Monster hunting action RPG, Dauntless, has finally come out of early access today with the game hitting version 1.0 across all platforms.
To celebrate this milestone, developer Phoenix Labs is rolling out its biggest Dauntless expansion to date. “Aether Unbound” ushers in a new era for popular co-op action game, adding a new weapon class, Behemoth, and Hunter Pass, as well as other new features and systems.
Phoenix Labs also announced that Dauntless has now hit 15 million players. Needless to say. if you’re dropping in for a hunt or two it shouldn’t take long to find a party.
Here’s a detailed rundown of what fans can expect from Aether Unbound. 1.0 also introduces a number of balance changes, bug fixes, and other improvements – for those, be sure to hit the up the latest Dauntless patch notes.
- New weapon. The aether strikers are a pugilist’s weapon and the latest to join the Slayer arsenal. Learn more on the Dauntless blog.
- Bounty system. Take advantage of a new, more flexible way to earn Hunt Pass experience. This feature replaces weekly challenges and the Hunt Pass break part system. Learn more on the Dauntless blog.
- New Dire Behemoth. Tempestborne Stormclaw has arrived in the Shattered Isles, wreaking havoc with its powerful storms. Look for the newest Dire on the Hunt Board.
- New Hunt Pass. A new season begins, and a new Hunt Pass follows.Prepare to unleash your inner power in Aether Unbound: Way of the Fist. Learn more on the Dauntless blog.
- Twin Suns Mastery. The Twin Suns exotic repeaters now have an official Mastery card. Open up your Mastery menu (‘N’ on PC) to see what challenges await.
- Skip scene. Not interested in watching a cutscene? Slayers will now see an on-screen option to skip past cinematic scenes.
- Aether strikers quest. New weapon. New quest. You’ll get this one around the same time you pick up your first repeaters quest for Janek Zai.
- A friendly excursion. Also new on the quest front is “Friends Indeed,” a limited-time quest that challenges Slayers to hunt with their friends and earn exclusive dyes. Be sure to complete it before time runs out!
Having spent plenty of time with Dauntless ourselves, it stands out as one of the best free-to-play games of 2019 and one that has benefits greatly from PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC crossplay. If Capcom’s Monster Hunter World doesn’t quite do it for you then this is a perfect zero cost alternative that isn’t too aggressive when it comes to microtransactions.