Darkest Dungeon II Announced

Darker Dungeon? Darkerest Dungeon?!

Vancouver-based indie developer Red Hook Studios has announced a sequel to their critically acclaimed 2016 RPG Darkest Dungeon.

Announced via their social media channels, the trailer gives us nothing more than a tease. A snowy peak pulls back to show a party standing in a blizzard while a torch bursts into view, the key mechanic of the original game that made it so tense.

The party consists of six familiar character classes that those who played the original will remember. The Hellion, Highwayman, Grave Robber, Leper, Man-at-Arms and Plague Doctor all cast their iconic silhouettes against the snowy mountains while the narrator from the first game (performed once again by Wayne June) tells us about the deadly journey ahead.

In an interview with PC Gamer, Red Hook Studios co-founders Tyler Sigman and Chris Bourassa confirmed the original game’s combat will return with “a significant tune-up—mechanically, and in terms of presentation.”

The most exciting change in the sequel will be a whole new metagame. Where the first Darkest Dungeon was about returning to your family estate to clean up and dive into the caves under your manor, the sequel will feature a story on the move. “Darkest Dungeon 2 is a game about enduring a gruelling journey, not cleaning up your backyard” said Signman and Bourassa.

An example of the turn-based combat from Darkest Dungeon (2016).

Signman and Bourassa confirmed they’re thinking about Early Access for the sequel, which was the route they took for the first game. They said that while “there are some massive differences in structure between DD1 and DD2, the sequel is still very appropriate for an Early Access type approach. “

No word yet on a release date, but the original Darkest Dungeon is having the biggest sale it’s ever had before on Steam right now.

Darkest Dungeon originally launched for Windows and Mac on January 19, 2016, coming to PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Switch and iOS in the following years.

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