Darkest Dungeon Delves Into January For Release

by Mike Futter on Oct 14, 2015 at 08:48 AM

Darkest Dungeon has been on our radar for over a year thanks to its clever gameplay and striking art style. The title blends turn-based strategy, the life-or-death decision making of XCOM, and a compelling mental health system that reflects the horrors of life as a dungeon delver.

Today brings news of when the final version of the Early Access game will be released. Unfortunately, it won’t be this year.

Developer Red Hook has announced that Darkest Dungeon will be released on PC on January 19, 2016. Those playing the Early Access version will be getting an interim update to bridge the longer gap.

“In keeping with our commitment to regular content updates, we’ll be dropping an interim patch towards the end of November that introduces a new playable hero: The Abomination!” The team writes. “Designed in collaboration with our Lord tier Kickstarter backer, this bloodthirsty class is unlike anything currently in the game. Keep your eyes peeled for the full reveal in the coming weeks! This update will also include two decidedly unsettling backer-designed monsters, as well as some other ‘goodies’! You can also expect continued hotfixes as necessary.”

For more on Darkest Dungeon, you can read an in-depth preview. You can also watch a Test Chamber to see it in action.

[Source: Red Hook]


Our Take
Darkest Dungeon will face less competition come January, which might make this delay for the best. However, the reasons behind the move to January are personal and saddening.

Red Hook mentions that Chris Bourassa, creative director on the title and Red Hook co-president, suffered a loss in his family contributing to the delay. Our thoughts are with Chris and his family.