Update, July 17: The Dauntless devs have announced a new player count milestone and detailed the game’s next expansion.
Dauntless has hit another massive player milestone, as developer Phoenix Labs has announced that the game’s reached 2 million players since hitting open beta back in May. On top of that, there’s a massive new content update, with The Coming Storm set to evolve the monstrous ecosystem on August 9.
The Coming Storm will see an Ostian Dreadnaught crash into the game’s central hub, offering a destructive facelift for Ramsgate. That means new quests and stories, as well as the NPCs to provide them – and the Ostian faction will naturally offer some new tech. That gear includes and explosive new grenade type and the Ostian Repeaters, which the developers say will be the game’s “first truly ranged weapon.”
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This is, of course, a game about hunting monsters, so there will be new monsters to hunt. Koshai, the Sovereign of Thorns, is our headline new Behemoth, and there are further changes coming to the ecosystem as a result. Existing beasts will evolve in response to the new monster, leaving you with new takes on old encounters.
Back on June 6, it was announced that 1,064,484 Slayers – the game’s player characters – had been created since the open beta’s launch on May 24, setting a pace of over 50,000 new users joining daily at the time. That’s slowed down a bit with the new numbers, but Dauntless is still on an impressive pace.
New, deadly challenges are coming to the Shattered Isles.
Are you ready, Slayers?
The first phase of The Coming Storm starts August 9th. pic.twitter.com/nazibMg9YQ
— Dauntless (@PlayDauntless) July 17, 2018
Not a bad start for the game’s early version, though its zero-dollar price tag and the disappointing delays for the PC Monster Hunter: World release datecertainly help. Dauntless isn’t a one-to-one clone of Capcom’s popular franchise, though there’s certainly an intentional amount of shared DNA between them – you take on the mantle of a Slayer, take down Behemoths in cooperative hunts, and use the spoils of those battles to craft and enhance your gear.
The open beta for Dauntless is still ongoing, so you can head to the official site to download the client and use our Dauntless tips to get slaying – or, perhaps, peruse some of the other statistics. The final game will similarly be free-to-play, with the developers promising a lengthy dedication to regular updates, new expansions, and additional Behemoths – just as they’re doing with The Coming Storm.