Dark fantasy shooter Graven has gone through some ups and downs since it was announced, but it's still going strong, and now, the final Graven Early Access update is live, bringing a bunch of new features with it. These include the first of three hubs that are launching in the full game, a new side quest, new pickups and breakables, and more.
Next year's 1.0 launch also means that the development team has been focusing on enhancing the combat and AI, which is always a good thing. Other enhancements include the Archivist and the Festering Congregation battles seeing improvements along with the addition of two new difficulty options. The new difficulties are fairly self-explanatory: Casual is easy, and Flagellant is a terrifying difficulty setting that might actually give you Nightmares (ahem).
As well as the features outlined above, the Graven Early Access update also contains a new enemy in the form of the Skeleton Sapper, which should be quite explosive. There are also new traps and secret areas to discover, as well as phantoms and pumpkins, which are a very topical inclusion considering the current holiday season.
All told, the Graven Early Access update patch notes are pretty comprehensive, and they include some interesting additions. For instance, falling damage has been buffed, so if you have a bad habit of falling, then your clumsiness is going to be rewarded with more pain. To counteract this, the death gold penalty has been nerfed on lower difficulties, which is nice. Other issues and bugs have seen fixes as well, with a particularly amusing one being a player still being crouched upon being Revived if they died while doing so.
Graven has gone through its ups and downs since its 2020 announcement, but hopefully, continued content patches and updates will give you a reason to stick with this one if you're a fan. It's available right now via Steam Early Access if you want to check it out.
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