Co-Optimus Feed for Co-Op videogame news for .Dauntless A custom RSS feed on co-op gaming for: Co-Op videogame news for .Dauntless http://www.co-optimus.com en-us http://www.co-optimus.com/images/cooplogo.pngCo-Optimushttp://www.co-optimus.com The Coming Storm Expansion Drops Today for DauntlessJason Love

"The Coming Storm" update will be available to download at some point today and it is absolutely free to everyone, whether you've been playing for months or just checking it out now. While Phoenix Labs hasn't detailed what's getting released when, it sounds like you can at least expect to see the new Behemoth, Koshai, starting today. Here's what the studio had to say in the official press release:

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Seeking the Horizon Update Drops Today for DauntlessJason Love

You can check out the official blog post to get some more details on each of these updates/change, but here's a quick rundown of everything the update does:

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15570/seeking-the-horizon-update-drops-today-for-dauntless.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15570/seeking-the-horizon-update-drops-today-for-dauntless.html Dauntless Will Enter Open Beta Next MonthJason Love

We've covered Dauntless a few times in the past, and Tally even wrote up some impressions of the game last fall when it first entered Closed Beta. All in all, we found the game to be more approachable and easy to hop into than Monster Hunter (though World did a lot to address those particular issues). I haven't spent much time in it since that stream, but after playing a lot of Monster Hunter World this past month and a half, I'm curious to dive back in and check it out again. I'm always up for a good hunt!

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15539/dauntless-will-enter-open-beta-next-month.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15539/dauntless-will-enter-open-beta-next-month.html Sharpen Your Skills Update Drops Today for DauntlessJason Love

Along with the new weapon, the war pike, and the two new behemoths, the armored Skarn and the agile Kharabak, the "Sharpen Your Skills" update also includes a change that may prove fairly significant. Previously, there wasn't much distinction between the different weapons other than whatever you personally preferred. With the update, damage types have been added to all the weapons and those damage types will affect the behemoths in different ways. For instance, all hammers do blunt damage, which is effective against armor (HI SKARN!) and for stunning behemoths. Other weapons do piercing damage that will weaken a behemoth's limbs, making them more vulnerable to slashing damage. As the developers point out in the video below, it's not necessary to go hunting with a mix of all these damage types, but they do add a new strategic level to the game. Weapons can be customized further with the new "Cell System" that adds slots to a hunter's gear into which "cells" can be dropped to enhance damage, defensive values, or add elemental damage/effects.

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15375/sharpen-your-skills-update-drops-today-for-dauntless.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15375/sharpen-your-skills-update-drops-today-for-dauntless.html Dauntless Early Access Hands-On ImpressionsTally Callahan

After playing several hours of Dauntless Early Access (both during the Founder’s Alpha and the Closed Beta), I wanted to share some of my preliminary impressions of the game for those who have not invested in Founder’s Packs. It’s important to stress that since the game is still in Closed Beta, this is not a review, and I fully ex...

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/preview/2052/page/1/dauntless-early-access-hands-on-impressions.html https://www.co-optimus.com/preview/2052/page/1/dauntless-early-access-hands-on-impressions.html Dauntless Closed Beta Stream RecapJason Love

There are any number of Monster Hunter-likes out there today, so what separates Dauntless from the those, at least for now, is that it feels a little more streamlined. Choose a weapon you like, choose a Behemoth to hunt, and away you go. Killing the Behemoth rewards you with materials you can use to craft new gear or upgrade existing gear to make it more effective at resisting damage, or grant new abilities. There aren't any character classes to distinguish your Slayer from another, just what weapon you use. The mouse/keyboard interface also makes the game a little more reminiscent of something like Diablo, which helped me get into a bit easier than some other titles in this genre.

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15226/dauntless-closed-beta-stream-recap.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15226/dauntless-closed-beta-stream-recap.html Dauntless Enters Closed Beta TodayJason Love

If you bought in at the $80 Founder's level and have been playing through the Alpha, then there will be new content for you to check out in the Beta. New Behemoths to slay, new weapons and armor to craft, new islands to explore, and further story content are all going to be dropped in with the Beta launch, with more content planned for the future as this thing runs its course. The new trailer teases just a little bit of what's in store, ending with a Behemoth that I never want to see again cause oh god my nightmares.

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15219/dauntless-enters-closed-beta-today.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15219/dauntless-enters-closed-beta-today.html Dauntless Founder's Alpha Now LiveTally Callahan

The Founder's Alpha will run until August 30th and developer Phoenix Labs also announced that the Closed Beta will immediately follow it, starting on September 1st. When the Closed Beta kicks off, purchasers of the other two levels of Founder's Packs (Slayer at $40 and Hero at $70) will be able to join the testing. (Note: we were mistaken in our previous news post that all Founders would receive access to the Founder's Alpha.) Though obvious, it bears repeating that the Founder's Alpha and Closed Beta are early access/preview versions of the game, meaning that some content will be missing or limited and there will be bugs. 

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15188/dauntless-founder-s-alpha-now-live.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15188/dauntless-founder-s-alpha-now-live.html Dauntless Dates Founder's Alpha and Announces Dauntless Partner ProgramTally Callahan

After going hands-on with Dauntless at PAX East 2017, I've been keeping an eye on the on this monster-hunting, "unapologetically co-op" game. This week, developer Phoenix Labs announced a date to a special Founder's Alpha: August 18th. Founders Packs were announced back in April, with three available tiers: S...

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15088/dauntless-dates-founder-s-alpha-and-announces-dauntless-partner-program.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/15088/dauntless-dates-founder-s-alpha-and-announces-dauntless-partner-program.html Dauntless Hands-On Impressions and Interview (PAX East 2017)Tally Callahan

Prior to my hands-on demo of the game, I had the chance to sit down with Phoenix Labs President and Co-Founder, Jesse Houston. Phoenix Labs was founded in 2014 and is composed of 40 close-knit developers who have career histories together. Many of these devs have had previous positions are big name studios like Riot, Bioware, and Blizzard, so this certainly isn’t their first rodeo.

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/14911/dauntless-hands-on-impressions-and-interview-pax-east-2017.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/14911/dauntless-hands-on-impressions-and-interview-pax-east-2017.html Dauntless Alpha Accepting ApplicationsMatthew Squaire

Applicants will be chosen based on what the developers are looking for in previous experience (a common practice) but anyone can fill out an application to try the Alpha, here. While the game does not have a set release besides '2017', it is a highly anticipated title, with a team assembled from ex Bioware, Blizzard, Capcom, and RIOT developers. You can check out Tally's impressions of the title when she got hands-on with it at PAX East.

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]]> https://www.co-optimus.com/article/14910/dauntless-alpha-accepting-applications.html https://www.co-optimus.com/article/14910/dauntless-alpha-accepting-applications.html A New Dauntless Trailer Has Emerged From PAX EastEnoch Starnes

This four player online co-op RPG is the result of ex-Bioware, Riot, Capcom, and Blizzard developers coming together and saying, "You know what?  There just aren't enough games out there for people who want nothing more than to stick it to exorbitantly large monsters."  It was first revealed in December of last year, and naturally, the crew at Phoenix Labs decided to show off a little more of their game at PAX East.

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