Darkest Dungeon The Color of Madness Releases

The newest expansion for Darkest Dungeon has been unleashed upon the players. The Color of Madness has players exploring a farmstead struck by a comet that has corrupted the land.

Farm full of fear

The Steam page describes the plot of the newest expansion:

Some hateful shard of alien origin has streaked through the night sky, crashing into the old Miller’s farm on the outskirts of the Hamlet! Those unfortunate enough to witness the Comet’s arrival have been blinded by what they can only describe as a shifting, ephemeral hue of damnably abrasive intensity. There has been no word from the farm in a fortnight, save for the unearthly groaning that echoes from the ruin of the mill…

The new expansion adds a variety of new enemies, quirks, trinkets, and buildings. There’s also a Endless Quest where you “Survive as long as you can while getting lost in time and space, confronted by unending waves of enemies new and old, pushing ever closer to the crash site of the Comet.”

There’s also a big change for those who don’t get the expansion. A hefty balance patch, formed after months of reassessing heroes, abilities, and trinkets has been implemented. Red Hook Studios spoke about the massive and inevitably divisive patch:

It’s the nature of the beast that not all changes will be loved by all players. We know that, on occasion, something you love might be altered in a way you don’t like.

The working philosophy for this giant balance update was that we wanted to shore up *weak* classes/skills/trinkets more than we wanted to nerf strong ones. Yes, there are some nerfs, but I think you’ll find that those changes are much less frequent than buffs. Where possible, we tried to correct dominant strategies by providing alternatives that are similarly exciting.

The patch also introduces the Musketeer class. Originally a Kickstarter exclusive, this class acts as a mirror skin to the Arbalest class. It’s now free to download for all players.

The Color of Madness is available from Steam or Humble Bundle for $4.99.

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