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Posts tagged “Red Hook Studios”

Darkest Dungeon 2 launching early access version in 2021

Don't stress, Darkest Dungeon 2 is on its way. Red Hook Studios announced today that the sequel to their strategic dungeon crawling game will launch in early access in 2021. A new trailer for the grim strategy series confirms that yup, things sure will continue to be bleak for your long-suffering party of adventurers.

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Darkest Dungeon launches PvP today, alongside a free weekend

Roll up, roll up, The Butcher's Circus is (about to be) in town. Merciless RPG Darkest Dungeon is set to launch its PVP mode later today, letting you pit your band of stressed out adventurers against those of a stressed out person in the real world. The new mode is completely separate to the singleplayer campaign, and comes with new trinkets and reworked Heroes. The…

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Feature: This expedition, at least, promises success.

Have You Played… Darkest Dungeon?

"Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer."All it takes is seeing one a single quote from the Ancestor in Darkest Dungeon, and I've instantly got his voice booming in the back of my mind. I suppose it's quite fitting for a roguelike RPG based on lovecraftian horror to still hear voices after you turn it off.

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The Butcher’s Circus pits Darkest Dungeon’s grim bands against each other in PVP

The circus has come to Darkest Dungeon! Grab ye olde candy floss, ride ye olde wooden rollercoaster. Let's not bother with the clowns, there's bloodsport to be had. Upcoming DLC The Butcher's Circus is bringing grand old player-versus-player battles to Darkest Dungeon. After all, in a game about testing your luck against horrors in the dark, what could be more terrifying than taking on your…

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Devs from Failbetter, Red Hook and ArenaNet to face the impossible at PAX West

It’s often said that the more restrictions you’re working against, the more creative you’ll become. We’re planning to test that theory to its limits next Friday at PAX West, where our Nate will be inviting a team of developers to puzzle their way around some real thinkabouters in Rock Paper Shotgun’s Game Design Hotseat. How could you make a grand strategy game with only six…

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Darkest Dungeon 2 is coming and looks rather chilly

Apparently the Darkest Dungeon wasn't the darkest after all, because they've gone and found another, darker one up a mountain - yep, Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way. Red Hook Studios aren't ready to give any dates, but they did share a few vague thoughts on the sequel with RPS fan-site PC Gamer. A familiar roster of heroes are lined up to go up…

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Fight a crazy comet in Darkest Dungeon’s new DLC

Stress and madness simulator Darkest Dungeon is taking a trip to the farm in its latest slice of DLC: The Color of Madness. Out now, it sends adventurers to a comet-cursed farm where they’ll need to kill its denizens and survive an endless tide of monsters old and new, all trying to reach the resting place of the comet. Sounds like a lovely day out…

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Darkest Dungeon gets Lovecraftier with DLC in June

Going anywhere nice this summer? How about a stay in a farmhouse upon a blasted heath with four of your closest adventurepals, fending off waves of millhands twisted by a terrible comet? That's the sort of Lovecraftian summer holiday coming to Darkest Dungeon in the grimdark tactical RPG's second expansion, The Colour Of Madness, which developers Red Hook Studios have announced will launch on June…

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Feature: Update Night

Has Darkest Dungeon been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse.Down a dark, dark road, through a dark, dark forest, under a dark, dark town, in a dark, dark — darkest — dungeon, there’s a new easy mode.Darkest Dungeon developer Red Hook Studios introduced “Radiant” difficulty to their infamously tough sidescrolling slog ‘em up early…

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Darkest Dungeon will go crazy for comets in The Color of Madness DLC

The sky is falling above Darkest Dungeon’s ill-fated village, Hamlet. As we know from Asterix, this is a very bad thing and you should be rather scared. A comet has come crashing down and landed in the outskirts, bringing with it a strange light and, of course, madness. It can only mean one thing: it’s time for some new DLC. Some new DLC with a…

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Darkest Dungeon gets a new hero: the Shieldbreaker

Darkest Dungeon, the sanity-testing RPG, has just welcomed a new unfortunate soul into its roster of adventurers. The Shieldbreaker is a new class of hero, adept in - you guessed it - battering armoured monsters. She’s got low health, however, so you’d better be cautious when you send her delving into forgotten tombs and toxic swamps.

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Darkest Dungeon’s Crimson Court is balancing its blood

Ask anyone who is playing Darkest Dungeon's [official site] bloodthirsty expansion The Crimson Court how they feel, and they'll probably smile nervously and then collapse in a pale heap of quivering flesh. At least, that's now I'd respond, and Fraser isn't far off a total collapse judging by his review. It's a top notch addition, running alongside the main campaign and delivering wonderfully grotesque insectile…

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Feature: A turducken of cruelty

Darkest Dungeon – The Crimson Court review

The Crimson Court [official site] has transformed Darkest Dungeon into a turducken of cruelty. Every layer of the tactical RPG is now laced with poison and jam-packed with barbs that pierce and tear with every bite. What was already an extremely challenging game has become considerably harsher and unyielding, so much so that even gluttons for punishment may balk at the prospect of fighting the…

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Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court expansion released

Splendidly cruel dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon [official site] has launched its first expansion, The Crimson Court. The expansion's focus is the eponymous aristocratic vampires, though Darkest Dungeon handles this idea in a different way than the usual bloodsucking toffs. This lot have become mosquitofolks with proboscis-like noses and, as the curse takes hold, mandibles, blood-bloated bellies and worse mutations. They look awful. I am excited…

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Darkest Dungeon’s vampy expansion drips to June 19th

Splendidly cruel dungeon crawler Darkest Dungeon [official site] will welcome mosquito-like aristocratic vampires with the launch of its first expansion, The Crimson Court, on June 19th, developers Red Hook Studios have announced. For $10 it'll add that dastardly strain of bloodsuckers, along with the whole new dungeon type they inhabit, a new hero for you to dust them with, and a fanatical vampire hunter who…

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Darkest Dungeon launches Steam Workshop for mods

The splendid Darkest Dungeon [official site] has launched a Steam Workshop, making it a snap to find and install mods. With a while still to wait for Darkest Dungeon's expansion, Crimson Curse, why not have a crack at some mods? Mods already on the Workshop cover everything from to a wintry makeover and UI tweaks to new classes and ways to make DD even more…

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Darkest Dungeon launches shorter ‘Radiant’ mode

'Radiant' mode has arrived in Darkest Dungeon [official site], offering a shorter -- but not necessarily easier -- crawl through the deadly depths. The new difficulty mode removes a lot of grind by boosting XP and cutting gold costs, but your troops will still certainly be at risk of losing their minds when they get spooked by a skellington or booed by a ghoost. Or,…

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Feature: New perspectives

How Darkest Dungeon found new horror through its turn-based combat

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Darkest Dungeon [official site].Darkest Dungeon is an RPG in which four flawed heroes face damnably transcendent terrors as they explore the ancient narrow passages beneath a cursed mansion. Notch by notch, their grasp on sanity slips and their vitality trickles thinner as their torch dims and…

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Darkest Dungeon update adding enemies, but expansion delayed

New enemies are coming to Darkest Dungeon [official site] as part of the upcoming free update adding a shorter (but not easier) 'Radiant' mode. That's the word from developers Red Hook Studios, who say they're planning to launch the update by early February with other a number of "quality of life" tweaks too. The bad news is that all this extra work will push the…

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Just regular dark: Darkest Dungeon getting shorter mode

Darkest Dungeon [official site] is the year's best dungeon crawler, sez we, but I must confess I find it a bit of a grind at times. So, good news: developers Red Hook Studios have announced plans for a mode which won't necessarily be easier but will cut the game's length down from 80-ish hours to around 40. They've also revealed a smidgen more of its…

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