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Darkest Dungeon II

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In the howling darkness of the end, men will become monsters. But hope will ride with those courageous enough to carry the flame.
~ The Narrator
Darkest Dungeon II
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Red Hook Games
Red Hook Studios
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Darkest Dungeon II is a planned sequel to Darkest Dungeon. It was revealed on February 19, 2019 with a teaser titled "The Howling End".[1] Although no in-depth details about the setting and story have been announced aside from Wayne June resuming his role as the Narrator, it is known that the RPG combat gameplay of Darkest Dungeon will return in a "tuned-up" form, and the metagame will feature a "completely different" structure involving a "grueling journey" instead of dungeon-delving in a single locale.[2]

Development[edit | edit source]

Darkest Dungeon II was first announced as a direct sequel to Darkest Dungeon with a teaser trailer narrated by Wayne June in his role as the Narrator on February 19, 2019.[2] Six hero classes from the original game were confirmed to be returning: Grave Robber, Hellion, Highwayman, Leper, Man-at-Arms, and Plague Doctor.[2] Red Hook Studios also revealed that whereas Darkest Dungeon had taken place at one main location, the Narrator's Estate, the sequel would involve a "grueling journey" in which players would get to see the "supernatural apocalypse twisting and distorting the world beyond the estate".[2]

For its work on Darkest Dungeon II, Red Hook Studios expanded considerably from the 5 full-time developers who created Darkest Dungeon. At the time of the sequel's announcement in February 2019, Red Hook had increased to 14 employees, and had plans to hire another 6 over the next 18 months. The studio also confirmed that it would likely launch the game through Steam Early Access. The reception of the game early on would determine how much additional resources and features Red Hook would put into the project.[2]

Red Hook Studios remained silent about the game until March 5, 2020, when they confirmed via Twitter that they had been making substantial progress with Darkest Dungeon II, and more news would be shared "when the stars are right".[3]

Speculation[edit | edit source]

  • The teaser trailer implies that the sequel will be in a similar setting to H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, as an Icy mountain range is shown with a monster trapped inside similar to the aforementioned story.

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