March 22, 2021 – Descent Legends of the Dark Release Date Moved To August 2021. Sad news for fans of the fantasy franchise, you are going to have to wait a few months. Instead of the original Q2 release date the follow-up to a cornerstone of a genre is pushing back 2 – 3 months to now come out in the summer.
Fantasy Flight Games made the announcement via Twitter alongisde a teaser trailer:
Descent: Legends of the Dark Update!— FFGames (@FFGames) March 22, 2021
August 2021.#FantasyFlightGames #Descent #DescentLegendsoftheDark pic.twitter.com/Hos9nftbaH
It is not clear exactly why the launch date was pushed. It is not too long of a period so it is probably not some major emergency or anything, they just wanted to smooth out their production and sales plans now that everything is real. Fantasy Flight Games has not released any details on the matter.
The original game this follows up, Descent Journeys in the Dark, is an incredibly popular title originally released in 2005, with a second edition following in 2012. It is one of the best dungeon crawler board games ever and has a very loyal community.
There is lots more info on the new title at the Fantasy Flight site. The below information was something from that plethora of information there that was particularly helpful:
Is this the third edition of Descent: Journeys in the Dark?
Descent: Legends of the Dark is not the third edition of Descent: Journeys in the Dark. Although it shares the realm of Terrinoth and the top-level identity as a dungeon-crawling board game indicated by the Descent title, we see Legends of the Dark as a new addition to our catalog, rather than a third edition of Journeys in the Dark.
Although Journeys in the Dark featured the Road to Legend companion app, that game was always designed as a competitive experience, pitting one to four hero players against a single overlord player. Legends of the Dark harnesses its integrated companion app to deliver a cooperative game from the very beginning, freeing you and your friends to fully focus on becoming the heroes of Terrinoth.
Core gameplay mechanics such as combat, fatigue, skills, items, and more have received completely new interpretations with Legends of the Dark, while a new approach to scenario layout and 3D terrain creates striking multi-level scenarios.
The app also brings new changes to gameplay, introducing enemies with adaptable strategies, complex status effects and triggers fully managed by the app, and the ability to develop your heroes based on the choices you make in scenarios. You’ll also uncover a wealth of activity between scenarios, such as crafting, shopping in the city, upgrading equipment, and more.
Because of these various differences, Descent: Legends of the Dark is not compatible with Descent: Journeys in the Dark content.
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