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Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Descend at your peril!
Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Descend at your peril!
Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Descend at your peril!
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Darkest Dungeon Full Release Date: January 19, 2016!


Hello backers!

It's been a busy couple of months, culminating in the Cove release which we hope you have all been enjoying! 

This community has grown beyond our expectations, and we're both grateful and humbled by your support, ideas, critiques, and feedback throughout this past year.  

From the moment we launched early access back in February, we had two important priorities: regularly deliver exciting, meaty updates to the game, and ship the full release this year. We recognized that October would not only be an awesome thematic fit for the full release, but it was early enough in the year to avoid getting swept away by the massive AAA releases around Thanksgiving.

As many of you know, game development has a great many dependencies and variables. Between PAX's, Coves, & corpses, it became clear that an October date would mean rushing our endgame content out the door - a move that would ultimately not be in anyone's best interest. So, we looked at the December 1st timeframe - it would be tight, but with a few lucky bounces and a whole lot of focus, it was doable. A Death Star trench run with Obiwan gently whispering in our ears.

Unfortunately, late last week Chris' father-in-law passed away suddenly. Given our small team size, events such as these have a measurable effect on development. If anyone is out of action, it means delays because each person's job is highly specialized.

As a result, we have set January 19th as our Official Launch Day.

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! 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.

As always, a very sincere thanks to all of you who have supported this game from the beginning and made the game and the community something special. We are truly on the home stretch, and we are incredibly excited to bring this game to completion...and beyond!

--The Darkest Dungeon Team 

Q) I haven't received my Steam key. Help!  

A) ALL tiers should have received their Steam keys as of May. If you haven't, please check your Kickstarter or Humble email folders or enter your email address at the Humble key resender here: This will give you access to your downloads. If you have any problems, email us at

Q) [Patron, Grand Patron, and higher tiers] When will I get my backer-personalized hero reward, my backer-designed item reward, or my journal reward [Noble Heir+]?

A) These will still be completed in time for full release! We have already started the technical infrastructure work and are just finalizing the surveys we will be sending out to you soon.

Q) When will I receive my art print, diorama, and art book?

A) The art book and diorama will be shipping after final release. We have to complete the game art (including the Darkest Dungeon monsters) before we can finish production on these. But rest assured we haven't forgotten about them!

Q) [Heir and higher tiers] When will I receive my narration reward?

A) You should have received an email survey asking for your line. Check your email folders. If you believe you should have received one but haven't, email us at

Q) I have another backer-related!

A) We're always here:

Darkest Dungeon - Coming Jan 19 2016
Darkest Dungeon - Coming Jan 19 2016

Cry Havoc!


 The Houndmaster arrives!

Greetings Backers!  "The Corpse and Hound" patch is coming tomorrow, July 15th!  Here's what you can look forward to:

  • New Hero: The Houndmaster!
  • Steam Cloud Save!
  • New Sanitarium features: lock positive quirks for added character customization!
  • Diseases have been expanded, and are curable in their own wing of the Sanitarium.
  • Corpses in combat - an exciting twist on our combat system!
  • Consult the Caretaker in the in-game glossary!
  • New consumables, FX, & UI improvements!
  • Extensive and ongoing balancing and tuning...

Coming Up Next!

The Cove will be our next stop along the way to the Darkest Dungeon.  You can expect that in late August, just prior to PAX Prime.  We remain on track to ship the full game later this year, and thanks to your support and feedback, it's getting better with every update!

Backer-Designed Items, Personalized Heroes, etc...

Design-work for the BGCS (Backer Generated Content System!) is well underway, and we plan on rolling this out to you in August, barring any complications.  We can't wait to see what you guys come up with!  Also, be on the lookout for more Backer Polls as we roll towards the finish line.

Thank You!

The Houndmaster was a stretch goal that you all made possible!  Players everywhere will get to enjoy this new content thanks to your early support of this game.

'Til next time, bring an extra doggie treat, and make sure to check for fleas!

--the Darkest Dungeon Team

What horrors lie in wait? Roadmap update!


Greetings Backers!

With our most recent update 'Fiends & Frenzy' behind us, we're looking ahead once again!  This is just a short update to let you all know where we're headed.

Up Next!

The next update, in July, will be:

  • New Hero: The Houndmaster!  This rugged ex-constable will wander into the Hamlet, accompanied by his faithful Wolfhound and help restore order to your lawless acreage! 
  • Sanitarium overhaul!  A significant rework of quirks, diseases, and the Sanitarium is coming!  You'll be able to sculpt your heroes a little more by locking your favourite positive quirks on them - but be warned, doing so is permanent, and cannot be reversed.  
  • Diseases will also be separated into their own category, and better integrated into the game game flow.
  • Armor up!  Armor icons will upgrade on all heroes.
  • "And more..."  Quality of life changes, balance, tuning, gameplay tweaks and other additions are always going into the build!

Other backer rewards, like personalized heroes, item design, etc will be coming online over the summer - you haven't missed anything!  We'll be in touch with you regarding these rewards as soon as we're ready to roll them into the game.

Looking Ahead...

After the July update, the next stop for us will be the Cove, a completely new dungeon with it's own bosses, monsters, curios, traps, and obstacles!  If things weren't salty enough, get ready to choke down on the briny waters as your sodden adventurers push ever closer to...

The Darkest Dungeon!  

Our full 1.0 release is scheduled for late October, this year!

The final dungeon and story content will be added, and you will conclude your quest to restore your family's estate, or die trying.  What can you expect in the Darkest Dungeon?  We're not saying a word.


Need more monsters in your life?  Check out Savage Empire!  A graphic novel project based out of Vancouver by ex Turok developer, Tim Lewinson!

 'Till Next time...

As always, we thank you for your support & enthusiasm!  Till next time, bring an extra shovel, and keep those torches lit!  Unless, of course, you're looking for a Shambler...

-The Darkest Dungeon Team

New Backer Poll: Houndmaster's Hound!


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