From dungeon crawler to world explorer.
The PC Gaming Show gave us a new trailer for Ludomotion's Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy. Greatly expanding upon the scope of the original game, players will travel the world to destroy an ancient artifact.
Originally released in 2017, Unexplored was a top-down procedurally-generated dungeon crawler where players delved into a deep dungeon to obtain the Amulet of Yendor. However, it's sequel is greatly expanding upon the original's scope. Instead of exploring the Dungeon of Doom, players will embark on an epic quest as they travel the world to destroy the Staff of Yendor, an ancient artifact that is in danger of falling into the hands of an evil Empire.
Unexplored 2 has taken major steps from its original indie darling. The sequel has moved away from a simplistic top-down view to a much more detailed art style that's descriptive and representative, yet leaves enough to the player's imagination. Instead of traversing a single dungeon, players will be traveling through forests, deserts, mountains, and more. All the while, players will have to be aware of the map, what route they take, and whether their supplies will last the trip.
The game is also taking the original's cyclic procedural generation system further and using in systems like story generation, world creation, level generation, and more, all thanks to game director and procedural content generation expert Joris Dormans. Even if players do die, they can return to the world with a new character to embark on the quest again. However, the world changes between characters, which means that the Empire will grow stronger and your previous character's actions can have effects on the world.
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy is expected to release sometime in 2022 with the help of publisher Big Sugar. You can sign up for the free 2-week beta here.