What you need to know

  • Deep Rock Galactic is a popular first-person mining adventure.
  • The game is part of Xbox Game Preview.
  • Update 25 adds a proper endgame and better beard customization.
  • You can purchase it for $30 through the Microsoft Store.

Deep Rock Galactic is a first-person mining adventure and shooter that has become quite popular over the past year or so. Burrowing into a cave network among a team of dwarven warriors isn't your typical setup for a mining operation, especially when armed with flamethrowers and an abundance of gadgets. However, the gameplay loop is quite addictive so it keeps players coming back for more.

Today, Coffee Stain Publishing and Ghost Ship Games announced Update 25. Update 25 should launch on Steam in late September, but it's unclear if it's coming to Xbox One at the same time. It'll add Deep Dives, a brand-new endgame mechanic that stitches together three missions for one long adventure. Apparently, new Deep Dives will be available every week.

Just like other aspects of the game, Deep Dives offer tons of rewards. Deep Rock Galactic's Game Director Mikkel Martin Pedersen said the following about the content.

A proper endgame for Deep Rock Galactic has been part of our plans for a long time, and it's clearly also something our community has been hungry for. With the introduction of Deep Dives, Matrix Cores, new Mutators, Weapon Overclocks, and a bunch of other features, we're confident we've cooked up an awesome endgame that'll keep our dwarven miners entertained for a very long time. While normal missions are randomly generated from session to session, the Deep Dives are pre-seeded. For the first time ever, this allows players to share and compare experiences as well as replaying them for a better outcome... and perhaps spur some friendly competition.

Another major change in Update 25 is the overhauled beard physics and ways to customize your beards with jewelry. There's a lot going on, and we can't wait to try it out in a few days. What are you most excited about? Let us know.

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Deep Rock Galactic (Game Preview)

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Deep Rock Galactic is a 1 to 4-player co-op shooter featuring space dwarves, completely destructible environments, procedurally-generated caves, and endless hordes of alien monsters.

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