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Victorian era, fantasy action role-playing from the lead gameplay designer of TITAN QUEST!
Victorian era, fantasy action role-playing from the lead gameplay designer of TITAN QUEST!
Victorian era, fantasy action role-playing from the lead gameplay designer of TITAN QUEST!
12,457 backers pledged $537,515 to help bring this project to life.

Act 3 Complete - Moving on to the Finish.


Esteemed Backers,

We've just released the final segment of Act 3 with Build 26. You may now venture beyond Homestead's north gate into the heart of the Cult of Ch'thon's territory. Fight through the Blood Grove, experience the horror of the Ashen Waste and climb your way up through Darkvale to one of the Cult's largest strongholds. Along the way, you may forge an alliance and make a foe between the Order of Death's Vigil and Kymon's Chosen. For the intrepid and observant explorer, many secrets lie hidden along the way.

Also with this build, the level cap has been raised to 50, granting access to over 70 new epic items. It includes numerous fixes, tweaks to classes and other balancing adjustments, as well as some minor updates to existing art and areas. For a complete list of the multitude of additions and improvements, check out the changelog on the forum and feel free to give us your feedback!

With Act 3 completed, we march to the final segment of the game and our targeted full release, late this year. Coming up in the next few months we will release a yet unannounced 6th class, the new skill devotion system, legendary items and Act 4, in which you will face the final confrontation with the Aetherials and Chthonians. Thanks for sticking with us on this long journey!

If you missed it, we also announced recently that thanks to Steam revenue, we've been able to expand our design team with the addition of Diablo 1 & 2 designer Eric Sexton.

As a reminder, all backers have access to the game now (and have for some time). If you still haven't played and want to know how to claim your Steam key, read about here.  (the key you receive via email is for installation of the final game without Steam, to play on Steam, you need to follow the forum instructions to claim your key).

And now back to the development mines with me!


Act 3 Chapter 2 coming soon - Act 4 added!


Hello Esteemed Backers,

The release of Build 24 draws near, which will unlock the second chapter of Act 3 and what might have otherwise been the end of the game. However, when we began building Act 3, we found that there was just too much that we wanted to include for one act. Thus, we have expanded Act 3 to include new story content, quests and a faction (the Black Legion) that were not part of the original plan and some content originally planned for Act 3 has been pushed into a new Act 4!

We're still planning to create an expansion after release, so this basically means you're getting a lot more content in the first release for free. Thanks to your generous support and our continued early release sales, what was originally intended to be a 15 hour small-scope ARPG has grown into probably 30+ hours (first-time play-through estimate for average players). The new act will feature an extension of the story, more quests, frozen mountain passes, alpine valleys, a sprawling fort, burning battlegrounds, necropolis, catacombs and the chthonic void!

Some more details are included in the latest Grim Misadventure on our forum.

You can expect Build 24 with Act 3 chapter 2, by the end of February. We plan to release B25 with the updated faction system and other goodies, probably in March or April. The follow big content release, Act 3 chapter 3, will probably release in May and feature faction questing between the Order of Death's Vigil and Kymon's Chosen. Act 4 will begin rolling out in early summer. Despite the announcement of a new act (and there's more to come) we still plan to finish the game before the end of the year.

Once again, anyone who missed past updates and needs information on how they can get the game, please refer to these instructions on the forum and if you need additional help email

Act 3 Chapter 1 has been released with Build23


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. We've been working on various parts of the end-game in parallel, which is why it's taken so long to see the first results but the rest should follow more quickly.

B23 also contains additional item art, improvements, fixes and balancing changes. Check out the forum post to view the full change log.

On another note, we've gotten a few emails from KS backers over the past year who missed prior updates and didn't know all backers were able to play. So, just to reiterate, if you backed Grim Dawn on KS, you can currently play on Steam. If you need help retrieving and using your key, refer to this post for details or email support.

Happy holidays!

Arcanist class and caster weapons released in Build21


Yes, that's right, the 5th class mastery has finally arrived, adding a plethora of spell-casting build options into the GD mix.

This build also includes a number of fixes and improvements to multiplayer and other aspects of the game. For all the details, check out the change log on the forum.

Our aim is to release a variety of convenience features in the next couple weeks, such as an expanded stash, followed by the first segment of Act3.

We hope you enjoy the Arcanist as much as we have testing it!

Multiplayer and skill transmuters live with Build20



It is with great excitement that we announce the release of multiplayer. I know for many this has been the most eagerly awaited feature. It is still in the testing phase and our programmers are currently working to improve it and fix remaining bugs. We feel it is now generally playable enough to be fun despite occasional odd behavior and crashes. With a larger audience testing we can isolate those and get them fixed in good time. We are also still working on some additional features and improvements for multiplayer, such as personal loot, hardcore filtering in the server browser, etc.

The other big new development is skill Transmuters, which alter the way certain skills work, allowing them to be used differently. For some, this means eliminating the cooldown for the trade-off of decreased damage.  Others can be enhanced but require certain weapon configurations. This opens up many new build possibilities as some secondary skills can now be used as primary attacks and some primary attacks can be converted into more powerful secondary skills with a cooldown. Ability to convert damage on some skills should also create some interesting synergies.

There are many other fixes and improvements in B20, including new start menu, new skill page UI art, inventor item dismantling, new ground textures for Warden's Lab, etc.

For a more detailed list, check out the update notes on the forum.

The Arcanist class is also soon to be released, so keep an eye out for that in the next month!