Ex-Titan Quest Dev Brings New Game to Kickstarter

Ex-Titan Quest Dev Brings New Game to Kickstarter

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The indie action-RPG Grim Dawn has joined the crowdfunding party.

Return with me now to days long ago, which is to say February 2010, and a conversation about Grim Dawn, the action-RPG in development at Crate Entertainment, an outfit formed by a couple of veterans of the defunct Titan Quest studio Iron Lore. Long before Tim Schafer discovered Kickstarter, Crate took its own shot at "crowd contributed" game development, inviting gamers to pre-pay for Grim Dawn at one of three different levels to help ease the strain of the development process. Yet in spite of being way ahead of the crowdfunding curve, Grim Dawn hasn't actually joined in on the wild Kickstarter party - until now.

The Grim Dawn Kickstarter is now live, taking pledges of anywhere from $1 [$18 is required to actually get a copy of the game] to $8000 or more. Those who have already purchased a key need not do anything, as the first three Kickstarter tiers are identical to Crate's own crowdfunding offerings, but serious fans who want to kick in even more money can do so by simply pledging the difference between what they paid for their original key and the Kickstarter tier they're interested in. [There's a little more to it than that, obviously, so be sure to get the details on the Kickstarter thread on the Grim Dawn forum before you start throwing your money around.]

And why does a project that's been in the works for so long need Kickstarter help now? "Though we have several experienced developers working on Grim Dawn, only two of us are in a financial situation where we can afford to support ourselves without a salary (albeit on a steady diet of bread and moldy cheeses)," the devs wrote on their Kickstarter page. "The other guys involved with Grim Dawn work day jobs at other game studios to pay the bills and contribute as they can on nights and weekends. As you might imagine, this makes for pretty slow going and it is certainly not ideal for creative collaboration. When critical team members end up in crunch at their day jobs, they can sometimes get tied up for weeks, causing certain aspects of our development to temporarily grind to a halt."

Because of that, things like art, animation and world design are "falling woefully behind" the programming and gameplay development. Grim Dawn is in good shape as far as gameplay and features go, but there's just not enough actual content to support a release. "While we could still finish a fine little game on our own that would be rough around the edges but very fun, we believe there is a much greater potential that could be realized if we were more adequately funded and staffed," they continued. "So we're hoping you can help give us some proper funding so that we can get the team together, start making faster progress and ultimately release a bigger, better game."

Grim Dawn, for the record, is an action-RPG very much in the vein of Titan Quest and Diablo, but with a number of enhancements aimed at making it more appealing to the hardcore crowd. It features an open-world design with randomized elements and non-linear progression, destructible environments, customizable classes, splattertastic combat, factions, online and LAN-based multiplayer and more. Modding tools will also be included, and the whole thing will be DRM-free.

The gameplay on display in the Grim Dawn Kickstarter pitch trailer has come a long way from the pre-alpha video that was shown a couple of years ago, and even in its current state the game looks hot. Roughly $40,000 of the $280,000 funding target has been raised and there's still 31 days left on the clock. The situation seems promising, in other words - and I think I'm about to get a little bit poorer.

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It's only been 3 and a half months, and already we've had more kickstarts this year than Daytona Beach Bike Week.
Or the Dragon Rally for you Brits

Wow, already over 1,000 backers. Earlier this morning when I first saw this kickstarter page, there was only around 200!

I'm glad this got featured here. I'm impressed with how good Grim Dawn looks.

Although I still am looking forward for Diablo 3, this looks like an excellent alternative. (Especially with Diablo's always on DRM and controversial auction house.)

I hope these guys get all the help they need to complete this title. I'm definitely going to level some bills in their direction. Getting alpha and beta access to this is very enticing to me.

I do wish they'd waited a couple of months for this, or at least extended it to 60 days so I'd have a little more time to absorb the Wasteland 2 payout. But I'm not going to miss out on this.

DVS BSTrD:
It's only been 3 and a half months, and already we've had more kickstarts this year than Daytona Beach Bike Week.
Or the Dragon Rally for you Brits

I think it's great. It's not like there are a lot of other releases at the moment for people to spend money on and not everyone needs to contribute to every project. I've backed 3 different games this year but I won't be backing this one. The last thing I'm interested in is another action RPG. Yet, if the Kickstarter model is to gain any sort of foothold in the industry, it needs to offer lots of different genres to appeal to different gamers.

Andy Chalk:
~snip~

Me neither, truly interesting times indeed.

An amazing game and these guys truly deserve everyone's support. I think out of all the Kickstarter projects they are actually the closest to having a finished product.

Andy Chalk:
I do wish they'd waited a couple of months for this, or at least extended it to 60 days so I'd have a little more time to absorb the Wasteland 2 payout. But I'm not going to miss out on this.

I sorta agree with you, lots of kickstarting going around at the moment.
On the other hand, these are the kind of people I would want my money to go to.

"This video is private"

Please don't pirate it this time :P

Iron Lore's Titan Quest was great... I still play it! I hope this game's as mod-friendly and even more flexible in its character development system!

According to the devs, GD will support mods. They are making this game as much for us as they are for themselves. I've donated to them already, I hope others pitch in and help them out. They are really doing some amazing things with that engine.

First Kickstarter project I'm actually considering to support. Love TQ and I've had my eyes open for this game since the first video was out. Think it looks awesome.
I do hope it takes a while for the game to get released though. Reckon Diablo III will keep me busy for quite a while.

Sweet I've been waiting for this, gonna put 52$ over the 48 I did initially.

DanielBrown:
First Kickstarter project I'm actually considering to support. Love TQ and I've had my eyes open for this game since the first video was out. Think it looks awesome.
I do hope it takes a while for the game to get released though. Reckon Diablo III will keep me busy for quite a while.

From what I've read on the GD forums, the alpha will be out in about 6-8 months.

DVS BSTrD:
It's only been 3 and a half months, and already we've had more kickstarts this year than Daytona Beach Bike Week.
Or the Dragon Rally for you Brits

To be fair, GD was taking money for pre-orders (though not on kickstarter) before Tim Schafer created his investor bubble.

darkknight9:
"This video is private"

It works on the GD kickstarter page.

Eric the Orange:

DanielBrown:
First Kickstarter project I'm actually considering to support. Love TQ and I've had my eyes open for this game since the first video was out. Think it looks awesome.
I do hope it takes a while for the game to get released though. Reckon Diablo III will keep me busy for quite a while.

From what I've read on the GD forums, the alpha will be out in about 6-8 months.

Good enough! Thanks for sharing. :)

Not sure why the original Kickstarter trailer on YouTube was set to private but I've put in a new link, so if you haven't seen it yet, check it out. It looks pretty fantastic.

Also sorry for spamming responses, but I am very excited about this game and would be very saddened if It did not meet it's Kickstarter destination.

Whooooo, they have past the 50% mark. As of this post they have $141,952 ou of the $280,000 they need.

Recently they released this update,

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crateentertainment/grim-dawn/posts

We're pretty far down the list, but were still on it.

WHOOOOO! They've now officially made there goal. Time to see some stretch goals.

Final 2 days, if you're at all interested now is the time.

Have you seriously been necro-ing this thread over and over again for the past month o_O

 

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