Darkest Dungeon 2 Coming To Epic Games Store in 2021

The much-anticipated sequel to the gritty dungeon-delver Darkest Dungeon is coming to Early Access in 2021.

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Being terrorized in an underground reliquary might not sound fun to everyone, but the stout RPG Darkest Dungeon has managed to garner a lot of players since its release in 2016. Now, after a barrage of DLC packs, developer Red Hook--note the Lovecraft reference--have announced that Darkest Dungeon 2 will be available in Early Access on the Epic Games Store in 2021.

Based on the trailer, players can expect a lot more in the way of darkness and plenty of dungeons in the sequel. Several of the pre-release materials reference your party of characters going on a "journey" rather than staying in one location, as they did in the first game. When Darkest Dungeon 2 was revealed in February 2019, the developer also noted that the team has increased from five to 14 in order to increase the game's scale and quality.

In GameSpot's Darkest Dungeon review, critic Daniel Starkey called the game an expertly-balanced take on the roguelike genre.

"Darkest Dungeon plays the long game," they wrote. "It builds you up for a grand bout that will test everything you've learned, as well as your ability to plan several in-game weeks out. The pay-off for this constant offensive comes in short bursts--just enough to keep you going, just enough to keep you hopeful for the next excursion. It's an extraordinary cycle that bears a special teacher--rewarding your cleverness and punishing your foolishness. It transfixes and binds you to this grand journey, dotted with failures and successes. And because you endured, because you thought your way through it, the final victory against the unimaginable evil you face at the bottom of the Darkest Dungeon is personally valuable."

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