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Earlier this month we reported on Darkest Dungeon getting a new online PvP DLC named The Butcher’s Circus, well it turns out it's going to be free and they've given more details.

This was actually clarified shortly after the original announcement by studio Co-Founder, Chris Bourassa, on Twitter. Unless you follow them directly and look at their replies, you wouldn't have known it was going to be free. To ensure all the details are out there, Red Hook Studios have started a series of blog posts to talk about The Butcher’s Circus and it confirms there it's going to be free.

What is it? In short: it's a new online PvP mode, where you build a team of specialised heroes to battle in an arena against others as you take turns.

Something important to note, is that this free DLC will only be available on the Steam version until they see how the reception is before looking at other stores. Additionally, the Linux (and macOS) version of the DLC will come "soon after" so we will see a (hopefully short) delay on it. At least they're being very open with their communication though, that's nice.

What I do love about it, is that it's entirely separated to your normal single-player adventure. The PvP aspect of it gives you a whole new team, you can switch between each part of the game. This will hopefully keep it balanced too and not screw up your normal questing.

They also confirmed there's going to be anti-cheat, there's no micro-transactions as all PvP stuff is earned in the mode directly, there will be bots you can practice against and The Butcher’s Circus has it's own set pf skills and combat mechanics changes.

Darkest Dungeon II is still happening, with this DLC being handled by some new developers hired to help so they can do more than one thing at a time. You can see their full blog post here.

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5 comments

Mohandevir 17 Apr, 2020
This game is great (I own it), but way too hard for my playtime and patience. I'm obviously not the target audience. I would like to see them make a more "classic" RPG/Dungeon crawler, for the casual that I am, based on the same visuals/mechanics and where you don't have to "farm for heroes" to complete the game. That would be an insta-buy, for me.


Last edited by Mohandevir on 17 April 2020 at 2:10 pm UTC
Avehicle7887 17 Apr, 2020
I think this is the calm before the storm, while I can understand Windows-only being supported at launch, I disagree with the "see how the reception is before looking at other stores" and I'm really looking at GOG users here, they shouldn't be left out just because they bought the game on a different store (regardless of OS).

I guess time will tell.
vv221 18 Apr, 2020
QuoteQ. What platforms/stores will this DLC be available on?

At launch we will only be on Steam, and only on Windows. We will be adding Mac and Linux support soon after. Other platforms and storefronts are TBD. Honestly, it depends a bit on the reception of the DLC!

I think we can safely assume that it is going to stay a Steam exclusive.

That is not a big issue for me, as to my surprise Red Hook managed to pitch the only kind of DLC for Darkest Dungeon I have no plan to buy. Or even get for free.

Well, no problem, not everything has to suit my tastes. I guess I can safely forget this DLC and resume my wait for Darkest Dungeon 2…
AciD 18 Apr, 2020
Quoting: MohandevirThis game is great (I own it), but way too hard for my playtime and patience. I'm obviously not the target audience. I would like to see them make a more "classic" RPG/Dungeon crawler, for the casual that I am, based on the same visuals/mechanics and where you don't have to "farm for heroes" to complete the game. That would be an insta-buy, for me.

Have you tried Iratus: Lord of the dead?
Mohandevir 19 Apr, 2020
Quoting: AciDHave you tried Iratus: Lord of the dead?

Nope, but interresting suggestion. I'll sure have a look.
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