Any run of Darkest Dungeon means the end of the journey for tens if not hundreds of hapless heroes delving into its dark crypts and nasty caves. But while content for the roguelike turn-based RPG has also come at an end, developer Red Hook Studios is now working on Darkest Dungeon 2, a sequel whose release date that is bound to be of interest to fans who've lost many hours getting their parties murdered by skeletons, bandits, and eldritch abominations.
Darkest Dungeon 2's release date comes more than five years since the original and, as with most sequels, players can expect a suite of rather significant changes when the game launches.
For starters, Darkest Dungeon 2 will be an Epic Games Store exclusive, at least as it heads into early access. Although it keeps the same recognizable art style, its characters and environments will also be rendered in 3D.
The first details about Darkest Dungeon 2's release date were shared in October 2020, when it was announced, pinning its early access release date to 2021. An initial series of previews narrowed that window to Q3 2021.
Later in 2021, developer Red Hook Studios confirmed that Darkest Dungeon 2's early access release date was slated for October 26, 2021. Depending on your experiences with the original, this either makes you thrilled, shudder, or a strange combination of both that's definitely not a sign of repeatedly fighting eldritch horrors.
- Darkest Dungeon 2 Early Access Release Date: October 26, 2021
While you'll see plenty of familiar faces, the sequel aims to provide shorter runs – potentially making the game more approachable – while keeping the unpredictability that made the original so great.
Instead of a fixed set of locations, you'll pick from branching paths within a region, while making your way to the mysterious mountain you might have seen in the teaser trailer and, very likely, dying a lot.
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