Darkest Dungeon 2 will get a new game mode called Kingdoms for free in 2024

A second campaign mode is coming
Red Hook Studios

Darkest Dungeon 2 is getting an immense content update for free later in 2024, adding a second campaign mode to the game. Aside from the main mode, called Confessions, players will get to dive into the brand-new Kingdoms mode, which offers a different sort of roguelike gameplay – a race against time. Players travel through the realm, which consists of different nodes, and must seek and destroy the monstrous evil threatening to doom the world before it can wreak total destruction.

Collecting resources, players can not only upgrade their characters throughout a run, but also the kingdom’s various estates, fortifying them against the assault of evil forces and deriving bonuses from them. 

There will be quests unique to the new game mode and the brave heroes must confront three brand-new enemy factions: the Circle of Witches, Beastmen, and the Purple Court.

Red Hook Studios co-founder and creative director, Chris Bourassa, explained that the developer wanted to combine elements of both Darkest Dungeon games: “This new mode will combine some of the persistence and roster management of the original Darkest Dungeon with the traversal and combat of Darkest Dungeon 2.”

The free content update featuring Kingdoms will arrive in Darkest Dungeon 2 towards the end of 2024.

Darkest Dungeon 2 Kingdoms poster.
Free stuff is best stuff, right? / Red Hook Studios

Originally launched as an Early Access title on Epic Games Store in 2021, Darkest Dungeon 2 didn’t quite manage to match its predecessor’s claim to fame, but still managed to sell half a million copies in its Early Access launch week. Its full release came in May 2023 – this time on Steam as well – and a DLC called The Binding Blade, which added two character classes to the game, quickly followed. Console versions are planned, but nothing concrete has been heard about them as of yet.

To celebrate the good news about the free content update, Darkest Dungeon 2 will be off 33% on Steam alongside a 10% discount on its DLC until April 18, 2024.


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MARCO WUTZ

Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg