When it comes to indie roguelike games, few are as well known or loved as Darkest Dungeon. The game was first released with early access in 2015 and has been continuously updated with DLC since then, and last year, developer Red Hook Studios announced that it is working on a sequel. That announcement came in February 2019 – which seems like an eternity, considering everything that happened in 2020 – and, since then, Red Hook hasn’t talked about what’s going on with Darkest Dungeon 2.
Everything changed today, with the release of a new teaser and the announcement that Red Hook is targeting an early access launch in 2021 for Darkest Dungeon 2. We don’t have a more specific release date beyond that, but Darkest Dungeon fans they will probably be happy to know that the game is at least on the horizon.
One thing these fans may not be happy about is the fact that Darkest Dungeon 2 appears to be an Epic Games Store exclusive. In addition to the Epic Games Store brand at the end of today’s teaser trailer, Red Hook’s ad on its website asks users to list the game on EGS. There is no listing for Darkest Dungeon 2 on Steam at the moment, so it looks like this will actually be an Epic Games Store exclusive.
Epic Games has been making waves with PC gamers since the launch of its store, as it has signed exclusive contracts with several developers to try to get users to start using EGS in addition to Steam. While it was a somewhat effective strategy for Epic Games, it has definitely caused some controversy among the masses of PC games, who are otherwise not used to exclusivity in the same way that console gamers can be.
In any case, today’s teaser and accompanying blog post confirm that Darkest Dungeon 2 will offer “stylized 3D” graphics instead of the purely 2D graphics we saw in the first game. We were also promised “a refined combat system and an entirely new metagame”, but other details are scarce at the moment. We’ll let you know when more information is shared, stay tuned.