Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or secret gate
J. R. R. Tolkien
Darkest Dungeon has been out of Early Access now for almost two weeks and we wanted to take a moment and share some of our excitement over the coverage we’ve received as well as give all our players an update on what to expect in the coming months.
To kick things off here is just a small sample of some of the coverage we’ve received:
“Darkest Dungeon is a triumph… A gold standard for early access games.” – Total Biscuit
“Darkest Dungeon is an incredible take on the classic dungeon crawl.” – Dan Tack, Game Informer
“Darkest Dungeon is a mean, capricious game. Success is a gambler’s thrill, addictive and illicit. It comes rarely.” – Jake Muncy, Wired
“…a grim and merciless tactical strategy game whose great tension comes from its many layers of complexity…” Dan Stapleton, Editors’ Choice – IGN
We are super thankful to all of our players who joined us on this journey through Early Access. You helped us make our game the best it can be!
Bug Fixes, Performance Improvements, and Translations
Since release, we’ve been working on improving the performance of the game for many of our players as well as collecting feedback on our Localization to take back to our partner to improve the overall quality of the translations. We are super grateful for your patience and willingness to help us track down these issues and resolve them as quickly as possible.
As you’ve no doubt seen, we’ve already deployed a number of hotfixes, and those will continue as necessary!
Short Term Roadmap
Aside from bug fixes, a bunch of other stuff is in the works for the near future:
- Kickstarter Backer Trinkets: these are done and being QA’d. We expect them to deploy within a few days!
- Gameplay tweaks: now that we’ve been able to watch and collect some data regarding the endgame, we have a few gameplay tweaks planned that should help reduce some of the grind that occurs in mid and late-game.
- Credits: in addition to crediting ourselves for all of our hard work (har har), we will soon be adding the Kickstarter Backer credits in game ($20 tiers and higher).
- Linux: This is in work and we’ll announce a date as soon as we know how long it will take.
- March 8th Update: Town Events, the Merchant, and the Musketeer (Adventurer Tier Kickstarter reward class). Circle your calendar–these new features are planned for that day!
Long Term Roadmap
Steam Workshop Support – We remain super excited about empowering modders. Sometime this Spring, we want to have Steam Workshop support in the game and create some better tools. We’ll keep you posted as we make progress towards that.
PS4 / Vita: We have great partners at Sony, and now that the Steam launch is out of the way, we can dedicate ourselves to figuring out a great controller scheme and continuing with the process of finishing up the PS4 and Vita versions. As you may already know, we showed the PS4 version in a hands-on demo at the PlayStation Experience (PSX) in San Francisco and December, and it was a hit!
While we don’t have a firm release date yet, know that it is in work and we’ll update you when we can!
Kickstarter Physical Rewards (Art books, prints, dioramas): The game art is done, so we can also begin production of these items!
Other Awesome Stuff: While we can’t confirm specifics, let’s just say we aren’t out of ideas, and have some other things planned as well!
REMINDER: Launch Discount Ends on Tuesday February 2nd! Tell your friends!
Finally, we wanted to remind everyone that on Tuesday, Darkest Dungeon’s price will be returning to its planned price of $24.99 now that we’re out of Early Access. During our release day, we had an issue with the Steam store that prevented us from increasing our full release price to $24.99 with the 2 week launch sale price of $19.99. As a quick solution we just set the full price to $19.99 to ensure people were buying the game at the discounted price. On Tuesday, the price will go up to $24.99 where it will remain until the next sale. So if you want to grab it at the Early Access Price/Discounted Price, do so before Tuesday!
Delve deep, bring a shovel, and remember to just let Wilbur be…
–The Darkest Dungeon Team
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