Who Needs Diablo III When Crate's Grim Dawn Looks So Good?

Grim Dawn is an in-development hack’n’slash RPG from Crate, an indie studio founded by a couple of ex-Iron Lore guys. This pre-alpha video of the game, showing off the “Occultist” class, makes me feel good about the genre — the likes of Crate and Runic are keeping Blizzard on its toes and in some respects, showing them how things should be done.

If there’s something oddly familiar about the game (other than its dark setting and demonic overtones), you should know it’s built on top of the Titan Quest engine. Crate managed to license the tech and tools from Iron Lore before it shuttered, allowing the dev to dive immediately into the game proper.

There doesn’t appear to be an official release date, though Wikipedia has “TBA 2012” (accuracy pending). If you’re super-keen and want to help out, you can actually purchase a key right now.

Grim Dawn Pre-Alpha: Occultist Class [YouTube, via RPS]

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