Hi, I am brand new to the game. I have read the FAQ, and have bought the GrimDawn, via HumbleBundle.
Would somebody clarify, in a couple of words, the relation between Steam (client) and this game?
The FAQ mentioned that “Internet is only required for the initial download and installation or for internet multiplayer matchmaking”. So I anticipated similar relation to Steam.
But… does Steam “wrap” the whole game? Is the game running “inside” the Steam client? It is the Steam what runs the game? For example, if I check or uncheck audio quality settings in Steam, that determines what sounds will I hear in the game? And, a post (which I found during a search) mentioned that there is a “Steam cloud” storage location, and all my characterss, stash, crafting recipes etc. are saved to that?
If you download the game from Steam, then the Steam client will always run, when you play GD. It basically verifies you are licensed and downloads / installs the game and updates. If you have no internet connection, you can play offline. Or you can set Steam to offline manually, even if you are connected.
GD settings are usually managed within the game. Steam offers a lot of stuff, which I have mostly ignored in all these years - things like community, trade, Big Picture.