An unforgiving hardcore fantasy FPS dungeon PvPvE adventure. Band together with your friends and use your courage, wits, and cunning to uncover mythical treasures, defeat gruesome monsters, while staying one step ahead of the other devious treasure-hunters.
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Mixed (12,237) - 59% of the 12,237 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 7, 2024

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The game has been publicly tested through multiple playtests and has successfully supported over 100,000 concurrent players. As we continue to implement new features we'd love to test upcoming major features with real player feedback on a large scale. We are also looking for active player feedback to help guide us as we build more content for the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect the game to be in Early Access for approximately 12 to 24 months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We expect to improve the following areas as we progress toward the full launch:
- More character classes.
- More weapons, skills, spells, monsters and bosses.
- More quests and merchant services like crafting.
- More maps and locales.
- More community and social features.
- More QoL polish.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Most of the core mechanics and the core gameplay loop has been implemented. We have battle-tested our core technology including scalable servers to support tens of thousands of concurrent players during our playtests. Much of the foundational work has been publicly tested by actual players and now we're ready to make the push with more content. Finally, we plan to start working on improved QoL features such as gamepad support and additional integration such as achievements and cards during this period.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We may explore a change in pricing during and after the Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We currently have a vibrant and engaged community providing us with invaluable feedback. Join the nearly 400,000 members on our Discord server to chat about the latest features. Follow us on Twitter and Youtube for the latest news and videos. We frequently do Q&As with our rabid fanbase to keep everyone up to date with the best information.”
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Free to Play Version!

The free version of Dark and Darker allows players to create one character and play Normal mode on all maps, complete quests, and build a stash of loot! Players who enjoy their time with the free version and want to experience everything the game has to offer can upgrade to the full version for 15 Redstone shards (equivalent to $30.00). The full version of the game includes access to the High-Roller mode, where players can equip their hard-earned gear to take on even more dangerous dungeons and increase the stakes. Players will also gain access to the marketplace where they can trade with other adventurers, 9 total character slots, and the Shared Stash!

We hope that this version will give players a chance to experience some of what Dark and Darker has to offer and to give players who have not played since the playtests a chance to see what's new before they dive into the full edition.

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About This Game

An Unforgiving Hardcore First-Person Fantasy Dungeon Adventure.
Unfathomable fortunes await the brave and the foolish willing to delve into the devastated depths of an ancient citadel. Band together with your friends and use your courage, wits, and cunning to uncover mythical treasures, defeat gruesome monsters, while staying one step ahead of the other devious treasure-hunters. Once you’ve plundered your riches, now comes the hard part, getting out alive. Find the hidden escape routes before the ever-expanding darkness reclaims your riches and your corpse to her irresistible hoard.

Irresistibly Classic
Dark and Darker aims to capture the wonder and awe of classic fantasy adventure games. We stand on the shoulders of giants and strive to pay respects to the traditions of the genre. We hearken back to the old worlds where danger lurks around each corner, but where courage and adventure are rewarded with untold riches.

Choose a role, party up!
Team up with friends and assemble a party to increase your chances of survival. Choose from a wide array of timeless fantasy roles and build the perfect three-person squad. Play as a brawny barbarian holding the frontlines while your sharp-eyed ranger friend fires arrows from afar and your merry bard sustains morale with a lively tune.

Unforgivingly Hardcore
Dark and Darker is a world of high risks and high returns. Explore a mystical underground fortress where the dangers are unrelenting and even the smallest misstep can result in death. Sound judgement reaps huge rewards, but death carries a heavy penalty with the loss of all your loot.

A focus on First-Person Combat
Dark and Darker strives for high immersion. Adventurers must use their eyes and ears like you would in the real world. Players must target, track, and aim against the countless challenges they encounter. We supply a wide array of close combat weapons that each have unique patterns to learn and master. Strikes to the head and back do critical damage. Knowing how to properly wield each weapon gives the player an edge to survive in this harsh world.

Old Magic
Magic is a powerful but unwieldy force in the world of Dark and Darker. Mastery requires long incantations, special skills, the right channeling equipment, and a tactical eye. Spells must be timed and aimed for maximum effect. For the magically uninclined, tinkering, knowledge of special equipment, and a little foresight can help level the field.

Comfort in the Shadows
The darkness is your friend in this unrelenting setting. Turn off lights and use the darkness to hide from foes or set up ambushes. If the tides of battles take a turn for the worse, blending into the darkness can lead to a stealthy retreat.

Discover hidden portals to delve deeper and deeper underground and uncover the most hideous monsters and invaluable artifacts. All the riches you collect are for naught if you can’t make it out alive. Find a rare exit before the dark swarm comes to collect your soul.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Graphic Violence, Gore, Use of Alcohol.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10, 11
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 with 3GB of video RAM or Radeon RX 580 with 4GB of video RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10, 11
    • Processor: 3.6 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce RTX or Radeon RX5600 or above
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space

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