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Darkest Dungeon II

Platform(s): PC
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Developer: Red Hook Studios
Release Date: May 8, 2023

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'Darkest Dungeon II' Leaving Early Access, Gets Release Date, Playable Demo Available

by Rainier on Feb. 6, 2023 @ 2:16 p.m. PST

Darkest Dungeon II is a challenging gothic roguelike RPG that will test your mettle and drive you to the brink of madness.

Darkest Dungeon II will test your mettle and drive you to the brink of madness.

Armor yourself with purpose and provision your party for the journey ahead. It will be arduous.

Darkest Dungeon II is a loving interpretation of the game’s signature style in 3D, with hand-drawn textures, bringing more life to the characters and amp up the fx, while preserving the classic DD combat presentation.

The basic configuration of 4 heroes/4 monsters and two trinkets per hero is still true, but there have been significant changes to the base mechanics, stats, and so on.

Red Hook Studios are excited to announce today that Darkest Dungeon II, their grim turn-based roadtrip RPG, will complete its Early Access (Epic Games Store) and release in 1.0 on Steam and Epic Games Store on May 8th. 

A free demo will be made available to the public starting today on Epic and Steam for the duration of Steam Next Fest. 

The demo will allow players to take the four starting heroes through one full region, challenging them to contend with distinct enemy factions and the rigours of survival. Players will be able to explore either Sprawl (city) or the Foetor (farms).  No progression will be saved between expeditions in the demo. The full version of the game will feature a dozen playable heroes, five full regions, five end bosses, and a metagame hub with extensive persistent upgrades.

Darkest Dungeon II released in Early Access (Epic Games Store) in October 2021 and has seen a regular cadence of major content updates since. Up until its 1.0 release, Red Hook still has a few significant updates up their sleeves, with one coming out very soon.

Darkest Dungeon II will once again be narrated by Wayne June, while music is being composed by Darkest Dungeon 1's Stuart Chatwood.

Key Features:

  • Roguelike Runs, Each With Its Own Emerging Story: Each expedition lasts from 30 minutes to several hours. Even an untimely end will arm you with resources that can be spent to improve your next journey. 
  • Unforgettable Heroes: Uncover and experience the tragic origin stories of each hero. Unlock their full potential via new skills, paths, items, and more.
  • The Altar of Hope: Engage with a massive system of upgrades and boons that opens up new strategies for each expedition. Choose what’s important to you as you formulate your assaults on the Mountain.
  • The Affinity System: As travels progress, heroes bond with each other or develop animosity, leading to desperately needed combat synergies or journey-ending dysfunction. Manage their stress and interaction to keep the team together until the bitter end.
  • Nightmarish Environs: From the burning Sprawl to the diseased Foetor, the long road to the Mountain will challenge your strategies and your endurance. Explore five distinct regions, each with their own unique creatures and challenges.

Darkest Dungeon II is coming to PC (Steam / Epic Games Store) on March 8, 2023, with console launch to follow at a later time.

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