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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!
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Early Access Dates, Backer Art Pack, and More!

Posted by Tyler Sigman (Creator)

We have a TON of exciting news to cover in this update, so let's dive right in!

Early Access Steam Launch and Backer Access Dates!

We are happy to announce that Early Access launch (Steam only!) is planned for Tuesday February 3rd, 2015! That's less than two months away!

Backer Early Weekend: EVEN BETTER, we are planning on giving all Early Access backers access starting on the preceding weekend! (We are aiming to send keys out no later than Friday January 30th but will confirm exact time and day as we get closer.)

Other Backer Rewards Will Come Later: Early Access is just one step towards our final release which will come in mid to late 2015. Your other backer rewards (depending on your pledge level) such as personalized heroes, personalized items, art books, soundtracks, and so on will all come later.

You haven't missed anything and we haven't forgotten about those things! First step is getting the game in great shape, and then we'll shift focus to get some of those things taken care of. We are excited about rolling out the personalized heroes and trinkets, especially! 

What will Early Access Feature? We are incredibly excited about the Early Access program. Our strategy has always been to make sure that what we deliver as an Early Access game is super fun and doesn't feel like a "half-made" game.  Although we will be adding tons of new features and content throughout Early Access, what we launch will still deliver many hours of gameplay.  As we get closer, we'll confirm exactly what's in the build.

Darkest Dungeon Confirmed for PlayStation (PS4, Vita)

Yesterday, as part of the PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas, Darkest Dungeon had some screen time during the keynote! We announced that the game is coming to PS4 and Vita in 2015! We're excited to expand the reach to consoles and handheld gamers.

You can check out the teaser trailer here, and catch a glimpse of the first Warrens boss towards the end!

Will I Get a PlayStation Key as part of my pledge? We don't have a firm answer for you yet. We are not free to distribute PlayStation keys in the same way that we can give out Steam keys, so this makes it somewhat unlikely. Also, at the time of the Kickstarter, there was no PlayStaiton version announced, so we priced and set up the tiers based only on PC/Mac/Linux.  But we have a few more conversations to have with the storefronts before we can answer with 100% certainty.

Development Update!

We've been like a well-oiled machine this past couple months, cranking away on new stuff! We also added some temporary help in the way of extra programming and design horsepower, to help stay on schedule. This has also helped us do some things before Early Access that we previously thought we'd do later. All together, we have a great team working their butts off! We really enjoy making Darkest Dungeon, and are grateful to all of you for making it possible.

Here's a sampling of awesome stuff we've touched in the past two months:

  • New drag and drop interface for town, hero roster, inventory
  • Tons of new interactive objects ('curios') in the dungeons
  • Warrens monsters and warrens boss fully playable
  • Over 100 equippable items ('trinkets') to augment heroes
  • More Affliction act out behaviors
  • More voice-over narration by the one and only Wayne June in work
  • TONS of new combat effects and art
  • Town graphics and user interface
  • Plus much more!

Merchant Class Poll Results

The results are in from the previous Backer Poll, which was about what visual theme the Merchant class hero should be. The "Silk Road" concept won the day. "A wealthy aristocrat and antiquarian with a keen eye for the ancient and the valuable. "

When we begin designing the Merchant class, she will fit this concept. Thank you for your feedback!  It is awesome to have almost 5,000 responses! We'll do more of these polls in the future.

Merchant Class Poll Results
Merchant Class Poll Results

 Backer-Exclusive Rough Concept Art Pack

We thought it would be fun to share some rough/in-development artwork with you all - click here to download the exclusive BackerPack! (Zip, 3MB).  This shows a sampling of Chris' work as he builds up to final art. A little "behind the scenes" for you!

That will about do it!  Don't forget to stop by the forums at, or you can catch us on Twitter and Facebook.  

Happy Holidays! 

--The Darkest Dungeon Team


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    1. Hereticked

      I'd also much prefer a PS4 key to a Steam key. If the price for PS4 will be higher, I'd be happy to pay the difference.

    2. Joe on

      would totally love to see the tune that plays during the playstation announce trailer to be released...loving the music (well what has been "revealed" so far at least) and I WANT MORE! hehe

    3. Tom Helge Hennum on

      I am very glad the best and most original concept for merchant won!

      Am I not going to get early acsess code? I checked my email and found nothing.

    4. Harrison Collins on

      I have some concerns about the early access aspect of all of this, depending on its early access price on steam I can see allot of complaints coming your way

    5. Sentrovasi on

      Woo my choice for the poll won :D

      I was originally worried about the personalized items and heroes wouldn't be in the early access release, but I realized that it's much better because we'd get to get a feel of the game (other than the amazing playthroughs we've watched) before deciding. Thanks for the update!

    6. Yarow12 on

      I was not aware of the Merchant class poll.

    7. BJ Tomiko

      Strange, I never got that poll.

    8. Rodrigo García Carmona on

      I'd LOVE to have a Sony key. It's my preffered platform for indie games nowadays. :D

    9. Martin Desgagnés on

      A little silence feels like nothing when it's broken by such awesome news!

      I also really hope Playstation finds a way to facilitate the distribution of PSN keys to backers as it could very well be my first choice. Besides, they have made great strides recently to accommodate and attract indies, it would just make sense for them to go the extra mile and come up with a solution that helps everyone, right?

      But, hey, no worries: if bad comes to worse I'll probably buy it twice anyway!!!

      Keep up the good work! Can't wait to hear what you have in store for us in the new year!

    10. J.R. Riedel on

      Out of curiosity, how much will you be selling early access for through Steam? If its less than the $20 people paid you will receive a LOT of complaints from people (based on what I have seen in other projects).

      Will you be dropping the price later when leave early access to the $15 other people paid? Or will it be staying the same? (That's another area I have seen a lot of people complain about for other projects)

      Either way, good luck! I look forward to finally seeing it during full release!

    11. Pauly Paul on

      I really hope you can make the PS4 method work as that would be my preferred system.

      Actually I think it would be smart for Sony in general to make giving away keys easier for developers. I think it would help Kickstarter campaigns as many folks would love the console option and if developers know it will be painless to do they are more likely to develop for the PS4 from the start. Win win.

      Also Wayne June is an awesome choice. I have some Lovecraft audiobooks he has read and his tone and delivery is perfect.

    12. Luke on

      Given the choice I would probably pick the playstation platforms for my copy. Though I am very interested in providing feedback during early access.

    13. Michael Moore

      @Leon - It was emailed to backers on October 16th.

    14. Michael Kelley on

      You know what...I won't mind having to buy it again for my vita. Congrats on everything guys!

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      Thanks for the update, guys! And congrats on joining Playstation, now even more people are going to get to enjoy this game!

    16. Dragoler on

      Is it posible to increase mi pledge? I bought the $15 pledge.
      The game seems really good!

    17. Balgin Stondraeg

      This has been a great update. It feels perfectly timed too :).

    18. Laurence on

      Great update.

      I'd be very happy if I could change the pc key to a vita key.

      Grats on the trailer at PSX!

    19. Zombra on

      Please consider a GOG release.