After some astronomically successful playtests, Dark and Darker is getting one more playtest in April ahead of its Early Access launch.
In their official Discord (opens in new tab), the devs at Ironmace say that the most recent playtest "gave us a lot of clues on how to proceed with development. We realize we still have some important questions that need to be answered. It is for this reason we have decided to schedule another playtest prior to our Early Access launch. We hope to test some pretty substantial additions for this playtest that require a bit more development time than in the past."
That new playtest is scheduled to run from April 14 through April 19. The devs acknowledge that players may be disappointed by the longer downtime between this playtest and the last, but say "we will work our hardest to make the next one even better than before." There's no clue yet on what those "substantial additions" might be, however.
The devs have not yet committed to a firm release window for Dark and Darker in Early Access, though in a Q&A a few weeks ago (opens in new tab), they said a launch in late April or early May was likely. This later playtest could indicate a later launch for the game itself, though without a proper release date announced in the first place, we can't really call this a delay.
While the success of Dark and Darker has been impressive, it hasn't been all good news lately. Nexon has alleged that Dark and Darker uses stolen assets from a project it had in the works - a claim Ironmace has vehemently denied.
Check out our Dark and Darker class guide if you're looking to plan your build before the next playtest.