Ludomotion is returning for a sequel to its 2017 indie game hit. Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy was announced today during the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019. The game has certainly seen some major upgrades compared to its predecessor. Unexplored was a small, unassuming roguelike that made a big splash a couple years back. The sequel, however, looks absolutely gorgeous, while maintaining some of the classic gameplay. Except this time, Unexplored 2 is taking the dungeon out of dungeon crawling.
Unexplored 2 is leaving the dank caves of its forebear for the outer wilds. In the game, you travel across a world of green forests, treacherous cliff sides, and arid deserts. You have new tools at your disposal, such as an ability to traverse across deep pits by transporting yourself via a ball of light. The game will still have enemies to face at every corner of the world, as well as puzzles to solve and stories to follow.
“The first game is a dungeon crawler, but Unexplored 2 takes the adventure outside the dungeon,” explains game director Joris Dormans. “You can travel across a whole continent of generated places. There are so many things to see and to do – so much to explore, so many challenges to overcome, so many stories to discover. Unexplored had hundreds of hours of content, but Unexplored 2 will be even bigger.”
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy adheres to the classic form of the roguelike genre. The game features permadeath; when your hero dies, they stay dead. Continuing in the game means starting again as a new adventurer. You’ve become more knowledgeable of what lies ahead, but you don’t have to travel the same path.
The game allows you to take a different direction. In the video, we watch a hero fall in the mountains, while a new hero decides to start by moving through the desert instead. The game also allows you to start completely over with a brand new world. While the main goal remains the same (destroy the Staff of Yendor), it’s up to you how to take that journey.
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy will release on PC sometime next year.