Red Hook Studios has unveiled Darkest Dungeon 2, the sequel to one of the most beloved, and punishing, indie hits of 2016.
Details are extremely scarce on this sequel aside from a few interview tidbits and the briefest of trailers dubbed ‘The Howling End’.
Developer Red Hook has said Darkest Dungeon 2 will feature its own thematic identity so it's unlikely to be another dungeon crawler inspired by Lovecraftian horror. It’ll be a brutally difficult turn-based roguelite RPG again for sure, featuring a returning cast of characters and a familiar focus on horror despite the thematic change.
One of the biggest changes sounds as if it’s coming to Darkest Dungeon II’s metagame though. Rather than repeatedly heading out from a village, again and again, gradually unlocking upgrades, “Darkest Dungeon 2 is a game about enduring a grueling journey, not cleaning up your backyard,” said Red Hook to PC Gamer.
Darkest Dungeon 2 will be launching through Steam Early Access first of all, with Red Hook using feedback to finetune the experience before a final release.
There’s no release window for Darkest Dungeon 2 just yet, although after the reveal it seems a safe bet it’ll be heading to Early Access at some point in 2019.