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Josh Isom, Community Manager ([[4370,users]])

Our New Hero Influence Vote has begun! Which hero will you choose to join the fight -- the Gun Witch, the Lavamancer, or the Barbarian? Earn Influence Points by logging into the game and logging into the official website every day, and then cast those Points to make your voice heard. The hero with the most points at the end of our three-round tournament will be our next hero!

The first round is Gun Witch vs. Lavamancer. Learn more about these heroes, and then cast your vote!


Elliot Cannon, Creative Director

Just like last week, we’re in bug fixing mode for the Calling All Heroes release! This has been a tough but fun one. Less people, flooding basements, a new UI, a new Hero, strategy revamp behind the scenes in a separate branch, PS4 meets PC in the face, not to mention tons of creeping death flu junk that’s been going around. Lots of folks have really been cranking to make sure we get things solid. Some dudes have been up to two and three a.m. non-stop for weeks on end and will probably collapse seventeen seconds after this baby goes live. Nevertheless, we’re almost done! Share the word of DD2 on social media, call back your friends, and get ready to play, we’re getting close! A fun influence vote is now live and it’s Gun Witch vs Lavamancer. Get your votes ready. Loving Glitterhelm. Check images below. Every time I see the art progress by the Diaz brothers on that map with its classic three-prong layout, I keep having DAOC’s Darkness Falls flashbacks. Hmm. Now there’s a mean image isn’t it? Abyss Lord dropping Knight of the Abyss + (3) Abyss Stone + Colossus + Direct Command on top of a full warband, lawl.


Tim Shannon, PS4 & Live Producer ([[77554,users]])

The PS4 team is finishing everything up. I’m excited to announce that we’re heading into FQA on Sunday, and if everything works out, the Harbinger + Carnival PS4 update will be out next week! In the Americas we’ll be releasing the inventory pack simultaneously with the milestone so you can get your hoard on. Unfortunately, though, it’s going to be a week or two till it comes out in Europe due to differences in the requirements the store teams place on releases.  

In other good news, I spent some time with the Calling All Heroes PS4 build this week, and it’s looking pretty good already. We don’t have any set timelines yet, but I’m excited for what we might be able to work on this time around now that we’re not inheriting as much merge debt. Hop on the forums and let me know what you think the #1 issue to resolve on PS4 is at the moment (other than “catching up to PC”).


Daniel Haddad, Design Director ([[48971,users]])

For the past few Dev Logs, it feels like I’ve been only saying one thing:  “Working On the Abyss Lord!” This is now finally coming to an end and pretty soon he will be in your loving hands. He is ridiculously powerful and hopefully a lot of fun to play. I’ve been working on fixing several bugs with him, some last-minute tweaks and moving on to the next three heroes. I’m currently making some final edits to EV2’s design and working on the first few drafts of the next few heroes starting with the Lavamancer and helping with the Gun Witch.

We are also beginning some early exploration on bringing the first four heroes to the coolness and effectiveness level of the soon to be released Abyss Lord. For all you Squire, Huntress, Monk, and Apprentice fans out there, there may be some changes inline a while after the launch of the Abyss Lord.


Daniel Diaz, World Builder ([[33096,users]])

As you know, we're working on DD1 remake levels and now it's the time for the well-known Glitterhelm! This one is damn huge -- probably the biggest map to date. The direction we have with these remakes is to keep a very similar gameplay layout but with a different visual approach, something new and fresh! So don't expect lava in Glitterhelm -- expect something dark and cold! Here are some work-in-progress shots:

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Jesus Diaz, World Builder ([[39450,users]])

Working on the biggest level so far...yea, you’re absolutely right, it’s Glitterhelm! It's been a long time since our Heroes had the last battle at Glitterhelm, and like everything, time does not stand still and some things have changed over time, so expect a new looking and fresh Glitterhelm cavern!


Jason Yu, Associate Producer ([[56534,users]])

I’m incredibly proud of all that we’ve done for this patch, but like all things game dev, we’d still be working on this patch if we could. Last week, I said that wrapping up the patch was one of my favorite times in game dev and that still hold true. There’s something gratifying about seeing the game improve during these periods that gets me every time.

This week, we’re continuing to hammer out the last of the issues. Planning for the next milestone is now in full swing. We’ve got a rough outline to start, and we’re now doing the estimations.


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer ([[48993,users]])

We were able to give a sneak peek into the tower / enemy overhaul that we are working towards. As you can see, our goal is to provide that strategic layer that our current lineup and tower sets don’t provide -- as well as provide that freedom to experiment with tower strengths and weakness to get a variety of builds per map depending on what’s coming down the lanes.


James Reid, Software Programmer ([[56071,users]])

Been plowing through these UIs. We’ve laid a substantial foundation for future work. These new UIs are really starting to flow nicely. I hope you’ll see the grand vision of where we are going once this thing goes live. There are some kinks still in the system, but we’re ironing them out as fast as we can. DD2 will feel like a completely different game once we get all the UIs switched over to this new vision.   


Dan Pingston, Character Artist

Touching up the next few heroes for their big releases.


Chris Flores, QA Lead ([[59727,users]])

[Chris wasn’t able to fill out the Dev Log because he must remain constantly vigilant for new bugs. [[10523,hashtags]]]

Joesith

A Bold New World

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Recently, we overhauled our visual effects style in DD2. Our old VFX style used the soft shapes and smooth gradients from the first Dungeon Defenders, but it didn't match what the game was currently achieving in its art style. DD2 uses bold colors and hard shapes, especially in the way we design and build our worlds. Our amazing 2D Animator Alexey Mescherin was already using a more hard-edged and bold color style in his animated flipbooks, so we needed our basic particles and accent components to match that same style and feel. Our goal was to emphasize very simple shapes, simple gradients if any, and bold colors in our VFX.

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We went through our library of VFX assets and picked out the textures that no longer adhered to the visual style we wanted to achieve. I selected a group of textures that used soft shapes and gradients to experiment with. I brought these into Photoshop and played with ways to turn these textures into the hard-edged and bold look we wanted. I tried to find the basic shapes and elements of each texture to break them down to these core elements. I also made them uneven and nonuniform to bring more interest to the textures.

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Then I compared the old and new textures side-by-side with a slight blur added to make sure they still had a reasonable enough similarity between the two. Because we were replacing the old textures with these new ones, we didn’t want to completely change the intent and feel of the VFX.

We didn’t change every soft shape and gradient, though. There are some visual effects that we kept in the old, softer style. For example, we kept certain types of smoke and fog -- volumetric fog, candle smoke and distance fog/smoke -- in the old style for places that are more ambient and less volatile.

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Adjusting to this new style of VFX has been a major hit internally at Trendy, and we are continuing to move forward with it. The hard edges add a very nice banding to our VFX that really push the cartoony stylized feel we want to achieve with DD2. We hope you all enjoy this new approach with our VFX as much as we do!

How do you feel about the bold new VFX style? Tell us in the comments below, and you could win a pre-alpha code for Dungeon Defenders II! You have a full week to leave a comment. We’ll pick a random poster and reveal the winner next Friday. Don’t have a forum account? It takes less than a minute to join!

Also, there's still time to enter the giveaway on the Javelin Thrower Boogie blog!
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DEFENDERS,

Beta has been out for a few weeks now, and what a ride it has been! As a studio, it is incredibly exhilarating to have a ton of the hard work that we’ve been hammering away at as a studio out into the wild. Between watching streams and youtube videos; discussions on the forums, Twitter, Facebook, Steam, and Discord; the plethora of feedback that’s been provided; and just playing the games ourselves with friends and family, it’s been an incredibly awesome experience. So let’s start with Beta in general!

Beta, What is it Good For — Absolutely A Lot
Our Beta launch was something that we were incredibly happy with. When putting something as complex as a game out into the wild has developers putting on a helmet, and strapping down everything, for the potential chaos that can come with a Beta that just aren’t able to be tested in an internal environment. We launched with relatively low issues: gameplay was working at a very high degree with little bug issues; crashes were low and easy to identify; lanes performed with little issues, and our testers computers didn’t burst into flames (that was a super huge one). We were able to address crashes and tweak some things to improve the Beta experience pretty quickly, releasing four patches in a very short amount of time — SIX DAYS!

Betas over time have taken a turn in the industry to have a large range in what that actually entail. Our version of Beta was the original approach, that is getting a functional build that is very representative of the final experience regarding the core gameplay loot: build, defend, fight, and get sweet loot. A lot of things performed correctly, and the gameplay, for a Beta, could not have been better for us! That said, we have received a lot of the feedback, and are still parsing through a lot of it. Things like UI art, character visuals/faces, Survival scaling, hero and tower balance, and more are on our radar. There’s a lot of feedback that we’re getting that was anticipated, so we’ve had plans to address these things for the most part. We received a ton of feedback regarding UI visuals, and we are going to be making sure to give it that Dungeon Defenders feel. What was in the Beta was focused on functionality, to ensure we didn’t waste any work making art that could lead to wasted work. Needless to say, there’s a lot of improvements that we’re going to be making, and your feedback has been incredibly helpful to validate our plans moving forward!

Pre-order and Backing
We’ve had multiple ways that Defenders have been able to get Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. Starting with Kickstarter, which then transferred to BackerKit, and finally ending on our current store. There were bumps along the way, many we are still sorting through (note: if you preordered through Kickstarter and BackerKit, with any issues, please reach out to preorder@chromatic.games, DO NOT if you purchased through our current store, that should be done through support@xsolla.com). These three phases were part of our total plan, but the bumps were a very large learning process and we are working diligently to make sure we provide everything we can to our supporters.

One of the things that we’re going to be doing is sending out beta keys to our BackerKit supporters who purchased the $25 copy of the game. The store outlined what was included, but there was some confusing messaging going out about the BackerKit store. Our higher paying backers have had access to the Beta for a while, giving them exclusive access, and now we want to open it up to show our appreciation for your support, and also to make up for any confusing messaging that may have been sent.

We’re also offering more rewards through our newest storefront. We don’t want to exclude people who backed early from these rewards, so we’re going to be doing our best to be as inclusive as possible:

  • First, anyone who purchased through BackerKit will be moved over to our current storefront in the coming weeks. We'll let you know when this change is made. This means that you’ll get what’s at the $40 tier, but also have the option to upgrade to a higher tier if you want to, instead of having to purchase an entirely new copy.
     
  • Second, anyone who backed on Kickstarter at or above the purchase tiers on the new storefront will receive the rewards included in the new packs. For example, did you purchase the $75 tier on Kickstarter? You’ll receive everything included in the Prestigious pack, the costumes, titles, everything!

Our goal is to make sure that when you’re purchasing Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, you feel good about the purchase, and that you’re getting awesome rewards with an awesome game. You guys help make the game, and we want to make sure you know you’re valued.

Beta Late Than Neva
We’re sorry for that pun. It’s terrible, but it had to be said. With preordering and getting beta keys, the vast majority got out, but there were some keys that weren’t properly transferred over, surveys were submitted late, etc., that lead to people not receiving their keys on time. One thing we’re going to do is extend the Beta into January. Here’s why:

  • You have provided a ton of feedback and we want to increase the window so that every nook and cranny is covered. We want Dungeon Defenders: Awakened to be the best game it can be, and a lot of the feedback you’ve provided has been instrumental in making sure that’s the destination we reach.
     
  • We’re opening the beta to the $25 purchases, and some people didn’t receive their keys on time, or are still in process (please reach out to preorder@chromatic.games if you haven’t already), we want to make sure that players have enough time to experience the beta and provide their feedback.

These two reasons alone make it very important for us to keep with our goals of being inclusive to all Defenders, and making the best game possible. We want and encourage you to continue to provide feedback. Maybe later this month, there maybe an update, maybe that expands on some stuff, and maybe fixes some issues you've reported, maybe probably maybe. As for January, we’re currently discussing adding more for players to experience, with there being a reflection of change via the feedback all of you have provided.

MORE FEEDBACK
Another thing that should be in your inboxes in the coming week is a survey to those who have taken part of the Beta. While digging through all the feedback you’ve provided, we also want to get general sentiments and feedback about as many facets of the game as possible. To that end, to make sure we’re doing the best we can, we’re going to send out a curated survey for our Beta players. By completing the entire survey, we’ll be drawing 10 WINNERS to receive our Prestigious pack, giving you another copy to use for another platform, give to a friend to join you on your adventures in Etheria, or whatever you want!

New Stuff
Dungeon Defenders: Awakened isn’t just some simple port or remake. We’re adding a lot of content, and have some big plans for future content. People have seen some of the new rewards from the Beta, but we wanted to give you a quick sneak peek at some of the awesome weapons and pets that are coming your way:

New Weapons — Tech Rewards
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With new rewards coming in, we want them to feel awesome. We also want them to feel awesome for ALL heroes. This is the Squire’s sword that you’ll be able to hunt down, alongside getting weapons for the Huntress, Apprentice, and Monk that are part of the future tech-based set.

New Pets
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We have familiar pets coming back that many Defenders love, but we also have new pets to be earned. Currently called the Etherial Ancient, they are just one of the new pets that’ll help boost your character and pack a punch when fighting enemies.
 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
We've added an FAQ section to help address questions for current and returning Defenders. We'll be updating this overtime as more questions come in!
 

What’s Next?
We’re going to keep polishing systems and working. There’s a ton of feedback we’re actively working through, and are going to keep up to really make the game for our GLORIOUS Defenders. Keep throwing feedback our way, and know that even if you don’t get a response, it has been seen and that we’ll do our best to address it.

When it comes to communication, as we’ve acknowledged, have not been the best. We’re working on a few initiatives internally to help bridge the gap between our community and development. We’ve also been working through bringing on a full-time Community Manager, working with some fantastic candidates. Current plans have our new Community Manager joining Chromatic Games in January, and we can’t wait for you to meet her!

Chromatic Games is going to continue to work on doing things to the best of our ability. There have been bumps along the way, and while they can be frustrating, we want to thank you for sticking through it with us, as we grow into this new studio and are able to make awesome games for YOU! <3

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:

Twitter
Facebook
Discord
Twitch

The entire team thanks you for trying to destroy the Beta. We’re grateful for all the tremendous feedback we’ve received so far (and more to come), and want to thank you for joining us on this journey!

For Etheria!
Chromatic Games
 

pmasher

Dev Blog: Our Online Future

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Greetings, Defenders! With the upcoming Defense Council expansion, we wanted to kick off a series of blogs highlighting our vision of the future of this community and Dungeon Defenders II. So without further adieu...

A New Community Site

First, in the coming weeks we will be launching a new community site! This site will help prepare us for the future -- complete integration between Community and Game accounts for Dungeon Defenders II. And that future is on...

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Steam! Starting soon, Dungeon Defenders II will be accessible only through Steam. There will be no additional login required for the game. In fact, you’ll even be able to log into the new Community site directly with your Steam credentials. If you already have a community account (I hope I’m looking at all of you), you’ll be able to directly link your Steam account to your existing Community account when the new site launches!

This new community site will also help facilitate better communication between you and us. We have a ton of exciting features in the pipeline for you to influence Dungeon Defenders II directly through the Community (and soon, the game itself!).

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Here are a few of the new site features:

  • Steam Integration
  • Twitch & Youtube Integration
  • Dedicated Community Guides Section
  • Mobile-Friendly Scaling
  • ...and a ton more!


To accommodate this switch, at some point in the next few weeks, all of the Dungeon Defenders sites we’ll be down for maintenance to migrate all of your data and make the switch.

An Online Experience

As all of you know, Dungeon Defenders II has been built from the ground up as a free to play, online experience. This is a growing space, and there are very right and very wrong ways to approach it. We recognize this and are working night and day to do this the right way. We’re developing Dungeon Defenders II with a gameplay-first approach, and as we get deeper into some of these elements we will be including all of you to make sure we do it right. We will not compromise the gameplay experience for anything.

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To that end, there will be no alternate overlay present in Dungeon Defenders II on Steam. Social interactions will be done through Steam. How you interact with other players is essential to your enjoyment of Dungeon Defenders, and you will be able to do that in the way most comfortable for you. At a later date, if we bring Dungeon Defenders II to other platforms, we will be assessing very carefully how you can interact with these other players.

We’re planning to distribute content for Dungeon Defenders II directly through Steam. Additionally, we will be testing multiple region support to improve the experience of players from various regions around the world. This is a feature that we will be testing throughout the Defense Council and Early Access periods of the game to see how well it works with our early matchmaking pools.

Just The Start

As always, all of this is just the start. We will be iterating on each of these features with your help. We’re sure there will be plenty of room for improvement once we go live, and we’re excited to work with you on all of these features as we work on Dungeon Defenders II.

Are you excited for the new Community site? Do you like the idea of logging in with your Steam account? Let us know what you think below!

The DD2 pre-alpha code winners from our previous blogs are:


  • DD2 Tavern Blog: Venaien
  • DD2 Tavern Blog: panqz
  • Spec Nodes Blog: Mashka (Idea: Tesla Stance -- While the monk is in the field of an electric aura, he inflicts extra electrical damage.)
  • Spec Nodes Blog: Arkoonius (Idea: Martial Foresight -- The Monk's experience in martial arts have trained the reflexes of his body and reaction time of his mind. He has a chance to dodge attacks that are done to his front (he has no chance at dodging attacks that he is not facing). More points will result in a high chance of dodging.)
  • Spec Nodes Blog: DrFruitsalad (Idea: Flameburst Crowd Control -- Each time it hits an enemy, the projectile splits in two and hits two nearby enemies for reduced damage. Higher levels of this spec would increase the secondary projectile damage and/or allow the secondary projectiles to split.)
  • We’ll explore the potential of adding these spec node ideas into the game, but no promises!


Answer the questions above about the new Community site, and you could win a pre-alpha code for Dungeon Defenders II! We’ll pick TWO random posters and reveal the winners next week. You have a full week to leave a comment. Don’t have a forum account? It takes less than a minute to join the community!
iamisom

Foundation: Part 2 is here! This update builds upon our previous Foundation patch. Watch the video and read the patch notes below for the full rundown:



Features


Hard Mode

Hard Mode increases lane pressure through increased raw power and speed on enemies. We tuned the experience around having a full Hero Deck and maximizing your use of multiple heroes. You can access Hard Mode on each map and on each playlist from the map selection screen.

  • Enemies on Hard Mode have higher base health and increased health gains per level.
  • Enemies also gain a small increase to move speed as they increase in levels.
  • Enemies with resistances have increased resistances in Hard Mode.
  • Stats and Special Stats on Hard Mode loot are 10% better than their Normal Mode counterparts.
  • Note:  Hard Mode is meant to be an alternate progression through the game. Players who are currently maxed out will probably not struggle to complete it. There will be more content in the future to entertain endgame players. Please let us know how you feel about Hard Mode playing through it with a level 1 hero.


Player Kicking

  • Players can now remove AFK/toxic players from a match!
  • The Kick option is available on the Game Menu screen. 
  • In public games, kicking requires a majority vote. 
  • In private matches, the leader has free reign to kick players from a group.


Hero Deck Improvements + Powerleveling

  • Players no longer have to remove heroes from their deck if the hero does not meet the level requirements.
  • In a public match, players are unable to swap to heroes that are below the level requirement.
  • In a private match, players are able to swap to any hero, regardless of the level requirement. So you can now powerlevel your heroes in a private match!


Forge Updates + Select All Items

  • We’ve widened the Forge, allowing players to see more information and more bag slots at any given time.
  • Players are now able to select entire bags at a time, including the Temporary Item Box, which should make selling items much faster.
  • Updated bag sizes for standard (16 slots) and premium (32 slots) bags. Players will be able to purchase an additional 7th bag slot (up from 6).
  • New visual feedback on inventory icons makes it easier to see item rarities, selected items for selling, equippable/unequippable items and items that are currently selected for Item Enhancement.


New Legendary Weapons

  • Four new Legendary Weapons, one for each hero! Plus, a new Legendary Shield for the Squire!
  • The four previous gold Legendary Weapons received a makeover. All previously earned items should be updated to the new look.


New Enemy Death Animations

  • Enemies now die in hilarious new ways!


Balance


Apprentice

  • Increased base damage to 175 from 125.
  • Increased Hero Damage scale to 2 from 1 per attack.


Arcane Volley

  • Increased base damage to 250.
  • Increased ability point scale to 3.01.
  • Increased projectile speed.
  • Increased Mana cost to 35 from 25.


Tornado

  • Increased base damage to 400.
  • Increased ability point scale to 1.34.


Mana Bomb

  • Increased base damage to 960.
  • Increased ability point scale to 7.6.


Huntress

  • Increased base damage to 200 from 175.
  • Increased Hero Damage growth per level to 2 from 1.6.
  • Increased Hero Damage Scale to 2.4 from 1.8.


Concussive Shots

  • Increased base damage to 400.
  • Increased damage value per ability point to 2.97.
  • Increased stun duration to 3.1 seconds.


Oil Flask

  • Increased oil flask oiled duration to 10.2 seconds.
  • Increased ability point scale to 7.42.
  • Increased base damage of the initial hit to 500.
  • Increased burning base damage to 100.
  • Increased burning damage to 2.1 per ability point.
  • Increased burning duration to 6.1


Piercing Shot

  • Increased base damage to 900.
  • Increased ability point scale to 10.1.
  • Increased projectile speed.
  • Reduced Mana cost to 75 from 100.


Monk

  • Reduced base damage to 125 from 150. (More info)
  • Reduced Hero Damage growth per level to 1 from 2.


Skyguard 

We tweaked the Skyguard scalars, increased its range and added some utility. These changes will encourage players to seek out new combos from the tower and make it the dominant Defense against Airborne enemies.

  • Skyguard Tower applies a slow effect on hit.
  • Increased Skyguard attack rate.
  • Increased Skyguard gains from defense speed. Base attack rate is now 1.95 up from 2.43.
  • Reduced damage scalars per tier
  1. Tier 1: 1.5x DP
  2. Tier 2: 3x DP
  3. Tier 3: 4.5x DP
  4. Tier 4: 6x DP
  5. Tier 5: 7.5x DP
  • Increased base range to 35m.


Pole Smash

  • Increased base damage to 375.
  • Increased ability point scale to 5.41
  • Increased attack range to 550.


Chi Blast

  • Increased base damage to 425.
  • Increased ability point scale to 3.77.
  • Increased attack range to 550.


Heroic Wave

  • Reduced buff duration base to 8.1 seconds.
  • Reduced buff duration scalar to 0.003 seconds per ability point.
  • Reduced healing per cast to 1.01 per ability point.


Squire

  • Reduced base damage to 125 from 150. (More info)
  • Reduced Hero Damage growth per level to 1 from 2.


Seismic Slam

  • Increased stun duration to 3.6 seconds.
  • Increased ability point scale to 5.24.
  • Increased base damage to 600.


Sword Beam

  • Increased base damage to 400.
  • Increased ability point scale to 4.01


Provoke

It was possible in certain circumstances to have 100% uptime for Provoke. We're OK with that, we just thought it was too easy to build, and it trivialized a fair bit of content. We’ve scaled down its uptime to bring it in line with other abilities. 

  • Reduced based taunt duration to 8.1 seconds.
  • Reduced duration gain per point of ability power to 0.004.


Bug Fixes


  • Remember that Incursion crash? Just like The American Dream, it’s dead.
  • The Item Enhancement Wheel animations can be skipped. No more hourlong upgrading sessions!
  • Fixed issue where Special Enemies and mini-bosses were killed instantaneously with the frozen + shatter combo. RIP Frogres. 
  • You can no longer be a jerk and build towers on the spawn points for all taverns.
  • The game will no longer crash when dragging an icon over a bag at the Change Bag Icon screen. 
  • Clicking “Show Equippable” while attempting to change the bag icon will no longer crash the game.
  • Fixed the crash where looking at an icon for 10 seconds would crash the game.
  • We made that last one up, but the first two icon crashes were totally real.
  • Challenge categories are now unlocked in real-time instead of Hammer Time.
  • If a player loads in and meets requirements to have a Challenge unlocked, it will be unlocked. If a player loads in and fails the requirements, the player will be asked to hang head in shame.
  • Increased the elusiveness of the Secret Meeting space.
  • Increased player aggression by mentioning Secret Meetings without revealing its secrets.
  • Players can no longer use towers to escape certain maps or gain access to inaccessible areas. You. Yes, you. Stop doing that.
  • Moved a bench that was hindering melee combat by a few inches. Every inch counts, amirite?
  • Fixed a special case where the Witherbeast’s debuff would augment the Boost Aura to make towers invincible. But it was cool while it lasted.
  • The Lightning Aura attack rate special stat is now working properly. Somewhere in the world, Monk Master Junbao is smiling.
  • Readjusted the Balloon Unlock Long-Lasting Splash-n-Harm Incineration Trigger in the Blaze Balloon. It now activates properly if enemies are standing in the activation radius when the trap resets.
  • We greased up the Low River Path spawn point in Nimbus Reach, making enemies less likely to get stuck and considerably more delicious when cooked.
  • Despite how hilarious it was to see Wyverns fly into a window in Throne Room, losing a sub-objective will now open the proper air lane.
  • To cater to millennials’ need for instant gratification, changing the premium bag icons now displays the new icon immediately.
  • Players can no longer place towers in inappropriate areas on certain maps. You know which ones. Wink.
  • There were a few maps that had issues with players and towers either clipping through or floating on certain locations in the level. If you can properly guess which ones we fixed, we’ll give you a cookie.
  • Updated and addressed issues on multiple maps, but probably not the one you wanted us to fix.
  • The War Recruiter lost weight. Good for him.
  • Fixed green arrow appearing when entering tower sell mode on Dragonfall Sewers for fear of copyright infringement.
  • Fixed Wyverns getting stuck in spawner. Somewhere. We forget.
  • Fixed several issues relating to meshes and VFX, but this time, it’s definitely the one you wanted us to fix.
  • Tightened up the environment traps on multiple levels, including Level Three.
  • Fixed Ogres getting stuck in lane spawners (25++). We mean it this time.
  • Fixed the Squire. He may no longer bear children.
  • Fixed the Squire not getting the damage or speed buff when using Provoke. Isom gained +5 Happy Points because of this, which is a stat we made up, but don’t tell him because he gets these instead of a paycheck.
  • Fixed Wyvern intro video now plays. English skills reduced as a result.
  • Enemy death rate increased by 100% by fixing enemy spawns on certain maps. 
  • Fixed players dragging items into the wrong slot by yelling at them and making them feel bad.
  • Fixed a number of bugs with Malthius and increased his capacity to love.
  • Fixed a number of improper text with stats.
  • Removed all mentions of the numbers sblevin and schfifty. Apparently, these aren’t real numbers.
  • Fixed issues with the UI for the Tavernkeep Bug Reporting Form while appreciating the irony.
  • Ranged Goblins no longer slightly favor targeting heroes over defenses and cores. Lucky you.
  • Fixed an issue where a destroyed sub-objective was not spawning enemies.
  • Fixed character defense names displayed in the character tab of the Forge.
  • Fixed tooltip appearing behind player name on Forge.
  • Fixed Electrocute combo not giving both teammates the stat points for combo.
  • Modified War Table and War Recruiter billboards.
  • Fixed all loot being shown as downleveled.
  • Resolved lane wisps not appearing in some maps/lanes.
  • Fixed location of downleveling arrow on equipment tooltips.
  • Adjusted, updated and fixed issues with all minimaps.
  • Updated the content in the Forge in all maps to accommodate the Forge UI widening.
  • Fixed Kobold, Flying Kobold, Skeleton, Orc and Witherbug death animations.
  • Fixed crash after multiple “Fail to Join Session” events.
  • Drakin projectiles now spread again.
  • Fixed a bug with the extra magic armor special stat.
  • Fixed a bug with the Summary Screen stats bar.
  • Fixed rare case where players could upgrade an item with the same item.
  • Fixed Item Enhancement UI where reset points button is not properly positioned on certain resolutions.
  • Material effects now show on all character models of the same type.
  • Loot profiles are correctly set for the first 2 campaign maps.
  • Fixed the orange currently set title not extending the full width of the textbox in the titles section of the collections tab.
  • Inventory UI animation fixed.
  • Fixed Item Enhancement stats going off the screen.


Known Issues


  • Spamming the Left Mouse Button during the Item Enhancement process will keep the process from completing. Be gentle.
  • The Upgrade button on the Item Enhancement appears greyed out even though it’s active. Go nuts.
  • Players with premium bags will have the last two items in each premium bag appear in the TIB. This will happen one time with the new inventory update.
  • AI is lacking proper motor skills and intelligence. 
  • There is a rare graphical bug where Chrome Enemies will appear completely black.
  • Spike Blockades do not show their correct health on the Inspect Defense tooltip when boosted by the Boost Aura.
  • The new Squire shield with the red banner on the front does not correctly attach to the hero. 
  • The Speedy Kobold’s death animation does not animate. 


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Want to win an exclusive “Snapshooter” in-game title? We’re looking for the funniest screenshots! If yours is funny enough, that title can be yours!

From now until August 19th at 2 PM EDT, go on a quest for the funniest in-game screenshot you can take and submit it in this blog! We’ll pick three winners on August 20th!

To enter, take an in-game screenshot and upload it to Steam. Embed the Steam image in a comment below along with a link to the image on Steam. You may submit as many screenshots as you want, but please only submit one image per post.

The Snapshooter Contest is judged by a panel of Trendy community team employees with zero sense for good taste or art. Here is a loose guideline on how we’re judging the screenshots:

  1. G.U.T. -- Genuine, Ultimate Tummy-feeling. If the screenshot tickles something inside our abdominal food synthesizers that makes us say “wow” or “good gravy,” chances are we’ll pick it as a winner.

  2. No HUDs -- Screenshots with the Heads Up Display activated will score lower than HUDless shots. Press “H” to let the game shine.

  3. Originality -- Don’t steal from other players. We’re watching you.

  4. Terminus -- If you can incorporate Terminus, the Roman god who protected boundary markers, into your photos, you’ll earn extra points. How you’re going to do this with an in-game screenshot is beyond us, but we like to be surprised.

You must have your Steam account linked to your forum account. All screenshots must be taken by the Steam account that’s linked to the forum account. Any entry that is stolen from another player will result in the permanent removal of your forum account.

Happy Snapshotting, Defenders!

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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!

iamisom

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Feel the power, Kronk:  We’re releasing the Power Up update July 5th on PC and PS4! This update contains the Gun Witch, the Game Browser, buffs to the four original heroes, our first armor set, passive changes and more! For more information, visit the update page. If you haven't already, meet the Gun Witch in her official trailer below:



In this update, we’re spreading out our unique legendary loot so almost every map has something unique to farm! Just like the recent Incursion weapons, these are guaranteed drops every time you win the map. Here’s a teaser of where you’ll find some of these items, but we’ll leave it to you to discover where the other items live:


  • Dragonfall Bazaar:  Toxic Shock Bow

  • Forgotten Ruins: Charge of the Harbinger Sword (DPS)

  • Liferoot Forest Incursion:  Armageddon Staff

  • Ramparts Incursion:  Purge Evil Polearm


The different pieces of the first armor set are also spread throughout Etheria. Find them all!

As part of our hero buffs, we're updating some of our old passives to a new system, removing some passives and combining others into a single passive on a single item. As a result, we will be rerolling a number of passives. If the passive is getting updated to a new system, the value will be rerolled to either a higher or lower number than what you currently have. If the passive is being removed, it will be rerolled into another passive of a similar type (so if it’s a defense passive, it’ll be rolled to another defense passive). Here’s a tentative list of which passives will be affected, but keep in mind this list isn’t final. The end result should be that the four original heroes are on par with the new heroes, giving you more defense setup variety. From there, we’re working on changes in future updates to make the game more challenging and rewarding!

Here’s what we’re working on this week:


Elliot Cannon, Creative Director

Power Up! Our next release, Power Up, arrives next week! Look for it the day after July 4. The studio cranked very hard on this release package, so we’re stoked to get it into your hands, especially the Gun Witch.

Gun Witch

We took this archived character under our wing and infused her with tons of incredible shooter-style tools and movement all in the spirit of witchcraft and gun brooms! I was one of the original senior level designers on Unreal and Unreal Tournament (back in the ‘90s), so as an old school deathmatcher and CTF player, movement is everything. Her ability to deliver up close and long-range damage works amazingly well with her agility. You can lay back and blast away like a sniper, or work in close and drop point-blank carnage in Dark Mage face while knowing you can get out of harm’s way with a simple key tap or mouse click if you’re a Naga fan. Timing and delivering massive damage is super fun, especially when you feel untouchable. Her mobility is three-dimensional so you’ll be back flipping, strafe double jumping, leaping, and hovering in midair with awesome air control as you teach those dumb baddies what real skill is.

At the same time, the power of her mischievous witchcraft inspired CC, stuns, and immobilizations make face-smashing powerful enemies laughably fun. We even tossed in some ice magic for the RPG fans who secretly wanted her to be a sorceress. Now that we’re getting the hero library built up, we hope you’ll find her a fun complement to your Hero Deck, serving the role of lane executioner. Build up impenetrable defenses with your favorite builder, swap to the Gun Witch and PWN, leaving the scene of the crime in style.

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Hero Buffs

Beyond just the Gun Witch, look for a Phase One rollout of hero buffs. The plan here is obvious. Power up the default heroes! As we’ve shifted the game from one hero at a time to a full-fledged four heroes anytime, anywhere deck, it’s crucial that each slot in your deck is adding to your fun and power. The depth of the changes extends deep, with almost every dial and knob on the core four heroes adjusted. We want to keep the entire mix in tune so we will definitely watch for your forum feedback, and to make that easier, we’ll release detailed patch notes that list out every change. That way you know the behind-the-scenes details for the diehard theorycrafter. Everyone has his or her own way to play and we know this, so if you have feedback on the changes or see something we never thought of, let us know on the forums so we can work that in Phase Two!

A majority of cooldowns are gone. Yep, gone. Melee damage increases incrementally. We’re trying out the removal of root motion for melee characters so they can use player movement to control what’s happening as you time damage delivery skillfully. Look for the full notes with the release.


Game Browser

If you have not heard, we’re jamming up the War Table to function more like a traditional server browser! You’ll be able to make your own games, give them custom names, search for open games, see what mode, skill level, and wave those games are on, and even restrict iPWR if you need better control over who enters your public game. I’m excited we’ve finally gotten this going, and this is something we started back in January iterating on it internally while also doing everything else! This is a Phase One rollout, so again, share your feedback! We have a lot more slicker options and features already scoped out for Phase Two, but we did not want you to have to wait until then, especially since we are adding map-specific content. Hats off to Brys Sepluveda who’s been hands-on making this dream a reality while navigating the mystical layers of PlayVerse matchmaking code.

Carl Sagan once said, "The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition!”


Looking to the future from the mid-year Crow’s Nest

We’re working through a four-milestone plan to complete the game’s feature set. In the next few weeks, you’ll start to hear more about the big improvements to the core enemy system to make it squad based, ultimately with a dynamic spawning twist, gear sets, cooler loot systems, a reimagined core campaign structure, better progression loops, longer-term hero tweaking, and much more. Everything is about player-driven goals for new, returning, and hardcore players, so know we have each banner firmly in hand and we’re working on jamming the game up into something that can be a real fun hobby with gobs of fun progression.

In the meantime, we’ll keep the fun content with powerful (and sometimes zany and niche variable roll mayhem) rewards coming your way through new Challenges (which is what we’re calling Incursions now). We’re settling into a better rhythm of delivering heroes and new content at a frenetic pace. The year’s half over, and although we’ve done a lot, we’re not done yet!


Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

I’m also working on a full collision pass for the Endless Spires remake level, making sure you can't make mischief. :-)

There's plenty of areas to explore as you can see on the pic below:

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Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

Working this week on the collision pass for the Endless Spires remake.

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As you can see in the pic, you'll be able to get to the upper areas of the level (you might need Series EV2 to achieve that) and get some nice views of the environment from there!


Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

It took a herculean effort from our team to get the PS4 version caught up to the PC version, so a big round of applause to our team for persevering and making that a reality. I know our PS4 fans are stoked to get content around the same time as our PC fans.

With that done, our big focus on the live side is crushing our technical issues. We’ve seen a dramatic decrease in server crashes (in fact, we’ve almost wiped them out from what Tim has told me), and we’re continuing to work through the client crashes. This week’s PS4 hotfix wiped out a massive number of crashes. Almost every patch we’ve pushed out over the past few months has contained some form of crash fix, and we’re hoping to keep that going. So if you’re having trouble launching or playing the game, fear not:  Like Harvey Birdman, we’re on the case!

We’ve also seen a number of feedback threads about the new Daily Missions. In next week’s patch, we’re reducing the chances of seeing the “Complete X Area Maps” Dailies, and we’re reducing the overall number of maps needed to complete the Dailies. So it should take less time to complete Dailies, and you should see more general “Complete X Number of Any Map” Dailies.


James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)

I’ve been in serious bug squashing mode.  

Fix one bug and three more pop up. It’s like battling Hydra or something. Finally got a handle on a lot of UI related bugs with the Game Browser. Speaking of the Game Browser, I’ve been working with QA, Bank, and a few others on a particularly nasty bug related to the onscreen keyboard that comes up for PS4 users. That… was fun….

Anyway, enough with the blathering, you came here wanting to see some progress on the Game Browser...well here ya go!

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As Elliot said, this is Phase 1 and we’re already hard at work on Phase 2. Can’t wait to get y‘alls feedback!


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Thanks to everyone for the awesome incursion ideas that got sent my way! sirozan had a particularly intriguing suggestion regarding the Frozen Keep map.

As for my work right now, we’ve got another Incursion starting on one of the current in-game levels. Since Molten Citadel won the Influence Vote, I’m making sure the Molten Citadel is going to be as awesome as it can be.

I know after the past few Devstreams, a few of you guys are hungry for secrets. So I’m looking into maybe a rather interesting Molten Citadel secret...


John Muscarella, Digital Puppet Master (Muskie4242)

Building melee combos for the Lavamancer. :)

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Dear Defenders,



Theres no easy way to say this, so here goes.



As of May 30, I will no longer be working at Trendy Entertainment. (Waits for tears.) Im moving on to another opportunity -- one that will let me enjoy the mountain air and enjoy my youth while I can. (Waits for nods of approval.)



Laura and Angela will be on the community team to split my responsibilities for the time being. Were looking for another community manager to help out with the future of Trendy Entertainment. If youd like to submit your resume, you can look at the job posting and follow the directions on that page. I know there are many talented individuals in our community who would be capable of such a task, and I would be sad if not one of you tried for the position.



The wonderful community events, the passionate posts on the forums, the in-depth guides and Lets Plays -- time and time again you have uplifted my spirits and enriched my life with your presence. I mean that. I think of you as my family -- to some degree, even closer than my blood family. We have some crazy uncles and a few crazy cat ladies in our midst, but most of you are sane, rational people that I would invite to my Trendy family reunion. You, dear community members, are the sole reason I was hesitant to take the new position. I have been incredibly blessed to hang out with you every day. This has been the best job I have ever had. But some opportunities are too good, too timely, too alluring to pass up.



To my wonderful moderators, both past and present -- Alhanalem, Classic22, DarkPython, Dredd, Finally, Immortal D, Iyashii, Jetah, KanibalKittN, Naed, TitoDaddy, Victoryoftheppl -- thanks for going above and beyond to keep the forums clean. Your feedback concerning community ideas and changes have helped the community more than they could ever know. I hope that you will still be around to help Laura and Angela in the same way that you have helped me.



To the beta team members, whose names are too plentiful to list, you have been vital to the success of Dungeon Defenders and the future success of Dungeon Defenders II. Your dedication to the team and honest (sometimes brutal) feedback humbles us and makes us want to make better content. We can never thank you enough for taking a chainsaw to our DLCs and beta content and carving them into works of art. (Hanging phallus and all.)



To the community event hosts, there are absolutely no words for the time you put in to entertain the community week in and week out. Hands down, your creativity increased the longevity of our tiny $15 game tenfold. Your events remain the only reason why some members are still playing the game, and for that, we are eternally grateful. After seeing the community event map today, its great to see that a year and a half after the first events, you havent slowed down. Keep up the great work.



To the community map makers, your creations revolutionized the way Dungeon Defenders is played. From maps with dynamically evolving levels to interactive secret elements to entirely new game modes, your maps have stunned everyone here at Trendy. I sincerely hope that you continue to make maps long after this current Map Contest.



To everyone else not mentioned here, you are no less brilliant, no less wonderful than the amazing people above. I look forward to hearing from Laura and Angela about all of the wonderful things that youll do.



Im incredibly excited for the rest of the team to release Dungeon Defenders II. I cant wait to fight against you in the PvP and defend Etheria once again in the co-op. The team hasnt begun to reveal all the best secrets about the game. Im sad I wont be the one to share them with you.



If youre curious about where Im going, follow me on Twitter and youll find out very soon. Ill be sure to livestream games every now and then on my personal Twitch account.



Stay classy, Etheria. Ill miss you.



Sincerely,

Hitmonchan/iamisom

[CG] LAWLTA

Greetings Defenders,

The update is coming along smoothly and lots of work is being done as we speak. We released two DevLogs over the past two weeks, and there’s one more coming, but we didn’t want to leave a week without any beans spilling, so we’re going to spill a couple today. Just as an extra note, some of the terms discussed here and any content is still subject to change. Let’s go!

Shards

Gear and stat changes affect the entire game, meaning Shards are also affected. With the upcoming update, just about every Shard is going to change as a result (get ready for probably our longest patch notes ever). They should more or less retain their same power, but because of the stat changes and base damage increase on towers, you may find some Shards way more useful than before! There’s also an additional feature being added that affects Shards, what we’re currently calling Shard Dusting.

Shard Dusting

While a lot of Shards are gaining additional strength or coming into the spotlight because of tower/gear changes, there are many different Shards in the game. Very few people utilize all the Shards that drop. Some people like playing with the base four heroes and focus on Shards for them, and some like using just the Mystic and the Lavamancer. Getting Shards for the heroes you don’t use can sometimes feel like you aren’t working towards improving your own unique build. With Shard Dusting, you can now find a utility for unwanted Shards instead of just selling them for little gold.

Taking the Shards you do not want, and deconstructing them into dust, it now allows you to acquire another chance at getting a Shard you want. For a set amount of dust, you are able to go to our Shard vendor and trade your dust for another Shard container that contains a random Shard from the appropriate Chaos tier. This a feature the community asked for, and we’re here to deliver! Getting multiples of the same Shards also has an advantage as well. We know that many of you have been hording Shards in anticipation of something new to do with them, and now you can! We're introducing Gilded Shards!

Gilded Shards

Gear is getting a major overhaul and additional features to increase its power, we wanted to give Shards some attention as well. With this next update, the Shards (both wanted and unwanted) you find are going to possess more utility than they currently do. Gilded Shards are Shards whose power pushes past the current limits. When gilding a Shard, they gain increased upgrade levels, increasing their power. That’s not the only bonus — Gilded Shards do not get reset when you attain Ancient Power, alleviating some of the currency costs that come with resetting!

Now you might be thinking, “Lawlta, how do I gild my Shards?”, and that’s a great question. Gilded Shards come from combining a specific number of the same Shard. We’re not announcing any specific numbers yet, but we want to make sure this feature feels good to use, and are getting great feedback from our RPG and RQA testers. The goal for this is to allow players who are pushing in end game Onslaught to increase the power of their favorite and/or most used shards. This is our first step towards adding more goals for end game players that have long lasting impact on their power.

New Weapon Models

Professor Proteus is a man of intellect and sophistication, but also a man of style. There are more weapon models coming for every weapon type this update, and they may be attained in a special way. Here’s a sneak peek of what our artists created:

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2D Concept Art by Zack Smith

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3D Models by Zack Smith

There are more weapons coming, this is just a sneak peek of the awesome ones we are introducing into this update!

An Even Further Look to the Horizon!

The beans continue to flow! The systems discussed here build upon all of the things we discussed in the previous DevLogs. Believe it or not (actually just believe it), there’s even MORE coming!

The next DevLog is going to be a summation of everything we put out so far, as well as a feature that brings together a lot of the features revealed in recent weeks. There may also be a release date in there that’s sooner than you (don’t) think. It’s going to be our last DevLog before we release the Patch Novel (calling them notes doesn’t capture just how gigantic that post is going to be).

A lot of the changes that are coming give us a lot to create additional future content. Many of the changes within this huge update, including Shard Dusting, are a result of community feedback on what Defenders want. The feedback all of you provide is incredibly important. Game development is a very arduous process, and at times can feel like we aren’t listening if the changes you want are not released very quickly. These changes (and ones coming in future updates) have a heavy community influence to them. You all are great at providing constructive feedback and it helps us make sure the additions we make are something you enjoy! :)

If you want an early look (as well as helping us polish things before release), our testing groups are just for you! There’s so much coming, and every bit helps to make this expansive update great.

Want More Info On What’s Coming?

Check us out on social media for additional updates and game discussions with our awesome community:

There’s even more information coming next week. We’re really excited to share the last beans of this update, and hope you enjoy what’s coming. Stay tuned!

For Etheria!

The Dungeon Defenders II Team


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Greetings, Defenders!

Today we begin our first weeklong event -- Loot Cave 2.0! Are you ready?


Loot Cave 2.0:  9/18 - 9/25

So much more loot will be dropping, we can’t even give you a number! For this weeklong event, you’ll get higher rarity loot from special enemies and Victory Chests, and even more (more more) loot from normal enemies. This event will take place across Campaign, Free Play, and End Game game modes. (Did we say more loot from normal enemies in End Game? Yes, yes we did.)

You can find more information in this week’s Devstream, where we reveal some of our new weapon variety system and give you a sneak peek at the PS4 version of Dungeon Defenders II.



Stay tuned to the PS Blog this Monday for our next PS4 announcement!


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LaurawantsaCow
Help us make DD2 better
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We know we've been quiet, but we're hard at work. We need your help in making Dungeon Defenders great! All you have to do is fill out this survey!*We'll peek our heads out and say more as soon as we can.



In the meantime, here's some concept art from what we have been working on and no, the little running stick figure guy is not a hero. Sorry. Let us know what you think in the comments!
DanielKaMi
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Greetings Defenders,

We’ve talked about the process of building playable areas, and we’ve shown you how we bring them to life with kismet. But what about the world beyond the playable area? How do we create those epic vistas in the distance in our DD2 maps?

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Setting the Background


The first step in building a background is to craft the main chunks -- for example, a vast mountain range or a clustered group of buildings. These big pieces will determine the volume and space of all the background, so they should be built carefully.

The pictures above show the first iteration done for the background of the Nimbus Reach level. These mountains were done in Maya and exported to UDK to get a preview.

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Small Details and Optimization


Once the big chunks have been made, concept artists will draw a paintover to help level designers get a better idea of what is required for the small details. A second iteration on the big chunks might be made at this stage to better match the paintovers.

To keep the level playable in terms of frames-per-second, most of the small details are built using a very small number of triangles. At this point, we must distinguish between mid- and long-distance objects. The further away the model is from the player, the lower the level of detail should be. For mid-distance objects, we reduce the triangle count of the original object to something above 75%, while long-distance objects are created as planes with an artist´s textures applied to them.

Here are some examples:

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These small details could include unique visual elements from other existing levels. To keep the map well-optimized, we make very low-poly versions of these representative buildings for the background areas to save lots of triangles as you can see in the next picture.

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Also, for all of this optimization work, it is very important to keep in mind the angle at which players will see the background areas. Any area that isn’t visible to the player must be removed.

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Adding Particle Effects


Finally, to bring some life to these backgrounds, our VFX artists design tons of cool particle effects. For example, an artist could include the warm glow of the sun on the horizon, a wisp of smoke escaping a chimney or a flock of birds flying below the clouds.

To give you a better idea on how these particles affect the level, check out the next comparison pic. The map on the left doesn’t have any particle effects while the map on the right is filled with them.

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Final Result


These elements all come together to create the backgrounds you'll see in Dungeon Defenders II. Check out some of the backgrounds we've made so far!

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Which background did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments, and you could win a pre-alpha code for Dungeon Defenders II! You have a full week to leave a comment. We’ll pick a random poster and reveal the winner next Tuesday. Don’t have a forum account? It takes less than a minute to join!

The random winner of last week’s Animation Iteration blog is Rakkeon! The winner of our Bringing Maps to Life blog is going to be chosen on Friday. If that blog hits 250 comments, we'll give away TWO codes!
LaurawantsaCow

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Last month we took you a bit deeper into the mind and arsenal of the Squire. If you’re reading this, you somehow survived the trip. We hope you’re ready for another, because this month we’re taking a closer look at the Huntress!

When she was younger, the Huntress spent her time learning to use a crossbow and making mischief with all sorts of traps. After making the journey to her destroyed homeland, she traded in her crossbow for an Elven-made longbow. The switch has only improved her marksmanship, as she can concentrate on a precise and well-aimed shot.

But devastating archery skills aren't the only thing she’s bringing to the table. Her toolkit is also equipped with ample crowd control, along with traps and defenses that deal burst damage as well as damage over time.

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It’s a Trap!


In the original Dungeon Defenders, the Huntress’ traps were primarily built for damage and could easily clear out cannon fodder in a lane. Some of these, like the Darkness Trap, helped control the flow of battle. These days, the Huntress is more aggressive in her means of crowd control. Her new Geyser Trap triggers a massive spout of water that blasts enemies into the air, delaying their pursuit of the core. It also makes them vulnerable to anti-air defenses like the Monk’s Sky Guard Tower, and applies a drenched debuff. If a drenched enemy is zapped by a Storm-infused weapon or defense, they’re immediately stunned, taking massive damage as lightning courses through them.

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E.V.O.O -- Exceptionally Volatile (certified Organic!) Oil


The Geyser Trap isn’t the Huntress’ only means of control, or even her only tactic for supporting her allies! When the time is right, she chucks an Oil Flask at her enemies. It shatters on impact and coats foes in a thick layer of oil that slows their movement. Did we mention it’s highly flammable? Whether they’re ignited by the Huntress’ Piercing Shot or any other source of Fire damage, oiled enemies spread that fire, taking consistent damage while the Huntress picks them off with headshots as they amble toward her.

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That Girl is POISOOOOOOOON


But being a hero in Etheria means having a well-rounded arsenal, and for the first time, the Huntress has a true tower of her own: The Poison Dart Tower! This defense fires multiple poison-tipped projectiles into enemies, dealing immediate damage and afflicting them with a damage-over-time debuff. It can also tilt vertically, making it deadly to both land and air units, and especially lethal when placed behind a spawn point, allowing the Huntress to take out a good amount of enemies’ health even while they progress through a lane.

These are just some of the Huntress’ new abilities and defenses. True to her nature, the Huntress isn’t showing all of her cards, so you’ll have to be on your toes if you want to discover new tricks!

Now that you’ve seen what the Squire and the Huntress can do, what kind of combos can you come up with? Let us know in the comments section and you could get your hands on a Defense Council invite!

The random winner of our Puzzling Paralleltress blog is reyrey!

Leave a comment to get your hands on the Dungeon Defenders II pre-alpha. We’ll pick a random poster and reveal the winner in our next blog post!
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Update:  EV2 is getting some last-minute upgrades, so she's not quite ready for the spotlight. Trailer coming later this week!


Series EV2 lands in May. Are you ready?

Keep your eyes peeled this week for the Series EV2 trailer and release date. Then, on May 13th, tune into the Devstream at 5PM EDT for her complete gameplay reveal!

Here’s what we’ve revealed so far:


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Proton Beam

EV2 has two extendable node defenses. Node defenses allow you to connect point A to B to C and on and on, letting you create unique setups and patterns. We expect "Hi" will be the tamest thing we see in the Steam screenshots section...

Anyways, her first node defense is the Proton Beam, which zaps enemies as they walk through it, which we hear is quite painful. We wouldn't know. We're not dumb enough to walk in a straight line while refusing to avoid obstacles.



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Torpedo Beam

Her second node defense is the Torpedo Beam! A slow-moving torpedo travels along the beam, and when it reaches a node, it'll explode. As the torpedo moves through nodes, it deals more and more damage, so long links are gonna deal more damage than short links. See what we did there?


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Anti-Gravity Bots

Her anti-gravity bots are her first ability. Set these bad boys up, and then shoot 'em to make 'em explode. Any nearby bots will also blow up, so you can cluster these in Build Phase preparation and then set 'em off when the big bads start walking through.

Check out the trailer on Tuesday and the Devstream next Friday for her full gameplay reveal!

iamisom

Patch 8.3 for Steam

Here are the notes for Patch 8.3 on Steam!


Features

  • The Spooky Event is running for another week! Because we love you.

  • Activated the November Monthly Mission!

  • Replaced the Cake pet food with Turkey Legs for the November Monthly Mission. Yep, it’s the Cake and not the Ham!


Balance

  • Skeleton Hero enemies now drop slightly less total loot. (Wait, how are they even carrying loot in the first place? Our favorite response in the comments will win a cookie!)

  • Skeleton Hero enemies have been working out and now have higher health and damage.

  • Skeleton Squire enemy worked out his legs a lot and moves as fast as the other skeleton heroes now.

  • Skeleton Huntress enemy projectiles now deal damage. It’s more of a bugfix, but it just fit here thematically. Cohesion, people. It’s all about cohesion!


Content

  • Reduced the BLOOOOOM on the Dark Arts Apprentice Costume.

  • Returned the Title Screen to the original image.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Daily Missions wouldn’t appear for some players. If you are still experiencing this issue after tomorrow, please, please, please let us know on the forums!

  • Fixed a case where a user could receive two daily quests from a single daily quest event.

  • Elemental Chaos, Explosive Traps and Auras once again show their health/counts in tower view.

  • Fixed an issue where comparing a fast weapon and a slow weapon displayed the difference as green text in the tooltip.

  • Fixed an issue where a player could possibly reset to the previous Monthly Mission shortly after a new one began.

  • Potential fix for a bug where enemies would get stuck inside a spawner on the second Spooky map.

  • Fixed an issue where the Spooky Event Legendary Monk weapon sometimes wouldn't play the VFX on the head of the weapon.

  • Fixed an issue where the Spooky Event Legendary Monk weapon sometimes wouldn't play VFX for ghosts when attacking enemies.


Known Issues

  • The + and - for comparing fast and slow weapons is reversed. So going from a 1/s weapon to 4/s will say -3 instead of +3.

iamisom

Greetings Defenders,

We've had a bunch of players from the Oceanic region join DD2 in the last few days, so we've just spun up a new set of Oceanic servers for you to play on. These servers are located in Sydney, Australia. If you're an Oceanic player, you can now test the servers by simply launching DD2. The game will automatically select the new servers for you. Please let us know in the comments and on the forums how your experience differs on these new servers!

We've also just pushed out an update to our online services. This update fixes a rare edge case with profiles not saving at the end of a match. This update does not require an additional download. If you experience this issue after this update, please email support[at]trendyent[dot]com.

Every time we expand access to Dungeon Defenders II, we gain a wealth of new information about the game. We thank everyone who's submitted bugs to the Tavernkeep since launch. We've combed through these reports over the weekend and will have a patch addressing some of them later this week! We've also been compiling all of your feedback on the Steam and Official forums. We will have a video response addressing some of the most popular feedback later this week. 

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Trendy Friday Fun -- Farewell Edition
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We have a jampacked Trendy Friday Fun for you today. We have tons of Dungeon Defenders content to show off, we’re giving away 30 (yes, 30!) DD2 beta codes, and we’ll be saying a fond farewell to one of our own.



First up, we have the new PC community event map, Princess Quest. This map entirely changes the way you play Dungeon Defenders. These community weekend events just keep getting better and better every week, and you would be a fool if you haven’t signed up to enjoy this one. On the stream, we’ll have PC event hosts DanielSound and KeenJammin to talk about the creation of the event.



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Next on the bill, we have Tinkerer’s Lab. (Try saying that five times fast.) We’re going to be showing off the Assault Challenge Mission first, and then we’ll end the stream with the campaign mode. Special guests Senior Gameplay Designer/Producer Skott Chatten and everyone’s favorite host, Ice, will be on hand to discuss the new content.



Finally, as we mentioned before, the show will close with a fond farewell to one of our own employees.



The show starts at 5 p.m. EDT and will run until it’s done. Don’t miss it.
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As 2013 comes to an end, were already feeling the icy chill of winter here at Trendy. I had to take out my winter coat to endure the frigid 65 degree weather. And thats not even counting the cow blanket that permanently warms my office chair!



Were going to take a detailed look at this past year in review in January, but for now heres a brief summary:



In March: We headed to Boston for PAX East.



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In October: We narrowed our focus to a true Dungeon Defenders sequel and unveiled the games new direction to the world at NYCC.



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In November: Studio Director Dave Lloyd shared our five pillars, beloved Community Manager iamisom returned, and the Defense Council raised over $16,000 for Childs Play.







And that brings us to December. Its been a busy few weeks here at Trendy, but this is our last post for the year. Our studio will be closed from December 23rd through January 1st as we spend some much-deserved rest and relaxation time with our families. Well hit the ground running in 2014. After a few warm-up laps. And maybe some stretches.



Before we leave for the comforts of 8-Bit Wreaths and Gingerbread Death Stars, we have a very special gift for you.



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Isnt she a beauty? This is one of our first pieces of loot for Dungeon Defenders II, and while its got all the style and substance you could want, its missing one thing: A name! We tried throwing a few trays worth of Scrabble tiles at the artists and seeing what stuck (literally), but just as I was about to slingshot a Triple Word Score at them, Josh thought of an even better solution. Lets get the fans to name it! Brilliant.



So what will it be? Will you go for the minimalist approach (Dwayne seems to be a big hit for the lightning bug around the office) or something epicly verbose? Leave a comment below with your proposed name and when we get back from our break, Creative Director Danny Araya will choose his favorite. The winner will receive a seat on the Defense Council, and the winning name will adorn this lovely piece of loot!



And remember, while Council members arent eligible to win a seat, we still want to hear your ideas! If you win, well give you something special.



From our family at Trendy to yours, we wish you a safe and happy holiday. See you next year!



Kim
nvidia-Blog

We've teamed up with NVIDIA® to giveaway a newly unveiled NVIDIA® SHIELD™ tablet and five NVIDIA® SHIELD™ portables! Plus, we have five GeForce GTX 760 graphics cards to sweeten the pot. To enter, all you need to do is sign up for the contest on our Facebook page by clicking here!

One grand-prize winner will receive an NVIDIA® SHIELD™ tablet, an NVIDIA® SHIELD™ portable, a GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, a DDE mousepad signed by the dev team, a DD2 T-shirt and a NVIDIA® SHIELD™ controller -- an $800 value! Four runners-up will receive an NVIDIA® SHIELD™, a GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, a DDE mousepad and a DD2 T-shirt!

That’s not all. Everyone who enters the contest will receive a code for an exclusive in-game Squire “NVIDIA® Shield” for Dungeon Defenders Eternity!

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For your chance to win, click here!

For the full contest rules, click here!

Good luck!
iamisom

Greetings Defenders! A lot of us just got back from Winter Break (and some of us are still filtering in). Here's what we're working on this week:

Daniel Haddad, Creative Director (Blacksmith)

Working closely with the design team on a big update for DD2 that introduces a sampling of Incursions (challenge modes), new weapons and special stats, new special enemies, and a large balance pass on the game. Also working with Danny on Region 2 map outline with some discussion on Region 3.


Danny Araya, Creative Director (DannyAraya)

Working on the worldmap for Region 2! Also revising some exciting new music.


Jay Twining, Senior Game Designer (TrendyJayT)

I’m currently working on multiple targets for the next patch. I’m having a great time working with engineering on Daily Missions and new level up feedback. The former is exciting because I’m getting to work directly on the Influence votes casted by YOU! The latter is exciting as it’s one of the first steps in a much larger focus on DD2’s meta. Finally, I’m spending my spare cycles working with Blacksmith and the design team on overall game balance.


Chris James, Lead Level Designer (ceejeh)

Sorry eh, I'm in Canada, eh!


Javier Barreto, Lead Software Programmer (@javo)

Just returned from my holidays in Argentina. Back to features development! Bigger team, new offices, live product… booting up anew.


Eduardo Lev, Engine Programmer (EdLev)

Working on getting more specific information from Steam crash dumps, so we can focus on fixing the most frequent crashes.


Joshua Javaheri, Lead Technical Artist (javahawk)

Working with my team on finalizing the environmental FX pass on 3 of our new maps, as well as finalizing a first pass on pet FX. 


Chris Flores, QA Lead (likethatwhenigothere)

We are currently working with the customer support team to re-organize how we handle the Customer Support tickets and the bugs reported by users. We’re in the process of revamping the in-game bug report form as well as starting QA work on the next Content Update.


Abraham Abdala, Lead Technical Animator (Broham)

Finalizing some spooky forest simulations. Testing with some programmers animation-driven embellishments. Training two new additions to the team!


Adam Stow, Associate Producer (@TE-Stow)

The office move has some small things to wrap up still, and making sure everyone’s comfy and happy with their new environment is one of my top priorities. When I’m not doing that, I’m making sure everything’s in alignment for our next patch date as far as having all of the content ready.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

Working on a new level, a creepy one ;) 


Philip Asher, Marketing Director (pmasher)

Currently setting up my office space and making sure that my Iron Man statue is in the exact right place. Just got back from holidays, and I’m going to get back into the swing of things right after finishing setting up the marketing room!


Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

Our team is catching up on the loads of feedback and support tickets sent to us over the holidays. For those of you waiting on a reply from our support team, help is on the way!

Speaking of our team, I’d like to introduce a new member to our community squad: I_PASS_BUTTER! He’s moved from the QA department to our team to help us out with our support and to make our community efforts more kickass. Expect to see his name ‘round these parts more often!

Finally, the community wiki team is looking for volunteers to help add new content and information to the Dungeon Defenders II Wiki. If you see something that needs more information, edit away! Want to get more involved with the wiki? Send a forum PM to Wiki Administrator Lanie on our official forums!

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A red spaceship has arrived in Etheria!  Dragonfall guards have questioned a small robot that says his name is “Protobot.” After a brief examination, Protobot hands a mysterious letter to the guards. Let’s open it and see what it says:

Greetings Defenders!

I thought everyone could benefit from one of my more recent discoveries that I’ve made in my research, my new Shrink-o-matizing technology!  It really was just a simple matter of combining a crystal core with the matter quantizing array. This allows all sorts of items and materials to be stored at a much smaller size than before! This is only one of the many new item transmorphications that I plan on making.

I do hope that Protobot is in good health and did not damage anything upon his arrival. He’s had some slight malfunctions in his navigational subroutines recently, but his Shrink-o-matizer is in perfect condition! You can trust your items to be protected and stored properly upon the Vault Ship.

I can’t wait to arrive in Dragonfall to share all of my latest research with all of you. I simply was held up making some last minute adjustments to my latest creation, the Robo-witch Prime!  Or was it Mecha-witch? Gunda-witch? Don’t worry, I’ll figure out what I’m calling it and head right over! I can’t wait to share all my latest findings with everyone! The Old Ones won’t know what hit them!

Sincerely,

Professor Sebastian Proteus

Patch 2.4 crash landed into the Dragonfall Marketplace today and is now live! This patch brings a highly requested feature in the form of a shiny spaceship — The Sky City Bank! With the bank’s arrival come some tremendous improvements to load times, optimizations, and bug fixes. Let’s get into it!

Sky City Bank

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The Sky City Bank is now available! This futuristic bank is located directly behind the Emporium in Town, or next to the training dummies in your Private Tavern. The bank is used to store items that you want to hold onto, but don’t necessarily need on your journeys throughout Etheria.

For starters, every player gets at least one Bank Vault for free right when they login. This means if you only have the default inventory space, you now have that same default inventory space AND a Bank Vault upon logging in!

For people that purchased the old Inventory Packs or the Bag Booster Pack are going to notice a shift in their inventory. Bags obtained through those packs that go over eight Inventory Bags become Bank Vaults with this patch. Previously it confused players when they saw other players with ten or eleven bags, when they could only have eight. Because of this, we are standardizing inventory bags.

The change looks like this:

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0 Bank Vaults

Post-Patch 2.4

8 Possible Maximum Inventory Bags
12 Bank Vaults

FREE Sky City Bundle

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To celebrate the Sky City Bank’s arrival, we are offering a FREE bundle that you can redeem from the in-game shop for 0 Gems. This bundle awards:

  • One additional Bank Vault!

  • Shutter Shades Flair!

By redeeming the free bundle, you are able to start off Patch 2.4 with at least two free Bank Vaults! This bundle is available for two weeks, so grab it while it’s here!

Stack Splitting

This patch brings the ability to split stackable items into different stacks and amounts. For instance, if there’s a stack of 99 pet food in your inventory, you can now break it down into two or more stacks of whatever size you choose. Want to keep some items on you, but store the rest of the stack in the bank? Now you can do that! Stacks on stacks on stacks.

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Transfer All

Now that the Sky City Bank is open for business, moving items quickly to the bank is a must. You can now move an entire bag full of items with one button press. The “Transfer All” button moves all non-locked items in the bag you currently have selected into the Bank Vault that you have selected. You can move Locked Items as well, they are just done individually. “Transfer All” also automatically stacks any stackable items so you don’t have to!

Load Time Improvements

Patch 2.4 contains an emphasis on inventories. Our Lead Programmer looked into ways our inventories could be better to really add some “oomph” to this patch. After investigating how profiles saved, loaded, and handled inventories, we made a lot of improvements when loading into any part of the game! Some players are going to notice drastic load time decreases, while others may notice slightly quicker loads.

General Changes

Pets

  • When at the Hatchery, eggs can be hatched directly. No more drag and dropping or incubating!

Visuals

  • Tower Inspect UI updated for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (PC already has this).

  • Zapper Kobold Flier now has a red outline.

  • Made Lavamancer Weapon drops larger, something hot now looks cooler.

  • Mana Node received some visual improvements.

  • Slight tweaks to some of the Barbarian’s Accessories.

  • Minor adjustments to the Barbarian’s whirlwind.

  • Blacksmith’s shop no longer has a confirmation pop-up for purchases.

  • War Table Cybork info now includes that they disable nodes.

  • Bug reporting page received updated buttons.


Audio

  • New audio cue for Wave Complete!

  • Betsy fight sequence in Dragonfall Bazaar received updated sound cues.

  • Added and improved on Berserker Orcs during the Glitterhelm matinee.

Hero Changes

Dryad

  • Corrupt Form

    • When building a tower in Corrupt Form, towers now gain the Corrupt benefits when placed.

  • Slime Pit Tower

    • No longer slow enemies that are immune to slow. Berserker orcs aren’t afraid of slimes!

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Shards

  • Inspiration

    • Can no longer be equipped to the Abyss Lord or EV2

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where EV2’s Proton Charge could produce higher than intended damage while gaining zero heat.

  • Fixed an issue with the Barbarian’s Leap preventing resource decay.

  • Fixed an issue where the Flamethrower Tower’s VFX did not get larger when defense range was increased.

  • Fixed an issue where Auto-Equip Relics did not work on the first press.

  • Fixed an issue where Chaos 3 Shard Packs were not on the Emporium.

  • Fixed an issue when comparing equipment on the Squire.

  • Fixed an issue where the Barbarian could get out of bounds in The Throne Room.

  • Fixed an issue where the Sub-Cores are on the incorrect sides in The Throne Room.

  • Adjusted the Dryad Starfall resource cost so it no longer overlaps.

  • Fixed an issue that allowed parties to play the tutorial maps (we are looking into letting parties into these maps down the road).

  • Fixed an issue that caused an infinite loading screen. Please let us know if you experience them after this update.

  • Removed the ability to auto-equip when in the Portal.

  • Fixed a bug where multiple towers could be placed simultaneously. May look into adding a stable version of this down the road.

  • Fixed an issue where several weapons were not consistently dropping in the world without their vfx visible.

  • Fixed an issue where the Lavamancer VFX would appear on some maps when using the Barbarian Leap.

  • Fixed an issue where the champion crowns were not properly rotated on hero cards.

  • Updated an issue where golden eggs would show up as a regular egg in several places.

  • Fixed an issue where purchasing the last item in the list from the Blacksmith or Relic Hunter shop using a controller causes the list to lose focus.

  • Fixed an issue where several items in the blacksmith shop were displaying improperly.

  • Fixed an issue where item comparison was not working for equipped items.

  • Removed references to the shards being equipped on the sell all message.

  • Equippable is now spelled correctly in the shard folder when you have no shards available for the gear slot. Stay in school kids.

  • Removed a reference to the old pet bag when trying to hatch an egg with a full inventory.

  • Fixed a visual issue where a large number of shards displayed the current upgrade level is in the wrong location on the tooltip.

  • Quest Complete pop-up will now say Daily Mission completed when completing a Daily Mission.

  • Attempting to equip a shard to an invalid tower slot throws either unknown error, or no error. Now has a valid error string.

  • Fixed an issue on XB1 where sub-core icons were not being removed after losing a sub-core.

The Sky City Bank is the first arrival for something much larger coming to Etheria. Over the next couple months we are going to be actively discussing the new features coming with our next expansive update. For more information sources as we post updates, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (doing so also gets you the Pirate Monk and Academy Apprentice skins for free):

We’re still tinkering away to get some gigantic changes to Dungeon Defenders II that we think you’re really going to enjoy. More information coming soon!

For Etheria!

The Dungeon Defenders II Team

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New content. New balance. New focus. 

From top to bottom, Foundation: Part 1 brings a variety of changes to the core game experience. Your feedback guided us to change game progression, game balance, content, information delivery and so much more.


But this is the first step on a greater journey. Many elements in this update lay the groundwork for future expansion and improvements, so expect some rough edges on our shiny new installations. 

What’s in the update? Here’s a top-level overview of what to expect when the update arrives, which is tentatively scheduled for next week:

The Campaign March Begins

Level progression and XP grind frustrations were the biggest points of feedback we received, so addressing these points received the majority of our focus. After stewing on your feedback, we’ve decided to turn away from our level bracket progression system and move toward a Campaign Mode! In the Campaign Mode, you will move from one map to another, facing stronger and more varied enemies until you reach the ultimate showdown in the castle. Once you’ve completed this content, you’ll enter the Free Play and Incursion endgame content that’s designed to keep you challenged and engaged. Getting to this point is much faster thanks to a dramatically decreased XP curve to Level 25.

There’s still work to be done, though. Transitioning from one map to another in the Campaign requires you to click the “Continue” button on the Summary Screen; if you don’t press the button, you will be forced to leave and re-enter Campaign Mode to continue on your journey. We know we have a lot more work to do to fix matchmaking in the future, including improving party support. We’ll focus on these issues and more in our future updates. One step at a time, Defender. One step at a time.

Rebalance ALL The Things

In addition to matchmaking and grind concerns, we received a ton of feedback about critical game imbalances throughout the core experience. Foundation: Part 1 brings major balance changes to defenses, enemies, green mana, heroes and maps. The result is hopefully a smoother progression through early- and mid-game and a more challenging experience in the endgame. We look forward to your feedback on the forums about these changes, and we’ll use your posts to continue refining the game. We’ll also have the full patch notes on these changes for you to ruminate on when the update is live.

Incursions and Legendary Loot

Speaking of endgame content, Foundation: Part 1 lays the groundwork for DD2’s endgame starting with our Incursion prototypes. There are two prototypes included in this update: Chrome Enemies on Ruins and the Dark Mage Commander on Ramparts. Thanks to your Influence voting, we’ll be focusing more on Commander Incursions in the future.

In the Chrome Enemies Incursion, all enemies are covered from head to toe in chrome. This shiny affliction makes them immune to knockup and stuns. Enemies will walk over Geyser Traps, shrug off Earthshatter explosions and laugh in the face of Lightning/Geyser combos. The Dark Mage Commander Incursion stars a floating Dark Mage who looks down upon the battlefield and globally heals areas of enemies. The number of areas it can heal increases until the final wave, when it leaps down and joins the fray. This commander can spawn an incredible amount of skeletons when it’s on the field, and it’s no slouch when it comes to offensive power.

While you’re playing the Incursions, be on the lookout for new Legendary weapons that you can only find in these modes. There’s one new Legendary weapon for each hero. These weapons have unique special stats that will separate them from what you can find anywhere else. For example, you can find a Monk weapon that will detonate enemies when you land the killing blow while inside the Serenity Aura. If the explosion kills a nearby enemy that's also in the aura, that poor *** will also blow up. 

Bring A Friend...Or Twenty

Looking for players to join you on your Incursion quest? Stop by the new Social Tavern, where up to 20 players can hang out and find new partners-in-crime. If you want to get away from the buzz of the Social Tavern, just create a private game. You'll be able to progress through the whole Campaign Mode and the endgame content without seeing another soul. [[2161,hashtags]]

Daily Missions

While you’re in the Tavern, pay a visit to Archibald to receive your Daily Mission! Thanks to your Influence voting, you will be able to select between two different missions. Select your mission and then complete it for an XP and gold reward. Have an idea for a Daily Mission? Head to the Suggest a Daily Mission thread! We’d love to hear your ideas.

Challenges and Steam Achievements

Conquered the Incursions? Try completing all of our new Challenges! There are 80 Challenges for you to unlock. These Challenges bring their own XP/gold rewards, and a number of them will also unlock additional titles for you to adorn. We’ll be adding more Challenges in the future. Have an idea for a Challenge? Stop by our Suggest a Challenge thread and share your ideas!

We’ve also added 15 Steam achievements to the game, and more are on the way!

Level Up Feedback

There’s much more coming in this update, but the final highlight we’d like to share is our improvement to level up feedback. When you level up, you’ll see how your stats grow with each passing level. You’ll also see which defenses, abilities and actions (like an additional tower upgrade) you’ve unlocked. And you’ll also see how many Spec Points you’ve unlocked, along with a notification on your HUD encouraging you to spend your SP.


Foundation: Part 1 is the first step on a greater journey, and it’s all thanks to your feedback. Keep up the good work, Defenders, and together, we’ll make the best Action Tower Defense game yet.


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