Dauntless Launches This Month

Phoenix Labs announces September 26 is when Dauntless will get its full release out of Early Access for Windows and consoles, offering a chance at this free-to-play action/RPG for those daunted by its work-in-progress status. This is also when they plan on launching Aether Unbound, a new seasonal expansion that will add a new weapon and Behemoth to the game along with a bounty system, a Hunt Pass, and more. This video celebrates news of both the launch and the expansion, this letter from Phoenix Labs has more on their plans, and the Dauntless Roadmap is updated accordingly. Those who want in on the action between now and the official launch can still get in on Early Access on the Epic Games Store. Here's the outline:
Phoenix Labs announced that Dauntless will be launching out of early access on September 26, ushering in a new era for the ever-evolving, Behemoth-slaying, co-op action RPG on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. September 26 will also mark the beginning of a new chapter in Dauntless with a major new seasonal expansion, “Aether Unbound.” The update will bring an all-new weapon, Behemoth, Hunt Pass, bounty system and more to the game.

Phoenix Labs prides itself on transparency and its attention to player feedback, the latter of which has informed many of the game's extensive iterations -- from combat and progression to the experience, world, and story. With its most recent update (which introduced saved loadouts, a crafting UI overhaul, improvements to transmogs, a new exotic weapon, and more) it has prepared the ground for its official entry into 1.0 on September 26.

After Dauntless exits early access, the living game will continue to grow and expand with new content, seasonal updates, and Hunt Passes, which will provide players with a steady flow of new content to enjoy for years to come. The next season, Aether Unbound, will release alongside Dauntless’ 1.0 launch on September 26, bringing brand new content -- including the new weapon, aether strikers -- along with it. Slayers will also have the opportunity to unleash the aether strikers on a powerful new Dire Behemoth, Tempestborne Stormclaw, which makes its way to the Shattered Isles as part of the new season. Aether Unbound will also offer a different way to hunt and earn valuable experience with the new bounty system, in addition to offering Slayers a new Hunt Pass packed with in-game rewards. Aether Unbound is just the beginning of an exciting new phase in the Dauntless journey. The team is already hard at work on new features, the following season, and more -- all coming later this year. For more information on the latest developments, please see the Dauntless roadmap.

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Re: Dauntless Launches This Month
Sep 15, 2019, 12:39
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I feel like I've played this game a while back ago.
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DrSquick wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 00:24:
If you want super in-depth monster tracking, and to feel like finding the monster was a big accomplishment, Monster Hunter is your game. If you want to just hit Find Match and within a couple minutes join three others to wreck a monster that will kill you 10 times if you don't dodge at the right time, then Dauntless is for you.

I totally agree with this even though I'm on the opposite side of the idea.

Dauntless was fun but I it's light compared to MHW. It's not to knock Dauntless but the zones are smaller and less detailed - more of an arena rather than a piece of a larger world. It's a much tighter loop.

I don't really see why anyone would play both, but between the two products there should be something for anyone who's interested in that style of game.
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DrSquick wrote on Sep 15, 2019, 00:24:
I really like this game! I bought Monster Hunter World on pre-order, and it was my first monster hunter game. And I honestly don't like it much. I don't like hunting alone

It certainly has a more active 'pug' community for hunts than MH, and it it also benefits from cross platform play. It still has a lot of issues, but then it is also still a lot of fun. I would also recommend it.

If nothing else, it is a neat way to get your console friends (Xbox and PS4 now, with Switch supposedly coming soon) together with your PC gamer friends in a game that has 0 initial investment cost.
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I don't post too often, but have been a Blues reader since dialup days.

I really like this game! I bought Monster Hunter World on pre-order, and it was my first monster hunter game. And I honestly don't like it much. I don't like hunting alone, and it is frustrating to spend 30 minutes tracking a monster to have it fly away 4 times before I can kill it.

Dauntless is the fun of fighting a big boss with very little story or world building. I totally understand those are lots of people's favorite parts. But in Dauntless you are automatically matched with three other people and you are dropped in a small world with no other bad guys other than the guy you are fighting. Someone will find him within 1-2 minutes, and send up a flare. Then it's all timing your attacks and dodging at the right time.

I haven't spent a cent on the game, and I doubt I will (sorry), but it has given me dozens of hours of fun gameplay.

If you want super in-depth monster tracking, and to feel like finding the monster was a big accomplishment, Monster Hunter is your game. If you want to just hit Find Match and within a couple minutes join three others to wreck a monster that will kill you 10 times if you don't dodge at the right time, then Dauntless is for you.

Note, I have no affiliation to either game. I've paid full price for MH and paid nothing to Dauntless.
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Please stahp with the roadmaps. They're meaningless.
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