Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance will continue to receive new content throughout the fall with a mix of paid and free downloadable content. Tuque Games announced their post-release plans for Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, the upcoming hack-and-slash action game starring Drizzt Do’Urden and other iconic D&D characters. Tuque Games will release two free DLC games that will add new levels and a new difficulty rating. A paid expansion, Echoes of the Blood War, will also launch in the fall that adds a new playable character, a new story, new levels, and more. As previously announced, the first free downloadable content pack will also include a couch co-op mode, allowing two players to play simultaneously on one console. A new trailer for the game was also released as part of the announcement.
Dark Alliance is set at Forgotten Realms and is the first new video game from the D&D brand in several years. As part of the post-launch announcement, ComicBook.com had the opportunity to participate in a second one-level game, this time with a full group of four players. This time, the game featured two different difficulty levels, the standard “Challenge Rating 1” and the more difficult “Challenge Rating 2”. CR 1’s run felt quite like any hack-and-slash action, with players slicing through enemies in fast-paced combat. However, CR 2’s run was where the game really got intriguing. Our group had to work together and determine whether to deploy and engage our enemies in 1v1 combat or focus our firepower and let other enemies shoot at us. Along with the environmental hazards (this particular level featured burps of fire and lava), many encounters quickly spiraled out of control … in the same way that a combat encounter in D&D often goes off track.
The preview culminated in an epic fight against The Chef, a hideous-looking verbeeg that dealt tons of area-of-effect damage to the entire party. The Chef’s fight on the lowest difficulty level was still difficult, and the second fight on the highest difficulty level… well, let’s just say our uncoordinated party didn’t stand a chance. You can see more of our preview in the video above.
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance launches June 22, 2021 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and PC. The game will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch.