The game has left Epic's early access period.
Screenshot from Darkest Dungeon 2 showing two groups of people and creatures fighting each other.

For almost two years now, an early access release of Darkest Dungeon 2 grew and matured on the Epic Games Store. Today, Darkest Dungeon 2 hits version 1.0 and with that milestone comes a full release of the game on Steam. Developer Red Hook says that they are "thrilled to be back on Steam."

The 1.0 release of Darkest Dungeon 2 includes 12 playable characters and a story that spans five acts. Those of you who have played the early access release on Epic will now also have access to those final two acts and the 12th character: Flagellant. Flagellant is able to pull negative status effects from other party members and apply them to himself. The closer Flagellant is to death, the more buffs he receives.

Red Hook also made some changes to the 3D driving sections of the game based on feedback received from a Steam demo released in February. Improved areas include a better driving system and first time user experience. There's also been a lot of new content and features added since then.

The only notable item missing from today's 1.0 release is official mod support. Red Hook says that they are very passionate about modding and official support is something they plan on devoting a lot of time towards now that the game itself is out there.

Those of you who own the first Darkest Dungeon on Steam will want to take particular attention to the bundled called Darkest Dungeon: The Iron Crown. This bundle will give you a nice 25% discount if you already own the first game, bringing the price of the sequel down to just $29.99 (USD). On its own Darkest Dungeon 2 will set you back $39.99.

Darkest Dungeon II is a roguelike road trip of the damned. Form a party, equip your stagecoach, and set off across the decaying landscape on a last gasp quest to avert the apocalypse. The greatest dangers you face, however, may come from within...

Gather your courage and ride out into the chaos of a world undone.
Four heroes and a stagecoach are all that stand between darkness and salvation.

Tried and True Turn-based Combat, Improved
The ground-breaking genre-defining combat from Darkest Dungeon returns, but everything from stats to rules has been refined and improved. The all new Token System helps make your decisions impactful while adding even more depth of play.

Unforgettable Heroes
Uncover and experience the tragic origin stories of each hero. Unlock their full potential via new skills, paths, items, and more.

Roguelike Runs, Each With Its Own Emerging Story
Each expedition lasts from 30 minutes to several hours. Even an untimely end will arm you with resources that can be spent to improve your next journey.

The Altar of Hope
Engage with a massive system of upgrades and boons that opens up new strategies for each expedition. Choose what’s important to you as you formulate your assaults on the Mountain.

The Affinity System
As travels progress, heroes bond with each other or grate on each others’ nerves, leading to desperately needed combat synergies or journey-ending dysfunction. Manage their stress and interaction to keep the team together until the bitter end.

Nightmarish Environs
From the burning Sprawl to the diseased Foetor, the long road to the Mountain will challenge your strategies and your endurance.

Explore five distinct regions, each with their own unique creatures and challenges.

A Moment’s Peace
Rest your weary, shell-shocked heroes at the Inn, where you can relieve their stress and try to improve their relationships with a variety of diversions and delights.

Face Your Failures
Journey to the Mountain and face down five terrifying manifestations of your weaknesses.

Signature Art Style, Evolved
Darkest Dungeon’s genre-defining art now improved with no expense spared on 3D visuals, animation, and visual FX.

A Feast for the Ears
The audio team from Darkest Dungeon is back. Revel in an all new narration performance by voice actor Wayne June, a brand new expansive score by Stuart Chatwood, and bone-crunching sound effects from Power Up Audio.