Red Hook’s new stroke of genius, Darkest Dungeon 2, is leaving Early Access. While players on Epic have been enjoying the game for quite some time, the release date for 1.0 on Steam is getting closer.
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Fans won’t have to wait much longer. As the developers now officially announced, the eagerly awaited gothic horror roguelike will already reach 1.0 on May 8, 2023, and will then also become available on Steam. During the Steam Next Fest, Darkest Dungeon 2 was available for testing as a demo until February 13.
Start sinister roguelike adventures with Darkest Dungeon 2
In DD2, you’ll embark on a highly challenging and stressful dungeon-crawling adventure. Guide a group of heroes and lead them deep underground, where they’ll have to withstand numerous dangers. Both physical and mental strength is required in this side-scroller: Stress, disease, hunger, and darkness are your heroes’ constant companions.
There also lies the big difference to the predecessor. While in the first installment, a lot of heroes were under your command, in the campaign of Darkest Dungeon II, you now command a smaller group. A big focus here is on the management of your heroes. Negative or positive emotions of your characters can result in either serious weakening or great reinforcement. Additionally, the stress of your group has a big influence on the course of the game.
In the demo, you were already able to test four starting heroes and explore an area, either Foetor (farms) or Sprawl (city). Although the lack of a save function, the demo gave a good insight into its game mechanics. With the full version, there will be five complete regions, five final bosses, and a lot of new heroes to discover. Moreover, there’s a metagame hub that provides you with large, permanent upgrades.
But visuals are worth a thousand words. So get your own impression of the game by taking a look at this playlist of videos:
Brand new “Suffer No Sin” Update for Early Access released
The Early Access version of Darkest Dungeon 2 got a fresh update yesterday. With the “Suffer No Sin” Update, a popular character returns to the game. Feel free to watch the newly released trailer:
The Vestal celebrates her comeback and returns to Darkest Dungeon 2 even more versatile in the form of a “Healing Tank”. With her, you can also deal strong damage to enemies in the back rows. With the help of your divine blessing, you will strengthen your allies through your willpower. You can also unlock and level up the character at the Altar of Hope.
Darkest Dungeon 2 Patch Notes summary for February 14
The Shrine of Reflection has been given a revamp, now featuring playable flashback encounters for both the Vestal and the Highwayman. Get ready to experience their origin stories, told through five captivating chapters. But that’s not all, as heroes have received a few adjustments, ensuring that combat feels fresh and exciting.
In addition, several improvements have also been made to the game’s items and UI. Tooltip descriptions have been fine-tuned, and target selection indicators have been fixed, so you can enjoy a more seamless experience. Moreover, several hard hero goals have been replaced, and fixes have been made to address a range of issues, such as hero goals and display bugs.
You can read a detailed list of patch notes on the official site.
If you feel the urge to descend into the deepest depths of this dungeon crawler now, then hop onto the Epic Games Store and start playing Early Access today. With Launch 1.0, Red Hook Studios has reached the final milestone on its official Roadmap via Reddit, and we can look forward to a very mature gameplay experience in the near future.
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Are you already an Eary Access player? What do you think of the newly added character? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.