Developer Red Hook Studios has announced that he is working on a sequel to his brilliant but brutal Lovecraft-inspired role-playing game Darkest Dungeon.
Launched in 2016, the original game has confronted players with the exploration of numerous trap-infested environments, the quest for wealth, and the fight-in a proven turn-based manner-with an unrelenting procession of cosmic horrors. Any encounter with the unknown would send adventurers to the brink of madness, eventually burdening them with (usually) negative quirks and making future outings even more difficult.
As a result, downtime between missions has become a game where party management has been used, new faces have been set, or local amenities – be it the brothel or the local chapel – have been used to hopefully mitigate the adverse effects that experienced and thus more powerful adventurers suffer , The balancing act between deeper exploration and hero conservation was stressful after all.
Two big DLC rates, The Crimson Court and The Color of Madness, followed, and now Red Hook (in conversation with PC Gamer) has shown he's ready to dive into the darkest dungeon again. However, not all will be the same in the sequel.
According to the developer, Darkest Dungeon 2 will have "its own creative and thematic identity," retaining some elements while discarding others. For example, the existing combat system will make a return – albeit with a "significant" [mechanical and presentational] tune-up "- but players can expect" a completely different metagame structure ".
In addition, the details are thin, even though Red Hook is intriguing that Darkest Dungeon 2 will provide players "an insight into the supernatural apocalypse that twists and distorts the world beyond possession …". Teaser art also suggests that several classes – namely the Highwayman, Hellion, the Grave Robber, Leprosy, the Man of Weapons, and the Plague Doctor – will return.
There's no word yet about when Darkest Dungeon 2 might arrive, but Red Hook says the game, like its predecessor, will prematurely access the PC before it gets a broader, final release.