Curious Expedition 2 – The New Director update available now on Steam

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Major free content update includes a new mode, tribe, biome, enemies, recruitable characters and items

Gothenburg, Sweden – May 24th, 2021 – Thunderful Publishing & independent developer Maschinen-Mensch are excited to announce that a new free update is available now for their roguelike pulp adventure, Curious Expedition 2. This new update is titled The New Director. Adding the new Director Mode, The Corrupted Portal Worlds explorable biome, Pale Masks Tribe and a whole host of other content, The New Director update brings  even more replayability and surprises to Curious Expedition 2. Up to May 31st, Curious Expedition 2 will be 25% off on Steam®, so grab your gear and set off on an adventure!

Curious Expedition 2 is like a Jules Verne pulp adventure version of a pen & paper RPG, mixed with narrative roguelike elements, all wrapped up in a streamlined and accessible gameplay experience. Take on the role of an intrepid explorer, assemble your crew and head out into the unknown. On your expeditions you’ll come across all manner of cultures, flora, fauna, treasures and more, ranging from the worldly to the altogether more… curious! Using a combination of hand-crafted and procedural gameplay and story elements, Curious Expedition 2 creates completely unique and epic adventures every time you play. 

The New Director mode takes place after the main game, putting the player as the new Director of the Expedition. As a seasoned explorer, head out to even more dangerous islands filled with unimaginable discoveries. With a team that stays and grows with you, add modifiers every year that will make your expeditions more challenging!

“Right after finishing working on Crusader Kings III, I joined the team at Maschinen-Mensch to help design post-release content for Curious Expedition 2,” said Petter Vilberg, Game Designer at Maschinen-Mensch. “We’ve been hard at work on Director Mode for some time now, and it’s been really fun to see how it keeps providing new challenges, even for seasoned players! Having to choose your own difficulty modifiers emphasises the strategic aspects of the game, and makes the way you build your trek much more important.”

Additionally, The New Director update adds an outlandish new biome: The Corrupted Portal Worlds. Walking through them will take players to islands that are heavily influenced by the purple fog, offering some truly otherworldly sights. They are very dangerous, but also hold great discoveries for those brave enough to plunder them. Expect a mix of brand new locations, corrupted remixes of where you may have been before, freaky new enemies, items, events and creatures. You may even come face to face with the Duke, a tentacled monstrosity with the ability to communicate with humans.

These corrupted islands are also indigenous to the mysterious Pale Masks tribe, whose smile adorned masks cover a face corrupted by the purple fog. They have also begun moving out beyond The Corrupted Portal Worlds, so you may see them taking over other islands, too.

This update adds other new elements like a ferocious new T-Rex enemy, recruitable jellyfish and Stygimoloch (dinosaur) characters, Joobee the truffle hog, and other items that will aid you on your travels. All that and a load more surprises await in Curious Expedition 2!

About Curious Expedition 2
In a reimagined late 19th Century mysterious islands shrouded in purple fog have begun to appear in the oceans, only to vanish soon afterwards. The three great Explorer Clubs of Paris are now funding expeditions to these strange islands in a bid to make bold new discoveries. These new treasures will be exhibited in their stands at the upcoming World’s Fair. Will you seek out the legendary Golden Pyramid, or choose to recover the Rainbow Orchid instead? In Curious Expedition 2, a world of unimaginable wonder and surprise awaits!

Purchase Curious Expedition on Steam:
Curious Expedition 2 is available now for PC (Steam®), priced at $/€19.99 / £16.99. 
Later in 2021 Curious Expedition 2 will come to Nintendo Switch™, Xbox and PlayStation® platforms.

Thunderful Publishing


About Thunderful Publishing
Thunderful Publishing is a games publishing company, founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. Part of the Thunderful Group, which also includes development studios Zoink Games and Image & Form, and publisher Rising Star Games, Thunderful Publishing focuses on premium PC and console games for a worldwide audience and is the publisher behind award-winning games such as Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh, Lonely Mountains: Downhill and Curious Expedition 2.

About Maschinen-Mensch
Maschinen-Mensch is a Berlin-based studio founded in 2014 by Riad Djemili and Johannes Kristmann, combining 15 years of experience in professional AAA game productions. Among other projects, they worked on the multi-award winning game “Spec Ops: The Line” by YAGER Development. Maschinen-Mensch’s debut title Curious Expedition was first released in 2015 on Steam.

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