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Darkest Dungeon 2 is coming, takes us to the Howling End

A sequel is coming to the spooky, brutal game

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Red Hook Studios released a short trailer announcing a sequel to Darkest Dungeon, the brutal gothic horror role-playing game from 2016. In Darkest Dungeon, players assume the role of someone coming home to claim their estates from a mysterious ancestor. By hiring mercenaries and heroes, the player is able to delve through those darkest dungeons and eventually unravel the mystery behind their homecoming. Red Hook released two expansion packs for Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court and The Color of Madness.

Darkest Dungeon 2, however, will be a full-fledged sequel. Red Hook Studios shared some details on what we can expect from the game with PC Gamer, saying that the combat will keep the same format but be “tuned up.” The metagame will be “completely different,” however; we’re leaving the village behind and we can likely expect traveling through icy passes to require a different kind of management.

This new location seems quite perilous indeed, as we’re heading to a place called The Howling End. There are familiar silhouettes (the Grave Robber, Man-at-Arms, Highwayman, Hellion, Leper, and Plague Doctor) watching the torches burn, suggesting that the character classes from the first game will be making a return so that you can send them into the abyss for gold and gear once more. The original Darkest Dungeon released new character classes over time as DLC, like the Arbalest and the Houndmaster.

The iconic Ancestor appears as well to narrate the trailer, which is a fantastic inclusion, as his lines were some of the best parts of the original Darkest Dungeon.