Developer and publisher Red Hook Studios has released Darkest Dungeon II, the sequel to Darkest Dungeon. It continues the popular dungeon-crawler theme, and they are now on a road trip.
Darkest Dungeon II and the first game have RPG and roguelike elements. It has multiple character classes and will be familiar to players of the original.
The main difference is the use of 3D instead of 2D graphics of the original and that you command a stagecoach trying to reach a mountain. Darkest Dungeon II, while still focusing on turn-based combat, has a different overall gameplay loop.
The developers have said they plan on supporting the game after release with new enemies, content and other free updates.
It be interesting to see if the developers regret only releasing the game in Early Access on the Epic Game Store. Was it worth it? If anything, it probably put some people off the game and the developers.
I liked the original, and the new game seems like an interesting take on the formula. I am unsure if the developers are successful in the new gameplay approach. Many would have probably not complained if the sequel was more of the same as the original.
Darkest Dungeon II is now available on Steam for PC. It will probably be ported to consoles in the future.