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'Darkest Dungeon II' early access is coming in 2021

Kris Holt
·Contributing Writer
·1-min read

Red Hook Studios announced the sequel to its hit RPG Darkest Dungeon all the way back in February 2019, and now we have a clearer idea of when you'll be able to check it out. Darkest Dungeon II will debut in early access next year.

Things will look a little different this time around. Red Hook adopted a stylized 3D approach for the sequel. It used rendering techniques and assets from the upcoming game to create a teaser trailer.

"Darkest Dungeon II is about hope, grit and determination," Red Hook wrote in a blog post. "It reminds us that in times of crisis, we can’t wait for salvation, we have to find it ourselves — earn it, in spite of our weaknesses." The studio says the sequel will have a polished combat system and a "whole new metagame," along with more enemies and challenges to conquer. You can wishlist the game on Epic Games Store.

Meanwhile, Red Hook just launched a board game adaptation of Darkest Dungeon on Kickstarter. In the co-op tabletop RPG, you'll play campaigns of 11 missions as you try to vanquish the horrors of the darkest dungeon while avoiding the perils of permadeath. The project has already met its funding goal, and Red Hook hopes to ship the board game next October.