The RPS will be mostly asleep this Monday, May 8, as the UK has a national holiday for one reason or another. That means I won’t be here to tell you about a chariot’s journey through a rotting land. Of course, I’m referring to Darkest Dungeon 2 reached 1.0 and appeared on Steam for the first time.
I’m telling you now, instead. It was helpful to have a launch trailer already, and Red Hook shared some details about their post-release plans.
Darkest Dungeon 2 is in Early Access on Epic since 2021, and it seems to follow in the grim footsteps of the original. You assemble a team of adventurers, you send them into emotional turn-based battles, and you try to appease and upgrade them enough to survive ever-more fearsome enemies. A bit about the chariot and the rotting land is directly from its Steam page.
in one article about its launch, Red Hook says that 1.0 will feature “12 playable characters with a complete story of 5 actions.” One of those characters and the two ending acts are new to this final release.
Except it’s not really a final release. The same article explains that, like the first game, Darkest Dungeon 2 will be supported after release with “several free updates… from content to quality of life.” Current plans include new monsters, new skins, mod support, and balance adjustments.
Brendy watched the Darkest Dungeon 2 early access release at launch and consider it a difficult start. I’ve heard very little about it since then and I can’t tell if that’s a good thing. The original Darkest Dungeon was met with a lot of backlash from players because it made significant design changes during its own early access, and so perhaps the sequel has a quieter time in the Epic Games Store is for the best.
We will find out May 8.