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Update #25

Alpha Release Tomrrow - May 15th!

And so it was on the 1385th day of development that a messenger of the Lord appeared to Crate Entertainment and said unto them, “You hath labored well and faithfully and now, at long last, thou shalt releaseth thy Grim Dawn Alpha upon the world, if it is good”. And so then did Crate know that alpha should be released, for the alpha seemed good to the. And thus they issued forth emails to the people of Humble Store and to the people of Valve saying unto them “Lo, I doth beseech you now to make good all preparations in accordance that Grim Dawn Alpha may be released with due haste!”

So yeah, it has been a long time coming but the release of Grim Dawn Alpha is nearly upon us! Let us rejoice in its coming and give thanks to the many supporters, both fans and volunteers, who made this possible. We have labored hard these last few weeks to resolve critical issues so that your first experience in Grim Dawn is not overly marred by bugs and stability issues; though certainly there will still be some less common crashes, various oddities and numerous smaller issues.

Please remember that this is an indie title developed by a tiny start-up studio with a fraction of the developers and funding of major ARPG productions. We are not really trying to compete with the big boys, at least not yet, and our small budget means we do not need to sell a large number of copies for this to be successful. There are some limitations on what we can achieve in terms of features and polish, but we have poured our hearts and years of our lives into creating Grim Dawn and feel that we have created an enjoyable experience for those interested.

I know what you are thinking now: “cut to the chase and give us the release date already”. We expect the Alpha download to go live tomorrow, May 15th. Short notice I know, but we were not screwing around when we said we planned to release it without further delay once we felt it was ready. We debated releasing next Monday to be safe but we know how eager you all are to get your hands on alpha and we are a fly by the seat of our pants kind of studio, so… here we go!

Steam keys for Grim Dawn alpha will appear in your Humble Store pages for Grim Dawn later today and the build will become available to download on Steam tomorrow between 10am and 12pm Eastern Time. To obtain the build, simply retrieve your Steam alpha key from Humble Store and then add it to your game library on Steam using “Add a Game” in the lower left under the game list. From there, select “Activate a Product on Steam” and a box will appear that will let you enter your key. The game will then appear in your library and begin downloading. Once the download is complete, you can install and play.

The initial alpha release will be distributed through Steam because that proved to be the easiest way to provide an exclusive alpha for backers and put out patches while we are still actively developing the game and fixing issues. Other download options may be rolled out later depending on how long alpha lasts / what we are able to manage. We realize that some people have a hatred of Steam and hope that it will not upset anyone excessively, but it was the fastest and best solution given the complexity of trying to set up our own authentication server due to the numerous different pre-Kickstarter / Kickstarter / post-Kickstarter reward tiers with different levels of access and numbers of keys, partnering with Humble Store to handle all the key distribution and not having given out keys that were uniquely tagged to each reward / game tier.

To be absolutely clear: there will still be a DRM-free, Steam-free final release for those who desire it, as we promised. However, if anyone just has an absolute aversion to Steam and does not want to participate, we will provide you with a full refund. To be fair though, we did say Alpha would be “exclusive” and did not say it would be DRM-free; but we also did not say it would be on Steam, as we had no idea at the time how we would actually release it. Up until recently, we were not even sure if we would be able to have the alpha on Steam for the people who wanted it, but it actually proved to be the easiest option for us when we started looking into it. So I apologize to any die-hard Steam haters. If this party is not for you, just email us at support@crateentertainment.com with the subject “alpha refund” and we will make it so.

For the rest of you, we cannot wait to hear your feedback on the alpha and will be setting up new sections on our forums for people to post alpha discussions and to report bugs. Thank you so much for your patience and continued support!

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      Creator Andreas O. on May 17, 2013

      And I think it is great that you do offer the option.

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      Creator Andreas O. on May 17, 2013

      I gotta say... I am one of the few who find Steam just horrible and tries to boycott it in every way possible but... the other additional bonuses AND the fact that from the looks of the alpha footage I'd buy it anyway mean that I probably won't ask for a refund.
      Still... I'm not happy about not being able to play the alpha and I hope you'll consider releasing at least the beta in a form that everybody who doesn't want to install this cancer called Steam on their machine can still play.

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      Creator hucklebarry on May 15, 2013

      The Steam issue is disappointing, but its not a deal breaker since its only Alpha. I am also curious if Beta will be Steam exclusive? Kudos for offering to refund based on the expectations folks had on a full Steam-free release path.

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      Creator AstralWanderer on May 14, 2013

      Is Steam exclusivity going to apply to the beta as well? Many other publishers manage their beta programs without having to rely on proprietary distribution.

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      Creator Steve Haverda on May 14, 2013

      I pledged the $78 backing but dont have any keys for me or my co-op partner... I did register via the Humble site but no keys found :-(

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      Creator William on May 14, 2013

      @ARustyFirePlace
      Its called an incentive to pledge more. Many kickstarters do similar things, only offer beta and/or alpha to higher levels.

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      Creator Cheesenium, Cheese Exiled in Torment on May 14, 2013

      Thanks, managed to redeem the keys. I guess the game isnt out yet.

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      Creator ARustyFirePlace on May 14, 2013

      Guess I didn't pledge enough to get alpha.

      Not sure why you'd give people who spent more early access to a game, but whatever.

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      Creator Jalister - OOoE / WoOS / SoSR on May 14, 2013

      With how busy I've been, this feels like it came out of nowhere. I've actually been unable to play many of the betas and alphas I have access to, but this one will definitely get played.

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      Creator Enrico (deleted) on May 14, 2013

      good to hear this..but why someone received a key via mail and someone not? i already have a Humble account , but unfortunally i used another email..so to have the key i must create a new account with the email where i received the updates? good work...i love steam!! hate origin and uplay :)

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      Creator Erwin Orriell on May 14, 2013

      Woot - Congrats

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      Creator TheChosenOne on May 14, 2013

      Well I don´t want to have a Humble Store account... mass PM the steamkeys instead?

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      Creator Andrew Crystall on May 14, 2013

      As long as the final version is also available steam-free, I don't care much - I quite understand your reasoning, although I'd *prefer* Desura.

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      Creator Stephen Staver on May 14, 2013

      Yay! Finally!
      I love Steam, so I say BRING ON MORE STEAM!!! <3

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      Creator Brys on May 14, 2013

      If you're confused about the Humble Store bit, visit the humblebundle.com and either sign in or create a new account. As long as your Humble Store login matches the e-mail you used to receive the Grim Dawn key, you'll automatically have a box asking you to claim past purchases. It's that simple :)

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      Creator Paul on May 14, 2013

      Thanks Gunther, nice to see Humble Bundle lets us to claim under multiple email addresses :)

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      Creator Sam Wright on May 14, 2013

      I'll have to see if I can find the old key email, and how and where to use it.

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      Creator SargeOsis on May 14, 2013

      Luke, you have to use the same email they send the updates to. I setup a humble store account with the "wrong" email and it didn't appear. When I changed it to the correct email, it showed up under unclaimed purchases.

      Also on the humble store page it says my key has been redeemed. Is it supposed to say that? I haven't even had an account on the humble store until today to get the key. And, the key is supposed to work on steam today right?

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      Creator KickBanter on May 14, 2013

      Anyone looking for the key, check your email from around 6/1/12.

      What I can't figure out is how to use the key. My humble account is bound to a different email address and no where on the humble site does there seem to be a key prompt. It does talk about using the claim link while logged in, so is there a new email that has to go out?

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      Creator Aterdux Entertainment on May 14, 2013

      Congratulations on releasing alpha! That's a huge milestone indeed and good luck with making it into beta and beyond! Using Steam is a great idea, great service, I wish we could use it for our beta but we are still campaigning on Greenlight.

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      Creator Luke Halpin on May 14, 2013

      Ahh I see, I still have my game key! Do I actually need to do anything in the Humble Store? Or can I just register that key with Steam and be done with it?..

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      Creator Erik Iwarson on May 14, 2013

      Thanks for the help!

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      Creator Luke Halpin on May 14, 2013

      I don't remeber anything about a Humble Store... I must have missed something... :/

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      Creator Travis on May 14, 2013

      I was a backer before the kickstarter campaign and I did get a KS Digital Collector key when you all made the switch, but I never got anything related to the Humble store??? How do I get this?

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      Creator Jean-Luc Picard on May 14, 2013

      Ooooh, I think I remember pledging to this game. Good to see it's still coming. :P

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      Creator Simon Barlow on May 14, 2013

      What @Gunther Schmidl said below. I already had a Humble account that used the same email address, and Grim Dawn appeared in my library as described.

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      Creator Erik Iwarson on May 14, 2013

      or do I even have to*

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      Creator Erik Iwarson on May 14, 2013

      Humble Store? I must have missed an update or something, I haven't linked anything to the Humble Store, or am I even have to? How to do what I should be doing? I'm so confused!

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      Creator Ryan ries on May 14, 2013

      yeah i am really confused by humble store as well. How do we even link our account here to humble store? And great job guys, excited to try it out tomorrow!!

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      Creator Gunther Schmidl on May 14, 2013

      Via someone on the forums:

      Ah, found out.
      If you have a humble bundle account, do the following:
      Login using your credentials.
      The page you're at now should be your library of games.
      At the top middle there should be a button that says Claim past purchases.
      Click on the + and Grim Dawn should be there.

      This worked for me. If you've never used it you'll presumably have to sign up with the same e-mail you used for the Kickstarter

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      Creator Adauli, Red Wizard of the Obisdian Order on May 14, 2013

      I will wait for the final standalone realease as my backlog is to big anyway to play unfinished & unpolished games ^^.

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      Creator TheChosenOne on May 14, 2013

      Using Steam for Alpha/beta's is understandle and logical. Esp for smaller/indie companies.
      People who hate on that shouldn't back indie companies in the first place.

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      Creator Paul on May 14, 2013

      I don't recall receiving anything relating to the Humble Store.

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      Creator Eain Bankins on May 14, 2013

      What if I don't have a humble store account?

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      Creator TrentJaspar on May 14, 2013

      What @Gunther Schmidl said.

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      Creator Khalus on May 14, 2013

      I don't mind games on Steam anymore! Several years ago I wasn't for it but times have changed, I've gotten older and its just really nice having all my games digitally available in one place. I don't see Steam as the evil DRM like Ubisoft used to have.

      Looking forward to playing come release. Bought the Co-op Expansion Bundle thus I have to wait awhile yet, but I'm plenty busy playing Titan Quest and other games to pass the time!

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      Creator TrentJaspar on May 14, 2013

      Congrats, Crate! A huge milestone! I'm gratified to see that a couple self-identified "die-hard DRM-free" folks are reasonable enough not to have a problem with the alpha being distributed on Steam, especially since it was never promised otherwise. You have nothing to apologize for, Crate...I hope that nobody requests a refund and bites off their nose to spite their face (and Crate's).

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      Creator Gunther Schmidl on May 14, 2013

      In the Humble Store? I'm not sure I understand -- I got a lengthy non-Steam key by e-mail, and never interacted with the Humble Store.

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      Creator Nathan Black on May 14, 2013

      Horrah! Can't wait to try it.

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      Creator Nick Hanson on May 14, 2013

      Oh, is there a NDA for alpha testers or will I be able to check youtube for some let's play videos of the Alpha starting tomorrow?

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      Creator Nick Hanson on May 14, 2013

      I got the Co-Op Expansion Bundle which does not include Alpha and am a die-hard DRM-free (even got a refund from Shadowrun Returns because of it) but I'm 100% fine with PRE-RELEASE versions being Steam only. As long as the final game as well as all DLC is released with a DRM-Free version (in addition to steam) then you have my full support. I'm all for ease of development and if that means early builds are steam only, so be it.

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      Creator William C Crawford on May 14, 2013

      I didn't back high enough for the alpha, but I have to say that even though I'm a die-hard DRM-free fan, I don't have any problem with the pre-release versions being through Steam. It's reasonable to try to protect it from piracy during that phase, and it will probably be effective enough.

      It's also great that you're willing to refund anyone who just can't agree to that. That's a great attitude.

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      Creator CCTom on May 14, 2013

      WOOOO! Tomorrow!

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