Hi Grim Dawn fans!
This update contains information about game keys going out both for those who pledged for the first time through KS and those who upgraded existing keys. Further down is some news about the results of KS and what we've been up to recently.
If you did not upgrade from an existing game-key, then your game keys acquired through Kickstarter should have been sent out. If you haven't received an email, please check your spam box. If you don't find it there, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you pledged on Kickstarter as an upgrade to existing keys, we've sent out an email to confirm your order information but have not yet sent out any new keys to those who will be getting additional keys. First, please check to see if our information is correct (if it is, you don't need to do anything). Once we've allowed some time for people to alert us of any mistakes and information all looks correct, we'll send out any new keys in about a week or two.
How do I use me key?! Why doesn't it work on Steam?
We've gotten a few emails from people asking where to download the game and such. Please be aware, Grim Dawn is not yet finished or even in alpha. The purpose of this Kickstarter project was to raise funds to help us get it there. We're anticipating alpha at the end of this year or early next.
As soon as any version is released, you can be sure we'll make a lot of noise about it, send out updates, post announcements, etc.
We've also had people asking why their game-keys don't work on Steam. As mentioned above, Grim Dawn hasn't yet been released in any form, so it isn't available yet anywhere, including Steam. We expect that the final game will be available to download from us directly, on Steam and possibly on other distribution sites. We also expect that keys received through Kickstarter or pre-ordered on our website will be redeemable on Steam for those who wish to use it, once we release a version and go through the Steam approval process.
We're not yet 100% certain how the alpha / beta will be distributed. We may have an early alpha through Steam or we may not be on Steam until the full release. We'll let you know once we know. For now, store your game keys in a safe place and follow along with us on the forum as we continue development.
For those who are curious, the final amount we've received from Kickstarter is about $481,000 after fees, failed transactions and such. Don't worry, this doesn't affect the stretch goals as we had already accounted for this loss in our planning. We haven't begun creating the physical rewards yet as many of them are dependent upon completing the game first but, since we kept physical rewards in higher tiers, we expect the cost of producing and shipping them will only be about 7% or less of the remaining funds. Our website pre-order system went back online a few days ago and has generated about $3500 so far.
After finally getting the release of funds and final backer report from Kickstarter, we've been very busy processing all that, getting keys mailed out and responding to questions. With the first wave of keys sent out, we just have to confirm our upgrade information and then we'll be able to wrap that up as well.
Though the KS work has slowed us down a bit in the past week, Grim Dawn development continues as always. We've also started interviewing people for a couple new positions, which will really help speed things along.
I'll be posting threads on the forum to discuss the new environment / dungeon probably later in the month and will send out a new update on KS once we're ready to do that.
Follow us on the Grim Dawn forum or Facebook to receive more development news as Grim Dawn progresses.