Aside from Hyper Light Drifter, which is certainly living up to its name in development, Red Hook Studio’s Darkest Dungeon is my most highly anticipated title in my Kickstarter backlog. I know I can simply go play the game right now on Steam Early Access since I’m a backer, but I’ve been holding out for the Vita version because I want to take it on the go.
Okay, I’m too scared to play it home alone! So sue me!
Thanks to an update from PlayStation Blog, though, I know I won’t have to wait too long. Darkest Dungeon is one of the 111 games that will be available at the PlayStation Experience in San Francisco on Dec. 5 and 6, and the event will be one of of the few times it is playable in public before it fully launches on the PS Vita and PlayStation 4 next spring.
The full PC version of the game will be released on Jan. 19, and Red Hook Studios has been hard at work on the game since 2013. It shattered its Kickstarter goal in under a day back when Kickstarter campaigns were able to do so with relative ease.
We’ve always been fans of dungeon crawlers and we’ve all grown up with the gospel of Gygax, but there was one aspect always missing from these adventures of fame and glory. Warriors are always brave, clerics always faithful to their deity. But humans are fragile and become irrational as pressures mount. So we wanted to make a game set in a dark gothic low-fantasy world that would begin to capture what it would be like if a human, not a superhero, lived through the events we see so often in RPGs.
Darkest Dungeon will launch on the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita in spring 2016. The PC version will launch on Jan. 19.