So, with the expansion coming out today (really looking forward to it! ) and about 18 months after Grim Dawn went live I think it’s time to talk about cross-play support again.
What is this about?
Back when Grim Dawn was released on GOG.com many players about the possibility to introduce a cross-play multiplayer feature allowing GOG.com and Steam users to join the same gameplay sessions without much hassle. This has also been brought up by Crate staff:
So, GOG has mentioned cross-play to us and asked us to look at setting that up so users can play mp between Steam and GOG. I think for LAN it may already work but I’m not 100% sure. For matchmaking, we need to get some info from them on how that has to be configured and then we’ll look at possibly doing it, depending on the amount of work involved. I think it would be great to allow people to play across platforms but I have to weigh the cost. We’ve already invested way, way more time setting up the GOG build / implementing Galaxy features than I anticipated. I’m going to say, we’re interested and will probably do it but I don’t want to promise anything yet.
Source: grimdawn.com/forums/showpost.php?p=359283&postcount=23 (not allowed to post links right now)
Nothing has happened since then and I don’t know if this is still on Crate’s agenda for the game. Steam and GOG users are still forced to use the LAN mode via Tunngle or Hamachi in order to play with each other.
I still like to see cross-play support! Many GOG and Steam games already have some kind of cross-play implemented and with such a dedicated and active Grim Dawn community around it would help to bring a lot of players together and and deal with the frustrations of many GOG users who are unable to find other people to play with. Maybe Crate devs should get in touch with GOG again? I’m pretty sure things have also moved forward on their side.
On a side note: About a year ago one was unable to transfer a Steam save game to GOG versions of the game. It worked the other way around though. Is this still the case? If so I would really like to see a fix for this too!