Greetings Esteemed Backers,
Today we release the first section of Act 4 and the last big gameplay feature: Devotions with Build 28!
It's taken a long time, I know, but with this additional content, I think when the game is complete, we will have gone way beyond the scope of what we originally promised with an extra Act, extra class and this expansive new character customization system, among other things. The rest of Act 4 is also nearly complete already but requires a little more polishing and finishing the final boss encounter. So we're getting pretty close to the end - for the first release at least.
We expect to release the rest of Act 4, which will make Grim Dawn content complete, around the end of the year. After that, we will continue to listen to feedback, fix bugs, optimize, polish and wrap up loose ends. Part of that will be getting all the virtual items ready for the official release, which will happen around February, so we can distance it a bit from the big holiday releases. Then we'll produce all the physical goods and get those mailed out.
While some of us handle that, others will begin laying the ground work for the expansion and survival mode. Anyone who has been following development throughout the project will have seen that, thanks to our growth from 2 to 10 full-time developers, our pace has picked up quite a bit from the early days and future work should progress at a more reasonable rate. I think the quality of our work has also increased a lot and the latest build will show even more improvement. If you missed the post, we just yesterday introduced artist Scott Duquette, who previously worked on the BioShock series as an environmental art director. Some of his upgrades to architecture and various special touches to the details of the environments appear in build 28.
It is exciting but also strange for me to be nearing the completion of something that has taken up so much of my life and I thank you all again for helping to make this possible! Follow this link to the forum for further details and the B28 change log!
The end is near...