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An Insider’s Guide for the First Hours of Playing Unexplored 2

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  • Embark on a heroic quest in a colorful world of magic and adventure.
  • A procedural open-world RPG with a table-top feel.
  • Available now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

So, you’ve reached Haven, talked to the Head Loremaster and finished the prologue. The world of Unexplored 2 now lies at your feet. In a world that is both large and uniquely generated for you, setting sensible goals for yourself might be quite daunting. Here are five suggestions I feel are good starting approaches to discover what the game has to offer.

1. Explore Temple Jetbeak

The Loremaster has a plan that ultimately leads to the destruction of the Staff of Yendor. The first step of that plan is to travel to Temple Jetbeak and uncover hints about the First Valley. If you want to follow the main quest, this is a logical place to start.

Temple Jetbeak should not be very hard to reach, but how far it is can vary between worlds. If it is a long journey, you might want to talk to the traveling traders found near Haven’s entrance. Sometimes those traders go to a place closer to the temple and, if you are willing to pay, they can take you there safely.

2. Back to the Garden

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The Garden of Yendor is where you find the Staff during the prologue, and which you flee from when it’s attacked by the Empire. The Garden is a much larger place than you might think. During the prologue you’re only allowed to escape, but there are two more levels to explore.

However, the imperials are still there, so why would you want to go back? As the Task Master might tell you, the Raaf Key can be found in the Garden, and that key is quite useful if you set out to explore the Raaf Temples scattered across the land. It’s also not the only treasure you may find hidden there. In addition, the Garden is directly tied to the history of the Staff, so if you are interested in uncovering its nebulous past, you have another good reason to go back.

3. Befriend a Clan

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The Raafi do not face the threat of the Empire alone. Scattered across the land you can find a couple of clans that could aid you in your quest. Befriending these clans can be a clever alternative course of action as there are many subtle long-term gains.

To befriend a clan, you will need to bring a gift to their leader and then pass a fortune test. Suitable gifts, such as special tomes and maps to potential mines, can be found throughout the land. Sometimes the Task Master in Haven can indicate where such things might be found, but in most clan villages you can also find a traveling Raafi scholar who might have useful intel in this regard.

The best way to get started is to make your way to one of the villages, preferably one that is nearby and not disgruntled. By far the easiest way to reach villages safely is to hitch a ride with a traveling merchant.

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4. Hunt for Sigils

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Another important way to make progress in Unexplored 2 is by crafting magic items. To this end you’ll need sigils. Sigils can be found in many places, although their supply is somewhat limited. If you have a sigil, you can bring it to a forge to craft it into any well-made item you might have found. There is a forge in the vault in Haven, but you’ll frequently come across others in ancient ruins.

Sigils power magic items, but they also power ancient machinery left by the Marang. In fact, the forge in Haven is powered by a form sigil, as are all working forges in the world. This makes these machines good places to look out for when hunting for sigils. Scrying stones, magic hearths, root singers, they are all powered by sigils. However, these machines often do have their own purpose; the Marang built them for a reason, so it might not always be in your best interest to simply grab any sigil you encounter to power magic items.

5. Roam the World

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Unexplored 2 is a game about travel and exploration, and why not do that? There are so many things to discover, many of which only have an indirect impact on your quest. Simply traveling around, figuring out how things work is a rewarding pursuit. You haven’t truly experienced the game fully if you haven’t braved the arid wastes of a red sand desert; if you haven’t blinked between two spires in a dandelion highland; if you haven’t controlled a sky sprite to summon a lightning storm.

If you plan to go on long journeys it does pay to prepare for them. Travel gear can be just as important, and just as bulky, as heavy armor. Stop to rest when you are fatigued, and try to forage for food when you have the opportunity. Have a look at your map before setting out, talk to locals, they might have a good idea where you can cross rivers, mountains, or find good places to rest. The world is your oyster. Enjoy!

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Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy

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Unexplored 2 creates a vast, rich fantasy world for you to discover. It has a cool twist on permadeath: your character may die, but the world might persist. The game is an ambitious, procedural action-RPG without grind, xp, or gold. Instead the story is all about your choices and their consequences as history unfolds. As the titular Wayfarer you take on the quest to destroy the Staff of Yendor, for which you’ll have to traverse your world. Along the way you’ll meet tribes, encounter magical creatures and explore ancient ruins to discover mythical weapons and historic items.

The game is challenging and you will die often. You may make a wrong choice, take on one too many creatures, or forget to stock up on food before traveling a desert. Whatever the reason, when your character dies, they’re gone. No autosaving or quickloading.
However, you can choose to continue your adventures with a new character in the same world, a few years later. Your new character will witness the result of the choices your previous adventurer made. You can leave items in a safe spot, ready for your next Wayfarer to pick up and use.

You can try to fulfill your quest to destroy the Staff of Yendor with consecutive Wayfarers in the same world. However, when you die during your final mission, your world ends. Permanently.
So, make sure you are prepared well and know everything there is to know about the last and most dangerous part of your adventure.
When you fail, that world vanishes. The only thing left to do is to generate a whole new world with its own history, and begin the quest anew.

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Celebrate Disability Pride, Uplift Gaming and Disability Communities and Creators with Team Xbox

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The Xbox sphere sits on a black backdrop surrounded by the following icons: the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a brain, the American Sign Language sign for I Love You, a lightning bolt, a wheelchair, a seeing eye dog, prosthetic legs, and the original Xbox controller.


Team Xbox honors Disability Pride month for the first time, uplifting our extraordinary Gaming and Disability community. As a member of the disability community and an Xbox Accessibility Program Manager, I’d like to highlight the importance of celebrating people with disabilities.  Disability Pride is about acknowledging our own unique experiences with disability as a natural and beautiful aspect of human diversity. This includes all disabilities – both seen and unseen. This is our chance to highlight the vast spectrum of people represented by this moment, including advocates past and present working to create more inclusive and accessible experiences across all facets of life. This is an opportunity for Xbox to celebrate the more than 400 million video game players with disabilities around the world (source), as we aim to create a space where people with disabilities don’t feel the need to mask or cover their disabilities, but find connection among an inclusive gaming community that celebrates us as we are.

As someone with multiple invisible disabilities, the tendency to mask and cover resonates with me. We must work to remove this barrier for so many who feel that they must hide their disabilities to fit in or make others feel more comfortable. It took many years, but with the support of friends and family I’ve learned to embrace the importance of my mental health, chronic pain, and attention-deficit-related disabilities as key aspects of my identity. Like so many others in the disability community, it drives the work I find meaningful and has led to amazing opportunities to work on projects near and dear to my heart. This includes our new Mental Health Guidelines section of our Xbox Accessibility Guidelines that launched in May.   

My connection to this community began with the nonprofit work my father does with wounded veterans through Warfighter Engaged. It grew as I pursued a career in occupational therapy before joining Team Xbox. I have witnessed so many navigating their own journeys with temporary and permanent disabilities. For myself and many others, gaming commonly played a powerful role in unlocking opportunities to connect socially with others and build a community of support through fun and engaging mediums.  Gaming is a staple of modern culture today, and it should be inclusive of everyone who wants to play. This inspires my work and the work of my team, as we remain vigilant in our dedication to helping the disability community feel heard, included, and supported in accessing gaming in a way that brings them joy and community.

As we honor Disability Pride, here are a few ways that Xbox is celebrating and uplifting our Gaming and Disability community in July and beyond:


Ways to connect and join our community!


Team Xbox is excited to offer features and resources that support and enable the Gaming and Disability community to come together, play, and be who they are. We remain committed to providing gaming experiences that invite all players to share in the joy and connection of gaming. Learn more.

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Xbox Twitch Channel – Two months ago, Xbox launched an American Sign Language (ASL) Xbox channel on Twitch at /XboxASL in partnership with Sorenson, a communications company with the largest interpreter base in the world.  Every day, the Xbox Plays team goes live on the Xbox Twitch channel, playing the latest and greatest titles from the world of Xbox. The channel features interpretation for approximately 25 hours of livestreams each week. Visit the new channel here and learn more about Xbox’s partnership with Sorenson here.
  • Filter capabilities on tags making it easier to discover the next game you will love – Last fall, Xbox announced the addition of Accessibility Feature Tags for games in the Xbox Store, making it easier for players to find games that have one or more of the 20 accessibility tags that were defined in partnership with the disability community and user research. Now with over 400 titles tagged and over 100 with 5 or more tags, we are excited to share players can now search and then filter by one or more tags to find their next game! This feature was based on community feedback, and we look forward to continuing to incorporate suggestions in the future.
  • Addition of required inputs for games on Family Gaming Database: Xbox is proud to support the Family Gaming Database as it makes it easier for players with disabilities to find games with control schemes that are well-suited for them. Their accessibility pages now lists the default required inputs to popular games to enable caregivers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to more easily create adaptive gaming configurations for those in the Gaming & Disability Community they support.  Check out more on the Family Gaming Database Accessibility pages.   

Gaming and Impact with Microsoft Rewards


Microsoft Rewards members in the United States and the United Kingdom can earn and donate points to organizations supporting gaming and disability communities with Xbox. The organizations below will be featured on console throughout July:

  • SpecialEffect: We put fun and inclusion back into the lives of physically disabled people by helping them to play video games. We are transforming the lives of physically disabled people across the world through the innovative use of technology. At the heart of our work is our mission to maximize fun and quality of life by helping people control video games to the best of their abilities. (US and UK)
  • The AbleGamers Foundation: Creating opportunities that enable play in order to combat social isolation, foster inclusive communities, and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. (US)
  • Warfighter Engaged: Warfighter Engaged Is a 501c3 non-profit. Their mission is to improve the lives of severely injured and disabled warfighters with custom adapted video game controllers, recreational items, and other solutions to provide greater independence. (US)
  • DAGERSystem: DAGERSystem is a nonprofit focused on gaming journalism through the lens of accessibility. Our goal is to educate disabled gamers and their support systems, while providing meaningful employment for disabled professionals. (US, featured mid-July)

Xbox gamers can earn Microsoft Rewards points in various ways, such as playing or purchasing games after downloading the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Earn points and redeem them for real rewards. Join us today and donate through Xbox


Xbox Ambassadors Feature Stories about Gaming and Disability


The colorful Xbox Ambassadors logo sits on a black backdrop surrounded by the following icons: the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a brain, the American Sign Language sign for I Love You, a lightning bolt, a wheelchair, a seeing eye dog, prosthetic legs, and the original Xbox controller.

Throughout Disability Pride Month, we will be spotlighting stories about accessibility in gaming from Xbox Ambassadors within the community with disabilities. These are their stories.


Discover Games Curated by Disability and Neurodiversity Communities at Microsoft


Four Xbox game title images sit on a black backdrop surrounded by the following icons: the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a brain, the American Sign Language sign for I Love You, a lightning bolt, a wheelchair, a seeing eye dog, prosthetic legs, and the original Xbox controller. Titles include Citizen Sleeper, Forza Horizon 5, The Vale and Fractured Minds.

People with disabilities and who are neurodiverse are among the talented people that work on and play games, and have been for as long as games have existed. During July and beyond, Microsoft Store on Xbox or Windows visitors and Xbox Game Pass members can easily access games created by and reflecting the experiences of neurodiversity and people with disabilities related to chronic or complex illness, mobility, hearing, vision, speech, learning, and mental health. 

Check out a few highlights from the Xbox and Windows games collection that include creators, leads, experiences, and character creation options that include features like prosthetic limbs. 

Citizen Sleeper (Available with Xbox Game Pass) – Roleplaying in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism, this game explores the complexity of a body that functions differently than the mind. In order to keep your artificial body alive, you must acquire technology that is high in demand and hard to come by, creating a playable experience that is parallel to the obstacles of having a disability in today’s modern world.   

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Forza Horizon 5 (Available with Xbox Game Pass) – Forza Horizon 5 improved character creation options to include prosthetic limbs and pronoun options. Accessibility features also include American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) support for in-game cinematics, a game speed modification setting, customizable subtitle options, High Contrast mode, Color Blindness mode, and more. 

The Vale: Shadow of the Crown – Play as Alex, a princess who was born blind, in this audio-based adventure created in partnership with people who are blind. This action-adventure game also won Best Blind/Low Vision Accessibility, and Indie Excellence Awards from Can I Play That? in 2021. 

Fractured Minds – Created by Emily Mitchell with the hope of aiding in understanding and awareness of mental illness, this game explores anxiety and mental health through a journey into the human psyche. 

Psychonauts 2 (Available with Xbox Game Pass) – This fun action-platformer explores the psyche of its characters and is praised for its approach to mental health. Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo is an autism self-advocate and was consulted as a mental health expert.

View the collections in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. Visitors to both the Xbox and Microsoft Store on Windows can find disability and neurodiversity community picks by searching for “Disability”, “Neurodiversity”, and related terms. Content is subject to availability by country.  


Celebrate with New Disability Pride Gamerpic, Profile Themes and Avatar Items!


An Xbox console account profile showing the disability pride month sphere colored in with red, green, blue and yellow and the complementary profile theme that showcases the following icons: the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a brain, the American Sign Language sign for I Love You, a lightning bolt, a wheelchair, a seeing eye dog, prosthetic legs, and the original Xbox controller.

In partnership with gaming and disability communities at Xbox, we’re introducing a new gamerpic, profile themes, and avatar items! The gamerpic and profile theme will be available on console and the Xbox PC app. Get your avatar items here. Content is subject to availability by country.

To learn more about what Xbox is doing to making gaming more accessible and inclusive for everyone on the planet, check out the Xbox Gaming Accessibility Page for the latest resources, discover the updates shared at GAAD or find support for accessibility features on our support page.

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