to work. That’s right, it’s Update Time, and we think we got a good one for you! First things first though:

THE PRICE INCREASE LOOMS
As we mentioned during the One Year celebrations, we’ll be raising the price of the game to $29.99/€27.99€/£24.99 on March 28th! And as we said, if you got friends looking for a sign on whether or not to join up, now’s a really good time to make that plunge. To delve into the darkness. To dig deep into their pockets and...eh, you get the idea.

THERE’S SOMETHING... NEW... IN THE DARK
With Update 23: Horrors of Hoxxes, we chose to focus on one of the most often requested improvements for the game (ourselves included): More aliens! Well, more aliens you shall have - alongside a ton of other stuff, we’ve got a bunch of new Hoxxes natives for you to pump full of lead, as well as some much-needed facelifts for some of our old friends.

Have a gander at the list at the end of this post for the full notes or dive in as un-spoilered as you please! Either way, we’re pretty proud of this one.

AND BEYOND!
Checkmark on 23: Check! Onwards to 24! We still have some design ahead of us before we can fully commit to the headlines on this one (some key members of the team are out of town, attending conferences), but 24 will likely be a less feature-oriented Update, and more focused on polish and improvement of current stuff while we put work into more long-term stuff in the background. So far it looks like Update 24 will bring things like yet more Mods to unlock, at least one new enemy type, and a bunch of UI improvements such as revamped Mission Load and Mission Complete screens, but we’ll have something concrete to share with you soon.

That’s pretty much it for now. All that’s left is to wish you all some lovely trips down into the dark to meet all your new...friends… :>

Until then,
ROCK AND STONE!
- The Ghost Ship Crew

Update 23 Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyAWOamsv7o

--- PATCH NOTES ---

A GAZILLION NEW ENEMIES
  • GLYPHID MENACE
    • This distant cousin of the Glyphid Acidspitter is both smarter, faster, and more aggressive. It’ll burrow into the ground between firing off devastating volleys of corrosive goo, making for a high-priority target when spotted.
  • GLYPHID WARDEN
    • This mysterious Glyphid sends out regenerative waves of spores to its nearby kin, reinvigorating and buffing them. Better take it out quick.
  • GLYPHID BULK DETONATOR
    • A sickening horror of the deep. It’s Bulky and it Detonates. You’ll know it when you see it - and then you’ll likely die. You have been warned.
  • NAYAKA TRAWLER
    • The first species encountered of this awful breed of Hoxxes wildlife. The Trawler has been observed in the Sandblasted Corridor Region and it burrows through sand at high speeds, aiming to catch prey in its’ extended maws as it passes. Don’t stand in front of it.
  • GLYPHID GRUNT SLASHER
    • A more durable and fast version of its weaker cousin, the Grunt. Plus...its long-bladed legs deal thrice the damage. Nasty buggers!
  • GLYPHID GRUNT GUARD
    • Another variation of the Glyphid Grunt. This one is heavily armored and has twice the health but is a bit slower than a normal Grunt.
  • RADIOACTIVE GLYPHID PRAETORIAN
    • In the Radioactive Zone, Praetorians have mutated and now do radiation damage! Better keep your distance.
  • RADIOACTIVE GLYPHID EXPLODER
    • Exploding with radiation! ‘Nough said!
  • RADIOACTIVE GLYPHID SWARMERS
    • They glow in the dark and are radioactive - they’re small enough that the radiation they emit isn’t enough to affect a healthy dwarf, however.
ENEMY TWEAKS
  • GLYPHID DREADNOUGHT OVERHAUL
    • New behavior: If the players are hidden in a small hole, the Dreadnought will now destroy the terrain until it gets to them. Can’t stop me now!
    • New attack: Swarmer Egg. Besides the fireball, the Dreadnaught will shoot a projectile full of swarmers. If hits the players, it will also cover them with pheromones, turning them into the target of new enemy swarmer spawns.
    • Regenerating armor. Make sure to attack it while it’s vulnerable. Health values have been modified to conform to this new system.
    • An all-new Boss Health Bar lets you know when you are facing a serious challenge. For the moment it’s only for the new and improved Dreadnought, but it’s almost like we have plans to use it for more things in the future, isn’t it? :>
    • Fixed the bug that would allow you to trap the Dreadnought using the Gunner’s shield
    • All its attacks and behaviors have been tweaked. The Dreadnaught is now more aggressive, more responsive, and more dangerous. Management wishes you luck.
    • More Nitra is spawning in elimination missions since you will need more ammo to take down a Dreadnought.
    • Fix so 2 Dreadnoughts can’t spawn in Point Extraction at the same time
    • Supply Pods won’t instakill a Dreadnought anymore - it still deals a good chunk of damage though.
    • Dreadnought's fireball damage reduced
    • Tweaks to Dreadnought's behavior for solo play
  • Q’RONAR SHELLBACK
    • Rolling periods are now shorter so it will open up more often to shoot (which almost means more chances for players to shoot it).
    • Armor resistance and base health reduced.
    • It can only be found in Salt Pits now. Radioactive Exclusive Zone didn’t feel like a healthy place to settle down.
  • CAVE LEECH
    • Received a much-needed model and animation overhaul. Now grabbier than ever!
  • NAEDOCYTE SHOCKERS
    • All new model and animations.
  • BET-C BATTLE MULE
    • BET-C’s grenades have proper models and improved shaders
    • BET-C now moves away if there are players too close to her for a few seconds
    • BET-C no longer turns into an unkillable murder machine if the parasites die too quickly
  • MISCELLANEOUS ENEMY TWEAKS
    • Enemies now only use melee attacks that are in range to actually do damage
    • Grabber only screams if its target is valid
    • Chance of getting a generic scripted wave increased compared to special scripted waves
    • Tweaked all the Glyphids blood particles. They are now much more visible
    • Glyphids have received several new attack animations
    • Glyphid Warriors have been renamed to Glyphid Grunt, because that’s what everyone kept calling them. Also, it fits. :>
MISSION TWEAKS
  • DIFFICULTY
    • Difficulty reduced a bit on 2-3 player games on Hazard Level 3-5
  • ELIMINATION MISSION
    • The location of the cocoons will no longer be displayed using an icon, now they appear on the terrain scanner
    • Cocoons are more evenly distributed throughout the map
    • New debris has been added in the vicinity of the Cocoons, in case you had trouble spotting the 15 ton, pulsating, gurgling, alien egg
  • SALVAGE MISSION
    • Defense Zones have been increased a bit in size
  • EGG COLLECTION
    • Reduced Egg Collection goals depending on Cave Complexity from 5, 8, 10 to 4, 6, 8
  • POINT EXTRACTION
    • Slightly increased spawn rates
    • Wave music added to the announced waves
CLEARER GEM FRAGMENT INDICATION
  • The glowing bits around embedded crystals like, Aquarq, Jadiz etc. now only glow when said item is close. No more returning to already mined spots!
MORE GEAR MODS
We are still in the process of adding mods to all the gear and we are slowly getting there. After this update, only the Pick Axe and the Grenades are left to do.
  • LMG GUN PLATFORM
    • Number of turrets, target prioritization, build speed, scan angle. You are a special snowflake and now your automated killing machine can be too.
  • SATCHEL CHARGE
    • Have you ever thrown down a Satchel Charge only to regret it immediately? Well, now you can install a kill switch for safe disarming and retrieval. Plus many other mods like carve size and fear effects.
  • FLARE GUN
    • More flares? Longer burn time? Auto-reload? Illuminate the situation with these and other mods.
  • SHIELD GENERATOR
    • Customize the size, duration and recharge time of your happy place.
Please note: You have been refunded credits and minerals invested in previous upgrades!

STATUS EFFECTS ON HEALTH BAR
Enemies’ health bars now display status effects such as being electrocuted, etc. They also show temperature variations so players can now know how far from bursting into flames or freezing they are.

VANITY
  • MK5 ARMOR SETS
    • Management has approved the introduction of an all-new set of armor for the most experienced employees to procure - the mighty Mark 5!
  • 1ST PERSON ARMOR
    • All first-person animations now display the correct armor!
  • SUPPORTER GEAR MORE GOLDIER
    • By popular request, the Supporter Upgrade Armor and Weapons have gotten a material overhaul - now more goldier than ever!
BOSCO QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENTS
  • It will now try to position himself below cave leeches, and not above them
  • It will be less glued to the floor when fighting except versus cave leeches
  • It will not fire if something other than enemies is blocking his line of sight
  • Doubled the frequency of Bosco checking if he should get out of the way
NEW MISCELLANEOUS MODELS, SHADERS, AND ANIMATIONS
  • New Mallet model for all your building and repair needs
  • New Beacons for Supply Pods
  • New third person animations make it easier to see if a teammate is currently checking the Terrain Scanner
  • Attempt to fix light bug on Stasis Grenade
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Fix crash related to people joining and being immediately grabbed
  • Added a third-person animation to players looking at the Terrain Scanner
  • Fix spelling error in Mini-gun upgrade
  • Fix DisableMasterEQ setting to work correctly
  • Work on reducing server list backend load
  • The Cryo Cannon’s feedback sounds have been made louder and easier to hear
  • The One Year Celebration is over! If you missed getting the One Year Celebration hat while it was available, tough beans!
  • Also, Management has returned beer prices to normal. Drink responsibly (because it’s expensive!).
  • Sand and Ice geysers should no longer blow you out of the Drop Pod
  • Fixed Mixer Praetorians not working properly
  • Fixed Mixer spawning 4 times the amount of enemies it was intended
  • Fixed Mixer viewer name not properly working
  • Introducing new enemies to Mixer integration: Mactera Spawn, Mactera Grabber, Mactera Bomber, Acid Spitter, Web Spitter, and Shellback
  • Introducing new assists to Mixer integration: Resupply of ammo
  • Introducing mixer integration in the Space Rig: Buy the streamer beers, explode confetti
  • Exploders’ footsteps sound volume increased
  • Reduced the spawn amount of radioactive crystals
  • Better attenuation for the jukebox
  • Scout Grenade IFG FX tweaked
  • Chatbox: System Messages now green and bold, general line height slightly lowered.
  • Mission success music reactivated
  • Fix Linecutter performance
  • Fixed a bug that caused players with Ironwill to not show as downed in their player portraits after dying
  • Fixed trader terminal assignment showing that you completed it one mission too early
  • Tweaked sounds for shield
  • Fixed the cave leech sense bug that caused the sensing UI to get stuck on a players screen
Change lists from Experimental Builds
Deep Rock Galactic - GSG_Jacob
Greetings Miners!

It’s been a week since we had our 1 year anniversary, and we would like to extend our gratitude towards our entire community. We have received tremendous positive feedback from both old and new players, and while we were confident we were doing something right, any shadow of a doubt we may have had, has been eliminated.

With this first community update, we would like to share some of the love we have received from our community in the form of fan art, screenshots etc. We’d also like to share some of the teasers of upcoming content that we’ve shared across our channels over the last few weeks.


The first piece of fan art comes from @Caedo_Genesis on Twitter. We couldn’t help but laugh from the pun.



We jokingly said he needed to add Karl too. So he did.



From Sinnerman on Discord, we got this awesome pixel animation of a dwarven drop squad.



Some great poetry courtesy of hatzyle on Discord.




BuckWild on Discord has created something magical with this little masterpiece.



Reddit user Galazy1 made this very relatable comic.



Feel free to submit your own artwork to us on Discord, Reddit or other channels.


Content Teasers

Since we launched Update 22 we’ve been teasing some of the upcoming content. Keep in mind; we can’t guarantee that any of these small sneak peeks make it into the next updates, but we’re not letting that keep us from sharing them.

Upcoming armor changes
https://youtu.be/J9GwDy3ba6E

"It's like Jaws, but in sand"
https://youtu.be/D73aSEkUVz4

"It's like Jaws, but in sand and you're there"
https://youtu.be/nNdTzqiQqxo

Jelly
https://youtu.be/ipz1PEOrioI

Jelly factory
https://youtu.be/kqLh3sUZzWU

New 1st person arms
https://youtu.be/cCfI85kZtuM

Things that glow in the deep
https://youtu.be/kakoqsnQ2iY

A little prototype of something big
https://youtu.be/_zmP9r0-wVo

And what is this little thing?


Update 23 is still on track for the end of March!

We'll see you soon on Hoxxes IV. Rock and stone! ⛏️⛏️⛏️

Join us on Discord
/r/DeepRockGalactic on Reddit
@JoinDeepRock on Twitter
Deep Rock Galactic on Facebook
Deep Rock Galactic - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Co-op space dwarf sim shooter Deep Rock Galactic is free to try out for the weekend, celebrating an eventful full year in early access. Ghost Ship Games have poured a lot of love and effort into this odd blend of Minecraft and Left 4 Dead, adding a new introductory campaign, improving single-player and adding scads of new caverns, monsters and guns since its debut. It’s come along so well that they reckon they’ll be increasing the price near the end of the month, but players can still get in cheap if they like what they play free now. I recommend giving it a try, even if you play solo.

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Deep Rock Galactic

Update: After a some confusion about when the free-play period ends (the announcement said Monday, the Steam page said Saturday), Ghost Ship has clarified that the free weekend ends at 1 pm PT on March 3—Sunday—while the sale price is good until March 4.

Original story: 

Deep Rock Galactic is a space dwarf mining sim co-op shooter, and if you have no idea what that means, all I can say is, welcome to the club. (It's a bit like Left 4 Dead). Fortunately for the curious among you, this weekend is the perfect time to figure it out: It's the one-year anniversary of the game's Early Access release, and so developer Ghost Ship games is making it free to play for the weekend

The studio also warned that the Deep Rock Galactic price will be going up in late March, from $25 to $30/£25/€28, reflecting its expanded plans for the game. The price change will have no impact on current owners or anyone who picks it up prior to the hike. 

"For the game itself, we are looking ahead once again," Ghost Ship co-founder Søren Lundgaard said. "We’ve got a lot of decisions to make and a lot of design to nail, but the headline of our deliberations is probably this: For several updates we’ve focused on stuff like upgrades for Bosco, weapon mods, backend improvements, overhauls of how we do Difficulty, and so forth—critical additions that make the game a better game—but we really wanna get back to making the caves themselves cooler now." 

The part of the process will begin in March with an update that will add new enemy types and elite variants, and more gear mods. An updated development roadmap indicates that further into the year the developers are looking at things like daily adventures, new mutators, an exploration mode, new soundtrack music, and more.

Deep Rock Galactic is free to play until March 4. It's also on sale until then for $19/£14/€17. 

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