It’s been a few years since we looked at the Early Access version of Gloomhaven, the digital version of the 2017 tactical tabletop RPG. It looked promising but incomplete, with no multiplayer support and a limited number of enemies, classes, and tiles compared to the board game. “But the pieces are there to eventually make a worthy adaptation,” we wrote.
A variety of updates have followed since then, and we’ll find out how close developer Flaming Fowl Studios was to putting these pieces together on October 10th when Gloomhaven exits Early Access and goes into the full version.
Gloomhaven’s video game version is not an exact duplicate of the tabletop version, but the differences are “very small” and overall it is “a very faithful adaptation of the original gameplay and design,” according to the developers. Differences in the digital version were implemented in close consultation with original tabletop writer Isaac Childres, Flaming Fowl said, “to ensure we stayed true to Gloomhaven’s core design.”
The important thing is that the scope of the game has grown significantly since we previewed it. The version we saw in 2019 only had a roguelike adventure mode, but version 1.0 will include the full campaign of the tabletop game and a co-op “guild master” mode for up to four players with 250+ missions shared. Savegames in Guild Master mode from the Early Access version are compatible with the full version, but savegames from the Campaign mode beta test may not – it is possible depending on how things develop, but the developers still recommend starting a fresh run .
The end of Early Access won’t signal the end of development as patches are being released and DLC is “a possibility”. For now, however, Flaming Fowl is focused on “supporting the base game and making sure it lives up to the expectations of the players”. However, the introduction of 1.0 will bring a price increase with it.
“Since the start of Gloomhaven’s Early Access, we have clearly communicated the price increase planned for the full version,” wrote Flaming Fowl. “With all of the content added during Early Access, including the Guild Master’s digital exclusive mode, online co-op, and finally the acclaimed original board game campaign, Gloomhaven’s digital value has grown significantly. For that reason we’re going to reduce the price of the base game from $ 25 / € 25 to $ 35 / € 35 at launch. “
It was also made clear that if you have the Early Access version of Gloomhaven at launch, you will be automatically upgraded to the full version at no additional cost when it goes live.
Gloomhaven is available in Early Access on Steam and will be coming to GOG as well, although it’s not listed there yet. Find out more at asmodee-digital.com.