Dauntless is a free-to-play online action RPG from Phoenix Labs. Look forward to regular updates, seasonal events, new Behemoths, and more in a rich, evolving world.
Team up with millions of players worldwide to topple monumental challenges. Craft unique weapons, armour, and gear and customize your Slayer to suit your playstyle. Explore vibrant lands teeming with life, mystery, and danger above a long-lost civilization. Join an exciting adventure with regular updates, diverse activities, seasonal events, and new Behemoths in a rich, ever-evolving universe. Celebrate each passing season with in-game festivities, cosmetics, and activities in a living world.
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Phoenix Labs was formed by former Riot Games developers Jesse Houston, Sean Bender and Robin Mayne, with numerous developers hailing from BioWare, Blizzard Entertainment, and Capcom. Jesse Houston said in an interview that Phoenix Labs is poised to offer "a new, unique approach to crafting AAA experiences" despite being a much smaller studio than the AAA giants that their team left behind.
Dauntless is Phoenix Labs first release and its success bodes well for the small company, suggesting that all manner of goodies awaits in the future as Dauntless stabilizes and provides a solid revenue stream.
If you want something similar to Dauntless, try out the hit game that inspired it: Monster Hunter. A new part in the series was released early in 2022: Monster Hunter Rise.
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Rise to the challenge and join the hunt! In Monster Hunter Rise, the latest installment in the award-winning and top-selling Monster Hunter series, you’ll become a hunter, explore brand new maps and use a variety of weapons to take down fearsome monsters as part of an all-new storyline.
The Epic Games Store has been around for a while, the lesser-known alternative to Steam, the nearly-ubiquitous platform for game purchases since it launched in 2003. But, where Steam originally existed and launched to promote Valve games, Epic Games Store launched in 2018 and quickly rose to success on the Fortnite franchise. At the time of Epic’s launch, Steam took a dramatic 30% cut from the sales of video games through their platform! This hurt both game designers and users, just wasn’t very nice. But the folks behind Epic realized something excellent: they could take a much lower cut and still have a profitable business. This led them to fast domination of the indie market, as small publishers flocked to the far better terms offered by Epic.
Epic Games Store offers some seriously incredible discounts on a regular basis, in addition to all the normal discounts one would expect on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the usual holidays. But the most exciting is their weekly free game or add-on, which simply harpoons all competitors.
When I first heard about this free game, I thought that can’t be real. They must only offer tiny indie games. Not at all, dear reader. Not. At. All. Epic frequently lists unbelievable A-lister games on their weekly deal, as well as sometimes offer two free games instead of one. In addition, just because a studio is smaller doesn’t mean the games it makes aren’t impressive. I’ve picked up some of my favorite new games, for free, from this platform, and most of them have been made by smaller studios (or as side-projects for teams from big studios).