Darkest Dungeon 2, which is now in early access on the Epic Games Store, has received a significant new content update that was made available by Red Hook Studios. “The Shroud of the Deep” brings with it new gameplay elements, quality-of-life enhancements, and a great deal more; in addition, bug patches and other enhancements are still in development. However, the developer has also revealed that they would be changing the structure of their roadmap to include more frequent releases with a narrower focus.
The 1.0 release is now scheduled to arrive in February 2023 for the Epic Games Store and Steam, and console releases are scheduled to follow shortly after. The revamping of Trinkets will be the next major step in the development of the dungeon crawler. Additionally, several new units, such as a miniboss that goes under the name of the Exemplar, are being added to the Cultist faction. Redesign work is also being done at the Guardian location.
In addition, progression is going to undergo a “full makeover,” and the developer has promised that the new system will provide “a significantly stronger and more engaging relationship between excursions.” In addition to this, the game will center on “an exciting hub” in which players can gain power and unlock new goods.
Alterations are also overdue for the structure that governs relationships. The goals that are currently being pursued include increasing tension and surprise, providing players with more meaningful options, minimizing combat clutter and distractions, and introducing more active and tactical rewards and drawbacks.
In addition, the game’s art team will “enrich” the existing zones by adding new “horrific sights” and changing up the routes in order to create more engaging playthroughs. In addition, new “mini-bosses” that can spawn everywhere, similar to the Exemplar and the Collector, as well as a third “hidden” foe, are now in development. The developer also guarantees that there will be the same “number of playable characters, final bosses, and overall character scope/production effort.”
In addition, it was stated that anything that was not specifically listed, including heroes, plot content, pathways, pets, and final bosses, is still in the process of being developed. Have a look at the preliminary plan for the roadmap below.
Coming Next in Darkest Dungeon 2:
- Trinket Improvements & 3rd Hero Path
Coming Next Next:
- Cultist Reinforcements
- New Progression System + New Hero 1
- Act 3 Confession/Boss
Coming After That:
- Act 4 Confession/Boss
- Relationship Rework
- New Hero 2
- The Collector miniboss
- Driving Improvements
- New Hero 3
- Secret Miniboss
- Hero Origin Skins playable
- Act 5 Confession/Boss
- …and more!