After 6 months of closed Alpha, Maschinen-Mensch and Thunderful Publishing invite you to join them on a journey, an expedition one might say. An expedition to a new world, one where they land with early access to the realms unseen by all but those who went with them on the last trip. They are inviting you, and everyone else to Curious Expedition 2, landing on Steam Early Access on June 17 for $16.99.
Prepare for a trip back to the late 19th century, and the era of explorers. A new discovery has been made of islands that seem to appear and vanish from the Atlantic Ocean as if by magic - and in partnership with Explorer Clubs you are headed to find treasures to bring to The World's Fair in Paris. Travel with a team as you manage dwindling resources, negotiate with natives, and find all sorts of novelties.
Curious Expedition 2 features procedurally generated worlds with a variety of biomes and new challenges, treasures, and dangers. Your choices are worked into the story of your characters as they react to the environment, situation, and more with the procedural storytelling emerging from that with things like mental illness, changing loyalties, and relationships.
"We're really excited to enter the Early Access phase with Curious Expedition 2. Involving our players in the development process has been fundamental in shaping and improving the original Curious Expedition, and we're sure it will be the same for the sequel." - Riad Djemili, co-founder of Maschinen-Mensch.
The sequel to 2016's Curious Expedition, the sequel features a new comic-inspired art style, a newly added narrative, and an all-new unlocking system tied to the new Explorer Clubs that give you your missions that you pick between and that you can pledge yourself to online. Many other aspects have been further refined with the roguelite nature of the game, as the developers discuss in their Steam Early Access announcement video that runs through many of these aspects and introduces you to the team.
Curious Expedition 2 releases on Steam Early Access on June 17 for $16.99. It is expected to remain in Early Access until at least this Fall, with a release date to come with a higher price coming at release.
What do you think about Curious Expedition 2? Do you prefer the art style to that of the first? Let us know in the comments below!