Grim Dawn heading to Steam Early Access 5 November

5 Nov 2013  by   Paul Younger
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Grim Dawn
A new patch has just been pushed live for Crate Entertainment’s ARPG Grim Dawn and they’ve also revealed that it will be available on Steam Early access tomorrow.

The Steam version of Grim Dawn is slightly different from the version that was available trough Crate’s own site and they say it’s “a slight step down from Pioneer and does not include all the extra perks available “.

Crate also released some new monster shots as well as some notes on important changes such as the way rare items are generated in the loot tables. This means that players can now “consistently rely on seeing green from big chests”.  Five one-shot chests have also been added to the game and these will guarantee  one epic item or rare component with a high chance of rare items.

The latest patch that’s just landed includes fixes to the loot drops and other balancing issues which you can see in the build 14 list below.

Finally there are a couple of new monster images which feature the Trolls and Half-trolls which will be making an appearance in Cairn.

Grim Dawn

Grim Dawn

Latest Patch Notes

v0.2.0.0 (b14)

Tech:

  • Default mouse control scheme changed to lock onto targets when attacking and moving.
  • Previous click and hold mouse control scheme is now available as an option (“Classic Targeting” = off).
  • Fixed a bug where attempting to move to the player location would result in strange movement.
  • Fixed a bug where characters with no specific death behavior would remain visible.
  • Fixed a bug where death effects were sometimes not played.
  • Fixed a bug where corpses would not dissolve when offscreen.
  • Fixed a bug where some buff effects would show a partial cooldown on their status icons.

Game:

  • Loot drop rates have been adjusted to even out the distribution of powerful items. The intent is to have rare items dropping more consistently without creating all-or-nothing situations that leave some players feeling satisfied and others wishing for better drop rates.
  • 5 one-shot chests have been added to the world to encourage exploration.
  • Fixed an issue where Direni would stand idle for several seconds before attacking when players chose the hostile resolution.
  • Fixed an issue where Direni would transition to combat without preserving his original facing.
  • Fixed an issue with Poison and Bleed Duration Reduction attributes being incorrectly added to displayed resistance values or reseting the respective resistance to 0 (based on which item was equipped first).
  • Loot orbs can no longer be broken by monsters.
  • Occultist: Added -%physical damage to Curse of Frailty and -DA to Vulnerability.
  • Zombie Fire Soldiers – they exist…
  • Zombies should occasionally spawn in more fire / poison oriented packs
  • Reduced skill reclamation cost
  • Reduced time before animation interrupt is allowed on gun attacks to improve kiting responsiveness
  • Balancing adjustment to various enemies
  • Minor increase to breakable object (barrels, crates, etc) drop rates

v0.2.0.1 (b14)

Tech:

  • Fixed a bug where some resource types were not unloaded correctly when no longer used.
  • Fixed a memory leak when loading navigation data.
  • New crash reporter.

v0.2.0.3 (b14)

Tech:

  • Fixed a bug where proxies would always spawn the maximum number of monsters in their range.
  • Fixed an exploit involving item granted skills which allowed the skill cooldowns to be bypassed.

Game:

  • Occultist: Small increase to top levels of Solael’s Witchfire damage
  • Demolition: Small increase to top levels of Firestrike
  • Nightblade: Pneumatic Burst pierce decreased to account for the increase in pierce bonus from Cunning.
  • Soldier: Reduced physical damage of Forcewave.
  • Reworked a buff on Viloth that wasn’t well telegraphed but giving him a significant boost in damage.
  • Armor physical damage absorption decreased for both players and enemies.
  • Enemy physical damage has been scaled down to compensate.
  • More health potions will drop in the first few levels to allow players to build a small stock at a time when the price of buying them is still prohibitive.
  • Probability to hit and OA / DA formulas, along with enemy attribute, OA and DA values have been adjusted again to smooth out some scaling issues.
  • The amount of OA/DA dervived from 1 point of Cun/Phy has been lowered from 0.66 to 0.5. This affects enemies as well as players, so it won’t mean a reduction in player effectiveness. It will increase the value of OA/DA gains from skills and gear.
  • Most importantly, we are pleased to announce what is perhaps the crowning feature in Grim Dawn: player long johns! You will now start with pants that you can remove to expose totally styling long johns. In all seriousness though, the main purpose of this was to provide starting leg armor to help reduce the early armor to damage curve.

v0.2.0.4 (b14)

Game:

  • Bumped up loot drop rate across all enemies
  • Increased champion pool spawn rate to compensate for previous fix
  • Increased base physical damage to bring it back up a little from the previous reduction and added small chance for “extra hard” hits to make damage a little more dynamic.
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