Action RPGs are like buses. There aren't any around for ages, then suddenly three come along at once. Torchlight 2 and Diablo 3 are just rounding the corner up ahead, but behind both of them there's a distant speck on the horizon. That's Grim Dawn, coming in fast. It's being built by a small independent team made up of former Titan Quest developers, and it's looking really rather promising. After more than two years spent working on the game, Crate have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the final leg of development. $69,128 have been raised already.
Titan Quest was sunny, and massive. Grim Dawn will be darker, but more expansive. There will be a main quest, but you're free to wander off in an entirely different direction to explore the open world, find new monsters and punch them to level up. As you loot the corpses of your foes, you'll be gathering the resources needed to repair smashed bridges and open up routes into Grim Dawn's scariest zones.
Just look at Hawken. If ever there was a game that undermined the notion of what an independently developed project can achieve, it’s Adhesive Games’ mech shooter. Every bone in my body tells me a small studio should not be able to pull off such a gorgeous, robot-stomping shooter, but there it is, megabots hanging in the air, spitting rockets at each other across maps that look like they’ve come out of Epic or Valve.
But I’m getting used to indie games surprising me: freedom to create without interference from the men in suits is the reason their developers go into this murky, unfunded realm, trading security for the chance to follow their own path. Every developer in this list has taken the opportunity to make exactly what they want to make, using that freedom to create some startlingly original games that simply wouldn’t be made if they had a deadline to hit and had to justify every decision.
These games only exist because someone passionately wanted to bring them into the world, and it really, really shows.
The indie devs behind Titan's Quest, Crate Entertainment have supplied a first look at their next project: Grim Dawn. Titan's Quest is one of the better Diablo-style RPGs available at the moment, so Grim Dawn will probably be worth a loot when it gets released.
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Are you pining for more loot, or have you got enough already?