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November 23rd, 2021, 00:01
The developers of GRAVEN have announced that they will keep their focus on systems before adding new content.

Dear GRAVEN Fans!

As you might already know from our Roadmap, our next update for GRAVEN was delayed.

Our team is hard at work on the game. After some challenging internal discussions, we've decided this is not the right time to release a new content update.

The reality is that by focusing on adding new content, we haven't been able to nourish GRAVEN's core elements -- including an entirely new save system and creature/monster AI -- that you've been asking for. We are far into the development of Hubs 2 and 3, but we feel that focusing on adding content that we'll have to drastically change or remove at a later date is counterproductive to our ultimate goal of delivering the best experience of GRAVEN.

We would much rather have these major changes wrapped up first, and deliver the next update as a much more complete and comprehensive package.

Therefore we've decided to merge CU#1 and CU#2, and have the entirety of the first HUB ready to go as soon as possible, potentially early next year.

A game like GRAVEN is very systems heavy. In order for us to deliver the absolute best experience for all of you, it's important for us to focus on the game as a whole, including the first hub and all of its core systems. GRAVEN has always been intended as an experience that spans across the current hub, where progression increases content to be experienced in previous levels, and where each hub gives you tools to do the same with the previous hub.

Delivering a single level while zeroing in on specific features does not deliver the intended experience, and it causes tradeoffs that harm the game. An integrated hub with functionality that meets the needs of the full design - even when that hub does not utilize it - makes for a better game. It can make for a less satisfactory Early Access update, but it means that the second and third hub will also benefit, and we spend less time chasing bugs as they pop up.

We feel sorry that we have to delay the next content update for a bit longer and we would like to apologize to our early access players, but we hope you all understand. We can't wait to show you all of the fantastic changes and additions we're adding to GRAVEN. Until then, here is a brand new trailer, showcasing what is waiting for you in our next update!

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Concentrate on bug fixes instead of new content!? Unthinkable!! (And not just in the gaming world!)
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Ultima Underworld inspired it seems? Wasn't aware of this one, looks interesting.
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Yeah, I'd no idea that Ultima Underworld was the inspiration behind this project. That alone makes it worthy to keep both eyes on.
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Looks decent enough, though I wished it used a more modern looking engine. Interesting that 3D Realms has a hand in this. I didn't even know they were still around.
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Looks decent enough, though I wished it used a more modern looking engine. Interesting that 3D Realms has a hand in this. I didn't even know they were still around.
Are you sure that's the old 3D Realms (from Duke Nukem???) ? Or just another Company entirely different, which only shares the same name?
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It looks really bad, but perhaps will be fun to play.
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Yeah sometimes, especially recently, the games I wind up enjoying the most don't have the greatest enticing first look. Then, when you get into the nuts and bolts, you realize just how much fun you are having. I'll hope that's the case with this one.
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As I understand it, yes, it is that 3D Realms.

Personally, I like the look of the game - the lower texture/poly look is intentional I believe and is supposed to evoke Hexen vibes. Not certain if this will get over the finish line though… lots of Steam reviews saying the game is really fun or could be really fun, but lots of bugs, little content and some long silences from the devs.
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Are you sure that's the old 3D Realms (from Duke Nukem???) ? Or just another Company entirely different, which only shares the same name?
No idea how many of the same people still work there, but they're apparently still fairly active as a publisher. They're also the ones behind Cultic. Not sure how I missed that before.
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Stylized graphics aren't really my thing, but it looks somewhat interesting. Guess I'll wait for the reviews.
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