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Deep Rock Galactic gets its first post-launch update

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Deep Rock Galactic - a swarm of dwarves protect their equipment underground Image: Ghost Ship Games / Coffee Stain Publishing
Cass Marshall is a news writer focusing on gaming and culture coverage, taking a particular interest in the human stories of the wild world of online games.

Deep Rock Galactic mixes the panicked survival gameplay of a game like Left 4 Dead with clever gizmos and gadgets crafted by a crew of science fiction dwarves. The game recently left early access, and its first post-launch release is slated for Oct. 8.

In the fiction of Deep Rock Galactic, players take on the role of spacefaring dwarves. They pick from four classes, which each have their own unique ways to get around the game with gadgets like hookshots and flares. Then it’s down deep they go, into asteroids to mine for ore. The maps are procedurally generated, so the tunnels change from round to round. Invariably there’s some alien menace that they must contend with, before retracing their steps back to the landing craft.

Update 32, Roughnecks at Work, will include new content: two new game types called Escort Duty and On-Site Refining, a new mission select screen, and a series of technical changes and balance fixes that should improve the rest of the game.

Escort Duty asks dwarves to get a Heartstone, which requires a specially-built Drilldozer to make its way through the walls of the Heartstone and claim that good, good ore. This is meant to be a very combat heavy mission, with dwarves protecting the Drilldozer at all costs. The second new mission, On-Site Refining, tasks miners with finding wells. They’ll have to use a new oil pumping system to get the valuable liquid back to base.

Deep Rock Galactic is available on Steam, Xbox One, and the Windows Store.

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