If you thought Darkest Dungeon was already punishing enough with its blend of eldritch horror, vampiric aristocrats and sanity draining monsters of the deep, then the next DLC might not be for you. If you want even more of a challenge in the deeply difficult roguelike dungeon crawler though, The Colour of Madness brings even more Lovecraftian influences to bear.
As the story goes...
"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…"
Darkest Dungeon has always drawn on the works of H.P. Lovecraft -- the imagination that spawned Cthulhu, among other ancient horrors -- with its mixture of Deep One fish creatures, Ghouls and tentacle waving Dark Young. This next DLC continues that trend but looks to other aspects of his work, most notably the idea of colors and outer space containing some of the very worst threats to mankind's continued existence.
It appears as if a shard of something otherworldy and horrible has crashed just outside the hamlet -- what it is about that cursed place that so draws such terrors? -- and has turned people into blinded zombies. There also appears to be a hint of the Dunwhich Horror about it.
What lurks in the barn that can be heard from afar?
Set to release in Spring 2018, the update will add a new horde mode to the game, along with new locations to explore and of course, additional trinkets and mechanics.
Are you up for even more of a challenge?