In this post I’ll be addressing some of the more recent topics that have been on a lot of your minds. The goal of this post is to give you a sense of where we are going with these changes and gather some feedback from all of you as we continue to work on these updates. With that said, let’s dive into it!
The Temporary Item Box (TIB for short) was a fantastic system that served many purposes. Instead of micromanaging your loot in the middle of a match you could trust your TIB to collect it for you, so you could sort through it later keeping your inventory nice, clean, and organized… It even saved items that fell out of the world! However, the infinite free space this provided could be a serious problem when Dungeon Defenders II went free as inventory space is one of our two sources of monetization.
When we removed the TIB, we created the Scavenger to do one job. His goal was to collect items that you rightfully earned but could not collect. So the Scavenger is meant to do half the things the TIB used to do… but what about the other half?
The truth of the matter is, we really didn’t know how bad interacting with loot was because the TIB was functioning as a bandaid for everyone (us included). We decided to rip it off and see what happened, hoping that it would expose the exact inventory issues we have to fix. Now that we’ve gathered enough feedback we are working on all the things Scavenger does not do. While it is still heavily under development, I’m going to walk you through the vision of what we are trying to achieve hoping that it will help alleviate some of your concerns.
We would like to refine the way you are interacting with your inventory to make it more streamlined and less daunting. Additionally, we want everyone to be able to enjoy the game without purchasing inventory space. At the same time, we want inventory space to be something players value and enjoy purchasing. Here are the changes we are considering:
Bags can hold a much larger amount of slots (think the size of 4+ bags)
Players can open only one bag at a time (no need to worry about pesky scrolling issues)
Players can customize bags with Sorting Options
We are also investigating auto collecting items sooner than the end of the game as well as the possibility of expanding the size of a bag. How important are these two features to you?
We think this effectively returns the rest of the functionality of the TIB, but with more control and no timers. Instead, your only limit is inventory space. What do you think?
Please keep in mind that this is the long term vision of the Inventory. We are currently working on allowing you to flag an existing bag as “Auto Collect” as well as the feedback you need to know how full those bags are getting. After that we will be taking a look at the bag size points I mentioned above and in the long term, more Sorting options.
The Nightmare of Nightmare!
When we released Loot & Survive, the majority of our focus was on getting the Campaign feeling right. We also wanted to make sure our new loot systems were functional and allowed interesting conversations to form in the community. Our long-term goal was to provide you all with cool tools under the new system to allow you to shape the meta as the game evolves! As a result, we made a quick pass on Nightmare and left it be.
With Alpha & Beyond we took our first stab at really balancing Nightmare to be difficult. This time around we opted to make Nightmare the ULTIMATE CHALLENGE! We wanted to pull the difficulty back instead of push it forward, because you guys are always better at the game than we (or you) think. And we DID IT! Yaaaay! Except it was a little TOO ultimate…
Why did this happen? Welp, the truth is because we were going fast. We wanted to get you Nightmare I-IV and 4 hero builds as quickly as possible to iterate on your feedback.We had a handful of hardened defenders play an early version of Nightmare and while their reaction was positive, it didn’t give us the quantity of feedback we needed to get the balance right. That requires all of you. And honestly, this is why we’re in Early Access. Over the weekend we gathered all your feedback and decided to make some more changes to N1, N2, and N3. Once we get a good gauge on if you N1, N2, and N3 feel satisfying, we will then transition to figuring out N4.
Our Vision for the DD2 Endgame!
Our vision for DD2 has two sides to it: the Challenge and the Tools.
The Challenge is all about continuously challenging you with more and more content. We don’t want to eternally increase enemy stats and call it a day. We want to reduce the iPwr growth, challenging you to go and combine passives and skill spheres on your heroes to become badass enough to take on the toughest of challenges. We want to create new unique encounters, enemies, and experiences that start appearing in future Nightmare levels. Then, the early Nightmare levels will transition you from focusing on gaining iPwr only to thinking about what you want your hero to do and how to combine that with other heroes.
The Tools are about providing you with a multitude of ways to customize and express your lineup of heroes. Getting the right passives, getting the right power on those passives, and combining them with other heroes… but most important of all, it should be about all of you banding together to theorycraft ideas and evolve the meta. Whenever you one-up our challenges, it will be down to us to come up with newer challenges (and tools to take those on).
That is the (hopefully) bright future we want to push towards with DD2. We have a ways to go. We are currently working on many more passives and skill spheres to add to the game. With this next patch we plan on adding at least one full set for each hero. We also have several feature proposals that will provide you with even more tools in the works. And finally, we need to fix a lot of the issues that are making the loot grind a bit too grindy… We know it is getting harder and harder to get the right passive with the right stats and we’re working on some systems to fix that.
Controller Support Soon!
So uh… Controller support is coming soon… sooner than you think actually! I see this come up a lot in your feedback so I just wanted to throw it out there.
DD2 has come a long way over the past couple of years. A lot of blood, sweat, and love is going into this project but none of it would have been possible without all of you and your feedback. At the end of the day we are making this game for you and hopefully MILLIONS of other soon-to-be Defenders!
The next few months are going to be very exciting for both of us as we gradually start opening the floodgates. An influx of new players will gradually make their way into DD2 and it is up to all of you to act like awesome senpais and show them the ropes!
At Trendy, we are moving super hard and super fast to do everything we can to prepare for when that day comes. Sometimes we move so fast that it might feel like we are releasing things prematurely or that we are ignoring your requests and feedback. Please understand that we are releasing things prematurely -- that's the point of being an Early Access game. The faster we get something to you, the sooner we get your feedback and the quicker we get to react. In the coming months I encourage you all to focus your feedback and give us as much as possible. Constructive feedback drives us and helps focus on what you want to see in Dungeon Defenders II.
I can guarantee that on the other end of the screen is a small but devoted group of passionate developers whose sole purpose in life is to make the coolest game for all of you. And if it isn’t too much trouble, remember... we are human too.