Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon was a thrilling RPG with enough maddening moments which left the players wondering about their sanity. After all, when the work of H.P. Lovecraft serves as inspiration, you can hardly go a different way. Now, two years from the original, Red Hood Studios has announced that they are working on a sequel which will be equally thrilling (and chilling).
The original game was available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and iOS from 2016. The concept asked of players to manage a group of heroes they will send to explore and raid dungeon underneath a gothic (and creepy) Estate that was actually an inheritance. However, the heroes would go through quite an ordeal and suffer stress that affected their skills, abilities, and minds.
“We wanted to capture the human response to stress. Any person can break under pressure, and people break in different ways. Some people become angry and abusive, whereas others become withdrawn and hopeless,” said in an interview for Gamasutra Chris Bourassa, creative director and artist, and Tyler Sigman, game designer and executive producer of Red Hook Studios. “However, moments of extreme pressure and high stakes are also what drive meaningful heroism. The strongest of us shine when everything is on the line!”
The game was a huge hit even though many will tell you about the frustrations of being emerged in the Lovecraftian horror. Two DLC expansions were available not so long after the original was released: The Crimson Court released in 2017 and The Colour of Madness in 2018. And just a day ago, we finally got the news that Red Hook Studios is working on the Darkest Dungeons sequel.
The teaser trailer featured six character classes we all know already: Leper, Man-at-Arms, the Grave Robber, Highwayman, Hellion and Plague Doctor who are standing and looking at the snowy mountain. Now it may have something to do with Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness or it simply shows that our heroes will go over some challenging terrains in the sequel.
“In Darkest Dungeon 2, we’re giving players a glimpse of the supernatural apocalypse twisting and distorting the world beyond the estate… and that’s all we’re going to say about that for now,” said Tyler Sigman and Chris Bourassa from Red Hook Studios for PC Gamer.
Red Hook Studios doesn’t hide the fact that they love the Early Access model, so Darkest Dungeon 2 will probably have this approach.
“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,” explained Red Hook duo.
The upcoming sequel makes it a perfect time to play the original again or the first time ever. The game is currently available on Steam at 75% discount which means that it costs $6.24 / £4.74 / 5,74€.