Red Hook Studios is making a sequel to Darkest Dungeon, the grim, gothic RPG from 2016. Though there's only a short teaser released so far for Darkest Dungeon 2, Red Hook Studios shared some additional details, including changes to the gameplay and release info.
Darkest Dungeon 2 is a sequel to 2016's dungeon-crawling RPG. Set in the dying family estate of a relative, players were tasked with recruiting a party and exploring the dark dimension lurking beneath the grounds. Many in your party were not expected to survive or come out the other end of the journey completely sane.
PCGamer spoke with Red Hook Studios for the reveal, and the devs say its turn-based combat system is making a return but with "a significant tune-up" mechanically and visually. Red Hook also says the metagame will be completely changed from short expeditions to something more long-term like "enduring a grueling journey[.]"
Red Hook expanded its team of five to a team of 14, with more hires planned for over the next year. The developers also suggested that Darkest Dungeon 2 could be appropriate for an Early Access launch. "The ability to get something into fans' hands faster, kick the tires of the systems, and give those fans the opportunity to help shape the finishing of the game are both really important to us," Red Hook says.
There's no release window for Darkest Dungeon 2 quite yet. But Red Hook Studios seems keen on getting a version out to fans as early as possible to help with the development on the full launch. You can read our Darkest Dungeon review for our take on Red Hook's Gothic adventure.