This week, gaming enthusiasts are in for a treat as two highly anticipated games, Greed is Good and Project Crawl, are holding Steam playtests. These games, inspired by the popular Dark and Darker, offer a unique blend of PvPvE dungeon crawling RPG gameplay with extraction and battle royale elements. Let’s explore the striking similarities between these titles, their distinguishing features, and how you can join their exciting playtests.
Exploring the Similarities:
At first glance, Greed is Good and Project Crawl bear a striking resemblance to Dark and Darker. Like the groundbreaking game that popularized extraction-style dungeon crawlers, players in both Greed is Good and Project Crawl can team up to embark on perilous adventures through treacherous dungeons in search of valuable treasures. Along the way, they must overcome formidable monsters and rival players, as a shrinking battle royale-inspired circle forces intense encounters.
Heavily Inspired by Dark and Darker:
The influence of Dark and Darker on Greed is Good and Project Crawl is evident. Developer Ironmace’s previous work on their first-person slasher has clearly influenced the design and mechanics of these new games. From user interface elements to map design, Greed is Good even goes so far as to mimic specific animations and spells from Dark and Darker. However, it’s worth noting that Project Crawl offers enhanced character creation options, while Greed is Good takes a hero-shooter approach to playable classes. These additions provide players with unique experiences while staying true to the core gameplay that drew inspiration from Dark and Darker.
Legal Disputes and Launch Differences:
While Greed is Good and Project Crawl find their place on Steam, Dark and Darker faced challenges. Due to an ongoing legal dispute with Nexon, a major Korean gaming company, Dark and Darker was removed from Steam and has yet to return. Nexon accused Ironmace, composed of former Nexon developers, of stealing code and assets from a canceled Nexon project to create Dark and Darker. Although a copyright lawsuit in the US was dismissed, a similar case remains unresolved in Korea. As a result, Darker and Darker was launched through Ironmace’s own game launcher, and players can purchase it directly from the official Dark and Darker website.
Participate in the Playtests:
Excited to dive into the thrilling adventures of Project Crawl and Greed is Good? Project Crawl’s alpha playtest is set to run for three days starting on September 26. Don’t miss your chance to participate by signing up through a qualification survey. On the other hand, Greed is Good offers an ongoing open beta test, and players can request access through the game’s official page on Steam. Both playtests promise to deliver immersive gameplay experiences, showcasing the unique elements and innovations inspired by Dark and Darker.
The world of extraction-style dungeon crawlers continues to evolve with the introduction of Greed is Good and Project Crawl. While these games draw inspiration from Dark and Darker, they bring their own distinct features and improvements to the table. Take part in their exciting playtests and experience the thrill of PvPvE battles, extraction mechanics, and the intensity of the battle royale genre combined in these highly anticipated titles.