As revealed at Nintendo’s Indie World showcase, Dauntless releases today on Nintendo Switch from developer Phoenix Labs. The game comes with full cross-play and cross-progression on all supported platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. To sweeten the deal, Dauntless is also releasing for all platforms in Japan today. And to celebrate these big developments, the game is receiving “Stormchasers,” its largest update to date:
Stormchasers includes the challenging new gameplay experience Escalation, a new type of sequential hunt that features dual Behemoth encounters in addition to a number of elements of the “roguelike” genre. Escalation culminates in a showdown against a fearsome threat – the shock-infused Behemoth Malkarion. Stormchasers also heralds the arrival of a new Hunt Pass, Myth & Legend, which offers Slayers the opportunity to explore the history and heroism of Ramsgate.
Nintendo Enthusiast went hands-on with Dauntless at PAX West 2019 and had quite a positive experience with it, so hopefully you will too. In essence, the game is a free-to-play alternative to Monster Hunter, and it can take a good 80-100 hours of gameplay to accumulate all the skills and gear necessary to tackle the endgame content.
Sister site The Escapist recently went in depth with Phoenix Labs’ Nick Clifford about the evolution of the game, revealing — among other things — that cross-play had ballooned the Dauntless player base to over 15 million. Now that the game is finally available on Nintendo Switch, that number is likely to balloon yet again.