Update on Upcoming Darkest Dungeon II Mod Support

May 6, 2024

Hello everyone!

We’re happy to announce that PC modding support for Darkest Dungeon II is nearing its first deployment. Modding has been an instrumental part of the Darkest Dungeon community for many years, and it's something that we have been passionate about supporting with Darkest Dungeon II for some time.

The reality is that with DD2’s adoption of a new engine, modding and mod support has required quite a bit more complicated work to enable, as compared to the first game.

Our plan is therefore to release mod support in incremental stages, with each update building upon the last. We believe getting access to some modding capabilities sooner is better than waiting for a fully finished modding experience that would take significantly longer to deliver. This staged work will allow our team to receive feedback that will help determine direction of future mod support initiatives, while also allowing us to balance the effort to our other key releases coming later this year, specifically consoles and Kingdoms!

With that in mind, we are hoping to release our first PC modding update sometime before the end of June. (We will let you know if this timeline changes.) This first update will tackle the initial mod loading/overwriting logic and Steam workshop integration. These core capabilities will enable modders to edit any of the exposed .csv files (which contain the vast majority of numerical gameplay values) and then structure those changes as Steam workshop packages. Content-wise, it will be possible to create custom items from scratch (trinkets, combat items, inn items, stagecoach equipment) and also new hero palettes.

Red Hook is interested in extending mod capabilities all the way to enabling the creation of custom characters, and we plan to work closely with our modding community to develop the necessary tools. It will simply take some time to get there.

2024 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for Darkest Dungeon II, and we can’t wait to experience it with you! Stay tuned, we’ll be dropping more details on this modding update closer to release.

~Red Hook Studios