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News video games 26 October 2021, 15:41

author: Hubert Sledziewski

Darkest Dungeon 2 Compared to First Installment

Today Darkest Dungeon 2 will debut in early access on Epic Games Store. Devs at Red Hook introduced quite a few changes to the game compared to the original, and gameplays discussing the most important of them have appeared online.

Fans of roguelike games can celebrate - today marks the release of Darkest Dungeon 2, the sequel to the 2016 debut game by Red Hook. So far, the developers have been quite cautious in revealing information about the title; we learned about a new character class (runaway), and saw some pretty 3D graphics. Now that the curtain is about to rise, however, several gameplays have appeared online, which show the most important changes introduced in the sequel. You can watch some sample footage below.

The most interesting change seems to be the new Affinity System. It will have at least two characters to establish a positive or negative relationship - in the first case we'll get a bonus (for example, if the hero X and heroine Y fall in love with each other, they will randomly heal the whole party; be careful, because if one of them starts restoring health to a character too often, the other may get angry), and in the second case a penalty and chaos will be introduced to our ranks, which will also affect the condition of the party in combat.

Clashes will be conducted on 2D maps similar to those from the prequel, but we'll have to move around the game world in full 3D - for now, only four regions are available, which make up the first of five acts of the game. Not counting the new skills or gear, we won't see too many changes in combat. The available strategies will be limited, because each of the nine character classes are limited to only one representative in our party. So it's impossible to use the services of, for example, two witch doctors at the same time.

Moreover, the mechanic criticized in the first Darkest Dungeon, which determined the chance of hitting an enemy, will disappear - now our attacks will always reach the target, unless the opponent dodges or blocks the attack. Minor changes have also been made to the stress system, and a single playthrough will take less time than in the first game.

For now Darkest Dungeon 2 can be purchased in early access only on PC and only in Epic Games Store. Very likely, however, that version 1.0 of the game will also be released on consoles and Steam.

Darkest Dungeon II

Darkest Dungeon II

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