Darkest Dungeon II adds new ‘Kingdoms’ mode in 2024

Darkest Dungeon II adds new ‘Kingdoms’ mode in 2024
Images via Red Hook Studios

Written by 

Tom Chapman


10th Apr 2024 19:00

Red Hook Studios has a treat for Darkest Dungeon II fans in 2024, confirming that a free content update will add a whole new mode to the roguelike RPG. After launching in May 2023, the team has now unveiled a brand-new mode, titled 'Kingdoms.'

A teaser for Kingdoms was shown as part of the Triple-i Initiative showcase event, and as part of a special Steam sale celebrating the event, The Blinding Blade DLC is getting a 10% discount. If that wasn't enough, the base game of Darkest Dungeon II is being slashed by 33%. 

What is Darkest Dungeon II's Kingdoms?

Darkest Dungeon II Kingdoms mode
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Kingdoms is an innovative game mode that has you race against the clock to defeat a monstrous threat before it overruns the kingdom. You journey across these lands and set up shop in a series of safe haven inns, all while you gather resources and face off against evil incursions. 

Players use their all-important resources to upgrade heroes and inns via extensive upgrade trees. There are unique questlines and three new monster factions, seeing you take on The Coven, Beastmen, and Crimson Courtiers. Better yet, you can play Kingdoms independently from the original 'Confessions' mode.

Creative Director Chris Bourassa said "Kingdoms is an exciting project for us. If you look at our release history, no game or DLC has ever retread ground, and we’re proud to continue that tradition here.

"This new mode will blend some of the permanence and roster management of the original Darkest Dungeon with the traversal and combat of Darkest Dungeon II. Best of all, this is a massive, FREE update to DDII, packing our flagship title with even more content and value for our players.

"At Red Hook, we evaluate projects based on their potential to elicit surprise, delight, and despair… Kingdoms hits all three. We can’t wait to share more with our community." Of course, Kingdoms isn't all that's going on in Darkest Dungeon II. 

Darkest Dungeons II brings us back into the loop

Darkest Dungeon II heroes key art
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Darkest Dungeons II boasts five 'Confessions' campaigns that each include a terrifying boss. Making the most of the 12 playable heroes, there are also the two additions of the Duelist and the Crusader found in The Binding Blade DLC.

If that wasn't enough, there's "The Altar of Hope" metagame progression hub and the chance to earn over 70 Steam and EGS achievements.

Finally, you can make the most of your furry friends with 10 companion pets - each having different run-defining properties and the potential of thematic difficulty modifiers from the Radiant and Infernal Flame equipable items.

Darkest Dungeon II's Kingdoms mode will launch later in 2024 on the Steam and Epic Games stores, showing there's still plenty to bring us back into battle against the Eldritch forces.

Tom Chapman
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