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Dauntless Season Begins with “Fortune & Glory”

Phoenix Labs launches the first content update for Dauntless. The developer behind this impressive indie game launched “Fortune & Glory” on all consoles July 16, 2019. 

“Fortune & Glory” is now playable on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. This is the first content update for Dauntless and also kicks off the “High Skies” season. The season includes two back-to-back Hunt Passes. The first Hunt Pass is a pirate-themed adventure and introduces Lady Luck and her fleet. “Fortune & Glory” adds 50 levels of new content to unlock, the chance to experience plenty of cosmetics, and earn consumable rewards. Even more content from High Skies can be expected later this summer. 

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Slayers jumping into “Fortune & Glory” will find a new challenge named ‘Trials’. This is a brand-new game mode offered by Lady Luck. Lady Luck is a new NPC that hangs out around Ramsgate as she tows behind a “mysterious island”. Trials throw players into the fight of their lives as they battle against dangerous, modified Behemoths and face new environmental challenges put forth by terrain-transforming beasts. 

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This new game mode has both “Normal” and “Dauntless” modes that each offer unique rewards. Triumphing over a “Normal” Trail will reward Slayers with Steel Marks, a currency used to buy weapon mods and alternative special attacks. The “Dauntless” difficulty is not for the faint of heart but after completing one of these treacherous challenges, gamers accumulate Gilded Marks. The new currency, Gilded Marks, allows players to purchase exclusive cosmetic rewards. Lady Luck is the only place to spend Steel and Gilded marks and they are only given out after participating in trials. 

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The addition of Trials creates an environment where Slayers can compete against each other. By Lady Luck’s shop in Ramsgate sits the Wall of Champions. It acts as a Trial leaderboard, displaying the top performers. The Wall of Champions is split between solo and group hunts. Trails reset every week so there will always be new names and Slayers can work toward getting their own name listed on the board. 

Phoenix Games stated that Dauntless is the fastest-growing hunting action game of all time, currently surpassing over 12 million players. Dauntless takes Capcom’s Monster Hunter and transforms it into a free-to-play “lite” version. Phoenix Labs did an incredible job at providing gamers a Monster Hunter-like experience but with cartoony graphics, while requiring much less of a commitment. Dauntless shares the same core concept as Monster Hunter, hunt big monsters with cool weapons and gear to improve the character in order to fight and defeat larger, more powerful monsters. However, Dauntless is an independent game, developed by a small studio, and was able to release with complete cross-play - playable on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Epic Games store. 

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Dauntless Passes the 6 Million Player Mark


Dauntless Passes the 6 Million Player Mark


Over 6 million players have played Dauntless in its first week following its official release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This was not the only news Phoenix Labs wanted to share with the video game community via their recent Press Release. Dauntless is keeping count of key metrics and it seems as though they’ve built a strong community of Slayers. With over 20 million hunts, 15 million hours played, and more than 13 million Behemoths defeated, the first week was promising for this free-to-play action RPG.

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Dauntless is incredibly appealing for fans of the long-running franchise, Monster Hunter. The concept is simple, go out and hunt some big monsters. In Dauntless, the dangerous creatures players are tasked with taking down are called Behemoths. Those in charge of protecting the city of Ramsgate and thwarting the Behemoth threat are known as Slayers. Dauntless received a lot of media attention leading up to their release, helping them achieve a successful launch. However, not all of this attention was positive once the game went live.

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On day 1, Dauntless experienced some troubling server issues. People were stuck waiting hours to log in and begin their journey. Servers were crashing, gamers stuck in 2 hours ques, and some were forced to watch the same cutscene over and over only as the game kept failing and sent back to the login screen. In the stream embedded above, besides Dauntless gameplay, some of the server issues are discussed in the chat with gamers that were trying to log on.

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According to Status.PlayDauntless.com, most of the systems are now working. As of 7:17 pm EST on 5/28/19, Dauntless’ Login system is still operating at “Degraded Performance”. Many of the system issues have subsided, now categorized at “Operational” but login issues still persist.

Dauntless stole headlines when it was announced that the game would release with complete crossplay, connecting PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers. This is the first game that was able to make this happen. According to the press release, 60% of hunting parties were made up of individuals that were playing on different consoles. Its strong numbers on launch could lead Sony, known for being difficult when it comes to crossplay, to be more open and accepting of games launching with complete crossplay. This incredible fact might be enough to keep excitement high as players continue struggling to log on to Dauntless. However, it is clear gamers weren’t happy about the performance of the game on release day.

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Dauntless Releases with Complete Cross-Play: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Dauntless, a free-to-play Monster Hunter-like Action-RPG released on Tuesday, 5/21/19 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Epic Games store. Dauntless achieved a feat that has yet to be seen, launching with true cross-play functionality across all consoles.

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Dauntless crossplay includes the big three; Xbox One, PC, and the notoriously difficult to secure, PlayStation 4. Phoenix Labs, the independent game studio behind Dauntless, promised this before launch and called the initiative “One Dauntless,” a cross-platform and cross progression system.

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“After a year in Open Beta and a ton of great feedback from over 3 million Dauntless players, we’re proud to bring our game to console and expand our PC audience through the Epic Games store,” CEO and Co-founder of Phoenix Labs, Jesse Houston stated in the press release. He continued, “When we first started talking about ‘One Dauntless,’ we knew it was a truly audacious goal. No one has ever launched on console with full cross-play support from the start, but we believed in our vision and, thankfully, our friends at Epic Games, Sony, and Microsoft did too. Keeping the community connected is one of our top priorities, and with all the new players coming in at launch, there’s never been a better time to be a Slayer in Dauntless.”

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It’s impossible not to compare Dauntless to the long-running series, Monster Hunter. Players assume the role as a Slayer, a group of heroes that put it all on the line to protect the Shattered Isles against the Behemoth. Behemoth are massive, boss-like monsters that roam the world and pose a treacherous threat against all that live in this beautiful land. Gamers will forge unique weapons and craft armor out of the very monsters they’re tasked with slaying. This all takes place in a massive, online world and it’s all free-to-play.

Phoenix Labs has made some impressive improvements since their open beta. There has been an entire campaign rework along with questing, crafting and multiplayer alterations. An “End of Hunt” screen has been added as well. This menu gives players access to loads of information and a way to track progress for all the different Mastery cards, quest rewards, and Behemoth break parts earned.

Phoenix Labs Breaks Ground with Sony

Beyond creating a highly anticipated free-to-play action-RPG, Phoenix Labs was able to get Sony to launch with cross-play. This is something that countless developers have tried to accomplish in the past, but all have failed. It is unclear how Phoenix Labs convinced Sony to agree to this, however, this could be the beginning of a new chapter for Sony. Even more impressive, Phoenix Labs is an independent game developer and still overcame a barrier that AAA developers couldn’t bypass.

Free-to-play games like Fortnite have upended the video game industry. All eyes are on Dauntless, especially after they secured “One Dauntless,”. There’s no telling the level of success this game will achieve but there is no doubt that they will go down in gaming history. Looking beyond the game itself, launching with cross-play on PS4, Xbox One, and PC has the potential to lead to more games releasing with this important feature in the future. Be sure to stick around GigamaxGames.com to keep up with the latest news and Dauntless gameplay videos coming soon.

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