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Defenders,

Lots of things happening this week across the entire Dungeon Defenders franchise so let's just jump into the details.


DD:A Console Update
This year has been a wild ride, as humans and as a studio we have been presented with unforeseen challenges across the board. A ton of progress has been made on our console ports, and we’re nearing the finish line. Our initial focus for consoles was to get the game running on the Nintendo Switch, pouring months of engineering effort into optimizing the Switch and console experience. After incredible improvements, we are not satisfied with the overall experience on the Switch and have decided to change our focus in order to get a console version of DD:A into your hands as quickly as possible.

DD:A on the Xbox
Recently we changed our focus in terms of console work over to the Xbox One. Immediately we saw increased performanced and a better overall experience, which was really exciting. All of the hard work that we poured into the Switch version carries over into the Xbox version, and also later the Playstation version, so none of our work was wasted. 

When?
We are working with Microsoft to target a Q1 2021 launch for the Xbox. As we progress through the certification process we will update the community on a more exact month or date. We need to get through “cert” first, then we can work with Microsoft to set an exact launch date.

What about the other platforms?
Once we are through the certification process for Xbox, we begin that same process with Playstation & Switch. So Xbox will be released first, followed by Playstation & Switch.

What about the new consoles?
We will be releasing DD:A on both Microsoft and Sony’s new consoles as hardware test kits become available. We’re waiting for the opportunity to jump quickly on getting into certification and releasing DD:A on this new hardware.

 

1.2 Update Check In
We are working on Update 1.2 polish, bug fixes, and entering our final phase of testing. We will have a launch date for this update for the community soon. While we have had quite a few people working on this update over the last few months, our primary focus as a studio has been on the consoles. We do not want to rush this update out, so are taking the necessary time to polish the systems and test it before release.  Rift Mode, Transmog, new accessories, and more are coming your way, as well as Trading, Reforge and the remaining in-game Kickstarter rewards in a follow-up patch!

 

Franchise Steam Sale
All of our Dungeon Defenders Games on Steam are on sale

Dungeon Defenders 1 
75% off across the board, base game, DLCs, Collection, and 4-Packs
If you have not had a chance to experience this classic, now is a great time to pick it up.

Dungeon Defenders 2
50% off of Steam packs
50% off in-game Gem costs of Heroes, Costumes, Shards & more!
With XP & Gold Event going on for the next 5 days, it is a great time to get back into DD2 and pick up some wares on the cheap!

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened
30% off the base game
With 1.2 Update around the corner, which adds rift mode and new progression, now is the time to pick up DD:A and get to the end game before all the rifty goodness hits.

 

Dungeon Defenders 2 Events!

From now through the end of the year we have some in-game events lined up. We wanted to provide our loyal DD2 players with some holiday treats. Beyond the 50% off in game sale that will run through the second week of January here is a schedule of events coming this year.

  • Nov 25th-30th: 4x Base XP & Gold
  • December 5th: Double Defender Medal Saturday
  • Dec 11th-13th: 4x Base XP 
  • Dec 18th-21st: 4x Base Gold 
  • Dec 24th-27th: Holiday Extravaganza: 4x Base XP & Gold, 2x Defender Medals
     

Social Defenders

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Keep an eye out for more info!
For Etheria!
Chromatic Games

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DEFENDERS!

It’s been a little while since we last spoke, but what we’ve lacked in words, we’ve been making up for in hard work! There’s a ton of stuff that we’re continuously chugging away on:  Update 1.2, console ports, and even our major content updates. We’re breaking the silence and ready to talk about our work with Update 1.2. Let’s get into it!


Console Development Check-In
We’re currently making a ton of great strides and getting a lot of performance out of our console work. There’s a lot with this type of development, not only in getting the game to run properly and at a decent frame rate but also in meeting the technical requirements of each specific platform before we submit for certification. As we continue to progress, we’ll keep you all posted.


Update 1.2
We’re going to be splitting this update into two parts to make sure everything we add is in the best state possible. The first part of this update includes additional gameplay, features, rewards, and bug fixes; the second part includes additional features and Kickstarter rewards. The goal with Update 1.2 is to put a bow on what we consider the baseline DD:A experience before we move onto major content updates.


Part I:  Enter the Rift
Rift Mode
We’ve been teasing it for a bit, but we’re ready to talk about our newest game mode coming in Update 1.2 — Rift Mode!

What is it?
Rift Mode is an option, similar to Hardcore, that players opt into throughout Campaign and Survival. Rift Mode serves to evolve the challenge and experience of DD:A, providing players something new, regardless of their experience with Dungeon Defenders, to take on. Here are the main takeaways:

 

  • The number of total enemies is halved.
  • Some enemies become Rift Enemies, providing additional functionality and difficulty.
    • All enemies can become Rift Enemies.
    • The Siren is already a Rift Enemy.
  • A new weapon type called Fusion is dropped to take on Rift Enemies.
    • This will make taking Sirens on considerably easier.
  • New armor set bonuses that can be target farmed to take on Rift Enemies.
  • Increased loot quality dropped in Massacre.
    • This is not an increase in item caps, but rather dropping better quality loot in general to progress faster.
  • Over 20 new accessories added only available in Rift Mode.

Where does it occur?
It is available at ALL difficulties for Campaign and Survival.

What are Rift Enemies?
Rift Enemies are considerably stronger monsters that have greatly increased health, increased damage, and additional mechanics. Here are three of the enemies’ new mechanics:

  • Goblins:  They’re 33% larger, making them more of an imposing threat, and potentially blocking higher priority targets from getting hit.
  • Archers:  They’re attack range has been increased and now they shoot homing missiles.
  • Ogres:  They’ve cleared up their sinuses and instead of throwing snot, they throw Rift Kobolds that have a huge explosion.

This is just a sneak peek into the additional mechanics, as EVERY enemy can become a Rift Enemy.

What are the rewards?
As mentioned above, we’re adding in new weapon variations, new armor sets that help you take on these new enemies, new accessories to spruce up your character, and increased loot drops to progress even faster.

What’s the point?
In Dungeon Defenders Awakened we’ve got multiple types of players. There are Defenders who enjoy the traditional Dungeon Defenders experience, want to spend tons of time farming for that perfect drop, and like to set up an intricate grid of defenses that they can set and forget. Then there are Defenders who want an additional challenge, want better loot faster, and want somewhat shorter play sessions. With every one of our updates, the first group will get what they want, but for the second group, Rift Mode is our chance to provide an option to the second group.

This isn’t a one-and-done mode either. It’s a Rift, and as we progress further and further into DDA with our major updates, the Rift continues to tear more and more open, introducing new mechanics and challenges for players to overcome. Every new enemy added to the game will have a Rift version as well, diversifying the gameplay and introducing a new obstacle to overcome.

Really it’s just a mode to provide a reward that decimates the Siren.

Also, there’s a ton of new accessories to hunt down in this update! Why does that matter? Let’s get into the next big feature of this update — Transmog.

Transmog
This feature looks to provide players the option to make their hero look how they choose. It’s similar to the Flair system that was in Dungeon Defenders II that many players enjoyed, with similar elements to customization systems you may have seen in other games.

What is it?
You might get a fancy mask that drops that looks cool, but really you want to live out your dream of wearing a goblins face without sacrificing the godly-tier stats on your perfectly dropped fancy mask. Now you can! This system is pretty robust and is something we’re going to continue to build upon it over time.

Your Transmogs will exist independently of your actual equipment, so feel free to mix-and-match to your heart’s content! As you change your equipped items, your Transmog appearance will go untouched. No longer must beauty come at a price.

What can I do with it?
There’s multiple changes to the system. First, you can change the model of your equipped items in the following equipment slots:

 

  • Weapons (you can only Transmog weapons that your hero can use)
    • EV, won't be able to Transmog her weapons, as they are not visible
  • Masks (can be hidden or transmogrified to look like any other mask)
  • Brooches (can be hidden or transmogrified to look like any other brooch)
  • Bracers (can be hidden or transmogrified to look like any other bracer)

There’s over 20+ new accessories for you to hunt down, and we know what you’re thinking: yes you will be able to look like a Sharken with some of these new accessories.

However, the customization does not stop there. We’ve opened up additional colorization options on the heroes, giving you even more control of their appearance. It doesn’t even stop THERE! You can also recolor your WEAPONS & ACCESSORIES to look however you want. We’re making it so that all items  drop with their default colors, and the icons now reflect that as well.

All items can have their hue (color), saturation, and brightness adjusted. Black katana? Easy. Red Shield? Done. Neon green mask for that sweet rave in Deeper Well? No problemo!

You can preview how certain colors get converted to HSB with this nifty tool:
https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel

Bug Fixes? Bug Fixes!
There are a TON of bug fixes coming with this update. It’s a little complicated, but basically patching while we’ve been working on our console ports has been a very difficult endeavor, requiring a lot of additional work and potentially breaking a lot more, leading to delayed patch releases and console releases. We’re sorry we haven’t got these out sooner, but there are a lot coming and we’ll make sure to have detailed notes of ALL OF THEM.

Part 2: Give Me That!
We’re not a very large team, so when it comes to getting things done, we have to be really efficient and smart with what we work on. Our team has been hard at work on getting our console versions ready (work is still going on as of this post), which is a very time consuming and incredible engineering feat to accomplish. As such, there’s a couple features that we want to give a little bit of additional time and focus on to make sure they release fully functional.

Trading
This is going to be a pretty straightforward feature to many. Trading will allow players to open up a UI with other players to trade items that they have acquired throughout their journeys,for an agreed upon price. We’re wanting to spend additional time on this feature to make sure it not only has transactions working without a hitch, but also to remove any potential exploits that can ruin the experience of other Defenders.

Item Reforging
Sometimes you get a good drop and invest a ton of points into a piece of gear, only to want to reallocate the Upgrades that you’ve spent after acquiring more gear to really Min/Max your perfect setup. With Item Reforging, you can do just that! Just take a trip to the Blacksmith, and for a fee, he will allow you to reinvest your items’ upgrade points..

Kickstarter Rewards
Part of this update is putting a bow on the base game, and that includes fulfilling our in-game Kickstarter, Backerkit, and Preorder rewards. We’ve got most of the skins out, but will be adding in:

  • Custom enemy names
  • Custom weapon names
  • Custom armor names
  • Legends Tablet
  • Credits/Special Thanks
  • Hero Titles

WHEN????
Soon™.
We’re wanting to get a few weeks of testing done to make sure that Part I is good to go. Once we’re happy with where it’s at, we’ll get it out to you ASAP. Do you want to be part of that process? You can apply to join our Cavalry testing group to get a sneak peek as well as provide important feedback or report any pesky bugs that may be hiding from us. Part II will come out shortly after that. Our goal is to make sure it works before setting a release date.


Social Defenders

To get reliable updates on the future of DDA make sure to follow us on all our social media platforms:

Keep an eye out for more info!
For Etheria!
Chromatic Games

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Content Update 1.1
Defenders,
The 1.1 Update is upon us! We are excited to ship our first large update for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. Going to keep this short and sweet so you can learn what's new then get straight into the action. This update is free and added to the base game.
1.1 Update Weekend Launch Event
Log in now until Sunday 8/23 and unlock a Rifted Costume for our new hero Series EV-A!

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Major New Content and Features
  • Massacre Survival Game Mode - The next stop on our way to late game DD:A gameplay. A whole new challenge to explore which includes a new tier of loot as well as bosses. With randomized boss loot, you can now attain loot at a whole new power level.
  • Hero Series EV-A - A new hero joins your roster to help with the challenges that await you in Massacre Survival mode. A franchise favorite makes her way into DD:A with a familiar and powerful kit of defenses and skills.
  • Tornado Valley Challenge - Invade airships, defeat the ship captain, and dodge deadly mortar barrage.
  • Promenade Challenge - Play capture the flag against Copters of both the goblin and Ogre variety, meanwhile there are missiles set to stun kill.
 
Minor New Content and Features
  • New inventory filter system
  • Additional auto-loot options
  • Full gamepad support
  • Bosses in survival mode
  • Updated language translations
  • Unstuck command
  • New achievements
  • New pets from challenge maps
  • Increased knockback scaling
 
Kickstarter and Backer Rewards
  • Unique item names for Kickstarter rewards
  • Exclusive Kickstarter & Pre-Order costumes
    *Codes will be sent out within a week of patch, either to BackerKit or via Email*
 
Game Optimizations
  • Massive memory cleanup in all sections of the game.
  • Massive CPU performance optimizations related to everything gameplay.
  • Profile conflict system
 
Bug Fixes
  • BUGFIX: In challenge modes with limited lives, hero swapping in build phase while dead and out of lives respawns the player
  • BUGFIX: Copters are invulnerable.
  • BUGFIX: Direct Join from game closed causes infinite loading
  • BUGFIX: Input binding displays that had a none input action became visible
  • BUGFIX: Campaign completion pet on Easy-Nightmare had 0 min quality.
  • BUGFIX: Shadow Monk skin confirm button isn't disabled even though the skin isn't owned
  • BUGFIX: Spectator can hot swap heroes and spawn in the world
  • BUGFIX: Attack power now scales pet damage
  • BUGFIX: Unable to see the last option in the gameplay options list
  • BUGFIX: Apprentice offense stats were missing
  • BUGFIX: Channeling ability sometimes can't be deactivated by a client.
  • BUGFIX: Input Binding Display - fixed issue that was hiding hold radial bar.
  • BUGFIX: Bosses can be stunned by the Lightning Tower.
  • BUGFIX: Suggested Levels are very wrong
  • BUGFIX: Harpoon turret shooting Ogre targets too high up on the body causing it to miss other targets.
  • BUGFIX: Inferno Trap tick rate not scaling properly in Massacre
  • BUGFIX: Healing Aura not scaling properly in higher difficulties
  • BUGFIX: Pet attack rates cannot be properly upgraded
  • BUGFIX: Enemies never appear with the Massacre colorization (Black/Gold) in massacre difficulty.
  • BUGFIX: Skeletons don't properly die to lifespan or getting stuck, they just "Fake Die" once and resurrect.
  • BUGFIX: If a skeleton is dead when the dark elf mage that summoned it is killed it isn't removed from the map.
  • BUGFIX: Djinn tries to destroy crystal generators on Alch Labs
  • BUGFIX: Boss events don't occur if you join in survival past wave 20.
  • BUGFIX: Kobolds may not be targeted by any defense.
  • BUGFIX: Traps may not trigger as intended.
  • BUGFIX: Goblin Mech doesn't move if you're far away when he spawns.
  • BUGFIX: The Goblin Mech can break down and not work as intended.
  • BUGFIX: Fix ranged enemy targeting and navigation.
  • BUGFIX: Clients were unable to load and save inventory filters when in an multiplayer game.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed an issue with Tactician and Untouchable not granting awards
  • BUGFIX: Fixed an issue with Strength In Numbers description
  • BUGFIX: Dragon pet could get 3 extra projectiles when it should only get 2 extra.
  • BUGFIX: Score doesn't reset correctly after winning chicken soccer.
  • BUGFIX: Wave 25 Deeper Well massacre survival enemies are much much easier than wave 24 enemies.
  • BUGFIX: Traps now have a collision representing their effect range only interacts with tower collision via overlap
  • BUGFIX: Copters clipping through walls in Ancient Mines
  • BUGFIX: After joining a hardcore map that is in combat phase the client is stuck on the loading screen until that combat phase finishes
  • BUGFIX: Ancient Dragon boss weapons had an incorrect projectile description
  • BUGFIX: Mana gems don't drop from enemies on Royal Gardens Wave 24 - Survival (Massacre)
  • BUGFIX: Mage heal affects bosses.
  • BUGFIX: Couldn't spin Hero model in inventory
  • BUGFIX: Towers may not target Bosses or Copter Flares
  • BUGFIX: MultiBuff pets will buff undesirable targets
  • BUGFIX: Ogre Slam can damage defenses it should be able to
  • BUGFIX: Ancient Dragon gets stuck in strafe mode when more than 1 player is on the map
  • BUGFIX: Trophies with longer titles text are cut off on both ends
  • BUGFIX: Fix for pylons being moved by Sharken.
  • BUGFIX: Skeletons in Mixed Mode only ever spawn as tier 1
  • BUGFIX: Tower Speed (Def. Rate) was showing as less was better for tooltips
  • BUGFIX: Hold event progress isn't displaying correctly during activation on keyboard
  • BUGFIX: Pets activate their abilities and attacks in pure strategy mode
  • BUGFIX: Healing aura heals defenses
  • BUGFIX: Enemies occasionally moonwalk because why not
  • BUGFIX: Names that appear when you hover over the player icons on the escape screen
  • BUGFIX: The create hero UI always shows gamepad icons
  • BUGFIX: Session Browser had locked entries if you beat a map on survival but you did not beat the specific wave they were on.
  • BUGFIX: Djinn have trouble acquiring new targets and have an incorrect tower destroy distance in massacre
  • BUGFIX: Game crashes if you go into placement for a defense while inspecting one that is already placed
  • BUGFIX: Input errors when going from gamepad to keyboard
  • BUGFIX: Client crashes during the combat phase of Survival
  • BUGFIX: The create hero UI always shows gamepad icons
  • BUGFIX: Healing aura doesn't affect the new hero if you swap inside of it
  • BUGFIX: Sirens ping icon is gigantic
  • BUGFIX: When a client leaves game from the tavern they are sent to the menu level instead of their own tavern
  • BUGFIX: Defense tooltip closes when in build mode after you get done focusing an already built defense.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed defense tooltips not showing up for placement of node types
  • BUGFIX: Sharkens can target defenses across the map if they are ever facing it after spawning
  • BUGFIX: Demon Lord Doesn't Do Anything If You Die
  • BUGFIX: Moving Core challenge says Monsterfest in the map selection UI and on the end game summary screen
  • BUGFIX: Heal isn't disabled when webbed by a spider
  • BUGFIX: Copter's can drop their Ogres in locations where the Ogre gets stuck on Promenade
  • BUGFIX: Build Suggestions button text being cut off
  • BUGFIX: Sliders don't stay in the correct location after modifying colors of costumes
  • BUGFIX: No Mana drops from enemies on wave 5 of Magus Quarters Massacre Campaign and build timers on Throne Room Survival.
  • BUGFIX: Spectator camera freezes in hardcore after a short period
  • BUGFIX: Squire can use healing ability while blocking.
  • BUGFIX: Camera Toggle gets stuck on screen after building a defense
  • BUGFIX: All confirmation popups have to be clicked twice for either button to work
  • BUGFIX: Djinn don't turn to face their target when using an ability
  • BUGFIX: Leaving the game on a client after transitioning as a group from the tavern crashes the client
  • BUGFIX: Sell All Did not have a confirmation before doing
  • BUGFIX: Fix for Sirens taking damage from auras
  • BUGFIX: Enemies can attempt to attack the player when they can't reach them
  • BUGFIX: Could not stand on Flameball towers
  • BUGFIX: Flamethrower weapon visuals don't turn off when reloading
  • BUGFIX: Sirens walking into Cores
  • BUGFIX: Can interact with towers while in build mode
  • BUGFIX: New Trophies in the tavern are never focusable
  • BUGFIX: Nameplate health values don't update when fortify stat changes unless that nameplate is currently on screen
  • BUGFIX: Fix passive damage from interrupting enemy attacks, it doesn't stun them but prevents them from effectively doing anything.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed range value on tooltips to match what is shown in placement
  • BUGFIX: On the hero creation UI you are able to spam the hero spawn sounds by clicking their portraits repeatedly
  • BUGFIX: When the swap button was hidden it was still showing up in the wrong location
  • BUGFIX: Goblin Copter targeting issues
  • BUGFIX: Fixed Slice and Dice tower scaling and fixed damage scaling as well
  • BUGFIX: On tooltips, primary damage and elemental damage were always getting colored
  • BUGFIX: On gamepad able to open 2 sell all confirmation prompts by holding Right-Shoulder twice.
  • BUGFIX: Fixed DU from not displaying on built tower tooltips
  • BUGFIX: Gamepad navigation on filters UI was not working as intended
  • BUGFIX: Repair now works in the tavern
  • BUGFIX: For the host, the Gold earned tracker on the end game summary screen displays clients total gold instead of gold earned on that map
  • BUGFIX: Demon Lord in-world sword could spawn in and cause players to get stuck if they were standing where it spawned and/or building there

Please help us find and squash bugs over at our Discord where we have a new reporting system for bugs and feedback.

Social Defenders
To get reliable updates on the future of DDA make sure to follow us on all our social media platforms: Keep an eye out for more info!
For Etheria!
Chromatic Games
[CG] HiggsBosonic

Defenders,

Nat “Higgsbosonic” here, wanted to bring you an update regarding our next patch!

1.1 Patch Update

The Update 1.1 patch is going to be released in August. We’ve seen a few comments regarding the patch arriving in July and that it has been delayed. This post is the first official statement regarding the patch and its timeline. This is a standard content patch and not a paid DLC.

There are only two places for official announcements: the news posts on our website, and the Chromatic Games Dev streams (at twitch.tv/chromatic_games). Anything outside of that should not be considered official information, even if it comes from an official dev.

We know you are eagerly awaiting this patch and we're working at full capacity (without crunch) to bring you high-quality patches and content for DD:A. We care about our team and do everything we can to take care of them as we continue to make DD:A the game greater and greater with each update. We do not want to rush out patches or content. We are ruthlessly testing and incorporating the community during the entire process. Every week our RQA team and Ethereal Calvary which are all community members playtest our latest build and provide feedback. They help us find bugs and the fun! We thank all those who dedicate their time to us now, and in the future.
 

So what’s in it? 
There has already been a lot of information shared with the community about what is going to be in the patch in terms of features. I wanted to gather all of that in one place, confirm its existence and provide a few shiny screenshots. Please note, not everything included in Update 1.1 is listed on this post.
 

Massacre Survival 
Yes, it is on its way, we’ve been spending an immense amount of time to make sure this game mode feels right. Provide a challenge, proper progression curve, and rewarding loot. This is just the beginning of the late game and we hope you enjoy the challenge!
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Skyward Challenges

Two new challenges await you! Take towards the sky as you tackle these new adventures in Tornado Valley and Promenade. Invade airships, defeat the ship captain, and dodge deadly mortar barrage; or play capture the flag against Copters of both the goblin and Ogre variety, meanwhile, there are missiles set to stun kill.

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EV-A*
An old robot-friend has found her way into DD:A. Series EV is a beloved hero from the franchise, we wanted to bring her to DD:A along with her reflect and buff beams ^^. Something a little extra to help deal with the challenges that await in Massacre Survival and beyond.
*Hero name subject to change ;)

    Abilities:

  •         Decoy
  •         Proton Charge

    Defenses (All the Beams):

  •         Proton beam
  •         Physical beam
  •         Reflect beam
  •         Shock beam
  •         Buff beam

Dual Weapon Equip:
Gain stats from both weapons
Only one weapon can be used at a time
Huntress and Apprentice weapons only

Check out some EV-A Gameplay over at JuiceBags Youtube channel!


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EVCharacterConcept.png

 

Inventory
Oh, inventory management, where do I begin… Well, there was once a dev named Philtermancer, he was a wise engineer, privy to the plight of inventory management time sinks that plagued the community. His trusty friends Sir Sean “Shoryu” Ryan the UX wizard and Magister Mario “Luvcraft” Machado UI Art master devised a most wonderful solution. In Update 1.1 you are bestowed the blessed bag filters, making your adventures in Etheria easier, the end. 

Inventory Filter Bags:
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New additional filters:

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Fancy new tooltips:

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There are additional features and changes coming your way in our 1.1 patch as well as hundreds of bug fixes.

Come say hello and chat about the upcoming content in our Discord!

 

Social Defenders

To get reliable updates on the future of DDA make sure to follow us on all our social media platforms:

Keep an eye out for more info!
For Etheria!
Chromatic Games

[CG] Mary

DEFENDERS

Finally, Dungeon Defenders: Awakened 1.0 released on Steam today. It’s been a long and crazy journey that has ultimately led us here. Development on this project has had its ups and downs, but together we made it here, our studio and you, our GLORIOUS community. There’s a lot to cover, we’ll save the sappy stuff for later, let’s get into it!

What’s Inside?

There’s a lot to cover the epicness that is Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, with where and what to cover being quite difficult decisions. We’ll go through everything top to bottom, and if something is left out, then you’ll just have to hop in and experience it for yourself!

Heroes

The four classic heroes lead the charge for the Dungeon Defenders: Awakened roster. With more to come, these base four serve as the bastion of Etheria!

The Squire

Melee tank with towers that either block or deal heavy physical damage.

  • Abilities
    • Left Click:  Melee slash
    • Circular Slice:  A circular slice that deals a ton of aoe damage.
    • Blood Boil:  Go berserk, increasing damage, knockback, movement speed, and armor.
    • Heal:  Heals you by converting mana into health.
  • Defenses
    • Spiked Blockade - A blockade that stops enemies and deals damage to melee attackers.
    • Ballista - Shoots a giant bolts that pierces through enemies.
    • Bouncer Blockade - A blockade that stops enemies and knocks back melee attackers.
    • Bowling Ball Tower - Shoots out bowling balls that bounce and deal damage to enemies.
    • Training Dummy - A blockade that spins and deals more and more damage to enemies around it.

The Huntress

Ranged DPS focused on laying traps and dealing heavy damage from afar.

  • Abilities
    • Left Click:  Shoots projectiles
    • Right Click:   Reloads weapon
    • Piercing Shot:  Shoots a phoenix that pierces enemies.
    • Adrena Rush:  Increases attack rate, move speed, and jump height.
    • Heal:   Heals you by converting mana into health.
  • Defenses
    • Explosive Trap - Explodes dealing physical damage to nearby enemies.
    • Poison Gas Trap - Stuns weaker enemies.
    • Inferno Trap - Engulfs enemies in fire damage over time.
    • Darkness Trap - Blinds enemies and removes their elemental immunities.
    • Thunder Spike Trap - Deals a giant burst of lightning damage.

The Apprentice

Ranged DPS with well rounded defenses and burst hero damage.

  • Abilities
    • Left Click:  Shoots projectiles
    • Right Click:   Hold and release a giant explosion nearby
    • Mana Bomb:  After channeling, releases a giant mana bomb.
    • Overcharge:  Overcharges you, making your right click empower nearby defenses.
    • Heal:   Heals you by converting mana into health.
  • Defenses
    • Magic Missile Tower - Shoots missiles that deal physical damage.
    • Elemental Barrier - Blockade that strips enemy elemental immunity.
    • Flameburst Tower - Shoots an exploding fireball.
    • Lightning Tower - Shocks nearby enemies with chain lightning.
    • Deadly Striker Tower - Shoots a single blast of energy dealing a ton of damage.

The Monk

Melee and Ranged hero with auras and abilities that aim at support.

  • Abilities
    • Left Click:  Melee slash
    • Right Click:   Shoots projectiles.
    • Tower Boost:  Throws a medallion on the ground, boosting nearby defenses.
    • Hero Boost:  Boosts heroes near the Monk, and the Monk as well.
    • Heal:   Heals you by converting mana into health.
  • Defenses
    • Ensnare Aura - Slows enemy movement and attack speed.
    • Electric Aura - Deals lightning damage to enemies.
    • Healing Aura - Heals heroes who walk through it.
    • Strength Drain Aura - Reduces enemy damage and strips elemental immunity.
    •  Enrage Aura - Chance to cause enemies to fight one another.

Difficulties

Dungeon Defenders is about climbing the mountain and taking on harder and harder difficulties across all game modes. Returning to our roots we’re bringing back some classics, some in a slightly new way, and something brand new:

  • Easy:  Getting through the story and obliterating everything in your path.
  • Medium:  Smooth progression, providing a decent challenge to any new Defender.
  • Hard:  The heat starts to increase, this is the most difficult start possible.
  • Insane:  Clearing Hard makes way for Insane.
  • Nightmare:  Access granted after attaining Level 70 and clearing Insane Campaign. It introduces four enemies - Spiders, Sharkens, Djinns, and Goblincopters.
  • Massacre:  The newest difficulty in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened requires you to reach Level 83 to access it. You’re going to need some great gear from Nightmare and prepare to take on the newest enemy - The Siren!

You can choose to take the solo route or play with up to three other Defenders. The difficulty is there, and the choice is yours!

Maps

In this first showing of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, you have access to 15 epic maps, some classic blasts from the past, and some brand new maps that help show off the world of Etheria.

  • Act I
    • Deeper Well
    • Ancient Mines
    • Lava Mines
    • Alchemical Labs (Boss Map)
    • Magus Quarters (Encore Map)
  • Act II
    • Tornado Valley
    • Tornado Highlands
    • Ramparts
    • Throne Room (Boss Map)
    • Endless Spires (Encore Map)
  • Act III
    • Arcane Library
    • Royal Gardens
    • Promenade
    • The Summit (Boss Map)
    • Glitterhelm (Encore Map)

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These maps offer diverse landscapes and unique ways to strategize your defenses against the hordes of enemies that await!

Game Modes

A return to our roots would not be right without bringing back some of the games modes that many know and love. All difficulties are available on every game mode, allowing novices and veterans alike an opportunity to try their hand.

  • Survival:  Up to 25 Waves of enemies are coming for you. Reaching Wave 15 and 25 offer unique rewards that vary between every map. 
  • Pure Strategy:  Test your defensive prowess in this mode. Your towers are the only thing that can defeat the enemies that await you.
  • Mixed Mode:  Add in some Nightmare enemies into the mix, increasing the difficulty and rewards.
  • Hardcore:  With greater risk comes greater reward. If you die with this enabled, you do not respawn until the end of combat phase, whether you win or lose.

Enemies

It wouldn’t be fun if it was all just goblins coming your way. The Old Ones army returns in full fashion, while also recruiting a new evil to push your Defender skill further than ever!

  • Goblins:  Big ears, goofy, melee focused, and the weakest enemy of the bunch. If you can’t beat them, you’re in for trouble.
  • Dark Elf Archer:  A ranged Elf that shoots arrows to destroy you and your towers from afar.
  • Dark Elf Mage:  This ranged Elf shoots magical bolts at your towers while also summoning skeletons to fight you.
  • Orc:  A big brutish melee enemy that hits pretty hard and has a larger health pool.
  • Wyvern:  Drakes that come in from the sky, flying over your defenses to destroy your Crystal Core.
  • Kobolds:  They’re packed with dynamite and a bit fuse-happy. They’ll charge any threat and go BOOM!
  • Dark Elf Warrior:  These elves thirst for battle against Heroes. They jump maneuver around and over defenses to focus down Heroes before turning their focus to your defenses.
  • Ogre:  Think an orc on steroids, except he also throws explosive snot at you. His melee hurts pack quite the punch.
  • Spiders:  These bugs come down randomly from the ceiling, usually behind your towers. They can debuff heroes and towers alike.
  • Sharken:  Hailing from the seas, they pack a mighty melee punch and also charge your towers, knocking them aside.
  • Djinn:  Using otherworldly magic, the Djinn can either poof your Defenses out of existence or greatly enhance one of his allies.
  • Goblincopter:  A flying mechanical  tormentor that shoots flares to distract towers, crash lands into players, oh and it carries a freaking OGRE with it into battle.
  • *NEW* The Siren:  She enchants enemies around her, making them take permanent unstrippable reduced elemental damage based on her elemental affinity. She also flees, and Defenders who defeat her before she escapes are handsomely rewarded.

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As you progress you run into newer enemies, providing a greater challenge as you progress. If you can make it to Massacre, you can find out what horrors all of these enemies pack!

Gear

This is what it’s all about, getting sweet epic loot after a good day of defending. The theme of DD:A is something new and something old, something blue and something bold (is that how the saying goes?). Every weapon, pet, armor, and accessory have been carefully crafted to look as legendary as possible. The pieces you’ll see are:

  • Weapons:  Unique to each hero, providing stats and fun ways to shoot and slash enemies!
  • Helmets:  Providing stats and protecting that Defender strategy powerhouse brain of yours.
  • Chests:  Providing stats and keeping your heart safe.
  • Gloves:  Providing stats and helping prevent blisters.
  • Boots:  Providing stats and giving a nice cushion for your journey.
  • Brooches:  Providing stats and a visual pin in your cap.
  • Masks: Providing stats and a visual protector for your Hero’s face.
  • Braces: Providing stats and a visual wristguard to fend off carpal tunnel.
  • Shields (Squire only):  Providing stats and a sweet shield. Enough said.
  • Pets:  Providing stats, sometimes unique mechanics, sometimes unique attacks, sometimes even MORE stats.

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You can combine Helmets, Chests, Gloves, and Boots of the same armor type (i.e. The Miner Set) to greatly increase the stats on each piece of gear.

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UI

Probably the part of the Dungeon Defenders series that needed the most love has been our UIs. Well Dungeon Defenders: Awakened comes in hot with some fresh off the press UIs that help get you through your inventory and customize your heroes efficiently and effectively so that you can get back to defending those dungeons. Let’s take a look

Inventory

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Hero Deck Selection

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Hero Customization

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Map Select

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Play vs. Legacy

These are two ways to play Dungeon Defenders: Awakened that allow us to do some cool stuff in the future, with the first example coming with release. If you choose Play, your characters will not see people who choose Legacy, and vice versa. You are free to create new characters on either version. In order to provide Mod Support down the road, we need to create two modes to accommodate this.

Play

This is the preferred way to experience Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. With this 1.0 Launch, everyone starts off fresh on an even playing ground. If you want to start up fresh with friends, current and yet to be made, go here!

Legacy

This is where older profiles and experiences go. For the Dungeon Defenders: Awakened 1.0, this is where Early Access profiles go. You can continue off where you were in EA with all the gear and levels you previously had. This area is where we will be supporting mods in the future.

Pricepoint

One of the biggest points of feedback that we’ve received from many of you is that our price point was a little high. We scrubbed through Discord, our forums, Twitter posts, Facebook posts, and Steam Reviews. Everything. This was such a huge bit of feedback, and we listened, so on launch Dungeon Defenders: Awakened base price $29.99, and to follow the traditional Steam game release, we’re going to have the game 15% off for the first 7 days.

Additional Options

We know that a lot of people experience Dungeon Defenders in their own way, and have unique preferences. As a result, we added some options for you to utilize to get you the information you want.

Show Split Item Power
Off by default, enabling this option splits your Item Power into two stats, Hero Item Power and Tower Item Power. This can help be a quick filter to see if a piece of loot is more heavily favored towards Hero stats or Tower stats.

In World Tooltips
On by default, this shows an items stat when on the ground. It can be disabled for players who prefer to inspect all their loot in the inventory.

Compare Items In World
On by default, this compares what you’re currently wearing to a piece of gear that is on the ground.

In World Tooltips During Combat
On by default, this lets you inspect gear as your in combat phase. Players can turn this off so as they run by all the sweet loot on the ground that they are not met with a item tooltip as they traverse the terrain to defeat incoming foes.

What’s Next?

We’re going to be working hard to make sure any issues that may arise are taken care of, or finish polishing some features that didn’t make it into this 1.0 launch. These will be coming in small patches, and we’ll make sure that hotfixes are a-flowing so that all Defenders have the smoothest experience possible.

Alongside these smaller patches, we’ll be having a big Post 1.0 Update that’ll include:

  • Massacre Survival
  • RIFT ENEMIES
  • Tornado Valley Challenge Map
  • Promenade Challenge Map
  • Secret gear hunt
  • New Gear Sets
  • Legend’s Tablet
  • Preorder Costumes
  • Credits
  • And More!

We plan on keeping Dungeon Defenders: Awakened alive and healthy for a long time to come. There’s so much to look forward to, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Special Thanks

While we have specifics in our credits, there are a ton of individuals outside of Chromatic Games that helped make this game what it is. To all of our Developers of present and past, Remote QA Team, Cavalry Testers, Early Adopters, Kickstarter Backers, and all Defenders, we thank you for your trust and patience as you ride along with us on this journey. Together, we are Dungeon Defenders! <3

Known Issues

Below are the known issues, and we’ll be updating this over time. If you run into any bugs, please report them through the in-game escape menu link.

  • Full localization support should be available in the coming weeks. 
    • Use at your own risk! It’s not super risky, there’s just a few tweaks we need to make. More polish coming.
  • Can’t skip the intro cinematic as soon as most would like.
  • Several UI’s might still suffer from ‘Art Shock’ - We’re on it!
  • Gamepad needs a little more polishing.
  • Steam Avatars may not display properly
  • There’s an “Always Compare Item In Inventory” option that cannot be scrolled to. We’re increasing the scrollabilities.
  • Accessory Tooltip stats are not in the correct order visually.
  • Steam Achievements may not unlock properly for some Defenders.
  • Will update overtime :)

Social Defenders

To get reliable updates on the future of DDA make sure to follow us on all our social media platforms:

Keep an eye out for more info!

For Etheria!
Chromatic Games

[CG] Mary

DEFENDERS

Today the “Activating the Goblin Mech Update” went live for Steam Early Access! Alongside it is our release announcement trailer, which if you haven’t seen it yet, click here to check it out! Dungeon Defenders: Awakened releases May 28th on Steam, and noted later in this post are details for the other platforms. With the update coming next month, this is the final major update to Early Access, with the Steam launch having all of our 1.0 content. In this update you’ll be fighting the magically powered Goblin Mech, gain access to the Endless Spires map, and get the first look at our first arted up UIs — let’s get into it!

Activating the Goblin Mech Update

You can smell the exhaust coming from the Goblin Mech’s mechanical monstrosity, but where is the smell coming from? The only way to find out is to hop into Throne Room on Campaign and survive to the end!

The Goblin Mech Plows Through

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The second boss that you’ll fight is the destructive Goblin Mech! Piloting the pinnacle of goblin engineering, he bursts into Throne Room (Campaign). You’ll need to stop him from plowing through your defenses and destroying the Crystal Cores in the middle. Find his weakness, drain the power of the mech, and stop him in his tracks!

The Goblin Mech is available for all difficulties on The Throne Room (Campaign).

UI Updates

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One of the biggest focuses of this entire project has been to get UIs into a functionally better state compared to previous Dungeon Defenders games. As a lot of the UIs are wrapped up and getting their final touches on the functional side, we’re able to finally start arting them up. In this update, the first UIs to get this treatment are our Map Select UIs. There’s more to come across the entire game, but this is our first real showing at giving the UIs that Dungeon Defenders feel!

New Bonus Map — Endless Spires

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Locking away some of Etheria’s most heinous criminals, the Endless Spires is going to be coming back as the bonus map for Act II. A fan favorite, Endless Spires is available to play on Campaign as well as Survival. Conquer the spires —  doing so in Survival rewards you an all new pet!

New Pet — The Monkey King

Climbing the Spires and fighting off the hordes of enemies that encroach upon the great prison rewards you with primate royalty, The Monkey King. Using his legendary bo staff, this pet attacks fast, gaining strength with each hit, all from the comfort of his floating cloud.

Delays

One of our goals regarding the development of this project is to be as transparent as possible about this project. We’ve had delays from initial releases and have tried to communicate why, ultimately being that we want Dungeon Defenders: Awakened to be a great game and set the standard when fully released as the first game for Chromatic Games. We sat down, made a road map that was realistic for the work we’re able to provide, and got to work. Everything was going smooth in development land, and then COVID-19 hit. This has been an unprecedented event, and as we’ve previously stated, our first priority was (and still is) making sure everyone of our employees was safe and healthy. This has affected development in multiple ways, and we’re doing our best to be responsive and ensure a quality game. Here’s how it’s affected multiple areas and where we’re at as a studio.

Nintendo Switch

Developing for a Nintendo platform is something new that we were excited to take on. The Nintendo Switch has a lot of awesome tech crammed into their console. Dungeon Defenders: Awakened can be a bit of a resource hog, so it’s important to make sure we do everything we can to make sure it runs smoothly, especially when playing 4 player split screen Wave 25 Survival. What happens on the Switch also sets the precedence for all of the other platforms we release on. There’s a ton of work that goes into making all of this happen.

Working in the studio with our Switch development kits allowed us to be quick with testing. One of the biggest hurdles with a game like ours is making sure that what other players are doing, including host and client connections, provides proper replication to everyone playing. You start local to make sure connections work, and slowly start playing over networks and doing larger network tests. Having to change to an entirely remote setup has caused a bit of trouble doing this. We are currently working through various solutions to emulate the process we planned to follow, but it comes at the cost of time. If we were in the studio, this would be moving along faster and we’d be in a much better position. Unfortunately that’s not where we’re at.

Ultimately this means that we’re going to have to delay our Nintendo Switch release to Q3 of this year. The above is not our only requirement, as there is a certification process that we must go through with Nintendo that takes some time to make sure it will work perfectly across their networks and platform. As a studio we believe you deserve the best experience. If we were to force something through, it would be incredibly rushed, not perform properly, and be a flawed product.

We’re going to keep working as hard as we can and keep you updated on our progress.

Pure Strategy and Challenge Maps

These were originally slated for our Activating the Goblin Mech update, but were pushed off to our release on May 28th. While we’re working on progression throughout the game, we wanted to make sure the additional mode and challenge maps (Act II introduces a brand new challenge map) provided a great experience. A lot of that is related to our Massacre work, so we held onto it for the moment so you don’t receive a lackluster experience that is going to be changed when everything is said and done. With these two changes to our schedule, the goal is consistently to not curb quality in order to meet deadlines.

Balance

  • Enemies
    • Spider
      • Increased the Spider’s web projectile speed by 50%.

 

General Changes

  • Maps
    • The Tavern
      • The Blacksmith has been added, but currently ignores you because you haven’t slain a dragon yet. He’s got some high standards that we’re looking to nerf in a later update.
    • Throne Room
      • Updated the carpet in Throne Room to be Blue on one side to help give a sense of which side of the map a player is on.
    • Alchemical Labs
      • Updated the nameplates on the Electric Generators that activate during the Demon Lord fight.
  • UI
    • Updated the descriptions for game modes and maps on the Map Select UI.
    • New Map Select UI with new art assets!
    • New Map Cards have been added to Map Select.
    • Fire Rate now shows for melee weapons and staves.
  • Matchmaking
  • Players are able to join their friends' private/public games after Wave 3.

  • Public games do not show on the Session Browser past Wave 3.

  • Tower Range Viewer
    • Pressing “SHIFT” will turn on Tower Range Viewer, showing the range of towers.
  • Gear
    • Added an accessory drop to every Boss victory chest in Campaign.
    • Added set bonuses to the tooltips.
  • Cinematics
    • Added several new storied cinematics in Act II.
  • Performance Optimizations
    • AI behavior / content, as well as map content has been greatly optimized and players should see a noticeable improvement in later stage gameplay.
    • More optimizations to come! 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that was causing several crashes.
  • Fixed an issue when enabling FPS Limiter not saving properly.
  • Fixed an issue where pets were not able to be dropped from the inventory.
  • Fixed an issue where hero footsteps were not playing correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Summary Screen and Tac Map could overlap and not allow you to properly interact with the Summary Screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Primary Bindings showed in the Secondary Binding if there was not a Secondary Binding already set.
  • Fixed setup issue with several explosion VFX that were causing a noticeable stutter on lower spec machines.
  • Fixed an issue where hitting “Escape” was not cancelling inputs.
  • Fixed an issue where pets could be upgraded too high.
  • Fixed an issue where tower rate stats on older gear was not showing.
  • Fixed an issue where free pet upgrades still took gold.
  • Fixed an issue where the Huntress’s projectiles would pass through targets when moving too fast.
  • Adjusted the chat box so it now scrolls when a new message is sent.
  • Fixed an issue with damaged towers not updating properly on the Tac Map when repaired or upgraded.
  • Fixed an issue for not being able to upgrade certain stats properly, specifically Fire Rate.
  • Fixed an issue when clicking the portrait of your currently selected hero wasn’t confirming the creation for that hero.
  • Fixed an issue with upgrade arrows on items in the inventory not updating correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where Facemelter was doing 1 damage.
  • Fixed an issue where Lightning Aura wasn’t playing it’s VFX when damaging an enemy.
  • Fixed an issue where Medium Difficulty completion was unlocking Insane Difficulty.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an inconsistency with aura previews and spawn sizes.

Known Issues

  • Replaying/Restarting Endless Spires causes Wyverns and Sharkens to have pathing issues.

  • Maps being randomly locked and not unlocking properly.

  • Gear quality not being reflected properly compared to the item power.

What’s Next

There’s a lot of hard work that has gone into this update, and we’re working with all our might to provide an amazing experience at the end of next month when Dungeon Defenders: Awakened FINALLY Releases! Thank you for all your support, there've been a lot of ups and downs, but through it all we’re going to have a game to you that we’re very proud of. We’re almost there!

Social Defenders

To get reliable updates on the future of DDA make sure to follow us on all our social media platforms:

Keep an eye out for more info!

For Etheria!
Chromatic Games

[CG] Mary

 

DEFENDERS,

Today we posted our release announcement trailer for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to check it out! To celebrate the release of this trailer, and to check in with all of you, we’re going to give a preview for our next update as well as talk about new release information and where we are as a studio. Let’s get into it!

Activating the Goblin Mech Update

This update is coming so close, you can smell the exhaust coming from the Goblin Mech’s mechanical monstrosity. This is the update preview, there’s going to be more information provided on the post that goes live with our update.

Goblin Mech Plows Through

The second boss that you’ll fight is the destructive Goblin Mech! Piloting the pinnacle of goblin engineering, he bursts through the doors on Throne Room (Campaign). You’ll need to stop him from plowing through your defenses and destroying the Crystal Cores in the middle. He’s available for all difficulties.

UI Updates

One of the biggest focuses of this entire project has been to get UIs into a functionally better state compared to previous Dungeon Defenders games. As a lot of the UIs are wrapped up and getting their final touches, we’re able to finally start arting up the UIs. In this update, the first UIs to get this treatment are our Map Select UIs. There’s more to come across the entire game!

New Bonus Map — Endless Spires

Locking away from of Etheria’s most heinous criminals, the Endless Spires is going to be coming back as the bonus map for Act II. A fan favorite, Endless Spires is available to play on Campaign as well as Survival. Conquer the spires to receive an all new pet!

New Pet — The Monkey King

Climbing the Spires and fighting off the hordes of enemies that encroach upon the great prison rewards you with primate royalty, The Monkey King. Using his legendary bo staff, this pet attacks fast, gaining strength with each hit, all from the comfort of his floating cloud.

Delays

One of our goals regarding the development of this project is to be as transparent as possible about this project. We’ve had delays from initial releases and have tried to communicate why, ultimately being that we want Dungeon Defenders: Awakened to be a great game and set the standard when fully released as the first game for Chromatic Games. We sat down, made a road map that was realistic for the work we’re able to provide, and got to work. Everything was going smooth in development land, and then COVID-19 hit. This has been an unprecedented event, and as we’ve previously stated, our first priority was (and still is) making sure everyone of our employees was safe and healthy. This has affected development in multiple ways, and we’re doing our best to be responsive and ensure a quality game. Here’s how it’s affected multiple areas and where we’re at as a studio.

Nintendo Switch

Developing for a Nintendo platform is something new that we were excited to take on. The Nintendo Switch has a lot of awesome tech crammed into their console. Dungeon Defenders: Awakened can be a bit of a resource hog, so it’s important to make sure we do everything we can to make sure it runs smoothly, especially when playing 4 player split screen Wave 25 Survival. What happens on the Switch also sets the precedence for all of the other platforms we release on. There’s a ton of work that goes into making all of this happen.

Working in the studio with our Switch development kits allowed us to be quick with testing. One of the biggest hurdles with a game like ours is making sure that what other players are doing, including host and client connections, provides proper replication to everyone playing. You start local to make sure connections work, and slowly start playing over networks and doing larger network tests. Having to change to an entirely remote setup has caused a bit of trouble doing this. We are currently working through various solutions to emulate the process we planned to follow, but it comes at the cost of time. If we were in the studio, this would be moving along faster and we’d be in a much better position. Unfortunately that’s not where we’re at.

Ultimately this means that we’re going to have to delay our Nintendo Switch release to Q3 of this year. The above is not our only requirement, as there is a certification process that we must go through with Nintendo that takes some time to make sure it will work perfectly across their networks and platform. As a studio we believe you deserve the best experience. If we were to force something through, it would be incredibly rushed, not perform properly, and be a flawed product.

We’re going to keep working as hard as we can and keep you updated on our progress.

Pure Strategy and Challenge Maps

These were originally slated for our Activating the Goblin Mech update, but were pushed off to our release on May 28th. While we’re working on progression throughout the game, we wanted to make sure the additional mode and challenge maps (Act II introduces a brand new challenge map) provided a great experience. A lot of that is going related to our Massacre work, so we held on it for the moment so you don’t receive a lackluster experience that is going to be changed when everything is said and done. With these two changes to our schedule, the goal is consistently to not curb quality in order to meet deadlines.

What’s Next

The update is coming out VERY soon. There’s a lot of hard work that has gone into this update, and we’re working with all our might to provide an amazing experience at the end of next month when Dungeon Defenders: Awakened FINALLY Releases! Thank you for all your support, there've been a lot of ups and downs, but through it all we’re going to have a game to you that we’re very proud of. We’re almost there!

Social Defenders

To get reliable updates on the future of DDA make sure to follow us on all our social media platforms:

Keep an eye out for more info!

For Etheria!
Chromatic Games

[CG] Mary

DEFENDERS,

We’re a few weeks out from Steam Early Access and it’s been amazing so far! There’s a lot more that we’ve got coming up very soon — New Maps, New Pets, THE DEMON LORD, Nightmare Difficulty, Hardcore Mode, and more! We’ve been consistently patching in fixes and improvements, but this March update is going to be the first big milestone in our road map that we’re excited to get to all of you, our GLORIOUS Defenders.

To keep with our transparency and consistent communication, before that comes out, we wanted to use this time to give another look into our studio, showcasing some of the developers that are hard at work. This time, it’s PAX East themed! You’re going to be hearing from some of the courageous souls here at Chromatic who persevered through the cold, cold weather of Boston and were able to not only show off their work, but also engage with a lot of the brave Defenders (both new and old) who were able to make it out. Let’s get into it!

Some of The Team

Mary — Community Manager

We all had an amazing time at PAX East and met so many fans of the Dungeon Defender series! It was great to actually get in-person feedback from so many people. I’ve been stuck at home since PAX East due to the flu and am very much looking forward to being back in the studio. It’s hard to read all of your feedback on my tiny home laptop and I miss my big monitors! My dog is also clearly very bored just sitting at home and would like to be back to bothering the artists and trying to go under everyone’s desks in search of food.

 

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Philip Simpson — Gameplay Engineer

Hey guys! I'm one of the gameplay engineers on the team. In regards to my history here at Chromatic, I joined the team over two years ago, right before the Dungeon Defenders II Onslaught update. I've been a huge fan of the Dungeon Defenders Series since the beginning, totaling around 500+ hours combined in both DD1 and DD2, so it's been an absolute blast to get the opportunity to work on the games. Outside of work, I'm a huge RPG fan and play a ton of them, such as Path Of Exile, Borderlands, D&D (5e Mainly). Other than that, I'm a huge fan of dogs, specifically when it comes to Corgis as people in the discord already know. 

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Some of you may know, I was given the opportunity to go to PAX East to help out with the booth we had there. I can't convey enough how amazing it was to be able to interact with both new and old Dungeon Defenders fans and to show off our latest game. The amount of support this game has from its fans is mind blowing and one of the many reasons why I love being a part of this team. I really hope to be able to attend more conventions in the future to be able to meet and talk to all of you! 

My day-to-day usually involves working on various UI's. One of the things I've been working on lately has been improving and polishing our gamepad support as we approach our launch on the Nintendo Switch. On top of that I've been actively listening to community feedback about various issues and features regarding Auto Loot, Sorting and Filters, as well as lots of QoL features and overall just providing user options to customize their game to their liking. I've been very active in the community discord, so feel free to have a chat with me and let me know where we can make improvements or even just things you like!


 

Geoff Shreiber — Implementer and QA

Hello! My name is Geoff Shreiber ([CG] Seven if you frequent the community Discord) and I do Implementation for Dungeon Defenders Awakened! I was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, but I now live near our studio in Florida with my lovely girlfriend and our two cats. I like doing card and coin magic, I pronounce gif like "jiff," and my favorite foods include sushi and Taco Bell. That's pretty much everything there is to know about me.

Since "implementation" is somewhat vague, let me briefly describe my day-to-day at Chromatic Games. I will receive a task from a Designer or a Producer to make some feature work in the game, then I collaborate with Artists, Animators, and Engineers to make it happen. This can be as simple as a small change to some character's stats, or a multiple-day-long project comprised of multiple features and systems in the game. Some examples of stuff I am partially or entirely responsible for include the character animation system, the preview of your character in the inventory, the lava geysers on the Lava Mines map, and the tutorial.

I have been playing video games all my life. My first video game was Final Doom on the PC when I was very little, and I have been hooked ever since. I love the thrill of a good intense battle in a fighting game or a shooter, the adventure and planning of a good RPG, and the sense of pride and accomplishment after finally beating that super hard boss that you spent hours and hours preparing for! For as long as I can remember thinking about it, I've thought "I want to make these games so I can give back to this community." If one person finds the same enjoyment and excitement from the games that I work on that I have throughout the years, that's why I do what I do.

Over the years, I have played very many different games from all sorts of genres. I'll often get into a groove and play a whole lot of games from one genre back to back. At the time of typing this, that genre is Action RPGs, the latest one being Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem. Some of my favorite games of all time include Pillars of Eternity, Path of Exile, Warcraft 3, Quake 3, In The Groove, and Super Smash Bros. For a few years, I played Super Smash Bros. for WiiU competitively, maining Link, under the tag "7". 

I helped run our booth at PAX East from February 27th through March 1st. Being able to intermingle with the community and hear everyone's first hand accounts of their time with Dungeon Defenders Awakened was an awesome experience. It really helps motivate me to keep putting a lot of hard work and effort into the game, making every part that I work on as best as I can. Hearing everyone's feedback and criticisms of the game also helps not just me, but everyone on the team, get a better idea of what parts of our game work, and what parts don't work so well. That way, we know where we can best spend our time to make a game that the community really enjoys, and we can be proud of. Even if you weren't at PAX and don't get to tell us in person, please continue to give us feedback. We listen to it, and it helps us keep going.

Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about my story, and keep Defending in those Dungeons! Here’s me helping someone at PAX East that you may have seen shared on our Instagram!

 

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What’s Next?

We are currently hard at work on fixing the patch we reverted yesterday, to make sure there aren’t any inventory or equipped item resets included in the updated patch slated for early next week. When this new patch goes live you’re getting the updated Huntress and Monk character models, along with highly requested inventory updates and additions. Our other focus is on getting the March “Summoning the Demon Lord” update ready, as well as our Switch build ready for initial submission! While we’re focusing on providing the best game possible, as a studio we’re closely watching the Covid-19 Virus and will be taking any and all precautions necessary to ensure development continues as smooth as possible.

Social Defenders

To keep up with us and get the latest news on both Dungeon Defenders and us folks here at Chromatic Games, make sure to follow us on our social media:

For Etheria!

Chromatic Games



 

[CG] Mary

 

DEFENDERS,

We’re all so excited for the Steam Early Access release of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened on Feb 21st! We wanted to share some of the awesome work the team’s been working so hard on to get ready for the Early Access at the end of this week. This Dev Log will have some sneak peaks from different departments here at Chromatic: Art, Design, and Engineering! Also, if you haven’t and wanted any of the goodies that come with the preorder editions of DD:A, make sure to get them ASAP since they’ll be gone at 11:59PM EST 2/20! 

Some of The Team

Mary — Community Manager

Hi there! I’m Mary, the new Community Manager and I’ve been working for Chromatic for a little over a month now. I worked at Artix Entertainment previously for almost five years before coming over here. It’s been super fun and I had a blast at PAX South talking to everyone there about DD:A. I’ve been really enjoying reading all of your feedback and suggestions regarding DD:A, and making sure that your voices are heard by the team. I’ve also been working on ways to revamp some of our social media platforms like Discord and hopefully you’ll see those changes soon. I’ve also been getting together some little gif teasers together and getting feedback from the Discord community. Here’s some examples:

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I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts on the Steam Early Access of DD:A! It’s only 2 days away!

 

Brent Caulfield — Jr Designer

Hello, my name is Brent Caulfield and I am a Jr. Designer at Chromatic Games. I first started game development about 6 years ago when a friend and I started making a FPS game with wizards and magic instead of guns and ammo. That eventually evolved into a commercial project called Grimoire: Manastorm which was released on Steam in late 2017. After that I started a design internship at Chromatic and then accepted a full time design position shortly afterwards!

There have been a lot of interesting tasks, but my favorite would have to be the final implementation of gameplay elements for all the maps. Placing the final parts to make the gameplay work and then being the first person to playtest it was really exciting. Seeing the waves of enemies all come out on the maps full of beautiful art was a great experience and one I’ll remember for a very long time. There were so many talented peoples’ work that went into making it all happen and to be one of the first people to see it all come together into a full gameplay experience was very special and was definitely my favorite thing I’ve worked on!

Reverse engineering and breaking down DD1 code to find out exactly how and why different systems work was definitely the hardest stuff I’ve had to work on. In order to create an authentic DD1 style experience the Engineering and Design teams spent a lot of time going back into the DD1 code to see how it all functions. One of our major goals with the project is to bring back that awesome gameplay experience that so many people love and while we have extremely experienced people on the team that know how it all works there were still some surprises along the way that we never would have figured out without digging into the source code. This was very challenging at times, but extremely rewarding at the same time.

After the initial hazing (Javahawk told me it was possible to beat DD1 Insane Deeper Well on a fresh character) things have been great! Gainesville is my hometown and game development is my dream job so I feel extremely fortunate that I was able to find a place at such a welcoming studio that is working on a game I genuinely enjoy playing! There are so many amazing people on the team and it's a great feeling to wake up every day and be excited to go into work. I am really excited about everything we are working on and think the community is going to love all the awesome content we’ll be putting out in the future!

 

Jade — Jr 3D Artist

I go by Jadeite in the art world and I have a slight obsession with video games and all things nerdy! So much so that I decided to make some kind of a career out of it through the art side of things. I've been practicing 3D art since my junior year of high school, and it's my favorite medium to date. My life basically revolves around games, whether I'm at work making them, or at home playing them! I'm also a big fan of tabletop games like King of New York, Boss Monster, D&D, and Necromonda just to name a few.

I've had a lot of fun working on the many assets I've been tasked with, but if I had to pin down my favorite it would probably be the pets! I'd say I had the most fun when making these little guys, they're just so cute! I wouldn't really say I'm a character artist, but working on them gave me a chance to essentially be one for a small time and I learned a lot from it. Besides that I also really did like making weapons and shields, super fun especially when I got to make my own spin on old weapons or even just remake them from the ground up. 

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I haven't had to make anything that frustrated me to the point of thinking it wasn't fun in the slightest. But for the hardest thing I’ve worked on I guess I would have the pick the new version of Ancient Aegis. From the start I just had no idea where to go with the new concept, and then actually carrying that out in 3D form was a bit of a challenge. I've also had a few issues come up with this particular model, having to add more or fix things in regards to texture, smoothing issues, etc. It was still a very interesting take on a "sword" and I learned quite a bit from it.

My time here has been nothing but enjoyable! I was more than thankful when I first got my internship position here just a few months after graduating, and it's been a blast ever since. One thing my university always said was that you never fully learn this art form until you land your first job, and man were they right! I've been practicing this art form for about 5 years now and I definitely struggled my first week here. I kid you not, I took an entire week making a bench haha. But I've learned a great deal of information, new techniques, and even made some friends along the way! I'd say this is an experience I'll never forget :D

(Also here's some more of my work)

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Derek Stroud — Sr Programmer

One of my favorite things that I’ve worked on was setting up our abilities using Epic’s own AbilitySystem, which is a very neat and robust system to work with. Abilities are such a key component to the game as they include everything from placing towers to the Genie pet giving you mana. Setting up our core flow for this and making some of the base abilities was very satisfying and fun as it is one of the very direct means of adding fun interactions to the game. In previous development on the original Dungeon Defenders and Dungeon Defenders II, this was a lot more difficult. Swapping to Unreal Engine 4 is like a dream come true when it comes to setting up abilities and being able to do a lot more in a shorter amount of time.

With any project, there’s always going to be that mountain to climb, and it’s usually the hardest thing you work on. For Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, we needed to mimic the original Dungeon Defenders stats on every piece of gear and balance for gear, enemies, difficulties, you name it! Due to Dungeon Defenders evolving beyond its original scope (especially post release) there were a lot of tacked on additions to various formulas that became very hard to translate into an easy to work with system for DDA designers. Tracking down all the various additions and small stat tweaks that could happen in DD1 and making sure we incorporated them into DDA but also trying to keep the new systems intuitive and manageable was quite an undertaking... not quite sure we hit intuitive but I think we got manageable down. 

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My favorite thing that has been added to Dungeon Defenders: Awakened that wasn’t in Dungeon Defenders (2012) is double jump! Anything that makes navigation feel better, also every game should have it cause it is the best. As someone who worked on both games, you should take this as a fact — double jump is best jump.

What’s Next?

Everyone has been working so hard on polishing things up for the Steam Early Access release of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened on February 21st and working on getting it ready for the full launch in Q2! A few of us are also getting ready to head out to PAX East at the end of the month, will we see any of you there? If you go, make sure to stop by and visit us, we love to hang out with some of our brave Defenders whenever we get the chance!

Social Defenders

To keep up with us and get the latest news on both Dungeon Defenders and us folks here at Chromatic Games, make sure to follow us on our social media:

For Etheria!

Chromatic Games

[CG] Mary

Hi there everyone! 

My name is Mary (or known as [CG] Mary) and I’ve recently joined Chromatic Games as the Community Manager. I’m so excited to meet all of you, answer your questions, listen to your feedback, and be the bridge between you and Chromatic! I spent almost five years working player support and assisting with community management at Artix Entertainment on AdventureQuest, DragonFable, MechQuest, EpicDuel, AdventureQuest Worlds, and AdventureQuest 3D. I also have been volunteering for the RTX (RoosterTeeth) convention in Austin, TX for six years! I love being able to help out as much as I can and make sure people are being heard.

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(My demodog Rusty and I)

I’ve enjoyed tower defense games since I found Bloons TD in 2007. Ranged/mage characters have always been my favorite, so I really enjoy playing The Apprentice (plus Flameburst is one of the greatest offenses.) The Huntress is my second go to, but I also love using the electric auras with The Monk. Outside of the Dungeon Defenders franchise, my favorite games to play are Fable II, Wolf Among Us, and Fallout: New Vegas. I’m currently playing Pokemon Shield and The Outer Worlds in my free time.

I look forward to talking to all of you! You’ll be seeing me on streams defending Etheria from the hordes, responding to your questions and feedback on our social media platforms (tag me on twitter @CG_Mary_), as well as acting as a bridge between the Chromatic Games team and you, our brave Defenders. If you have any questions you can find me on Discord and Twitter and I will do my best to answer as soon as I can! 

For Etheria!

PS If you understood the Fallout meme in the title we're gonna be best friends

[CG] HiggsBosonic

DEFENDERS!

Today we released the PRIME INCURSIONS update on all platforms! We wanted to provide a challenge to our tested Defenders that was separate from Onslaught, and Prime Incursions are just that. There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s get into it!

PRIME INCURSIONS

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What are they?

They are the highest and newest tier of incursions, selectable from the Incursions tab on the War Table. There are six different groups of incursions to play through that are releasing over time. You are able to play them as they are unleashed, the only thing that can hold you back is your own skill!

What are the rewards?

Prime Incursions have three different rewards associated with them.

Chaos VIII Ampoules
Each Prime Incursion has the chance to drop a Chaos VIII Ampoule. As you continuously progress, the Incursions get more and more difficult. As such, we wanted to increase the drop rate of Chaos VIII Ampoules to match that increase in difficulty. These Incursions can get pretty tough, which led us to making the hardest of these challenges have the highest drop chance for Chaos VIII Ampoules.

Chaos VIII Weapons
We’ve added a whole new slew of weapons with new weapon models that are only available through Prime Incursions. There’s over 25 new weapons to collect, sure to scratch that collector’s itch!

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That’s not all there is to these weapons. Each weapon is upgraded to Chaos VIII, at the full 5/5 upgrade quality! That means they are perfectly upgraded, letting you focus on using Chaos VIII Amps to upgrade your relics and armor instead. Alongside these upgrades, we’ve curated these weapons to be what you really want. They have some of the most alluring shot and swing types many of you enjoy. ALONGSIDE THAT, included are curated mods specific to these weapons that really ensure these drops feel good and pack a punch!

Hyper Shards
Hyper Shards are something every player wants to boost up their arsenal. Previously, they were only acquired through Mastery completion, requiring a specific amount of Mastery Stars. Now, in Prime Incursions, you earn a Hyper Shard for every group you complete. There are six groups total, so if you complete all six of the groupings, you earn the seventh Hyper Shard as a capstone reward! This means you can now have up to TWO of each Hyper Shard in your ranks, pushing back the Old Ones forces more hyper-er than before.
When Do They Release?

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Today we released the first two groups of Prime Incursions, Prime I and Prime II. Each of these groups contains 3 incursions, for a total of 6 to conquer. Every week, on Wednesday @ 9AM ET, we are releasing a new incursion. This is going until early November, giving you content to come back each week to enjoy. Here’s the schedule

Prime I & II:  TODAY!
Prime III Malthius:  September 4th
Prime III Power Surge:  September 11th
Prime IV Dark Awakening:  September 18th
Prime IV Return to Maldonis:  September 25th
Prime IV Bastille Master:  October 2nd
Prime V Altar of the Athame:  October 9th
Prime V Revenge of the Yetis:  October 16th
Prime V Spectral Assault:  October 23rd
Prime VI Dawn of the Blood Moon:  October 30th
Prime VI BETSY:  November 5th


New Costume
The Ascended Initiate is now available for purchase in-game at 800 Gems!

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Social Defenders
To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled:


The team had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!


For Etheria!

Chromatic Games

Elandrian

Defenders!

I can’t believe we’ve reached $350,000 and that we’re still climbing!  We’re super grateful for all the support we’ve received so far, and we can’t wait to keep building this game.  

This is the last chance for everyone to back the Kickstarter so I just wanted to remind people what the perks are so you can spread the word! 

Being a Kickstarter backer comes with a lot of exclusive perks, but all our Backers get access to additional add-on products after the campaign ends on BackerKit.  That means that if you’re a Backer, you can purchase additional T-Shirts, postcards, copies of the game, and more for the lowest price.

Now I want to talk about the game!

As you may have noticed, we’ve hit several of our FLEX goals and I hope we hit more!  So I wanted to briefly talk about the ones we have hit, and even some that we haven’t yet.

Localization Support

This one is pretty simple, we want to offer the game in more languages, so we’re going to offer it in more languages!  Huzzah!

New Challenge Maps

Challenges are coming back!  In DD1 we called them Challenges, in DD2 they were Incursions, but in DDA they’ll be pure awesome.  We’ll be bringing back some of the classic Challenge Maps, but this stretch goal is even more!  With some of the new content that’s going to be in DDA, these will be accompanying custom Challenge Map versions with their own sets of rewards.  We plan to have sick loot that comes from conquering these, so get your Stashes ready!

For this next one, I’m going to let our Lead Designer, Mark Telfer talk a bit about “Massacre” Difficulty.

Massacre Difficulty

Hey Defenders!

We just blew past another flex goal, and that means even more opportunities for us to create new and exciting content.  Being the masochists that you are, you’ve decided to bring Massacre Difficulty into this world.  Allow me to titillate your masochism with the doom you’ve brought upon yourselves.  Massacre will be an intense challenge that will test the formidability of even the most seasoned defenders.  This isn’t just going to be the same enemy schedules with some stat buffs slapped on.  The enemies you’re going to face present brand new challenges that require some serious strategy and legendary skill.  You thought Nightmare was hard?  Pfft… Good luck!

GLHF,
Mark Telfer
Lead Designer

New Enemy and Map

This is an additional enemy and map threat that will be presented after the end of the campaign and at the end of the current progression.  This will be one of the new hardest maps to beat, and a challenging enemy threat to accompany it.

Customizable Tavern

I want to clear things up that we still plan to have similar levels of tavern customization to DD1 in DDA.  This stretch goal was to have even more control over where your trophies go, adding decorations, and really having additional customization options within your personal tavern.  This stretch goal was for the extra of the EXTRA!  Let’s HIT IT!

Bonus Boss Fights

We have a lot of awesome boss fights that we want to add into DD:A and you’ll be getting some of them with the base product, we just wanted to add more!  This goal was for that!  We still might add more as we continue to develop DLC’s or patches and content, but this was to get more at launch.

I hope that helps give a little more context about the FLEX goals we’re trying to hit, and some more details about the game we’re trying to build.

Let’s close out this Kickstarter with a BANG and get every awesome bit of content and features into Dungeon Defenders: Awakened!

Thanks again for your support, from all of us at Chromatic Games.

Colin “Elandrian” Fisher
Creative Director
 

Elandrian

From: Colin “Elandrian” Fisher, Creative Director

What’s up, Defenders!  Welcome to our first post as Chromatic Games!  If you’re new to the community, an extra helping of “welcome” is in store for you.  If you’re a veteran Defender, then welcome back. Let’s get right to it!

It’s been a wild ride these past couple months, but the cat’s out of the bag now!  There’s been a lot of news about our rebranding, new Kickstarter campaign, and what all of it means for you as a player.  I want to just take a brief moment to provide a little extra context about what’s going on. We’re #indieAF now, so it’s time to get the info straight from the horse’s mouth!  (Or maybe it’s beans time? Company beans? Who knows. Let’s do this.)

So What Happened To Trendy Entertainment?
For the more official take, you can check out the press release here.

For the realest take, keep reading!

In December of this past year, Augi Lye, one of the original founders of Trendy, came back as CEO to help return Trendy to its indie roots.  

The development team and I worked with him to figure out how we can have a good plan to move forward and start creating Dungeon Defenders games in the way they were meant to be made: for our players.  One of the things we wanted to make clear was that Trendy was no longer really Trendy.  There’s brand-new leadership, a new creative direction, and new energy at the studio that was just waiting to be released.  So we decided that we’re not really Trendy anymore.

Chromatic Games is our final form.  We’re over power level 9000 now, and we’re ready to rock.

We’re not answering to external people anymore.  We’re in control of our own destiny. We were able to keep the majority of the development team around, but we had some people move on to newer pastures. We’re so grateful for their years of service.  We love and respect all of our previous Trendy family, but now the Chromatic team is focused on the future — and that future is to keep improving DD2 and crafting Dungeon Defenders: Awakened.

What Does This Mean For Dungeon Defenders II?
Dungeon Defenders II will keep going!  Development is going to slow down, but we still plan on maintaining limited updates and content.  What do I mean by limited updates? We’re going to be focused on smaller quality of life updates, bug fixes, improvements and some occasional new cosmetics.  When I say smaller QoL, I mean in the development time aspect — we still plan on our quality of life features to be super impactful for players.  

We’re going to be releasing an update soon on all platforms that will have a vendor where you can get the Shards you’ve been looking for or looking to gild — a highly requested player feature!

There’s some extra morsels of dopeness in that update as well.  Most of the changes are gameplay related. We’re trying to make the fixes and improvements that everyone has been asking for.

Supporting Dungeon Defenders II will still continue to support the team at Chromatic and support our ability to continue to patch and grow DD2.  Our team is dedicated to figuring out how we can keep evolving the game in the right direction.

We’re going to keep making Dungeon Defenders II better and better, just as we’ve been committed to doing in the past.

So Why Dungeon Defenders: Awakened?
I’m just going to begin by addressing the elephant in the room:

“Elan, Dungeon Defenders: Eternity already happened.  Isn’t this just the same thing?!?”

The short answer is no. The long answer is HELL no.  DD:E was a different product entirely. We have no plans to repeat history when it comes to that.

We came up with Dungeon Defenders: Awakened as our first smaller-scope project as a new team. If we want to remain employee-owned/controlled (which is the dream!), we needed to prove that we’re the capable stewards and re-earn that trust before diving right into Dungeon Defenders III (which we have SO many slick plans for).

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened started as a plan to do a modern remake of the original Dungeon Defenders for the Nintendo Switch, but then it evolved from there.  We didn’t want the game to feel like some sort of weird attempt at Dungeon Defenders: Eternity again. We wanted to make a new game, a new experience, a new story.

As we began looking into what we could build with Unreal Engine 4, we found that we’ll need to rebuild a lot of the systems and code that supported the Dungeon Defenders games.  Fortunately, our engineers are rockstars. We’re taking a lot of the hard lessons we learned about building games over the years from DD1 and DD2 and now have the freedom to make these systems in newer, more optimized and scalable ways for DD:A.

We don’t just want the game to look better in UE4 — we want it to run and feel better.

We want controlling your character to feel “crispy.”  For some context on what that means, you should check out Ben Brode’s PAX Keynote from last year.  We love to draw inspiration from other games and developers, and that is one of my personal favorite talks that describes some of these key aspects of making games have that polished and responsive feel.

Then when it comes to content, we’re exploring ways of using and importing some of our existing content in new ways that we can use as a springboard to accelerate development.  

This is one of the things we show off in the Kickstarter.  Deeper Well is definitely still the same map effectively, but it has a completely new look and will play a little differently.  It will still be a familiar and recognizable location, but there are new things going on in these familiar spots and new gameplay that comes with it.

This is what will allow us to make our aggressive October timeline.  By using the content and assets that we’ve been developing over the years, the content team can go CRAZY and make the game look and run amazingly well while our design team focuses on bringing the gameplay into 2019.

Our goal is to bring Dungeon Defenders: Awakened to as many platforms and players as possible.  We want to make a game that everyone can enjoy, and enjoy together. It just takes additional support to get there, and that’s why we have our Kickstarter campaign.

Why Go To Kickstarter?
We JUST became fully independent again.  We want to build the game in a way that we can fully be in control of.  Obviously going to a publisher is an option that we can explore to get additional funding, but there’s always a bit of “loss” associated with that.  We’re really trying to move forward and make new games. We don’t want to have a publisher — we want to make Dungeon Defenders games that are fun, weird, engaging, meme-tacular, challenging, charming and magical.

By going to Kickstarter, we can maintain FULL control over development and the future of the Dungeon Defenders franchise.  Your support here is VITAL.

The “dream” is to add as much content to this game as possible and to make a game that you can enjoy as a solo player or as a co-op player, strategizing against new challenges, maps, defenses, and gameplay.  We love it when people make interesting builds that even baffle our internal designers. We love when people find cool ways to make defenses and heroes more powerful than we ever could have imagined. We want to give you more of that.

So we need your help.

In Conclusion
We’re here to make a game that communicates our passion for Dungeon Defenders. We want to fulfill the expectations of our followers both new and old.  At this moment, we’ve had about a month of focused pre-production development time so far, and look how much progress we’ve has been made already!

We can’t wait to give people more news and updates about Dungeon Defenders: Awakened as we make more progress. We’re focusing on having a player-first mentality be our driving force at Chromatic.  

We’re here for you, if you’ll be here for us.

Support our Kickstarter, spread the word, help us make the dopest Dungeon Defenders game of all time.

 

As always, feel free to hit me up on Twitter:  @LordElandrian

Welcome to our community.  Stay a while.

Ice

Greetings Defenders,

Welcome to the new forums! There's quite a bit of changes that had to happen in order to facilitate this move so please read everything to hopefully answer any questions you may have.

  • Logging In
    • Email/Password Login: Your password did not carry over from the old forums and must be reset by going here: https://forums.dungeondefenders.com/lostpassword/ . Make sure to check your email junk/spam folders in case the reset email goes there.
    • Steam Login: You must login with email first and re-link your Steam account to your forum account.
  • Post Counts
    • Since the new forum had to re-index everything during the migration, post count numbers will be to what posts you do have and not include any deleted posts, non-copied over old forum posts, or forum restore numbers.
  • Messages
    • Messages between members on the old forums were not moved to the new one. Sorry 😞
  • Threads with pages that show "There are no posts to show"
    • Older threads that had deleted/bad spam bot posts in them were cleaned up which may cause the error message above. Once new posts are added or you go to an earlier page instead of last post should work fine. New forum posts started on the new forums will not have this issue.
  • Reporting forum issues
  • Titles/Ranks
    • We're working on bringing back some custom groups and post count promotion fully. Right now after you make a post you should see yourself get the correct rank updated on your account.

Thank you!

Elandrian

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A Protean Check-In With Elandrian


Defenders Assemble! Sound the horns of Dragonfall! I come bearing beans!


Well, I have some beans, but I also wanted to talk about the recent launch of Protean Shift. It’s been a busy past two weeks for us here at Trendy and it’s great to finally get the expansion into everyone's hands. We’ve been scouring the forums and our various social platforms for comments and feedback, and it’s tremendously valuable for helping us shape what’s coming soon in upcoming patches. I also want to give you guys a glimpse at the future of the game as well, so read everything for all the juicy details.


In response to feedback (and just our planning in general), we have a bundle of changes, new content, and bug fixes coming soon. I’m not going to give any real time-frames… our goal is to get new changes and content out as quick as possible for everyone, but we’re a tiny team and we’re working as fast as we can! Here’s a quick list of some of our targets:


Short Term


  • Bug Fixes (duh.)

  • Buyback Functionality

    • This is currently in testing/iteration and we want to get it out soon. We really want to make sure there’s a way to get back items you’ve sold by accident. It will most likely just save some of the items you’ve been selling until you leave the Town or Tavern.

  • Better Sorting/Filtering of the Inventory

    • One thing we want to improve is your ability to find your good items in an easier way. This will take a little more work, but we’re going to try to give you better sorting of item types, as well as possible sorting by your strong MOD rolls… or should I say “those big 5/5 Qualibeans.”

    • This also might include some changes to help find Shards and manage them better, but that might require additional time as well.

  • Materials Vault Tabs?

    • This is something we’re investigating too.  We saw some players talking about this so we’re looking at making a section of the vault be able to support bigger stacks of materials and connect to all the places you want to spend them. We’re aiming for this to be a “short term” add… but it might end up taking a little longer.


Medium Term


  • Onslaught Changes

    • I’m not going to go into TOO many details, as it’s still being discussed among the Design team… but I will say we have some goals for these changes.  

    • We want to make it easier for players to play and progress together.

    • We want to make the floors more significant to progress between.

    • We want to make it easier to make meaningful progression and less punishing.  (Aka. Three map floors might go the way of Skill Spheres.)

  • Ancient Power Changes

    • These are going to be some changes to make it fit more in line with the Onslaught changes.

    • We’re also looking at making the resets more forgiving as you gain Ancient Power too. Again, not going to go into specifics as this is still an active discussion… but we ARE reading/discussing all the various opinions from the community and our testing teams.


Longer Term (But maybe shorter than you expect?)


  • Better party functionality.

    • We’re trying to add more social functionality here… Things like better party leader knowledge in matchmaking, inviting/kicking from parties, a friends list?  There’s a lot on the schedule to add here, we’re going to get to as much as possible.

  • Increased Multiplayer Incentive

    • We want people to be enjoying Dungeon Defenders together, but we know there’s not a lot of reasons to do so at the moment. We’re aiming at changing this, while still keeping solo-play viable.

  • Better Matchmaking.

    • This is another laundry list of changes, but we want it to be easier for people to play together and stay together.  We also want to make the flow to get into gameplay much easier and with less interruptions and disconnects.

  • Guilds

    • Secrets...


Now all these updates and changes are well and good, but we’ve also seen a certain desire from one or two community members. It’s been spoken of only occasionally… and by so few that we weren’t sure if it was important or not to everyone...


/endsarcasm


Our heroes will be receiving some calls to action to various regions of Etheria very soon. The first region our heroes will be heading to will be a somewhat familiar location. The distress call will come from a certain coastal region...

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Just for some extra beanage at the end here:  There will be a new region to go to, new things to get, and possibly some new threats to face…

We appreciate all our players sticking with us as we continue to evolve and release our vision for Year Two of Dungeon Defenders II. We couldn’t have done any of this without all of your help.  

Thank you from all of us here at Trendy Entertainment.


Sincerely,


Colin “Elandrian” Fisher

Elandrian

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Hey Fellow Defenders!


It’s about that time again.  Time for another Check-In with ya boi, Elandrian.  We hope everyone has been enjoying the Barbarian and the changes that came out with our last large update. We’ve been hard at work on a ton of new content for Dungeon Defenders II, and I wanted to talk a little bit about what’s coming next week to the game and some stuff that’s coming around summertime.


Next week is going to feature the Sky City Bank, Inventory Stack Splitting, a huge performance improvement with loading times on all platforms, and an assortment of bug fixes.


Sky City Bank


The Sky City Bank will be arriving in Dragonfall next week, and will be bringing some additional storage to everyone.  Every player will get at least one Bank Vault for free when they first log in. In addition to the one free Bank Vault, we’re going to be running a limited time promotion where you can get another free Bank Vault and unique Shutter Shades Flair for your heroes.  This will only last two weeks, so make sure to tell your friends to get the free space and cosmetic!


For people that have purchased the old Inventory Pack or the newer Bag Booster Pack, there will be some slight changes to where your inventory bags are now.  The bags that were activated from those bundles will become Bank Vaults now. We saw that there was some regular confusion usually in the form of: “Why do some players have 10-11 bags and I can only buy 8?”  So we’re standardizing what everyone can get.


Tl;dr If you’ve bought the Inventory Packs, you’ll keep all the space that you’ve purchased, and it will just transition into free Bank space when the update comes out.


So here’s what the new “Max Space” will look like:


Old Version:

8-11 Possible Maximum Inventory Bags

0 Bank Vaults


New Version :
8 Inventory Bags

12 Bank Vaults


We wanted to give everyone enough space so that they can just completely empty out their current Inventories into the Bank immediately once you log into the new update and roll out with an empty Inventory!


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Stack Splitting


The Sky City Bank will also release with a couple smaller item management features.  The main one that we’ve introduced is Stack Splitting. I don’t think I need to explain how that works, but I will anyway!  If you have a stack of 99 pet food, you’ll be able to split it into two stacks if you so choose.  So maybe you want to just store a portion of our consumables, you can do that now!


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Transfer All


The other management feature is the ability to transfer an entire bag with one press.  There will be a new “Transfer All” button that will move all your unlocked items into the Bank Vault that you have selected.  Locked items can be moved as well, you just have to manually move each one and they won’t be moved by accident with the “Transfer All.”  If you have several stacks of something that is able to be stacked, “Transfer All” will automatically stack those together when used.


Load Time Optimization


Our programmers have made an awesome performance breakthrough with how we load player profiles.  With the introduction of the Sky City Bank, we were aiming to improve all aspects of our item systems in some way, shape, and form.  Our lead programmer looked into how we were loading our save profiles and found several optimizations that we could make when we introduced the Bank for the first time.  


In one of our test cases, we saw a 60 second load time fall to a mere nine seconds.  Results will be varied for all our users, but this will be an improvement across all our platforms on how our save profiles are loaded, and I’m legitimately excited for this change to go live for all of you.


But What Else?


I know it wouldn’t be a good Check-In without some juicy tidbits, so I guess I’ll start sprinkling out some information.


I keep seeing a lot of new things popping up in our development build of the game, and all of it has the name “Proteus” attached to it.  I’m not quite sure what that means, but these new things LOOK amazing. There was even this new “magical property” thing that I found when messing around on my Barbarian that made me gain additional damage buffs each time I switched stances.  When I first looted it, one of our QA members told me I could do this new thing with it. It was this weird word too… I think it’s pronounced “Trah-Deah-Bluh,” but I’m not sure. I could be saying that wrong.


There was also another spaceship parked in the Heroes Marketplace, although I’m not quite sure what that’s about.  Everything seems so different. A bunch of game modes are different now too. Curiouser and curiouser...


I’ll keep investigating and report back to everyone with my next Check-In!


Thanks everyone, can’t wait to see you in Etheria!


Colin “Elandrian” Fisher

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There’s a storm coming, Defenders! 

Wizards & Blizzards (Update 1.1) arrives August 23rd on Xbox One, PC & PS4! Our focus for this update is on delivering a new gender swap hero, creating important system updates, fixing numerous bugs, bringing the Revenge of the Yetis Incursion to all platforms, and setting the stage for adding larger modes and variety to the world of Dungeon Defenders II in our next updates.

Read the blog below to learn about the update, and then be sure to tune into our Wizards & Blizzards Devstream this Friday at 3PM EDT. We’re going to showcase the update and giveaway free hero codes!


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New Hero:  The Adept!

“A dedicated bookworm and talented mage, the Adept pursued the arcane arts from a young age. Unrivaled in her valley homeland, the Adept has come to Dragonfall to prove herself among the finest arcane masters and take the fight to the Old Ones on the fields of battle.”

The Adept is our next gender-swap hero! She sports two new abilities and one new defense while retaining most of the Apprentice’s kit:


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New Ability:  Arcane Bubble

The Adept creates a pulsing shield that reflects all enemy projectiles and periodically stuns all enemies within. It’s particularly useful against certain enemies (*cough* Dark Assassins *cough*).


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New Ability:  Arc Lightning

The Adept sends piercing bolts of devastating lightning that damage marked targets and enemies caught in-between.


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New Defense:  Hailstorm Tower

The Adept’s new defense is a powerful anti-air tower! The Hailstorm Tower fires a barrage of damaging ice shards at flying enemies, which also weakens them to follow-up attacks. This defense also draws reduced aggro from enemies.


New Shards for the Adept

The Adept has her own unique Shards to discover! (Note:  These details are subject to change between now and release. Check out the patch notes next week for final information!)

  • Wither Shield:  Arcane Bubble withers enemies inside it increasing the damage they take by X%.

    • Found in the Campaign Shard Pack

  • Sanctuary: Heroes inside the Arcane Bubble shield heal X% of their health per second during the duration of the bubble.

    • Found in the Chaos 2 Shard Pack

  • Glacier:  Hailstorm Tower fires a large rock dealing X% Defense Power damage once every 5 volleys.

    • Found in the Chaos 2 Shard Pack

  • Thunderwave:  Arc Lightning deals X% Ability Power as damage to all enemies around you.

    • Found in the Chaos 3 Shard Pack

  • Arc Shielding: Arc Lightning places a shield on you that lasts 20 seconds that absorbs X% of your Ability Power. Enemies that hit the shield are damaged for a total of Y% of your Ability Power over 3 seconds.

    • Found in the Chaos 4 Shard Pack

  • Marking Bubble:  Arcane Bubble adds X marks to enemies inside it.

    • Found in the Chaos 4 Shard Pack

  • Thunderbolts and Lightning:  Increases the damage of Arc Lightning by X%.

    • Found in the Chaos 5 Shard Pack

  • Explosive Finale:  Upon completion, the Arcane Bubble explodes dealing X% Ability Power damage to all enemies in and around the bubble.

    • Found in the Chaos 6 Shard Pack

  • Icefall:  Hailstorm Tower attacks have a X% chance on hit to freeze enemies for 7 seconds.

    • Found in the Chaos 7 Shard Pack


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Try the Adept for Free!

Perhaps best of all, when the update comes out, you’ll be able to try the Adept for free by visiting the Portal in the Heroes Marketplace! Once you enter the Portal, you’ll be given access to a normalized version of the Adept decked out in gear. If you like being able to try out a premium hero for free, please let us know!


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Revenge of the Yeti’s Incursion on PS4 & PC

This frosty Incursion will be available on PS4 and PC in this update! Prepare to face the mighty Yeti and his abominable new minions on the Hot Springs map. Revenge of the Yetis will be available in Chaos VII, so prepare your heroes now!


Matchmaking System Updates

This update implements some major backend matchmaking updates, which we’ll be able to grow and improve the matchmaking experience upon. With this particular update, we’ve been able to improve the map-to-map flow, which makes it easier for you to stay together with a party of friends or with a group of randoms. We’ve also been able to fix the minimum Ascension Level Requirement filter, which will now stay active when you continue on to the next Trials match, and your custom game names will remain on transition. We’re also able to hide matches after they reach a certain threshold of play, so it’s less likely to join a nearly complete match. (Thanks for the feedback on that!)

There’s plenty more we want to do with this new backend system in the future (like improving the Party System), so stay tuned for more updates!


Gamepad Improvements

Continuing from our work in Patch 1.0.3, we’ve added a whole slew of new gamepad improvements! Among other changes, this includes Inventory UI quality-of-life changes, easier hero swapping, easier tower upgrading/repairing/selling and more! Check out the patch notes next week for a full list of details.


New Cosmetics Manager

This update introduces a brand-new Cosmetics UI to view and equip Cosmetics! Currently, equipping costumes and accessories is a pain. Not only do you have to go to a specific vendor to make your heroes look badass, but the current UI is a pain to navigate -- especially on gamepad.

This new UI is available directly from the “Cosmetics” tab in your Inventory, so now you can change your look on the fly! You’re also able to see all of the currently available Costumes, Accessories and Tower Skins in one location, and best of all, you can view all of them (including Tower Skins) before you make a purchase!


Bug Fixes

And finally, this update includes numerous bug fixes! Keep an eye on the patch notes for the full details.


We’ll see you in Etheria, Defenders!

Love,
The Trendy Team

iamisom

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Double XP Weekend!

The Double XP Weekend has begun on Xbox One, PC & PS4! From now until Monday at 4PM EDT, get 2x the experience from winning!


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Get Your FREE Beat the Heat Bundle Before It's Gone!

Login before August 10th to get free, exclusive items! You’ll find your free bundle at the in-game Shop (accessible through the Shop menu on the Pause screen). The bundle includes:


  • A free 4,000 Defender Medal gift!
  • An exclusive Purrville the Helicatter pet!
  • An exclusive Squilbur the Squid hat for the Squire!
  • An exclusive PAWS the Corgi shoulder pal for the Squire!
  • An exclusive shirtless beach Squire accessory!
  • An exclusive Squire beach shorts accessory!

Once you redeem the bundle, you'll find your medals in your Inventory as an item. WARNING: Make sure you have fewer than 8,000 Medals before redeeming or you will not get the full 4,000 Medal gift! To find your accessories after redeeming the bundle, go to the Costume Shop, go to the Wardrobe, select the Squire, choose his Default costume, and you'll find his new accessories in the appropriate slots!


Enjoy the weekend, Defenders!

Love,
The Trendy Team
iamisom

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Greetings Defenders,

Patch 1.0.3 is available now on all platforms! Login now to get your FREE Beat the Heat Bundle, which is available from the in-game shop. The free bundle will disappear on August 10th, so don’t miss out!

FREE Beat the Heat Bundle & Double Gold Weekend Events

Login for the next two weeks and get free, exclusive items! You’ll find your free bundle at the in-game Shop (accessible through the Shop menu on the Pause screen). These items are only available until August 10th!

  • A free 4,000 Defender Medal gift!

  • An exclusive Purrville the Helicatter pet!

  • An exclusive Squilbur the Squid hat for the Squire!

  • An exclusive PAWS the Corgi shoulder pal for the Squire!

  • An exclusive shirtless beach Squire accessory!

  • An exclusive Squire beach shorts accessory!


Plus we’re doing TWO Double Gold Weekend events! The first event begins this weekend!

  • July 28th to July 31st:  Double Gold Weekend Event

  • August 4th to August 7th:  Double Gold Weekend Event


Once you redeem the bundle, you'll find your medals in your Inventory as an item. WARNING:  Make sure you have fewer than 8,000 Medals before redeeming or you will not get the full 4,000 Medal gift!

To find your accessories after redeeming the bundle, go to the Costume Shop, go to the Wardrobe, select the Squire, choose his Default costume, and you'll find his new accessories in the appropriate slots!


Loot Drop Updates

After reviewing player feedback and diving into the data, we agree that item progress, especially in Chaos 4-7, was too slow. There were too many items spawning that only gave very small increases in power. This was making it take far too long to beef up all your characters, and the problem grew worse as you played in the later Chaos difficulties.

So with this patch, in all Chaos difficulties (but especially in Chaos 4-7), items now drop with larger power increases than before, and we’ve increased the chances of finding items with larger power increases. Not only that, but we’ve added in the occasional chance for a ‘super drop,’ which gives you a chance at items that are substantially more powerful. There’s still a good bit of randomness in the system, so don’t expect to get loads of high-powered legendaries dumped on you in your first game. But there are now far more opportunities for ‘big wins’ than there were before, and we hope players really feel it!

While we don’t consider this a blanket ‘fix’ to all the known item issues the community has highlighted, we do consider it a great step in the right direction. More changes coming soon!


Four More Chaos VII Trials Maps

We’ve added four maps to the Chaos VII Trials rotation! These maps are:

  • Little-Horn Valley

  • Assault on Throne Room

  • Buried Bastille

  • The Dead Road

You’ll encounter 8 total maps when you tackle the C7 Trials. More Trials improvements to come!


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Wall Collision & Range Indicator Updates

We’ve increased the collision size on our blockades!

  • The Spike Blockade collision volume is 37% larger on the X axis and 20% larger on the Y axis.

  • The Volcano's square collision volume is 37% larger.

  • The Training Dummy's square collision volume is 18% larger.

  • The Arcane Barrier's collision volume is 66% larger on the X axis.

  • The Maw of the Earth Drake's collision volume is 25% larger on the X axis.

  • The Viper's Fangs collision volume is 11% larger on both the X and Y Axis.

  • The Colossus' collision volume is 33% larger on its Y Axis.

In addition to this, we’ve added new range indicators on blockades to help you seal your lanes.


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Trap Range Indicator Updates

All traps now display two ground decals during placement and inspection modes:  one decal displaying the trigger radius, and another decal displaying the damage range! 


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Minimap Improvements

The minimap now displays damage states for defenses. On top of the flashing when they get hit, towers will change colors from green, to yellow, to flashing red when below predefined health thresholds. Defenses that have been destroyed will also show up on the minimap with a blinking icon for 3 seconds for a better at-a-glance view of your moment-to-moment action.


Optimization Improvements

This patch includes several optimization improvements to the game, which should improve framerate on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions. We’re exploring more optimization changes to improve framerate, particularly on the console versions. Stay tuned for more information!


Xbox One Crash Fixes

This patch includes more Xbox One crash fixes!


Inventory Improvements

We’ve added a number of Inventory improvements in Patch 1.0.3:

  • Items can now be moved into bags with Auto Sort active.

  • Added a Hero Level/Ascension experience bar to the Inventory.

  • More Shards have unique icons now! This will help you find the Shard you’re looking for.

  • The Inventory now highlights any new item that the player didn't previously own until the player focuses on the new item. This includes auto-equipped items, items that have been manually picked up by the player, and bundled items like Shards.

  • Items selected in your Inventory will now highlight any valid slots on the left side Hero Manager screen, making it easier to determine which items can be equipped where.

  • The number of weapons a hero can equip is now accurate, which means only the Squire has two weapon slots now!


Disable Controller Vibration Option

For those who don’t like to play with your controller shaking like an earthquake, we’ve added the option to disable controller vibration!


Game Browser Gamepad UI Changes

We’ve made several usability changes to the Game Browser UI to make it easier to join and create games on gamepads!

  • When using a gamepad, the Join Game, Create Game and Refresh List options are now permanent keybinds on the Game Browser rather than physical UI buttons you have to navigate to. This should make joining and creating games MUCH easier.

  • On gamepad, individual game information will now update on highlight rather than on interact.


Xbox One Vsync Option

We’ve added a Vsync option for the Xbox One version in this patch!


Controller Deadzone Updates

Thanks to a wonderful Reddit post, we’ve updated our controller joystick deadzones. In case you don’t know, deadzones relate to how far you have to move the joystick from its central resting place before the game registers movement. A large deadzone means you have to push the joystick really far to the edge before movement begins; a small deadzone means very little joystick movement is needed. The result of these changes should improve overall joystick movement and give you more useful deadzone options.

  • Added Deadzone option to PC

  • Deadzones are now circles instead of squares

  • Updated the Deadzone slider to provide more useful deadzone options


Defense Balance Updates

Explosive Trap

While this trap has always had high damage potential, both its trigger and effect ranges limited its practical usage. We've made some quality-of-life improvements to the defense along with a slight power increase.

  • Trigger Range increase 150 -> 225 (+50%)

  • Base Effect Range increased 200 -> 300 (+50%)

  • Defense Power ratio increase 4.5 -> 5.5 (+22%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change


Cannonball Tower

Our stalwart Cannonball Tower now has slightly more reach, slightly faster firing, and slightly more punch.

  • Range increased 2000 -> 2,500 (+25%)

  • Base Attack Rate improved 3.0s -> 2.5s (17% Faster)

  • Defense Power ratio increased 9.5 -> 11.5 (+21%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change


Harpy's Perch

While the Harpy has good range and attack speeds, it needs a lot more punch to be competitive.

  • Defense Power ratio increased 1.9 -> 4.5 (+136%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power changes


Angry Nimbus

Angry Nimbus is now a much longer-range defense, more akin to an Earthshatter, with a wide radius. We've made it cheaper to be easier to deploy. It doesn't have as much raw DPS as other single-target defenses, but its immense range / radius should give it placement options that higher-DPS defenses can't use.

  • Range increased 2,500 -> 4,000 (+60%)

  • DU Cost decreased 80 -> 60 (25% Cheaper)

  • Defense Power ratio decreased 47.5 -> 40 (-16%)


Obelisk

Oby's one of our most-fun defenses, but with an extremely high cost coupled with a primary attack that only deals damage to 1 target very slowly, it was pigeonholed into a very narrow role. We've radically rebalanced the Obelisk by making it cheaper, faster, and at upgraded tiers, apply its cool effects more frequently.

  • Cost decreased 100 -> 40 (60% Cheaper)

  • Base Attack Rate improved 4.0s -> 3.0s (33% Faster)

  • Attack Rate maximum improved from 2.0s max -> 0.75s max

  • Duration of CC effects slightly reduced (to counterbalance the defense having a much faster rate of fire)

  • Defense Power ratio decreased 50 -> 27.5 (-45%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated (uses custom critical damage scaling equal to Defense Power ratio)


Ballista

Range has been increased for the Ballista, along with a slight rate-of-fire increase.

  • Range 2500 -> 3000 (+20%)

  • Base Attack Rate improved 5.0s -> 4.0s (20% Faster)


Earthshatter Tower

Earthy's undergone a major facelift, drastically reducing its cost and improving its rate-of-fire. Its per-hit damage has come down slightly, but given that it was overkilling many smaller enemies by large values, these net changes should help reduce its massive overkilling problem.

  • Cost decreased 80 -> 60 (25% Cheaper)

  • Base Attack Rate improved 4.0s -> 3.0s (25% Faster)

  • Defense Power ratio decreased 31 -> 25 (-20%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change

   

Sand Viper

Sand Viper was pretty flexible, but it lacked enough punch to be worth it (Split Vipers aside). We've improved it to keep it competitive in its base form with other defenses.

  • Defense Power ratio increased 4.0 -> 5.5 (37.5%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change


Lightning Strikes Aura

The Lightning Strikes Aura received a bit more of a serious redesign. We have a lot of high-cost, high single-target damage defenses already. We're changing the LSA to have much lower cost, giving it more flexibility of placement, rather than focusing on massive damage per hit.

  • Cost decreased 40 -> 20 (50% Cheaper)

  • Base Attack Rate improved 5.0s -> 4.0s (20% Faster)

  • Attack Rate maximum improved 2.0s max -> 1.0s max

  • Defense Power ratio decreased 21 -> 13 (-39%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change


Hornet's Nest

  • Now properly scales with Defense Speed!

  • Defense Power increased from 1.6 -> 2.8

  • Attack Rate decreased from 0.6 base to 1.2 base

  • Maximum Attack Rate updated to 0.3

   

Blaze Balloon

The Blaze Balloon has a strong overall damage output, but a high cost that makes it difficult to slot. We've pulled down the cost significantly to make it easier to work into existing builds.

  • Cost decreased 80 -> 60 (25% Cheaper)

  • Defense Power ratio decreased 22.5 -> 17.5 (-22%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change

   

Poison Dart Tower

When we updated the PDT's targeting, it went from being a 'mostly' single-target tower to a multi-target death machine, and our balance did not really sync well with that functional change. We've revised its balance to bring it down closer to other multi-target defenses like the Flame Aura, while still giving it some punch against single enemies.

  • Dart Defense Power ratio increased 1 -> 1.25 (+25%)

  • Poison Defense Power ratio decreased 4 -> 2 (-50%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated (uses custom critical damage scaling of 3.0)

   

Serpent's Coil

While the impact of Serpent's Coil is small, we want Mystic players to leverage it and have boosted its power to make it a relatively safe choice.

  • Defense Power ratio increased 3.0 -> 4.5 (+50%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change

   

Skeletal Archers

Archers were decent, but they weren’t quite strong enough to compete with some of our stronger defenses. We've given the twins some more 'muscle' behind their bows, as much as skeletons can use muscle...

  • Defense Power ratio increased 9.0 -> 11.5 (+27%)

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change

   

Weapon Manufacturer

Well, apparently the weapon manufacture was mostly manufacturing auras, but very few weapons. We've reduced the overall damage output of its auras in the hopes that it still sees some use, but leans more heavily on the weapon aspect and a little less on the aura aspect.

  • Defense Power ratio decreased 4 -> 3.25 (-19%)

  • Fixed a bug where the node increase Shard effect would remain on built WMs after removing the Shard from the relic

  • Critical Damage ratio updated to match relative Defense Power change


Other Balance Changes

Tiny Ogres (Campaign)

  • Tiny Ogres (Campaign) now have the same rough health/dps as a T3 Drakin


Abyss Stone

Abyss Stone has been refactored. We've enabled proper Criticals and drastically increased the damage-per-hit but reduced its duration. The net result is roughly the same total damage, but with much higher damage-per-second. Additionally, Abyss Stones no longer interfere with the placement of future Abyss Stones.

  • Ability Power ratio increased 6.0 -> 11.0

  • Criticals properly enabled (uses default 15x ratio and proper Hero Crit Chance)

  • Duration decreased 8s -> 6s

  • Attack Rate slowed 0.5s -> 1.0s


Knight of the Abyss

KoA has been almost exclusively the go-to ability for the Abyss Lord, even after our last round of changes, and we're trying to breakup his combat gameplay a bit more by reducing his reliance purely on KoA for both damage and stuns by making this change alongside the Abyss Stone refactor.

  • Ability Power ratio slightly decreased 21.5 -> 20.0


Shatter Combo/Frosty Proton Node

We’ve also finally made some updates to the Shatter combo effect. While we’re super happy to see players using Frosty Proton Node to setup this combo, we felt that the potential damage output of the Shatter effect was a bit too strong. We really didn’t want to nerf Frosty Proton Node, and there was certainly no call to nerf the Cannonball Tower, Earthshatter Tower, etc., so we went with a reduction to the Shatter effect itself. Shatter will still obliterate weaker enemies like Goblins, but after this patch, it will no longer be a guaranteed kill on tougher enemies like Drakin and Berserkers. We’ve also fixed it so it can now damage minibosses / special enemies, instead of just consuming the Freeze and having no effect.


Geode Prime Special Enemy

Geode Prime now has been updated to be a correct special miniboss.

  • Health and Tenacity increased substantially

  • Size and Collision increased as well

  • Loot fixed to have the same loot drops/chances as other specials/minibosses


Other Changes

  • Betsy weapons have been added to the Wayfarer shop.

  • Monk’s Pole Smash can be activated in mid-air.

  • When the Inventory is full and auto-collect is set to pick up items, those items are now sent to the Scavenger.

  • A text announcement will now display when opening an individual Shard Pack letting you know what Shard you received.

  • Updated the Xbox One and PS4 Options menu UI.

  • Increased the placement range of EV2’s nodes.

  • Volume will now update in real-time when adjusting the sliders in the Options menu.

  • Ground lane wisps will now only appear in Campaign Normal.

  • Updated Explosive Trap VFX and scaled them up a bit.

  • Updated melee impact VFX for Squire and Monk.

  • Buff Beam description updated to mention Defense Crit Damage effect.

  • Increased Summary Screen timer to 90 seconds.

   

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an item duping bug. All duped gear has been removed. Thanks for reporting this, Defenders! You da real MVPs.

  • Made multiple changes to reduce the likelihood of seeing an infinite loading screen.

  • Added a possible solution for inventory data getting wiped.

  • Fixed a memory leak related to defenses.

  • Relics will now properly drop while playing as the Gunwitch.

  • The Zapper special enemy will appear in Chaos VII Trials once again! Mwahahaha!

  • Fixed a stuck Siege Roller spawning issue in the Ramparts.

  • Fixed a bug where the Invert Y Axis option wasn’t working properly.

  • Fixed a bug where the Apprentice, Gunwitch and Lavamancer auto-collect options weren’t working properly.

  • Fixed a bug where loot could drop without stats if it dropped while loading into a map.

  • Fixed a bug where Abyss Stones couldn’t be placed in the same spot as a previous Stone.

  • Fixed a bug where Slime Pits and Hornet's Nests would occasionally ignore enemies within range.

  • Fixed multiple bugs where Shards weren’t dealing the correct damage type (Ability Power vs. Hero Damage, etc.)

  • Slime Pit Slimes no longer try to attack flying enemies.

  • Fixed a bug where the mouse cursor set itself to the upper-left corner instead of centered on screen when entering into menus.

  • Fixed a bug where interacting with an item before the tooltip of the item loaded caused the tooltip to never unload.

  • The Use Key context icon no longer appears enabled and usable on the open Lockbox UI when you don't have a key.

  • Fixed a bug where the victory hero waving animations didn’t always play.

  • Fixed a bug where the reticle didn’t correctly change colors for players, NPCs and objectives.

  • Fixed a camera issue with the Seamstress.

  • Fixed animation flickering issues with the Initiate’s Chi Stomp.

  • The Monthly Mission pets from the DM shop are now display their proper meshes when viewed in the Petrinarian UI.

  • Incursion weapons that drop in maps now have the correct level requirements.

  • Fixed a bug where the Gunwitch's weapon wasn’t now properly displaying to other players.

  • Fixed an issue where some cutscenes weren’t rendering properly.

  • Fixed a bug where the Apprentice’s right-click animation wouldn’t play in mid-air.

  • Fixed the name of the Glaive of Storms in the Wayfarer shop.

  • Fixed a bug where purchasing a premium egg and then incubating it right afterward would cause a temp/placeholder icon to appear in Hatchery UI.

  • Fixed a bug where Inventory Tooltips for Weapons, Gear and Pets in the top Inventory rows would get cut off in the comparison view.

  • Fixed a bug where attempting to bind ` or Tab would break all functionality on the controls screen.

  • Fixed several visual bugs and collision issues on the Hot Springs map.

  • Fixed a bug where the controller users couldn’t scroll the Summary Screen on 4:3 resolutions.

  • Fixed a bug where the Haunting Shard VFX was off center of weapon. Now spawns from center of player.

  • Fixed a bug where the Siege Roller would get stuck when killing a blockade with a node nearby.

  • Fixed a bug where the Call of the Kobold Shard VFX was not deactivating properly.

  • Fixed a bug on PC where changing the Graphics Quality Preset option using a gamepad caused it to stick there.

  • Removed some non-obscene phrases from the profanity filter.

  • Fixed a visual bug with the Lockbox UI.

  • Fixed a visual bug with the Initiate’s Defense Boost aura where the VFX would remain after the ability was finished.

  • Fixed a visual bug with the Empowered Beam projectile.

  • Fixed a bug where Hero Crit DMG and Elemental DMG sorting wasn’t accessible by gamepad.

  • Fixed a bug where the hatchery UI would become unusable if a player incubated a Defender Medal egg but closed the UI without actually hatching it.

  • Fixed a VFX bug with EV2’s Proton Charge ability.

  • Bag Inventory warning no longer overlaps Quest UI.

  • The Level Up popup no longer overlaps with the Build Phase/Combat Phase/Wave Complete popups.

  • Fixed a bug where the Dryad World Tree’s “Damage Taken” stat wasn’t accurately displaying.

  • PS4 - The Reset to Defaults popup in the Options menu no longer gets cut off with split-screen active.

  • Fixed a bug where the Lavamancer’s right-click could move players into spawn points.

  • Fixed a bug where a Weapon Manufacturer node could be placed inside a Flame Aura by inspecting the aura.

  • Fixed a typo in the Sandstorm Warrior tooltip to accurately reflect its damage.

  • Fixed a VFX issue with the Blaze Balloon while using the Corrupted Tower Skin set.

  • Fixed a bug where hotswapping heroes would cause the hero to die.

  • Automeow & G4-T0 are now able to roll their unique pet abilities again.

  • Fixed a bug where the Inspiring Strikes Shard could trigger from defense attacks.

  • Fixed a bug where certain special enemies weren’t spawning on the Forest Poachers Incursion.

  • Fixed a bug where the Overwhelming Buster weapon Shard could be equipped to non-weapons.

  • Fixed a bug where the Charged Shot weapon Shard could be equipped to non-weapons and incompatible weapons.

  • Fixed a bug where sometimes keybindings couldn’t be rebound.

  • Fixed a bug where the top bar UI currency element would disappear.

  • Fixed a bug where the Apprentice marks wouldn’t clear properly if the Apprentice is hotswapped to another hero,

  • Fixed a bug where the Fiery Brimstone Shard would appear to be equippable for non-Tomes.

  • Fixed a bug where Harbinger Shards were dealing more damage to Siege Rollers than intended.

  • Fixed a bug where Inspect Defense could not be used on EV2 defenses in certain situations.

  • Fixed a bug where volume options when opening certain menus.

  • Fixed a bug where the Skeletal Ramster would not hit targets close to it while under the effects of Direct Command.

  • Fixed a bug where Shards in the World Tree would not get reapplied if the Tree was rebuilt after being destroyed.

  • Fixed a bug where using Pole Smash on larger enemies that can’t get knocked up would still let the Skyguard attack them.

  • Fixed an inventory icon VFX issue.

  • Fixed a bug with flying enemy icons on the minimap.

  • Fixed a bug with shop item tooltips not displaying correctly.

  • Fixed a bug where the Ascension button would sometimes not be active when opening the Inventory.

  • Fixed a bug where the Dryad was able to use abilities during transformation.

  • Fixed a bug where using the Dryad’s Starfall immediately after transforming would cause the ability to malfunction.

  • Fixed a bug where enemies would occasionally spawn under the map on Greystone Plaza.

  • Fixed a bug where the Skeletal Orc blockade would incorrectly accept Direct Command before fully spawning in.

  • Fixed a projectile firing issue with single-shot Polearms where the projectiles weren’t going towards enemies properly.

  • Fixed a VFX problem with Legendary weapons on the Shard Equip screen.

  • Fixed a VFX problem with the Flamethrower tower.

  • Fixed a bug where enemies were able to walk up walls and around light posts on Little-Horn Valley.

  • Fixed a bug where the Harbinger’s ranged attack wasn’t properly damaging certain defenses.

  • Fixed a bug where the Dryad could get visually stuck in corrupt form when hotswapping.

  • Fixed a VFX issue at the Costume Shop.

  • Fixed a bug where the Split Vipers Shard could also grant the Constrictor Shard bonus without having the Constrictor Shard equipped.

  • Fixed a VFX issue with the “New” icon on maps after unlocking them.

  • Fixed a bug where the Fissure defense would remain “busy” if the wave ends while recharging.

  • Fixed an issue with enemies getting stuck in spawners on Nimbus Reach.

  • Fixed a text issue with the Fissure of Embermount.

  • Fixed various text issues with the Heroes Marketplace.

  • Fixed various text issues with the Emporium.

  • Fixed a bug where one of the Buried Bastille cores did not have the correct health value.

  • Fixed a bug where the Campaign boss timers were appearing in Chaos Trials.

  • Fixed a bug where the gamepad controls would sometimes appear on the Game Browser while using mouse/keyboard.

  • Fixed a bug where the full size of the buttons on the Summary Screen were not fully interactable.

  • Fixed a bug where players using gamepads would be unable to join Public Games on the War Table if the auto-collect message would appear.

  • Fixed a bug where players could get trapped inside the falling ships on the Betsy map.

  • Fixed an issue where the flying lane icons would not appear on the Dawn of the Blood Moon Incursion.

  • Fixed a VFX issue with the Ghastly Halberd.

  • Fixed an issue with the taunt VFX from Shards.

  • Fixed a VFX issue on the Create Hero screen.


Known Issues

  • The Minimum Ascension Filter does not work when using the Continue function. This is something we’re going to fix in our upcoming patches.

  • (PC) The controller will not work if you turn on the controller while on the Main Menu after a fresh boot of the game. Rebooting the game or waiting until you reach the Tavern or Town to turn on the controller will get around this issue.

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Greetings Defenders,

It’s been a busy few weeks! We were absolutely blown away by the launch reception. As more players dove into the game, we scrambled to put out the server fires. You may have noticed several patches and maintenance updates since launch, which we’re pleased to report have greatly improved our server stability. On the Xbox One side, these server issues also caused several crashing issues -- most of which were fixed in last week’s patch! There’s still work to do, but things are looking brighter by the day.

Alongside Xbox One and server fixes, our team is working on Patch 1.0.3! This patch contains loot tweaks, balance changes, optimization updates, quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes based on the feedback we’ve seen since launch. It also includes a little something special for sticking with us through the launch madness! We’re still finalizing and testing the patch, so we don’t have a release date for Patch 1.0.3 yet. We’ll have a release date for you soon!

Here’s what’s coming in the patch:

FREE Beat the Heat Bundle & Weekend Events

In Patch 1.0.3, we’re giving away some exclusive gifts for hanging with us through our launch kinks. These items will only be available for a limited time once the patch comes out:

  • A free 4,000 Defender Medal gift

  • A free, exclusive Purrville the Helicatter pet!

  • A free, exclusive Squilbur the Squid hat for the Squire!

  • A free, exclusive PAWS the Corgi shoulder pal for the Squire!

  • A free, exclusive shirtless beach Squire accessory!

  • A free, exclusive Squire beach shorts accessory!

  • And our eternal gratitude, which is the most priceless gift of all. Literally. It has absolutely no real-world value. Damn you, society!

Plus we’re doing TWO Double Gold Weekend events when the patch comes out! Keep your eyes peeled for more details on these free items!


Xbox One Crash Fixes

This patch will include more Xbox One crash fixes. It’s also our goal to release another hotfix before this patch releases with even more crash fixes!


Loot Drop Updates

After reviewing player feedback and diving into the data, we agree that item progress, especially in Chaos 4-7, is too slow. There are too many items spawning that only give very small increases in power. This is making it take far too long to beef up all your characters, and the problem gets worse as you play in the later Chaos difficulties.

So with this patch, in all Chaos difficulties (but especially in Chaos 4-7), items will drop with larger power increases than before, and we’re increasing the chance of finding items with larger power increases. Not only that, but we’re adding in the occasional chance for a ‘super drop,’ which gives you a chance at items that are substantially more powerful. There’s still a good bit of randomness in the system, so don’t expect to get loads of high-powered legendaries dumped on you in your first game. But there are now far more opportunities for ‘big wins’ than there were before, and we hope players really feel it!

While we don’t consider this a blanket ‘fix’ to all the known item issues the community has highlighted, we do consider it a great step in the right direction. More changes coming soon!


Four More Chaos VII Trials Maps

We’re adding four maps to the Chaos VII Trials rotation! These maps are:

  • Little-Horn Valley

  • Assault on Throne Room

  • Buried Bastille

  • The Dead Road


You’ll encounter 8 total maps when you tackle the C7 Trials. More Trials improvements to come!


Wall Collision & Range Indicator Updates

We’re increasing the collision size on our blockades!

  • The Spike Blockade collision volume is 37% larger on the X axis and 20% larger on the Y axis.

  • The Volcano's square collision volume is 37% larger.

  • The Training Dummy's square collision volume is 18% larger.

  • The Arcane Barrier's collision volume is 66% larger on the X axis.

  • The Maw of the Earth Drake's collision volume is 25% larger on the X axis.

  • The Viper's Fangs collision volume is 11% larger on both the X and Y Axis.

  • The Colossus' collision volume is 33% larger on its Y Axis.


In addition to this, we’ve added new range indicators on blockades to help you seal your lanes.


Trap Range Indicator Updates

All traps now display two ground decals during placement and inspection modes:  one decal displaying the trigger radius, and another decal displaying the damage range!


Minimap Improvements

The minimap now displays damage states for defenses. On top of the flashing when they get hit, towers will change colors from green, to yellow, to flashing red when below predefined health thresholds. Defenses that have been destroyed will also show up on the minimap with a blinking icon for 3 seconds for a better at-a-glance view of your moment-to-moment action.


Balance Updates

We’re making numerous balance updates to specific defenses with this patch, with a special focus on a few of our less frequently used defenses.

Most of our fixed-target towers (Cannonball Tower, Harpy’s Perch, Earthshatter Tower, etc.) will see a substantial increase in their overall DPS. This is a straight stat boost to these towers, trying to make them competitive with defense that can hit many targets. We want to see these towers leveraged more, especially in Chaos difficulties where projectile towers are expected to shine.

Defenses with extremely slow ATK Rates (Earthshatter, Lightning Strikes Aura, etc.) will see some improvements in their ATK Rate. While we’re not expecting every defense to hit as fast as the Flame Aura, the slow ATK Rates on these defenses has lead to a lot of ‘overkill’ damage and general targeting failures. These defenses will fire faster by roughly a second or so than they are currently, with corresponding adjustments to Defense Power and Crit Damage ratios.

Next up, many of our defenses with very high DU/Mana costs will see their base costs come down. Defenses like the Blaze Balloon have proven hard to use, despite their relatively high DPS outputs, and we want to get them back into regular usage. This change is intended to be more of a usability improvement and not a straight stat buff, so we’re accompanying these changes with corresponding reductions to their Defense Power and Crit Damage ratios when appropriate.

There’s a few bug fixes going in that will affect balance as well. Swapping shards to temporarily increase the max nodes on some of EV2’s defenses has been eliminated; you must leave the shard on the defense or the extra nodes are removed. We’ve also fixed a terrible bug with Hornet’s Nest that was crippling its DPS, and it should result in it being quite a powerful defense again!

We’ve also finally made some updates to the Shatter combo effect. While we’re super happy to see players using Frosty Proton Node to setup this combo, we felt that the potential damage output of the Shatter effect was a bit too strong. We really didn’t want to nerf Frosty Proton Node, and, there was certainly no call to nerf the Cannonball Tower, Earthshatter Tower, etc., so we went with a reduction to the Shatter effect itself. Shatter will still obliterate weaker enemies like Goblins, but after this patch it will no longer be a guaranteed kill on tougher enemies like Drakin and Berserkers. We’ve also fixed it so it can now damage minibosses / special enemies, instead of just consuming the Freeze and having no effect.

And while the reign of the Weapon Manufacturer (and to a lesser extent, the Poison Dart Tower) has been interesting, it’s proven to be too much of a ‘one stop shop’ solution to many Chaos difficulties. As such, we’re making some adjustments to reduce its dominance, with the hopes of seeing diversity increase with these changes plus our numerous defense buffs.

We hope these changes will improve diversity and flexibility amongst builders in all Chaos difficulties! Fans of the Mystic and the Obelisk will want to take special note, as it’s undergoing some pretty radical balance updates with this patch. (It’s basically hit by every one of our core changes listed above!)


Optimization Improvements

This patch includes several optimization improvements to the game, which should improve framerate across all three platforms but particularly on the PS4 and Xbox One versions. We’re exploring more optimization changes to improve framerate on the console versions. Stay tuned for more information!


Inventory UI & Shard Icon Tweaks

We’re adding a number of Inventory UI improvements in Patch 1.0.3:

  • More Shards have unique icons now! This will help you find the Shard you’re looking for.

  • The Experience/Ascension bar is now permanently located on the Inventory screen

  • The Inventory now highlights any new item that the player didn't previously own until the player focuses on the new item. This includes auto-equipped items, items that have been manually picked up by the player, and bundled items like Shards.

  • Items selected in your Inventory will now highlight any valid slots on the left side Hero Manager screen, making it easier to determine which items can be equipped where.

  • The number of weapons a hero can equip is now accurate, which means only the Squire has two weapon slots now!


Disable Controller Vibration Option

For those who don’t like to play with your controller shaking like an earthquake, we’re adding the option to disable controller vibration!


Game Browser UI Changes

We’re making several usability changes to the Game Browser UI to make it easier to join and create games on controllers!


Xbox One Vsync Option

We’re adding a Vsync option for the Xbox One version in this patch!


Controller Deadzone Updates

Thanks to a wonderful Reddit post, we’re exploring updates to our controller joystick deadzones. In case you don’t know, deadzones relate to how far you have to move the joystick from its central resting place before the game registers movement. A large deadzone means you have to push the joystick really far to the edge before movement begins; a small deadzone means very little joystick movement is needed. The result of these changes should improve overall joystick movement and give you more useful deadzone options. This is a stretch goal for the patch, so if it doesn’t come out in this patch, it’ll come out in the patches following.


Bug Fixes

Finally, this patch will contain a number of bug fixes, including a fix for the auto-collect options not working properly.


Thanks for your support, Defenders, and stay tuned for more information on Patch 1.0.3 and the FREE Beat the Heat bundle!

Love,
The Trendy Team

iamisom

Greetings Defenders,

Our first Xbox One patch is here! This patch fixes the biggest Xbox One crashes and bugs you’ve reported to us:

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the loading screen crashes.

  • Fixed the Town crashes.

  • Fixed the Series EV2 proton beam crash.

  • Fixed a number of crashes that would happen when placing certain Dryad defenses, Lavamancer defenses and auras.

  • Fixed a bug where players were unable to properly equip costumes.

In addition to these fixes, this patch includes a number of features and improvements from the 1.0 Update that were not available at launch, including tutorial improvements, new Campaign gameplay updates and more. With this patch, Xbox One is now fully up-to-date with the PC & PS4 versions! You can find the full 1.0 patch notes here.

Thanks for your overwhelming support! We’re continuing to work on server stability and improvements, and we’re also cooking up our first big post-launch update. Stay tuned for more information!

Love,
The Trendy Team

iamisom



Dungeon Defenders II is officially out of Early Access and free-to-play on Xbox One, PC & PS4! With this major milestone in our game’s history, we’re releasing Update 1.0.

Update 1.0 focuses on our New Player Experience. This update fixes a ton of bugs, adds a lot of polish, introduces more quality-of-life changes, improves our early-game experience, and gets new players through Campaign and deep into Chaos. After today, we’re spinning up on features and changes you’ve been asking for (Endless Mode says hi).

We’ve been in Early Access for more than two years. With more than 60+ updates, Dungeon Defenders II has grown up before our very eyes. It’s been exciting and, quite frankly, a little unnerving to develop a game with you watching every step of the way. Our growth and improvement is because of your support, your feedback and the dedicated members of our team who went above and beyond to drive our game forward. We’re proud of where Dungeon Defenders II is today, but launch is just the beginning. With your support, Dungeon Defenders II is only going to get bigger and better!

Here are the notes for Update 1.0:

Xbox One Version Available Now!

Brewed in secrecy, the Xbox One version is finally here! Download the game for free here.

The Xbox One version includes:

  • All of the content & features from the other versions of the game

  • A limited-time exclusive map & Incursion:  Yeti’s Revenge

    • This map and Incursion will be available on PC & PS4 in our next major update!

  • An exclusive pet

  • An exclusive weapon

 

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Features

The Initiate

Come on and SLAM!

The Initiate is our first gender-swap hero. This powerful Chi-wielding warrior is the gender swap of our bald friend, the Monk. She uses the same defenses as the Monk, but she comes with a suite of new abilities:

  • Chi Stomp:  A powerful slam that can be activated in mid-air!

  • Crippling Chi Wave:  The Initiate builds up a glowing ball of Chi and launches it at her enemies, which damages and debuffs any enemies hit!

  • Talisman of Empowerment:  The Initiate places a talisman on the ground that temporarily boosts the power of nearby defenses!

The Initiate is available at a lower Gem and Defender Medal price than other heroes. And don’t worry:  The Barbarian will have his time to shine soon.


Updated Tutorials

Play our all new Tutorial map and check out our new Tutorial videos with the new How To Play Menu! The new videos and map cover a variety of helpful hints, tips, and tricks that will aid in your defense of Etheria!

 

Updated Story and Campaign

Etheria has never felt so alive! Play through the updated story in our revamped Campaign experience and stave off the Old Ones advance. Prepare for new threats and twists that will appear. Make sure to keep an eye out during Build Phase!

 

New Summary Screen & Score System

At the end of each map, whether you win or lose, there’s a new summary screen that will score you based on your performance. Our new scoring system includes many different modifiers and bonuses to help you tweak your builds and get higher and higher on your personal mental leaderboard. Shortly after the release of score, we’ll add some form of score tracking for players to see!

 

Updated HUD & Health Bars

We’ve updated a number of our Heads-Up Display elements to make the UI cleaner while providing more information. The biggest change is the addition of hero deck hotkeys above the Health Bar. Now you can easily see which hero is in which hero deck slot hotkey, which is especially handy if you’re the kind of player who constantly rotates heroes in and out of your Hero Deck!

 

New Tower Skins

Check out the all new Bit Crush Dryad, Woodland Apprentice, and Hypno Abyss Lord Tower Skins! (Time for an Abyss Lord/Monk defensive DANCE PARTY! Unce unce unce #hype)

 

New Shard Icons

We’ve added new iconography for some of the most popular Shards in the game. We’ll continue to improve on our Shard icons after launch!

  • Channel - Icon Type Change

  • Inspiration - Icon Type Change

  • Hero Critical Strike - Minor Border Change

  • Life Leech - Icon Type Change

  • Speed Boost - Icon Type Change

  • Superconductor - Icon Type Change

  • Construction - Icon Type Change

  • Explosive Guard - Icon Type Change

  • Defensive Critical Damage - Minor Border Change

  • Destruction - Minor Border Change

  • Fortification - Minor Border Change

  • Deadly Strikes - Icon Type Change

  • Panic Fire - Icon Type Change

  • Press Your Luck - Icon Type Change

 

Incursions & Legendary Weapons

As part of our New Player Experience, we’ve introduced Incursions into Chaos! The goal of our Incursions is to provide variety and progression milestones as players progress through Chaos.

Each Chaos tier will now have its own unique Incursions. After completing an Incursion, you’ll unlock unique Legendary weapons at the Wayfarer! The Wayfarer will forge these unique weapons based on your highest powered hero. The Wayfarer will sell these weapons for Defender Medals, so be sure to sell those Souls4Gold when the update comes out!

As for long-term gameplay variety in our endgame, we have a number of interesting changes and features we’re going to add post-launch. Stay tuned!

 

New Weapons

In addition to the Wayfarer weapons, we’ve added many new weapon models to the game across many of our different heroes. Go forth and get that sweet new loot!

 

PS4 Optimization

This update improves PS4 framerate, especially when a lot of enemies are on-screen at once. This is just the first of our optimization updates for the PS4 -- shortly after launch, we have a litany of other changes that should improve framerate even more!


Quality of Life

  • Added a new Minimum Ascension Level host option.

  • Added the ability to rename your heroes for free in the Inventory.

  • Added controller sensitivity option on PC.

  • Revamped range indicator decals for visibility.

  • Now you can play and access everything on PC with a controller, including the Options Menu!

  • Added the names of defenses under relic slots.

  • Added Server Region display to the Main Menu.

  • Improved the Flamethrower Tower’s visual effects.

  • Added a minimap and NPC blips to the Heroes Marketplace.

  • Improved player name display with proper capitalization!

  • Added a “Hold <blank> to rotate tower” for PC controller users.

  • Improved and unified the look of many different UIs.

  • Updated the first quest in the game to have smarter text and a better UI.

  • Victory chests show up on all minimaps.

  • The War Table in the Private Tavern should now default to Private Games. Such private. Many seekrits.

  • Updated the game icon to the Squire’s Head. This was the most important change of all.

 

Balance

Core Health

  • Increased the core health in Chaos to protect against enemies one-shotting the core

 

Shards

  • Ballista - Black Arrow damage increased from 50% to 60%.

  • Cannonball - Stun Fire proc increased to 25% and stun duration from 2.4 to 3.0 seconds.

  • Cannonball - Heavy Cannonball damage increased from 950% to 1250%.

  • Earthshatter - Earth Toss proc chance increased from 35% to 100%. Knockup duration increased slightly.

  • Fire for Effect chance increased from 25% to 45%

  • Flame Aura - Encroaching Flames proc chance increased from 25% to 30% and damage increased from 40% to 60%.

  • Skeletal Archer - Explosive Arrows proc chance increased from 15% to 30% and damage increased from 110% to 450%.

  • Snakes on a Plane - Proc chance increased from every 5 seconds to every 3 seconds and damage increased from 525% to 3000%.

  • Enduring Bubble - Levels increased from 8 to 10. Buff duration decreased from +5 seconds to +2 seconds.

  • Lateral Blast - Damage increased from 725% to 2250%.

  • Mega Rock - Proc chance increased from every 10 volleys to every 5 volleys. Damage increased from 1150% to 4000%.

  • Frosty Proton Node - Proc chance increased from 5% to 25%, duration decreased from 5 to 2 seconds.

  • Gunwitch’s Hunting Blind Tower damage unchanged from 0% to 0%.

 

Betsy Weapons

  • Betsy weapons now have their shards locked in a shard slot to mimic their old, pre-shard passive effects.

  • Apprentice and Huntress Betsy Weapons have had updated firing rates and damage to better match our new balanced solutions.

  • Updated Betsy’s Empowered Lightning Shard description to make more sense.

 

Bug Fixesss

  • Fixed another magical Proton beam crash. Huzzah!

  • Fixed an issue with an endless black screen after multiple loading screens.

  • Hero Information and Currency indicators should no longer overlap.

  • Improved fullscreen and windowed game display modes.

  • Fixed another Siege Roller stuck issue.

  • Power Transfer Shard functions when equipped to Boost Aura now.

  • “Speeds” are “Orbs” again.

  • “Skulls” are “Marks” again. We have no idea how that happened.

  • This also means the Orb and Mark filters work again!

  • Abyss Lord’s Abyss Stones are now able to crit.

  • This update fixes a bug where multiplayer enemy health scaling was scaling higher than intended. Per-player enemy health scaling is now +25% rather than +50%. Go forth and defend with friends!

  • Fixed an issue where you could not drop a Shard onto a bag icon.

  • Shard Packs and Shards should go through the proper auto-collect flow now.

  • Fixed a text pop up at a really high Ascension level.

  • Jumping and using the right click dash on the Lavamancer should work properly now while dashing around the map. No more randomly hitting invisible walls! HOORAY!

  • The Ogres on the Forest Ambush Incursion thought it’d be really cool to just T-pose for fun. We set them straight.

  • The crosshair reticle should now turn the correct colors when targeting allies and other things in game. It will be colors other than red now! ADDITIONAL HOORAYS.

  • Updated several error message text to make more sense.

  • The resolution selector in the Options Menu is now scrollable with scroll wheels.

  • The World Tree now properly gets destroyed during the Victory animation if it’s too close to the Victory Chests.

  • Updated the description on the Shadowflame Dagger.

  • Updated the consumable tooltip to use the new UI.

  • Combined Power - Serpent’s Coil beams will now attack training dummies.

  • Updated the error text if there are no marked targets for Arcane Volley.

  • Gunwitch’s Snipe Critical Damage Shard no longer applies to all elemental damage.

  • Fixed the Level 50 Level Up Pop Up to show Level 50 instead of “Level 0”.

  • Renamed the default hero names to their classes.  Squire is now “Squire.”  Monk is now “Monk.”  Barbarian is now “Pete.”

  • Fixed a challenge display issue where it would render completed challenges twice in the UI.

  • Flame Aura properly calculates crit damage and chance into its inspected DPS number.

  • Fixed a matchmaking issue where if Player 2 declines, then Player 1 gets an “Unknown Error.”

  • Fiery Brimstone Shard now only works for the Abyss Lord as originally designed and fixed the critical damage scaling on the procs from 100% to 12% where it should be.

  • Unequipping items will go through the auto-collect flow and go to the bags that they should be.

  • Fixed an issue where swapping to EV2 Mark III was causing a rogue torso to display.

  • Fixed Drakken’s eyes and mouths to be glowing properly.

  • Added a notification that a party request has been sent to another player.

  • The “Could not authenticate with Steam… try again?” pop up was missing some buttons.  We gave them back.

  • Fixed a crash if you had selected Exit on a menu screen while an immediate message was being displayed.

  • Mystic’s Dark Torment damage over time critical effect is no longer scaling inversely with hero damage.

  • Fixed a billboard issue on Siege of the Throne Room.

  • Fixed an area where Kobolds could get stuck in the Ruins.

  • G4T0’s facial animations have been restored! Beep boop. Bloop.

  • Fixed a boost aura description typo.  “Precentage” is right… right?

  • Fixed small lighting issues on the Dryad Hornet’s Nest and Slime Pit.

  • Monk’s alternate attack is no longer blocked by towers.

  • Fixed the wyvern death animation.

  • The Weapon Filter on the Filter By… bag no longer has defense stat options.

  • Fixed a spot on Dragonfall Plaza where the Dryad could exit the map.

  • Fixed several small issues with tower damage challenges.

  • Fixed a massive performance issue with Shield Geodes.  Should be most noticeable on PS4.

  • PS4 - Dark Torment’s visual effects now display properly.

 

Known Issues

  • No “Press G to End Match” message is displayed after beating wave 4 on Airship Battle. This is only a visual problem and G still functions correctly.

  • Glaive of Storms isn’t currently purchasable in the wayfarer shop. It still unlocks and drops from the Power Surge Incursion.

  • Glaive of Storms’ unique shard is missing its icon.

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Three more days. Just three more days until Dungeon Defenders II launches on Xbox One, PC & PS4. Three more days until the game is officially out of Early Access and free-to-play on all platforms. Excuse us while we hyperventilate. OH GOD. *grabs knees*

On June 20th, along with this major milestone in our game’s history, we’re releasing Update 1.0, which is focused on our New Player Experience. In our Devstream above and blog below, we’ll walk you through the major beats of the patch. After June 20th, we’re spinning up on lots of features and changes you’ve been asking for (Endless Mode says hi).

Launch is just the beginning. With your support, Dungeon Defenders II is only going to get bigger and better!


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Gender Swap:  The Initiate

Come on and SLAM. The Initiate is joining us on June 20th!

 The Initiate is our first gender-swap hero. This powerful Chi-wielding warrior is the gender swap of our bald friend, the Monk. She uses the same defenses as the Monk, but she comes with a suite of new abilities.

  • Chi Stomp:  A powerful slam that can be activated in mid-air!

  • Crippling Chi Wave:  The Initiate builds up a glowing ball of Chi and launches it at her enemies, which damages and debuffs any enemies hit!

  • Talisman of Empowerment:  The Initiate places a talisman on the ground that temporarily boosts the power of nearby defenses!

The Initiate is available at a lower Gem and Defender Medal price than other heroes. And don’t worry:  The Barbarian will have his time to shine soon.


New Tutorial Mission + Tutorial Videos

We’ve completely revamped our tutorial mission! Our new tutorial teaches players how to place different types of defenses, how to hotswap between different heroes and more. We’ve also added a new How To Play section with additional videos to teach players about advanced tactics, loot, Inventory and more.

 

Updated Campaign & Story

We’ve given our early-game experience some additional love! On several maps, we’ve added new mutators to keep the gameplay experience fresh through the Campaign. We’ve also fleshed out the existing story with new cutscenes and new in-game dialogue. If you’ve already played the Campaign, be sure to grab a new hero and check out the changes! There might be a few hints of things to come...

 

Incursions + Legendary Weapons

As part of our New Player Experience, we’ve introduced Incursions into Chaos! The goal of our Incursions is to provide variety and progression milestones as players progress through Chaos.

Each Chaos tier will now have its own unique Incursions. After completing an Incursion, you’ll unlock unique Legendary weapons at the Wayfarer! The Wayfarer will forge these unique weapons based on your highest powered hero. The Wayfarer will sell these weapons for Defender Medals, so be sure to sell those Souls4Gold when the update comes out!

As for long-term gameplay variety in our endgame, we have a number of interesting changes and features we’re going to add post-launch. Stay tuned!


Updated HUD + Health Bars

We’ve updated a number of our HUD elements to make the UI cleaner while providing more information. You can check out the Devstream video to see it in action, but the biggest change is the addition of hero deck hotkeys above the Health Bar. Now you can easily see which hero is in which hero deck slot hotkey, which is especially handy if you’re the kind of player who constantly rotates heroes in and out of your Hero Deck!


New Summary Screen & Score System

It’s finally here! We’ve implemented a new summary screen at the end of the match, and the biggest new change here is our score system! Each match, you and your team will be given a score based on how well you played and built. We’ve included a number of multipliers in this first iteration of the score system. Optimize your builds to get the best score! In the future, we plan on adding leaderboards, rewards and more based on our score system!


PS4 Optimization

This update improves PS4 framerate, especially when a lot of enemies are on-screen at once. This is just the first of our optimization updates for the PS4 -- shortly after launch, we have a litany of other changes that should improve framerate even more!

 

Shard Buffs

We’re continuing our Shard Buffs! These buffs are focused on hero-specific Shards, especially on Defense Shards. More Shard Buffs (and Defense Buffs) will come post-launch!

 

First Shard Icon Updates

We’ve updated the icons of some of the more popular Shards to help you find them easier in your Inventory. We’ll continue to update our Shard system, you guessed it, post-launch.

 

Host Option:  Minimum Ascension Level

In the update, you’ll be able to set a minimum Ascension Level for your matches! You can use this feature to reduce the number of new players jumping into Chaos VII matches -- of course, if you want to help the newbies out, you can keep this set to 0. More host tools are on the way!

 

Hero Renaming

Hero renaming! For free! From the Inventory, you can rename all of your heroes as often as you want.

 

Multiplayer Scaling Bug Fix

This update fixes a bug where multiplayer enemy health scaling was scaling higher than intended. Per-player enemy health scaling will now be +25% rather than +50%. Go forth and defend with friends!

 

New Tower Skins

We’ve added several new sets of Tower Skins so you can betterfy your towerz.

 

Full Controller Support on PC

Now you can play and access everything on PC with a controller, including the Options Menu!

 

Bug Fixes

Tons of them.

 

We can’t wait for Tuesday. We’ll see you there, Defenders!

Love,
The Trendy Team

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Dungeon Defenders II is launching on Xbox One, PC & PS4 on June 20th!

For more than two years, we’ve delivered 60+ updates during Early Access. We’re finally ready to tell the world that Dungeon Defenders II is officially here. And we’re excited to tell people that, yes, we’re bringing our game to the Xbox One!

On June 20th, Dungeon Defenders II will be free-to-play on ALL platforms. If you’ve been waiting for F2P to jump into the PS4 version, or if you’ve been waiting for the Steam version to leave Early Access, that day is your day.

When the Xbox One version launches, it'll come with an exclusive pet, an exclusive weapon and a limited-time exclusive map. The new map will make its way to the other versions shortly after the release of the Xbox One version! What is that new map? Perhaps the trailer above offers some clues.

We know you have plenty of questions. We’ve tried to anticipate and answer the more popular ones below, but if you have another question, ask us in the comments!


Your Anticipated Questions

First of all, how hard was it to keep the Xbox One version a secret?

SO DAMN HARD. You have no idea how many times we wanted to tell people. Yes, we love our Xbox fans, and we can’t wait for you to experience Dungeon Defenders II three weeks from now!


Is Xbox One free-to-play?

Yes! From the very first day, the Xbox One version is free-to-play.


Is the Xbox One version up-to-date with the PC & PS4 versions?

We’re working right now to get the Xbox One version as close to the PC & PS4 versions as possible. If it’s not at parity with the other versions on launch day, we’ll get the Xbox One version on parity shortly thereafter.


Will the Xbox One version always be up-to-date with the PC & PS4 versions?

On the Xbox One, we need to put our updates through a more stringent certification process than we do on PC or PS4. It’s our goal to release Xbox One updates as close to day-and-date as possible, but the cert process could mean that Xbox One updates could come out a little later.


Is this the end of development?

NO. With your support, we’re going to bring new content, new features, quality-of-life changes, optimization improvements, continued bug fixes and so much more to Dungeon Defenders II.


What are you working on between now and launch?

We’re going to share those details over the coming weeks, but the big picture is bug fixing, polish, feature completion, bringing back Incursions & Incursion weapons into our endgame, and a few extra surprises. Stay tuned for the full details!
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Greetings, Defenders! We hope you’ve been enjoying The Loot Update! These two patches on PC & PS4 fix the issues we’ve seen since the update came out:

Patch 21.2 (May 30th, 2017)

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a server crash related to the Tsunami bow.
  • Fixed some issues with scrolling and selecting on the Game Browser.
  • PS4 - Sell All now works properly.

Patch 21.1 (May 26th, 2017)

Max Loot Stat Range Fix

  • Loot wasn't rolling up to the intended Chaos stat ranges. This is now fixed. You should now find loot with higher stats in every Chaos tier!

    • In all Chaos tiers, loot will now roll up to a higher maximum stat number than before The Loot Update.

    • If you had max Chaos 7 loot from before The Loot Update that was boosted with the update, you should now find loot that’s equal or slightly higher than that. Everyone else is able to find this same loot when they reach the top end of Chaos 7.


Love,

The Trendy Team

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