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Grim Dawn Alpha Tomorrow

A Kickstarter update for Grim Dawn has word that their alpha release will happen tomorrow, providing Kickstarter backers with a first chance to play the action/RPG from Crate Entertainment, the startup developer that includes some of the folks behind Titan Quest (thanks Joao). While they emphasize that they still plan on providing a DRM-free version of the final game as promised, they also explain the alpha will be released via Steam, and anyone put off by the Steam DRM can get a refund. Here's why they are doing things this way:

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.

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