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Gothic RPG roguelike Darkest Dungeon coming soon to Linux

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Darkest Dungeon was launched last week supporting only Windows and Mac. However, as per their Kickstarter promise made in early 2014, Canadian developer Red Hook Studios has now outlined their intention to bring the title to Linux as a "short term goal".

QuoteSHORT TERM ROADMAP

Aside from bug fixes, a bunch of other stuff is in the works for the near future:

Kickstarter Backer Trinkets: these are done and being QA’d. We expect them to deploy within a few days!
Gameplay tweaks: now that we’ve been able to watch and collect some data regarding the endgame, we have a few gameplay tweaks planned that should help reduce some of the grind that occurs in mid and late-game.
Credits: in addition to crediting ourselves for all of our hard work (har har), we will soon be adding the Kickstarter Backer credits in game ($20 tiers and higher).
Linux: This is in work and we’ll announce a date as soon as we know how long it will take.
March 8th Update: Town Events, the Merchant, and the Musketeer (Adventurer Tier Kickstarter reward class). Circle your calendar–these new features are planned for that day!


Having spent just over a year in Steam's Early Access, the Steam reviews are swinging wildly from extremely positive to scathingly negative on this unusual roguelike-RPG. That said, its 1500 or so negative reviews are outnumbered nearly 10-1 by positive and if you factor in the near universal industry praise, we should definitely be looking forward to having this challenging game on Linux.

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Hopefully this news also makes at least one GOL reader happy: Feist has commented on this title a few times over the months, most recently just before Christmas, expressing the hope that this would launch in time to make the Santa deadline! That wish didn't come true, but hopefully we won't have long to wait!

As always, the standard warning applies: If you game solely on Linux, then DO NOT buy this game until the Linux version is out. Plans change, bad things happen and you don't want to be left out in the cold. Wait until the official release!

About the game (Official – Steam)
Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. You will lead a band of heroes on a perilous side-scrolling descent, dealing with a prodigious number of threats to their bodily health, and worse, a relentless assault on their mental fortitude! Five hundred feet below the earth you will not only fight unimaginable foes, but famine, disease, and the stress of the ever-encroaching dark. Darkest Dungeon focuses on the humanity and psychological vulnerability of the heroes and asks: What emotional toll does a life of adventure take? Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Renzatic Gear 1 February 2016 at 11:57 pm UTC
It up on GOG, so the DRM-free promise looks to already be covered.

http://www.gog.com/game/darkest_dungeon
scaine 2 February 2016 at 12:40 am UTC
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Renzatic GearIt up on GOG, so the DRM-free promise looks to already be covered.

http://www.gog.com/game/darkest_dungeon

Great catch. In addition to the tweets and forums searches, I also visited their webpage where "Purchase" takes you directly to Steam and finally a Google search for "Darkest Dungeon DRM-free" which highlighted a wishlist item on GoG, but not the title!

I even searched Humble and found the title, but on Humble, it's just a link to a Steam key.

Very odd. Thanks for pointing that out though. The article's been updated to remove the DRM reference.


Last edited by scaine on 2 February 2016 at 12:44 am UTC
seven 2 February 2016 at 2:09 am UTC
YES!!!!!!!!!!!! YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
best news of 2016! insta buy for me, i am after all a sucker for turn based strategy.
i can hardly contain my enthusiasm!
XCOM2... Darkest Dungeon... 2016 is gonna be a great year for Linux gaming
Renzatic Gear 2 February 2016 at 2:17 am UTC
scaineVery odd. Thanks for pointing that out though. The article's been updated to remove the DRM reference.

No prob.

Though the same thing happened to me when I googled it up. The first link isn't to the game, but the wishlist. The only reason why I kept looking past that was because I vaguely recalled seeing it on GOG's front page back when it first came out.


Last edited by Renzatic Gear on 2 February 2016 at 2:18 am UTC
wolfyrion 2 February 2016 at 8:09 am UTC
All great news and so on but tbh the only game I want to play in 2016 is Street Fighter V and no news for it and not even a SteamOS/Linux icon on pre-orders yet..... Should I worry a bit ??

Is going to get released in 2 weeks

/pokes GamingOnLinux Detectives


Last edited by wolfyrion on 2 February 2016 at 8:11 am UTC
Grimfist 2 February 2016 at 8:11 am UTC
I'm really looking forward to this game, played it already at my friend, but did not want to buy before actual Linux release. Hopefully they do not release it to soon, as I still grind through Diablo's Season 5 Journey ;)
Liam Dawe 2 February 2016 at 8:12 am UTC
wolfyrionAll great news and so on but tbh the only game I want to play in 2016 is Street Fighter V and no news for it and not even a SteamOS/Linux icon on pre-orders yet..... Should I worry a bit ??

Is going to get released in 2 weeks

/pokes GamingOnLinux Detectives

They never said it would be a day one release, it will come out later.
mao_dze_dun 2 February 2016 at 8:50 am UTC
Hah, I was checking it out yesterday, thinking: "No Linux port... Odd."
Keizgon 2 February 2016 at 8:53 am UTC
I binged on watching people stream this. It's so so so good. Can't wait.
Feist 2 February 2016 at 9:36 am UTC
It´s great that we can finally see some movement on the Linux-front with this title.

Ever since the kickstarter for "Darkest Dungeon", I´ve been really eager to try this game and I hoped that it would become available in "early access" but that was a no go. If I dare to hope that it shows up during late february, then this would be a great month (with both XCOM2 and Dying Light:The Following soon to come). Still that might be a bit too optimistic but with the above mentioned titles (and the Agatha Christie adventure), March would be fine as a release month as well.

There has been a bit of negativity during the "ea" period for the game, I think the gist of it, is that the development has made the game more challenging/frustrating for players with a bit too much "grinding". Obviously, I don´t know how I´ll feel about that yet but everything I´ve seen from it makes me fairly certain that this game will be a lot of fun to play until the frustration (hypothetically) kicks in.

Sooo...still pretty hyped!


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