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The Journey Begins Now!



The Journey Begins now! Login to Steam or PS4 to play our latest update!

The Journey Begins update is the first step on a journey to finish the game. Our next step: Improving the endgame! We’re excited to share more details on what that means over the next few weeks.

The Mystic

  • New Hero: The Mystic! Watch her hero trailer.

  • A reformed thief with a dark secret, the Mystic struggles to control the ancient Serpent God in her gauntlet. Summoning powerful strikes, the Mystic harvests the souls of her fallen enemies, appeasing the slithering deity. But without a constant stream of enemy souls, who knows what her master might do?

  • Abilities

    • Snakes?

    • Ability One - Lash Out:  The Mystic summons the Serpent God to lash out at her enemies, which deals massive poison damage.

    • Ability Two - Call to Madness:  The Mystic summons the serpent’s screech causing nearby enemies to turn on each other.

    • Snakes!?  

    • Ability Three - Dark Torment:  Hurls a dagger into a single enemy, which causes nearby Sand Viper towers to focus on the foe. Enemies defeated under Dark Torment turn to sand and get reborn as a friendly tower that hurts nearby enemies.

    • Ability Four - Serpent’s Coil: The now immortal Mystic has no need for traditional healing. With Serpent’s Coil, she hurls a dagger into the ground, and a snake wraps around it. The dagger deals damage to nearby enemies, and when the enemy dies, it turns into a healing orb that any hero can collect.

    • SNAAAKEEEEEEEES!?!?!

  • Defenses

    • Defense One - Snaking Sands:  When an enemy trips this sand trap, a vortex appears and slows enemies down as they sink into the ground.

    • OH GOD, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!

    • Defense Two - Sand Viper:  The Mystic summons a slithering incantation that fires an increasingly damaging beam at an enemy. When the Mystic uses her Dark Torment ability, any nearby Sand Viper focuses its beam on the tormented foe.

    • Defense Three - Viper’s Fangs:  The Mystic’s barricade. Not only does it stop enemies in their tracks, it also fires a poison bubble that lifts enemies into the air. Pop the bubble to create poisonous rain on any poor sucker caught underneath it. 

    • AHHHHHHH!!!!!

    • Defense Four - The Obelisk:  Inflicts up to five debilitating status effects on enemies across the battlefield while potentially shielding heroes. When the Mystic is fully appeased with souls, the Serpent God himself appears on the Obelisk to breathe unholy fire upon enemies.

    • Everything isss fine. Life is better now. All hail our new ssslithering overlords.


New Story and Progression

  • We have moved the awesome animated intro video from the tutorial to the game’s startup.

  • 18 maps have been tied together under one unified storyline divided into Acts.

    • We redesigned the Game Browser map list to scroll vertically. Map selection should be much clearer in the new sequence. The map order of campaign becomes the map order across the game.

  • New “Next Map” Button on Campaign

    • Want to just keep going through the Campaign without being kicked back to the Tavern or Hub? Just hit “Next Map”!

  • New Campaign Story-centric Loading Screens

    • Check out the new chunks o’ story on our awesome looking loading screens.  Then click to continue whenever you’re finished reading!

  • New Campaign Quest Line

    • New to the game?  Visit the Knight Commander to get started!

    • Start out as a Squire or Apprentice, then unlock the Huntress/Monk on the first quest!

    • If you previously completed part of the Campaign quest line, we have translated your progress into an appropriate quest in the new quest line.

  • All of the NPCs and their functionality is unlocked from day one. None of this unlocking item upgrading at level 34 business. We want you to have access to everything from day one so you can decide what you want to do and when. It’s your game; play it how you want.

  • The game modes are Campaign, Defense, Incursions, and Onslaught. Difficulty for Campaign is Normal and Hard. None of this Freeplay/End Game/Insane monkey business.

  • The Campaign now takes all the heroes in your hero deck from level 1 to 50.

    • You may find yourself gaining 2-3 levels in one map! Be wary though, because the enemies get harder too.

  • SAS points have been reset and are now awarded every five levels.

  • New Rewards from Campaign

    • The way loot drops has been changed on every Campaign level.

    • Earlier levels have slightly higher drop rates of items to help you get started.

    • We’ve added specific loot into chests throughout the game to ensure you have important pieces to be successful as things heat up.

    • Lower-tier items now have more stats on them to make them a little more helpful.

    • Pet eggs drop earlier in the game

    • At the end of Campaign, you’ll be geared for the bottom end of Nightmare I.

    • Each win rewards Gold, Exp, and DM, especially for that first play through when you’re knocking out the campaign quest for the first time.

  • Sell and repair are now available at level 1!


Early Game Enemies and Difficulty

  • Campaign Normal and Campaign Hard are both harder than what they used to be based on the feedback we’ve received from our community during Early Access.

    • Enemy spawns are punchier. You should see more enemies out at once.

    • Many Campaign maps have less waves, but less means harder.

    • Enemy health and damage are also increased.

  • We completely redid all enemy introductions. What is a tough enemy early becomes the norm later.

  • We rebalanced Defense Mana and Defense Unit budgets in the campaign revamp. Your defense placement choices and strategies are more meaningful and tougher.


Quality of Life and General Improvements

  • New Main Menu

    • We’ve completely redesigned the Main Menu with a focus on our fantastic world art and easier-to-understand navigation options.

    • We’ve added clearer social buttons, a news panel and a new ticker to keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest from Dungeon Defenders II.

      • By adding the news panel on the Main Menu, we’ve killed it from where it used to be, which was an annoying popup that showed up when you entered the Town or Tavern for the first visit of a session.

    • Now you can continue the campaign from where you left off, straight from the Main Menu.

  • Warmup Phase Change

    • When you enter a map, we’ve reworked how the warmup phase timer works. Now you can hit “G” to end the warmup phase and kick off the first build phase.

  • Changed the size and decay of damage numbers to clean up some of the UI clutter in our game.

  • New Options Menu Features

    • We’ve added new controller options on the PS4:

      • Look Sensitivity -- Change how fast the screen scrolls when you move the targeting reticle with the right thumbstick

      • Dead Zone -- Change how far you have to push the right thumbstick to move the targeting reticle

    • Play the Tutorial as many times as you want, now located on the Options Menu. (Bigger Tutorial changes coming soon!)

    • Region Selection is now in the Options Menu; however, you can only change the setting while you are on the title screen.

  • Passives on gear have been slightly tweaked.  They now roll in different amounts on different rarities of gear.

    • Worn through Powerful have no passives.

    • Epic and Mythical have two passives.

    • Legendaries have three.

  • New Create a Hero screen

    • We even added some fancy-schmancy voice overs tell you about each hero.

  • We tweaked the “Create Game” pop-up to be a little easier to understand.

  • We greatly increased the timer at the end of matches so you can go through your loot at your own speed.

  • Music Updates

    • We’ve added a new Victory track that plays whenever you complete a match. #nostalgia

    • We’ve also added a new track for the Town!

  • PS4 - Several Options moved to the profile so they can be supported in split-screen

    • Invert Y-Axis

    • Scavenger Level (it’s a PS4 thing that will hopefully go away soon with the new inventory)

    • Show Hints

    • Coalesce Damage Numbers

    • Show Damage Numbers on Dummy

    • Show Damage Numbers

  • Cleaned up many UI messages to only show more relevant announcements.

  • You can now sort your bags by iPWR.

  • Enemy intro videos have been removed… for now.

  • The Relic Hunter and Petrinarian have new dialogue.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed more issues with the coalescing damage numbers to increase game performance.

  • Fixed Poison Dart Towers being able to shoot through walls.

  • Ogres can no longer be teleported by Null Void to get stuck behind the spawns.

  • Fixed the Oiling Strikes and Chilling Strikes skill spheres not applying.

  • Fixed the Medium Experience Bonus II Skill Sphere.

  • Fixed an issue with the Explosive Guard and Shielding Guard Ubers not functioning on Squire Blockades.

  • Fixed an issue with the Lavamancer where Molten Core would cost more Molten Power when wearing a Helm of Storms.

  • Fixed an issue with the Lavamancer’s Volcano where you could teleport around while moving the Volcano to new locations.

  • Fixed an issue where Volcano would stop shooting after casting Eruption several times.

  • Fixed an issue where EV2 would have full heat at the start of a Combat Phase.

  • Fixed some issues with displaying the proper stats when inspecting towers.

  • Fixed an issue where you couldn’t close some UI elements with the B button on controllers.

  • Fixed an issue where some enemy spawns didn’t have the correct minimap icons to show where enemies were coming from.

  • Fixed an issue with Drakin pathing on Nimbus Reach.

  • Fixed an issue where Betsy wouldn’t spawn if you hit G in certain areas.

  • Fixed some text issues on the Hero Creation screen

  • Fixed when “Flameburst Tower Destroyed” would spam the UI when a series of EV2 nodes would get destroyed.

  • Fixed an issue with the Gun Witch’s Ice Needle being able to cause Altar Assassins to fall into pits while invulnerable.

  • Fixed an issue with Frosty Towers trying to shoot into the ground. (More Frostbite fixes incoming.)

  • Fixed an issue where Harbinger would just walk off of his ship if a player used Lavamancer’s Submerge.

  • Fixed the Bling King randomly pausing during animations

  • Fixed the Power Surge Incursion not loading the correct music during the warm up phase.

  • Fixed an issue on Ramparts and added Ogres on Nightmare.

  • Cleaned up the collision on Arcane Barrier to have more placement options of other defenses near it.

  • Fixed some broken animations on the Huntwitch and Black Magic Ops Gunwitch skins.

  • Fixed a typo in the Abyss Lord’s Explosive Arrows passive.

  • PS4 - Fixed some issues with some player specific popups getting cut off in split screen.  Still needs more work, but a partial fix went in.


Known Issues With This Update

  • PS4 PLAYERS - DO NOT DELETE HEROES USING THE HERO DECK TAB IN THE INVENTORY SCREEN. My Heroes is the place to manage your roster on PS4. Using the Hero Deck Tab in the Inventory Screen to delete your heroes will delete the hero in your first slot EVERY TIME.

  • The Intro videos are not currently playing sound on PS4.

  • Profile options (listed in “Quality of Life and General”) will stomp main menu options.  This should not affect region selection. Also Main Menu Options Menu navigation will be a targeted area of improvement for navigation in a patch coming soon.

  • We disabled Victory Chest re-rolling for now to prevent an existing loot bug. It will return in the future!

  • Towers have decided to show solidarity with the Old Ones’ army and will not display their health bars if enemy health bars are turned off. Stand strong brothers and sisters.

  • The region setting will not display what region you’re in the options menu once you are in game if you did not open the options menu on the title screen first. (even if you didn’t change the default setting)

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We have an exciting new announcement. After some conversation with Valve, we are happy to let everyone know that Dungeon Defenders II will be coming to Steam. Well have a lot more delicious details (and an official announcement for fans who dont check our site everyday) in the near future so stay tuned.



As for the competitive closed beta, we are hard at work taking everyones feedback and implementing it. Some of changes already made include several bug fixes, more UI capabilities, and adjusted camera angles. There will be even more coming in the future weeks. If you didnt get to sign up when we opened registrations last Friday, dont fret. Well be sending out another batch of beta codes via email soon! Remember, once you play jump on the beta forums and let us know what you think!



So... what Steam features do you want to see most in Dungeon Defenders II? Sound off in the comments below. Our favorite comments will win a DD2 beta code! Winners will be chosen June 13.



 
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Greetings Defenders,

The Barbarian’s Wrath, Update 2.3, is available now on PC and PlayStation 4, with the Xbox One update coming soon! This update heralds the arrival of the Barbarian, a pure damage hero powerhouse; huge changes to item progression and gearing; shard changes to get you out of the inventory and into the battle; and updates to many important systems. Grab your axes, it’s time to slash through some barbaric patch notes!

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NEW HERO:  THE BARBARIAN!

“Hailing from the mountains of Etheria, the Barbarian is a notorious warrior king that can wield the powers of Wrath and Fury to crush his enemies. Becoming an unstoppable flurry of muscle and steel, the Barbarian can hurl himself into battle becoming a whirlwind of death. His foes tremble at the mighty shouts of this tremendous warrior leaping in to crush his enemies.”

The Barbarian is the first hero to have two unique resources: Wrath and Fury. Wrath is gained whenever the Barbarian deals damage, and Fury is gained whenever damage is received. In order to put out the most damage you are going to be in the fray constantly. Stance dancing and balancing your Wrath and Fury are your keys to being an unstoppable force!

The Barbarian is a hero with only damage abilities — four abilities and four stances that modify his play style:

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Furious Slash

  • A mid ranged Fury resource spender that pierces enemies but does not trigger weapon shard activation abilities.

Staggering Shout

  • A mid ranged frontal cone debuff ability whose effects are modified by the Barbarian’s primary active stance.

Whirlwind

  • A powerful persistent AOE damage ability that gains different abilities based on the primary active stance.

Hawk Strike

  • A high damage short ranged attack that consumes all the Barbarian’s Wrath resource when used.

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Tornado Stance

  • Increases movement speed, attack rate, and jump height, but primary attacks deal less damage. With Tornado Stance active, Staggering Shout and Whirlwind will slow.

Turtle Stance

  • Reduces attack speed and less mobility, but takes less damage and become immune to crowd control. Staggering Shout gains a stun and Whirlwind withers enemies.

Siphon Stance

  • Turned damage dealt with primary attacks into self-healing. Siphon Stance causes Staggering Shout to apply a lifesteal debuff to affected enemies, converting Whirlwind damage dealt into self-healing.

Lightning Stance

  • Gain bonus storm damage to primary attacks and chain storm damage every third attack. Each hit causes self-inflicting damage. Staggering Shout causes enemies to take more damage and Whirlwind gains chain storm damage.

Along with the Barbarian are a lot of visual additions. There are the four material effect costumes and the terrifying Blood Reaver costume with five additional accessories, twenty-seven different axes, and custom enemy death animations for smaller enemies. Send them gobus flying!

Limited-Time:  Barbarian Complete Pack and Barbarian Cosmetic Pack

We have included a new type of package that includes his Blood Reaver Costume, as well as all of the Costumes and Accessories that are available normally through Defender Packs. This pack is located on the Feature section of the in-game shop!

And if you've already purchased the Barbarian and/or Blood Reaver Costume separately, you can purchase the Barbarian Cosmetic Pack and get his Accessories and Costumes that are normally only available in Defender Packs.

These packs do not include the new flair added with this update.

Loot Revamp

Item Progression

Items and upgrades produced a lot of issues for players as they progress through Onslaught and Chaos Trials. With this update, we took a good hard look at items and progression. Players wanting to progress the fastest used a system called “muling” to have a steadier stream of gear upgrades drop. Now, mules are a thing of the past! Every piece of equipment that drops is now based off of the highest gear score you’ve seen drop. Not picked up, not equipped, but dropped. All of this is tracked behind the scenes, taking all of the spreadsheet calculating and muling away, so you can get into the action sooner!

Gear Score

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We mentioned above that gear is tracked off of the highest gear score item you’ve seen drop. Gear score is a new take on a previous system used to display an item’s power — iPwr. This system previously did not reflect the strength of an item correctly, causing items that may not be upgrades to have a higher iPwr than equipped items. This affected item progression and the general flow of how players were intended to progress.

Hero and Champion Score

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Hero and Champion Score are additional ways to help measure the strength of your heroes’ gear! Hero Score is the average of all the gear equipped to any specific hero, and is shown on your hero cards as shown above. Champion Score is the highest Hero Score among all of your heroes, indicated with a crown above your hero cards (and a smaller one on the hero with the highest Hero Score). These scores are used to let you know when you’re ready for growing challenges you encounter as you progress. To better smooth out progression, different Chaos Trials are unlocked once you reach the appropriate Champion Score.

Auto-Equip Gear and Shards

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There is a lot to learn in Dungeon Defenders II in order to become the greatest Defender of Etheria! While gear maketh the Defender, it can be a lot to manage when learning the intricacies of every hero and enemy. To help through this process, we’ve created an Auto-Equip feature for both gear and Shards. Both buttons (located below your relics) have you confirm if you want to use this feature, and if confirmed, equips the highest Gear Score for every slot. For relics, it will discern between a blockade and towers, focusing on equipping Totems for blockades and Medallions/Marks for all other towers.

If you wish to only Auto-Equip the highest gear score per slot, you will be able to select the slot and “Auto-Equip Slot”. On PC this is bound to "U" by default; on PlayStation 4 by pressing “”; and on Xbox One by pressing “”.

Shards

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Previously, Shards were placed into Shard Slots located on equipment. This system caused Defenders to spend more time in their inventory, moving shards around any time they received an upgrade or wanted to change their build than we liked. When progressing for the first time, or after gaining Ancient Power, this meant a lot of time spent managing your inventory.

In this update, Shard Slots are now equipped on equipment slots directly to your heroes! This means as you receive upgrades, you equip them and your shards stay put. You can still equip up to three shards per slot. However, all three slots will be active only if you have the appropriate tier equipped. Slot activation follows the same conventions it previously did, with Uncommon activating the first slot, Epic activating the first and second slots, and Mythical and Legendary activating all three.

In this update, shards that are on equipment already equipped to your heroes are automatically migrated to those heroes. You login and continue playing without having to manage the shards they were previously wearing. However, shards slotted into equipment that is in your inventory will be removed from the gear. If your inventory is full, the shard(s) are placed into Shards of Containment and sent to the Scavenger.

Incursion Weapons

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Incursion weapons are very unique items in the game as they each contain unique passives that previously took up a Shard slot. With this Shard change, we wanted to make sure that Incursion weapons were still something players wanted to acquire. Now, all Incursion weapons will retain their passives AND have three Shard slots. We took a balance pass at these weapons as well, which we’ve included below.

What Happens To Stored Shards?

For users that do not have enough inventory space to hold all of the shards that was previously attached to gear, we've created the Shard of Containment. This Shard is a tool used to segue Defenders into our new Shard system while reducing stress of losing items many of you have farmed. Any shards previously in equipment that cannot fit in your full inventory with the Shard migration are placed into a Shard of Containment and sent to the Scavenger.

The Shard of Containment holds up to 16 shards before another one is created. These are located on the Scavenger and NEVER expire. Shards will be grouped by their upgrade level, bundling the highest Shards together, and the lowest Shards together. This makes it easier to decide which Shard of Containment to open in order to get all of your most used shards.

In order to use a Shard of Containment, you must have the amount of inventory slots open equal to the number of Shards located within the Shard of Containment. If you have 8 Shards, in order to open a Shard of Containment you’ll need 8 inventory slots.

Shards of Containment are a tool we’re using as we bring in our new Shard equipping system. There are more inventory management changes coming down the road!

New User Experience

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There’s a lot for new Defenders to learn in order to properly defend Etheria, and it is not an easy undertaking! This update introduces a New User Experience to help acclimate new players understand the basics of the game without getting bogged down on reading tons of details and instructions.

There are a myriad of changes that go along with this:

  • New floating instructional text!

  • Tutorial level replaced with new animated interactions with Betsy!

  • Huntress available immediately

  • Ascension UI locked until 50

Mananode Changes

Green mana allocation is now completely different! Mananode chests are a thing of the past, here’s what you see now:

  • Green mana is now automatically distributed by Mananode itself at the beginning of the Build Phase!

  • There is no longer a green mana cap. There is a green mana bar that goes to 2000 green mana. If you go above this amount, the bar starts to fill again!

  • Mana and gold collection radiuses are TRIPLED during the build phase. No more pesky out of reach mana!

These changes are an additional measure to allow Defenders to do the things they enjoy the most:  building and fighting!

General Changes

  • When you create a hero, you can now choose to create them at your highest hero’s level or at level 1.

  • On gamepads, hitting Right Button + D-Pad Down will open the Inventory.

  • The D-Pad can now be used on gamepads to navigate the left side of the inventory.

  • Added East and West descriptors to subcores for Throne Room maps.

  • Added new Loading Screen text:

    • “Mastery provides some of the toughest challenges in all of Etheria but rewards you with powerful Hyper Shards, golden pets, flair, and more!”

    • “The stars you earn across different Chaos difficulties in Mastery pool together.  Tackle maps in any order that you want to unlock rewards!”

    • “Defender Packs contain costumes, accessories, exclusive flair, and much more!  Earn them by achieving victory on your current highest Onslaught floor!”

    • “Feeling lucky?  Rerolling Defender Packs gives you another chance at earning rare rewards!”

    • “Beating Incursions allows you to purchase exotic weapons from the Wayfarer.”

    • “Got eggs?  Visit the Stable Boy in the Town HUB or Tavern to hatch new pets!”

    • “Pet eggs that expire in your inventory will turn into resources that you can use to evolve your pets.”

    • “Get your style on!  You can access the Cosmetics Manager from the Inventory.”

    • “Climbing higher in Onslaught and earning Ascension Levels allows you to unlock your Ancient Power!”

    • “Need a boost?  You can spend gold and Defender Medals to upgrade equipment and shards!”

Defender Packs

We’ve added a slew of new costumes and flair to our Defender Packs:

Flair (crowns):

  • Ebonfire Blaze

  • Winner’s Crown

Flair (Wings):

  • Gilded Honorwings

  • Earth Drake Wings

  • Great Eagle Wings

  • Hive Strike Wings

  • Gargoyle Wings

Flair (Sets):

  • Bonemancer Set:  Bonemancer Crown and Bonemancer Wings

  • Bramblewood Set:  Bramblewood Crown and Bramblewood Wings

Costumes:

  • Gilded Chrome EV2

  • Rosen Chrome EV2

  • Amethysium Chrome EV2

  • Verdanite Chrome EV2

  • Carbide Chrome EV2

Incursion Weapons

Incursion Weapons maintain their previous effects as passives with the new Shard changes. With maintaining these passives, we took a balance pass to adjust some slightly overpowered passives, while buffing underperforming passives.

Molten Tome

  • Now deals:

    • 1000% (previously 950%) Ability Power per Meteor.

    • 850% (previously 650%)  Ability Power per Lava Fissure.

    • 200% (remains the same) Ability Power burning over 5 seconds.

Haunted Halberd

  • Summons up to 5 (previously 3) Halberds that deal 250% (previously 150%) Ability Power.

North Pole

  • Secondary Projectiles now deal 350% (previously 1000%) Hero Damage.

Shadowflame

  • Now hits up to 4 targets dealing 75% (previously 135%) Hero Damage.

Glaive of the Storms

  • Storm deals 1000% (previously 1500%) Ability Power as Storm Damage.

  • Bolts deal 350% (previously 500%) Ability Power as Storm Damage.

All Incursion Weapons not listed here will have their max upgraded shard values applied to their new passives. For instance, Terra Blade’s passive will pierce up to 3 targets dealing 100% Hero Damage.

Hero Updates

Barbarian

Abilities

  • Furious Slash: Mid-range attack that pierces enemies.

    • Cost:  5 Fury

    • Cooldown:  2 seconds

  • Tornado Stance: Hit faster, move faster, jump higher, but deal less damage.

    • Cost: 6 Fury per second.

    • Cooldown:  None.

  • Turtle Stance:  Take less damage, become crowd-control immune, but move slower.

    • Cost:  6 Fury per second.

    • Cooldown:  None.

  • Siphon Stance:  Gain Health Points while attacking.

    • Cost:  6 Fury per second.

    • Cooldown:  None.

  • Lightning Stance:  Attacks gain additional lightning damage, but self-inflict damage.

    • Cost:  10 Wrath per second.

    • Cooldown:  None.

  • Staggering Shout: Debuff enemies in a frontal cone.

    • Cost:  15 Wrath.

    • Cooldown:  5 seconds.

  • Whirlwind:  Deal Area of Effect damage to enemies within melee range.

    • Cost:  26 Wrath per second.

    • Cooldown:  None

  • Hawk Strike:  Deal massive damage in a small area. The more Wrath consumed, the higher the damage.

    • Cost:  All Wrath.

    • Cooldown:  10 seconds.

Shards


  • Zephyr’s Warpath:  Increase movement speed in Whirlwind by 5%-105%.

    • Found in Campaign.

    • Equipment Slot:  Boots

  • Full Shell Ahead: Increases movement speed while in Turtle Stance by 25-525.

    • Found in Chaos I.

    • Equipment Slot:  Boots.

  • Turtle Power:  Increase Damage Protection while in Turtle Stance by 1%-21%.

    • Found in Chaos II.

    • Equipment Slot:  Chest.

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  • Echoing Shout:  Increases the duration of Staggering Shout debuffs by 0.5s-4.5s.

    • Found in Chaos III.

    • Equpment Slot:  Helmet.

  • Draining Strikes:  Increase the healing from Siphon Stance by 5%-25%.

    • Found in Chaos IV

    • Equipment Slot:  Helmet.

  • Maelstrom:  While Lightning Stance is active, the Barbarian's attacks have a 5%-25% chance to drench enemies, stunning them for 1.5s-3.5s.

    • Found in Chaos V.

    • Equipment Slot:  Weapons.

  • Talon Strike:  Hawk Strike now stuns for 2s-4.5.

    • Found in Chaos V.

    • Equipment Slot:  Weapons.

  • Boiling Blood: Causes the Barbarian to take 20%-2% of his Max Health as damage, every 5s during combat phase gaining Fury.

    • Found in Chaos VI.

    • Equipment Slot:  Chest.

  • Shellshock: While Turtle Stance is active the Barbarian's attacks wither enemies hit for 3-13 seconds reducing their damage to 75%-35%.

    • Found in Chaos VI.

    • Equipment Slot:  Weapons.

  • Ride the Lightning:  Increase the damage bonus of Lightning Stance by 1%-21%.

    • Found in Chaos VII.

    • Equipment Slot:  Gloves.

  • Wreckless:  The Barbarian deals up to 0.5%-20.5% bonus damage based upon current Wrath.

    • Found in Chaos VII.

    • Equipment Slot:  Gloves.

Bug Fixes

  • Adjusted Dark Arts Apprentice green clouds effect.

  • Fixed issues causing floors to appear black.

  • Fixed an issue causing crashes when opening extremely large numbers of Defender Packs.

  • Adjusted the material on the Yesteryear Nymph costume.

  • Fixed an issue on Nimbus Reach with the Victory Chest always being Powerful (green).

  • Fixed an issue on Dead Road in death areas where character models would fall through the map.

  • Fixed an issue with Direct Command not castable on multiple Skeletal Orc towers.

  • Fixed an issue where Slime Pits were not dealing damage to enemies affected by the Power Block mutator.

  • “To HUB” now says “To Town”.

  • Fixed an issue being able to play as a deleted hero.

  • Fixed an issue where Haunting Shard was not showing the correct VFX.

  • Fixed an issue when using a controller that would lock NPC/Object interactions.

  • Fixed an issue when multiple cores are active and one dies, it would show a dead core with 75% health value.

  • Fixed a split screen issue where core health bars were not displaying correctly.

  • Fixed a frame drop issue when inspecting a billboard and then looking away from it.

  • Fixed an issue with Betsy’s Curse zones disappearing when switching heroes.

  • Fixed an issue with The Abyss Lord’s primary attack SFX.

  • Fixed a split screen issue where health bars for Player 1 were appearing much larger than intended.

Known Issues

  • Inputs were reset for all platforms.

  • Sometimes you have to hit “Auto-Equip Relic” a few times before it works.

  • When using the All Bags option in the inventory and sorting items by Weapons, it will cause all items in the inventory to disappear. Purely a visual issues and toggling inventory bags will refresh the inventory screen and they will reappear.

  • Occasionally the Auto Equip function doesn't prioritize the highest gear score items first.

  • Occasionally players will get stuck on a black screen when trying to load into the Outdoor HUB. Restarting the game will fix it (or if you know where the menu options are in the escape menu you can click the Leave game button which will still work if you can find it).

  • Occasionally when booting up the game with the controller already active, the navigation focus will be on one of the social media links to the side instead of the main menu options.

  • The keybindings that appear throughout the tutorial maps don't show the correct button icons with custom keybindings set.

  • The icons of the towers on the mini-maps of the tutorial maps are different colors.

  • Some of the weapon firing rates did not carry over correctly.

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The final Beastmaster contest of the season is upon us, Defenders. Flickerwicks! The players with the highest DPS Flickerwicks will win an in game Beastmaster title! Bring us all of your cute little Creepers! Post a screenshot of it in the comments below with a link to your Steam account. Remember, only entries with screenshots and Steam accounts will be eligible to win. The deadline for entries is July 16th, 11:59 PM EDT. 

Now that the final contest has begun, allow me to introduce the Purrpeller Beastmasters:

Congratulations, Beastmasters! Thank you all for your participation! Keep an eye on your PMs for your prizes!

LAWLTA

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DEFENDERS!

The Defender-Centric Update is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One! This update contains a whole lot of love to a lot of foundational systems within Dungeon Defenders II. These changes are based off of feedback many of you have provided, and as Chromatic, we wanted to really give our GLORIOUS Defenders something that demonstrated how much we value our community. Without further ado, let's get into it!

SHARD SHOP

Shards are such an integral part to Dungeon Defenders II when it comes to empowering your heroes with great strength to take out the waves of enemies constantly thrown at you. Currently there is a lot of RNG regarding which shards you get, and to help cut down the randomness, farming lower tiered content is the easiest way to go.

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We don’t want that. We want you playing content you find engaging, while being able to acquire the Shards you want. With this update, you can! We're adding in the Shard Shop, a service that the Gran Ma'ster now offers. Visiting her allows you to purchase Shards directly from her, from Campaign to Chaos VII. There is also search functionality so you can search for the Shard you want and cut down the hunt!

CHAOS VIII SHARDS

Chaos VIII Shards are a new tier of shard, that some of you may have snagged before. We went through and found a way to make these shards feel like a good reward for climbing higher Onslaught, and have them compete with similar Shards. You can get them after a certain point in Onslaught, similar to when you start receiving Chaos VIII Ampoules.

MATERIAL CONVERSION

We want players enjoying Ancient Power as much as they can, and our big goal was making sure that Defenders could play content they found engaging, while working towards a specific goal. Enter Material Conversion. Material Conversion allows you to take a Pristine quality material and convert it to the same type of material of a lower quality. This makes it so that if you are climbing Onslaught, or playing higher Chaos, you're always gaining usable materials to acquire Ancient Power.

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That's not all though! As you play Chaos VII and above, you can take your Chaos VII Ampoules and convert them into CHAOS VIII AMPOULES! We want players upgrading and getting Chaos VIII gear, so this is a step towards making that process feel good and not entirely beholden to RNG. We’ll be using this as a basis for any additional changes/additions made to Ancient Power.

NEW WEAPONS

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One thing that we love is the ability to customize the heroes in Dungeon Defenders II. Weapons are part of the epic-ness (or silliness) that can really show off your own personal taste. This update provides over 30 NEW Weapons that are currently unobtainable. These weapons are gained by climbing through different tiers of Onslaught. The higher you go, the more epic the weapons become! These weapons scale upon opening the gifts to your progression (to a cap, like Chaos VII items). There's a ton to hunt down, and if you happen to get the same weapon repeatedly, no worries — you can trade it to your friends!

NEW ELEMENTAL DAMAGE — POISON!
Poison Mods in the form of Chips are coming with this update. This Mod can be find in Lost Temple for now. Poison can be applied to weapons to give them an additional damage over time effect. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! If earth damage is dealt to a poisoned enemy, they now become PETRIFIED, freezing them in place, turning them to stone, and causing their fellow enemies to attack them!

NEW USER EXPERIENCE
We understand that a lot of Defenders that come to Dungeon Defenders II want to start the game off with their friends. This update includes the ability to complete the New User Experience (the first three tutorial levels) with friends. The flow has also been adjusted so that new Defenders get to town faster and instead of having to complete the tutorial maps first.

BALANCE CHANGES

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Heroes

Adept

  • Towers
    • Hailstorm Tower
      • Increased damage scaling to 4.7 from 4.5 (5% BUFF)
  • Abilities
    • Arc Lightning
      • Increased scaling to 42 from 40 (5% BUFF)

Gunwitch

  • Abilities
    • Two at Twice the Price
      • Increased scaling to 5.5 from 5 (10% BUFF)
    • Broomvault
      • Increased scaling to 37 from 35 (6% BUFF)
    • Broom Swarm
      • Increased scaling to 12 from 10 (15% BUFF)

Huntress

  • Towers
    • Poison Dart Tower
      • Now deals Poison damage by default. This provides the same rules as other elemental damage towers, where Mods cannot apply a second form of elemental damage, but Shards can.

Initiate

  • Abilities
    • Draining Strike
      • Increased scaling to 27 from 25 (8% BUFF)

Lavamancer

  • Towers
    • Maw of the Earth Drake
      • Defense Unit cost reduced to 40 from 50 (20% BUFF)
      • Defense Health Scaling reduced from 225 to 175
    • Fissure of Embermount
      • Increased scaling to 2.2 from 2.0 (10% BUFF)
    • Oil Geyser
      • Health scaling increased to 0.2 from 0.1 (50% BUFF)
    • Volcano
      • Increased damage scaling to 9.51 from 9.31 (3% BUFF)
      • Increased range scaling to 1.5555 from 1.3334 (15% BUFF)
  • Abilities
    • Eruption
      • Increased Tower Defense Power scaling to 1.3 from 1.2 (8% BUFF)

Mystic

  • Towers
    • Sand Viper
      • Increased damage scaling to 6.975 from 6.875 (2% BUFF)
    • Snaking Sands
      • Increased range scaling to 0.1534 from 0.1334 (15% BUFF)

Shards

Abyss Lord

  • Power of the Knight (Gloves)
    • Increased damage boost scaling to 5 from 3 per level (66% BUFF)

Dryad

  • World Tree McBufferson (Relic)
    • Increased shield bonus to 15 from 10 per level (50% BUFF)

Gunwitch

  • Broomnado Power (Boots)
    • Increased damage scaling to 3.5 from 3.0 (17% BUFF)
  • Scatter Power (Chest)
    • Increased damage scaling from 3.5 to 3.0 (17% BUFF)
  • Snipe Critical Strike (Weapon)
    • Increased Critical Chance to 3 from 2 per level (50% BUFF)


Lavamancer

  • Crumbling Stone (Relic)
    • Increased damage multiplier to 1.5 from 1.0 per level (50% BUFF)
  • Shattering Stones (Boots)
    • Increased detonation damage to 45 from 40 per level (13% BUFF)
  • Volcanic Might (Relic)
    • Increased stun chance to 2% from 1.5% per level (33% BUFF)
  • Volcano Mega Rock (Relic)
    • Increase Defense Power scaling to 200 from 150 per level (33% BUFF)

Mystic

  • Lashing Power (Chest)
    • Increased damage to 3.5 from 3.0 per level (17% BUFF)
  • Split Vipers (Relic)
    • No longer removes ramp up damage (BUFF)
  • Debilitating Madness (Gloves)
    • Increased damage amplification to 3.5 from 3.0 (17% BUFF)

    

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue with Pristine Motes not dropping correctly from Victory Chests (now drops a stack of five).
  • Fixed an issue with Shattequake triggering Mod effects based off the heroes equipped weapon.
  • Fixed an issue with poison sometimes not applying towards the Controller Burn mutator.
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed users to generate infinite mana with the Dryad.
  • Adjusted error messaging when players were pushed to the main menu from the tutorial maps.
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed users to generate unlimited defense mana.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed defense effects to stay after being sold.
  • Adjusted the messaging from the second tutorial map.
  • Adjusted messaging that indicated a map had not been unlocked yet.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to get infinite help.

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Shattering Stones, Explosive Poison, Snake Bomb, and Explosive Finale shards are not working correctly.
  • Crafting Materials are currently not tradeable.
  • Poison damage is not procc'ing correctly on Target Dummies.
  • The Wayfarer is still in his winter clothes, we’ll get him a new pair of clothes in our next patch/hotfix.
  • Poison Dart Tower does not have an attunement icon.

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

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

For Etheria!

The Dungeon Defenders II Team

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Greetings Defenders,

Trials: The Endgame Update is now available on PC and PS4! Check out the Trials Update Page for an overview of the changes.

This update represents our shared vision of the core Dungeon Defenders II gameplay experience. It’s the culmination of two years of new features, bug fixes and conversations with you about where the game should go. As a result, this update is MASSIVE. But it’s also not the end. From here, we’ll continue to expand our endgame with more Chaos tiers, more Shards, more maps, and … well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

On a personal note:  We hope you love this update as much as we loved making it. Many of us gave up our holiday breaks, our nights, and our weekends to make this update a reality. This game is built by the seemingly endless passions of our small team, and with your support, our game will keep growing and growing.

Features and Changes

Chaos Difficulty and the Trials

  • Nightmare is over. Now is the time of CHAOS!

  • This update scratches the surface with five tiers of Chaos, but don’t get too comfortable because we have more Chaos tiers in store. (queue maniacal laugh track)

  • As you descend through the tiers, new threats will appear and combine to lay waste to your heroes and defenses. Following us on social media may or may not give you some indication of what’s to come. (SHAMELESS CROSS PROMOTION!)

  • Chaos is unpredictable and can only be thwarted through conquering the Trials.

  • In the Trials, the Knight Commander assigns you to a defense commensurate with your power. Survive enough Trials at a specific difficulty, and you will accumulate the experience, gear, and resources needed for the Knight Commander to deploy you on even more dangerous fronts.

  • If certain Trials prove to be too much initially, you can perfect your strategies by practicing on any map at any difficulty. Remember, though, that the Trials are the only path to glory, gear, and gold (among other valuables).


Shards:  A New Way to Build Your Hero

  • Goodbye Passives and Skill Spheres; hello Shards!

  • Shards are upgradeable artifacts that slot into your Defense Relics, Armor, and Weapons.

  • Shards give you extra buffs, bonuses and sometimes even new functionality!

  • Most Shards can be moved between gear. No more leaving your Passives behind when you find an upgrade!

  • Defense Relics can hold up to 3 Shards and can only equip Defense Shards.

  • Armor and Weapons can hold up to 2 Shards and can only equip Hero Shards.

  • Shards drop in Victory Chests.

  • Shards can be upgraded directly from the all-new Inventory to further augment your dominance on the battlefield.

  • When Veteran Defenders first login, they’ll find themselves ahead of the game with a complementary bundle of Shards we’re giving all Defenders as a thank you for their patience and support while we polished this update to be something truly special. You’ll also find that all the Skill Spheres you’ve previously purchased have been replaced by a bounty of gold! (Trust us, you’ll need it.)


Ascension:  Go Beyond Level 50!

  • How far past 50? Your imagination is your only limit in Ascension. That and the code that comprises the system...

  • With this update, heroes at the level cap will generate account-wide Ascension XP that accrues towards Ascension Points.

  • Ascension Points are invested on a per-hero basis in Ascension Powers that bestow additional bonuses and augmentations.

  • Some Ascension Powers are universal for all heroes; some are unique to each hero.

  • Harder challenges award greater sums of Ascension XP.

  • Multiple Level 50 heroes in your Hero Deck will not grant additional XP.


Defense Relics, Defense Speed & Defense Range

  • Now you can build powerful defenses AND be a fearsome combatant at the same time!

  • All Relics are now Defense Relics and will roll with up to three Defense stats. Armor and Weapons will roll with up to two Hero stats.

  • Heroes can now customize each of their defenses’ strengths individually by attaching a Defense Relic to them.

  • Defense Speed is back as a stat!

  • Defense Range is now available as Shards and as Ascension Powers.

  • Two new Relics are available:  Orbs and Marks. Orbs are for Defense Speed builds, and Marks are for Defense Crit Power builds.


Five New Enemies

  • The Siege Roller was just the beginning. Whatever horrors Chaos brings, rest assured that they will push you to experiment, adapt, and overcome. You will need to achieve perfect hero/defense unity to best what awaits you in the Trials.


New Inventory

  • Everyone (and we mean everyone) is getting a brand-new inventory UI!

  • We’ve streamlined the loot management process by putting more stuff in fewer bags, consolidating item management to a single UI, and bringing hero and item management under one roof.

  • Additionally, we expanded the item sorting and management options to empower you to interact with, compare, and save/sell loot more easily, efficiently, and expediently.

  • Added the ability to lock items on PC and made Locking do what it should have done in the first place on PS4 (oops).


Loot System Upgrades

  • Loot generation has been revamped, reworked and revised. The new system will help you find more upgrades more often.

  • iPWR has been removed. We hope that players will enjoy the new feeling of focusing on our new item systems and stats. Items still generate with stat ranges in each difficulty tier, and some stats reach a maximum cap in each difficulty. Want higher stats? Crank up the difficulty!

  • Now you can enhance your loot (and Shards) without leaving your Inventory (or putting on pants)!

    • Also, no more silly “put 5 pieces of loot in” nonsense. Just upgrade with Gold or Defender Medals!


Hero Changes

Every Ability and Defense has been completely rebalanced, and these changes are more fundamental than just a numbers update. Each Defense now has its own stats, and many have undergone changes that alter their fundamentals so the entire defensive playing field is very different.

Rather than provide a before-and-after stat difference (which would be a bit misleading and very messy due to every defense being modified in several ways), below is a summarized list of the major changes to each hero’s defensive kit. This will include information such as changes to defense lineup, changes to defense roles, and other major high level changes to gameplay.

All Heroes

  • Adjusted all Hero Damage, Critical Damage and Ability Power scaling.

  • Adjusted all Defensive Stat scaling across all Defenses.

  • Blockade towers aggro levels are now equalized. Abyss Lord’s Colossus has a slightly higher aggro value.

  • All normal tower aggro levels reduced to Flamethrower levels. Traps and Auras remain unchanged.

  • 2-Spread and 4-Spread firing solution weapons are disabled from spawning. The only firing solutions are Single, Triple, Penta, Burst Shot, and Scatter Shot.

  • Improved handling when in the air on all Heroes to closer match the Gunwitch.

  • Balanced all Hero swing information to closer match the Squire swings (results in a substantial Monk melee DPS increase).

  • Charge attacks now deal more damage.


Abyss Lord

  • Direct Command now scales with Ability Power instead of Defense Power. (Except Skeletal Orc)

  • Revised basic attack values to improve DPS slightly.

  • Removed AoE effect from secondary attacks.


Apprentice

  • Flameburst Tower has been replaced by Flamethrower Tower.

  • Arcane Barrier now maintains collision when in its deactivated state.

  • Arcane Barrier DU cost increased from 20 to 30.

  • Earthshatter DU cost increased from 50 to 80.

  • Apprentice Flameburst Tower Challenge/Achievement now relies on Flamethrower Tower.


Dryad

  • Revised core stats to match new melee hero scaling.

  • Revised melee combo multipliers.

  • Reworked Blessing to provide damage reduction instead of an armor buff and updated the description.

  • Revised slow and damage values on Powder Toss.

  • Adjusted Starfall’s damage and Corruption cost.

  • Moss Hornet’s Nest spawns an additional hornet and gains additional Hornet movement speed in Corrupt Form.

  • Slime Pit’s oil applied by Corruption can now be ignited.


EV2

  • Anti Gravity Bots, Death From Above and Proton Charge now only scale with Ability Power.

  • Proton Charge heat consumption doubled.

  • Rebalanced heat dissipation values of certain Canister types to be more viable.

  • Reduced secondary attack charge time to better match the audio and VFX.

  • Mortar weapon types now properly do AoE damage.

  • Cleaned up Weapon Manufacturer inspection tooltip.

  • Reduced Reflect Beam DU from 60 to 30 for two nodes, with an additional 10 per node.


Gunwitch

  • Removed Hero Damage scaling on abilities.

  • Increased/added Ability Power scaling on abilities.

  • Twice the Price activation cost increased from 60 to 80.

  • Book Drop Broom Power cost increased from 30 to 40.

  • Broom Storm cost increased from 50 to 60.


Huntress

  • Oil Flask duration reduced.

  • Increased Blaze Balloon DU from 50 to 80.  (Remember that we changed all defense scalars all over the place!)


Lavamancer

  • Hero Health refactored to be slightly closer to Squire.

  • Damage resistance decreased slightly to fall in line with other melee heroes.

  • Balanced all Ability costs.

  • Removed innate resource generation.

  • Inflame no longer makes you take more damage while activated.

  • Oil Geyser can now properly combo with fire effects to ignite enemies.

  • Added a Fissure of Embermount 30 DU Cost.

  • Reduced Maw of the Earth Drake DU Cost from 80 to 60.


Monk

  • Added double jump.

  • Lightning Aura is now Flame Aura.

  • Serenity Aura has been removed and has had some effects combined with Boost Aura.  Boost Aura now can equip all Serenity Aura shards but does not heal heroes standing within.

  • Lightning Strikes Aura has been added as a base tower at 40 DU.

  • New weapons spawned for Monk will come with one of the new firing solutions (does not affect pre-existing weapons).

  • Lightning Aura Challenge/Achievement now relies on Lightning Strikes Aura.


Mystic

  • Revised core stats and base health to match new melee hero scaling.

  • All secondary attack firing solutions provide more consistent DPS.

  • Reduced Dark Torment’s DoT and Tower duration.

  • All ability costs revised and Serpent’s Coil now costs 20 DU.

  • Increased arc on Viper’s Fangs and updated decal to show new size.


Squire

  • Adjusted ability, hero damage scaling, and base stats to match new melee hero scaling.

  • Reduced mana cost of Sword Beam from 25 to 20.

  • Balanced Light and Heavy damage multipliers to closer match Medium.

  • Increased Training Dummy DU from 20 to 30.


Enemy Changes

Siege Rollers

  • We’re reducing the maximum number of Siege Roller spawns. This applies to both solo and multiplayer matches.

  • Siege Roller rockets can no longer damage the core. The Siege Roller must hit the core with the roller to hurt it.

  • Siege Roller can now be stunned with diminishing returns based on the number of players.

  • The hitbox on the weak point is being adjusted so that melee heroes and certain defenses can hit it more easily.


Ogres

  • Ogre melee range reduced. This change makes Ogres slightly harder to kite and less likely to miss defenses placed on slopes.

  • Ogre punches are slightly quicker.


Special Enemies

  • Special enemies’ HP / Damage increased substantially to match closer to Ogre category. All special enemies should now present a threat (even Griblok).

  • Tenacity has been rebalanced for them as well. Most enemies have 50% Tenacity. Some have less (Gnash, Lady Orc Berserker). Some have more (Griblok, Tuskar, generic melee meatbags).


Other Changes

  • Rebalanced Campaign to account for all of these changes. We made it slightly harder overall based on your feedback.

  • Updated the Campaign Quest rewards to reflect our new loot changes.

  • Crit chances now display as percentages.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed all of the Passive and Skill Sphere bugs by removing Passives and Skill Spheres from the game.

  • Fixed all of the old Inventory bugs. Now there are new Inventory bugs to discover! Yay!

  • Fixed all of the Onslaught bugs by...removing Onslaught from the game. We’re seeing a trend here…

  • Honestly, there are so many community-reported bugs that we fixed in this update by virtue of our system changes.

  • Melee goblins now hit towers and cores much more reliably. Be scared. Be very scared.

  • Demon Eye and Eye of Cthulu no longer get knocked back and fall through the world when using knockback or knockup abilities / towers.

  • No longer can G up before the chests show up on Harbinger’s Warship.

  • Fixed a bug where the Lavamancer was able to get stuck on Gates of Dragonfall while submerged.

  • The Create Hero voiceover volume is now properly controlled by the Volume settings in the Options menu.

  • Player names in the Session List will no longer stay at "999" (the default data).

  • Slime Pits no longer glow like the sun in bright areas. Tower base and top are now unlit meaning their lighting will look more even across the board.

  • Fixed collision issues in Dragonfall Sewers.

  • Fixed collision issues in the Ramparts.

  • Okay, we fixed collision issues on all of the maps.


Quick Hits: What Happened To…?

The Skill Sphere System

  • We converted most of our old Skill Spheres into Shards.

  • Some Skill Spheres were turned into Ascension Powers.

  • Some Skill Spheres were removed from the game.

  • Those who’ve purchased Skill Spheres with either Gold or Defender Medals received a Gold refund. Our goal is to make sure that your choice to invest in your hero’s power is translated over into this new system -- you’ll need all the Gold you can get to upgrade your Shards and your Loot.

    • All gold and Defender Medals spent on Spheres will be reimbursed based on a calculated conversion ratio.

    • For this compensation only, every Campaign quest completed will give players 2 Standard Shards per quest. Players who have completed all Campaign quests prior to this update will receive a maximum of 36 Standard Shards.


The Passives System

  • Passive have been changed into Shard Slots on gear.

  • Many of the bonuses previously offered by Passives can now be found in Shards.

  • Others can be found as Ascension Powers.

  • A select few item-specific passives in this update (those on the Terraria weapons) have turned into special LOCKED shards that come with the weapon and cannot be removed.

  • Some Passive effects were lost along the way (the flu hit really hard this year) and will possibly be added in at a later date.  Others were removed or reworked.


The Stat Allocation System

  • The previous Stat Allocation System is retired.

  • You will be able to find many similar options in the Ascension system and level them to the MAX.


Nightmare Difficulty

  • It’s gone to make room for better things.


My Inventory

  • Bags were consolidated to fit more items in fewer bags.

  • Converting to this system has been constructed to ensure that you will receive the same if not more item slots when you log in for the first time.


My Current Gear

  • Most Passives turned into Shard Slots; some weapons kept their unique passive as a locked Shard.

  • Relics are now used for Defense stats. Weapons & Armor are now used for Hero stats.

  • Medallions and Totems will retain their primary stats and gain a random secondary and tertiary stat. Rings will be rerolled into different Relics with different defense stats and will no longer exist in the game.

  • All Weapons & Armor have been rerolled with new hero stats.

  • Loot XP Boosters and Wyvern Tokens are now gone.


Terraria Weapons and Wayfarer

  • We didn't want players to immediately shortcut to owning Chaos V weapons with Souls when the update launched, so for now, you can only buy the Campaign and Chaos I versions of the Terraria weapons. We're still finalizing our plan on how players can acquire later Chaos versions of the Terraria weapons.


Guaranteed Drops

  • The only guarantee in Chaos is your doom!!!

  • We might re-visit these in the future.


Incursions

  • Will remain in game as a fun way to earn Defender Medals.

  • For the time being they will only be at Campaign Hard difficulty.

    • Will these be updated? Only the shadow knows… and Jason because he sets the schedule.


Onslaught

  • Onslaught is finally taking the rest we’ve been talking about. In the future, we have plans for an Onslaught revamp or for a new system to take its place. It shall be reborn!


Miscellaneous

  • Daily Map Bonuses have been removed.

  • The My Heroes UI on the Pause Screen has been removed.

  • The Forge now links to the new Inventory interface.

  • Titles and Collections have been moved to the Pause Screen.


Known Issues

  • Keybinds may have been reset due to changes.

  • Controller is not supported on all user interfaces. We’re working on it!

  • Some Incursion weapons and their respective passives/Shards have been removed in this patch and will be re-introduced at a later date.

  • Volcano tower does not get increased attack speed from Eruption anymore.

  • Ramster Gambit Talent only gives 3 range per talent point (should be higher).

  • Tooltips display improperly in the Scavenger UI.

  • Frostbite Slow Talent displays as negative (harmful) on Inspect.

  • The inspect tooltip of the Frostbite Tower says the slow gets worse as you upgrade it more. This is visual only as the slow does get stronger as you upgrade.

  • Whenever the Cybork stuns a chain of EV nodes, only 1 node in the chain will have the stun VFX.

  • The arc that the arcane volley projectiles take to their target is a lot higher than intended.

  • If you’re having continued odd game problems, validate the integrity of the game cache via Steam.

  • PS4: The Equip/Unequip context icon doesn't update after you equip or unequip a pet in the Petrinarian UI.

  • PS4: Various navigation issues on the PS4 costume shop.

  • Magic and physical resists have been removed from the game, but they are still on pets. Please reroll them using your millions of saved pet reroll items.

  • Worm Scarf is the best shard in the game and is totally not broken right now.



iamisom

Patch 19.5 is live now on PC and PS4! This patch contains changes to Shard drops, balance, UI and more. 

Here are the full patch notes:

Shard Changes

According to our recent survey, Shard drops were the #1 biggest frustration from the Trials update. Our biggest focus for this patch was to improve Shard farming time speed and improve your ability to specifically target farm the Shards you want.

  • Each Shard Pack now contains unique Shards. For example, Shards A, B and C can only be found in Chaos I Shard Packs, while Shards D, E and F can only be found in Chaos III Shard Packs.

    • This also means that Standard Shards will no longer drop from within Chaos Shard Packs!

  • Each victory in Trials will guarantee at least 1 Chaos Shard Pack from that given difficulty. For example, when you beat Chaos II Trials, you will be guaranteed a Chaos II Shard Pack.

  • Before, Shard Packs had a chance to give you 1 Shard from a pool of up to 120(!) different Shards. In the patch, we’re reducing the Shard pool per pack from ~120 to somewhere between 25-35 Shards per pack, which will increase the chances of getting the Shard you want when you open a pack.

    • Some Shards have moved around. Be sure to check out DD2Tools, our official Wiki or the Interactive Shards Sheet for details on where Shards drop now!

    • Some Shards have been disabled from dropping, but don’t worry, most of them will return with the new Chaos tiers, which will come out very soon!

  • Standard Shard Packs and Chaos 1-4 Shard Packs are now available for purchase at the Gran’Masta and War Recruiter shops.

  • Victory Chests will now drop 2 Shard Packs guaranteed every time.

    • When you win, you’ll receive one Shard Pack from that difficulty and one Shard Pack from any previous difficulty (for example, if you beat Chaos III Trials, you’ll receive 1 Chaos III Shard Pack and 1 Chaos II, Chaos I or Standard Shard Pack).


By making Shard Packs drop unique Shards, increasing drop chances within a pack, guaranteeing Shard Packs per difficulty, giving you 2 Shard Packs guaranteed on every victory and adding a Shard bonus for consecutive wins (more details below), it’ll be much faster to get the Shards you want. Again, if you want to know the new Shard drop locations, check out our Wiki and on our community-made webtools (like Czokalapik’s DD2Tools and Pandynator and xlogisticsx’s Interactive Shard Sheet).


Trials Consecutive Win Shard Bonus

This patch adds the first pass on our Trials consecutive win bonus, which gives bonus rewards for winning consecutive random maps in Trials. This patch adds the Shard consecutive bonus; in future patches, it’s our goal to add XP and Gold bonuses, too.

  • Once you win 3 consecutive random maps in a row in Trials, you’ll activate the Shard consecutive bonus. On your 4th consecutive victory onward, you’ll earn an extra Shard Pack for as long as the streak continues.

  • This extra Shard Pack is a guaranteed Shard Pack from that difficulty.

    • That means once you activate the win bonus, you’ll get 3 Shards guaranteed every victory (2 Shard Packs of that difficulty, 1 Shard Pack from previous difficulties) until the streak is broken.


Sort Shards By Name

Another pain point brought up in the survey was the frustration of trying to find the Shard you want within your Inventory. A popular suggestion (both in the survey and in the community) was a Shard filter that sorts Shards alphabetically by name, and we were able to get it in for this patch! We’re investigating more Shard filtering options and possible Shard icon improvements for future updates.

  • Added the “Name” filter in the All Bags -> Shards section, which sorts Shards alphabetically.


Hero Management UI Changes

Something we’ve heard from players with a high number of heroes is that it’s difficult to navigate to certain heroes in the new Hero Management UI. These changes are aimed at alleviating that frustration.

  • Added a Quick Select option. Quick Select displays up to 18 heroes per page. Select a hero to go to that hero’s position in the Rolodex. More improvements to the Quick Select feature will come in future patches!

  • You can now interact with any visible hero card in the Rolodex. Previously, you needed to use the arrows to navigate through the hero cards. (FYI:  You can also use the Middle Mouse Wheel on PC to scroll through your hero cards.)


Bag Quick Scrolling

On the PC version, we’ve added hotkeys that will cycle left and right through your bags! This should make moving items from one bag to another much faster, especially for those of you who don’t have a Middle Mouse Wheel.


  • Q and E will scroll between left and right between bags on PC.

  • Reminder:  The Middle Mouse Wheel can also scroll through bags, too!


Return to Tavern No Longer Forces Everyone Back to Tavern

If one person selects Return to Tavern, that person will leave. Not you. You will Continue, baby. And you’ll keep Continuing as long as you want to Continue.


New Weekend Event Support

This patch includes the ability to do Weekend Gold and Weekend XP events! Perhaps you’ll see them soon...

    

New Title:  Discord Defender

We’ve added a new title that you can earn by being active on our Discord server!  


Defense Balance Changes

With this patch, we’ve taken a serious look at the viability of all defenses as well as how several of our specific defense stats scale, and we made some fundamental changes as a result. We hope these changes will make many defenses, at least when it comes to raw DPS and utility, viable in later Chaos difficulties. You can read an expanded explanation of these changes in our Patch 19.5 Preview blog.

  • Defense Power scalars have been refactored on all defenses. Every defense receives more damage bonuses from Defense Power.

  • Defense tier upgrades now increase Defense Power and Defense Crit Damage much more significantly on low-DU defenses than high-DU defenses.

    • As a rule, high-DU defenses are still more efficient at Tier 5 than low-DU defenses, but this makes the gap smaller and removes much of the penalty of using 20 DU defenses like Explosive Trap.

  • Defense Crit Cap increased from 30% -> 33%.

    • Note:  Hero Ascension Powers no longer break the Defense Crit Cap.

  • Defense Crit Damage scalars on most defenses are set to 500% that of the Defense Power scalar.

    • Exceptions apply to certain unusual defenses, like Poison Dart Tower and Obelisk.

  • Defense Crit Damage Cap increased to hopefully unreachable levels.

  • Defense Speed has been refactored to apply consistent benefits across all defenses.

  • Attack Rate caps have been refactored. Primarily damage-dealing defenses have rate caps of 4x faster than base Attack Rate. Primarily utility defenses have a rate cap of 2x faster than base Attack Rate.

    • We’ll keep an eye on this. We would ideally have similar rates on all defenses, but certain utility defenses become nearly unstoppable (by themselves) at very high attack rates.

  • Defense Rate shard no longer breaks the Attack Rate cap on a defense.

  • Default Attack Rate of some very-slow defenses has been slightly increased to reduce overkill damage inefficiencies on Goblins and other weak targets.

    • Lightning Strikes Aura and Earthshatter are the primary beneficiaries.

  • All defense-based stuns, slows, and similar utility effects, including those provided through shards, have had their durations updated to account for the changes in Defense Speed and Attack Rates.

    • In many cases, this means that the duration of these effects are slightly lower, as the defense can apply them more frequently at higher defense speeds.

    • Ascension Powers and Shards that increase the duration or power of stuns, slows, and other utility effects have also been rebalanced for the same reasons.

  • Defense Range Gambit Ascension Powers have been refactored and standardized across defenses.

    • All many-target defenses (like the Flame Aura and the Flamethrower) may now gain up to a 25% increase in range from these powers.

    • All fixed-target defenses (like the Hornet’s Nest and the Cannonball Tower) may now gain up to a 50% increase in range from these powers.

    • We will keep an eye on these values and adjust accordingly, but we want fixed-target defenses to receive larger benefits from range upgrades than many-target defenses.

  • Fissure of Embermount now benefits from Defense Speed.

  • Gunwitch Sniper Roost tower has double the default crit chance.

  • Snaking Sands now benefits from Defense Speed and no longer has a hidden 12s cooldown.

  • Sand Viper’s Defense Power scalar heavily revised. Should now be much more competitive with other fixed-target towers.

  • Obelisk’s Smite and Fire mechanics have been heavily revised.

    • Smite Damage and Rate are now displayed on Inspect.

    • Smite rate now properly scales with Defense Speed and no longer has hidden cooldowns.

    • Additional Obelisk buffs (Shield, Transmog, Bubble) now apply more frequently thanks to Defense Speed scaling.

    • Fire (from maximum appeasement) stats are now more clearly labelled on Inspect.

    • A chunk of the Obelisk’s damage output has been moved from Fire to Smite. While we like the mechanic of rewarding players for playing combat Mystics, we did not want the Fire effect to be so vital to the defense that the defense was useless outside of it. We’ll keep a close eye on this balance going forward and try to ensure its viability in a non-Fire spam role.

  • Lightning Strikes Aura health no longer breaks during tier upgrades, and the health has been reduced to sane values.

  • Reflect Beam description clarified to explain the Torpedo effect better.

  • All effects that modify the slow % of a defense or ability are now multiplicative, rather than additive.

    • Tier upgrades, Ascension Power upgrades, and shard upgrades that improve slows are now multiplicative, rather than additive. This means that a 10% improvement on a base 65% Slow will only reduce the Slow to 58.5%.

    • This was a necessary step to fix some defenses in achieving negative slows on enemies, as well as giving us more room to improve slows with additional shards / powers.

    • This affects the Oil Geyser, Proton Node, Frostbite Tower, and the Dryad’s Powder Toss ability.

  • Frostbite Tower's chill/slow effect has been rebalanced across all Ascension Powers/shards/upgrades (no more moonwalking…)

    • Through Ascension Powers/shards/tier upgrades, the maximum slow the Frostbite Tower can achieve is around 50% now, rather than being -15%...

  • Mystic’s Serpent’s Coil has been heavily improved.

    • Benefits from Mystic’s defense Ascension Powers.

    • Benefits from Defense Speed stat.

    • While it still cannot be upgraded, it is a very efficient 20 DU defense now.

  • Poison Dart Tower’s projectiles deal basic damage again. We will be revising this defense’s mechanics again once technical upgrades allow us to handle the Crit Damage issues more gracefully.

  • Frosty Power shard no longer stacks with itself.

    • We felt the power of this shard was strong enough on its own that allowing it to stack, especially in conjunction with a specific other shard, was giving too much bang-for-the-buck.

  • Colossal Fissure scaling stat changed to Ability Power and now deals damage properly.


Hero Balance Changes

  • Increased default mana regeneration on the Apprentice, Huntress, Monk, and Squire from 2 MP/s to 3 MP/s.

  • Abyss Stone damage increased by 10%, but Abyss Knight damaged decreased by 10%.

    • Abyss Lord's primary damage ability is intended to be his Abyss Stone, but we've noticed the trend is to spam Abyss Knight more so when it comes down to brass tax.

    • As a result, we're moving some of his damage dealing power from Abyss Knight to Abyss Stone to separate the functions of these two abilities a little more.

  • Fixed several Abyss Lord and EV2 ability descriptions incorrectly specifying they scaled from stats they did not scale from. Abilities scale from Ability Power.

  • Molten Brimstone Tome now has proper gameplay values, scales entirely from Ability Power, and functions more usefully at shard level 1.

  • Power of Storms shard has been refactored completely.

    • Shard description updated to state the new effect. When triggered, it increases mana regeneration by 20 MP/s for 3s but has a 10s cooldown (at max level).

  • Shards that deal damage directly now have proper, unique Crit Damage scalars.

    • Crit Damage from these shard attacks can no longer reach infinite values…


Campaign Balance Changes

  • Enemy levels in Campaign have been increased to account for the increases in overall defense damage.

  • Hero level 1 stats slightly increased to account for slight increase to enemy levels in campaign

    • Except EV2. Her level 1 stats were slightly decreased, because for some reason they were way, way, way higher than everyone else’s….

  • Certain intro enemies had their HP reduced in the campaign (Lady Orc, Wyvern, etc.)


Chaos Balance Changes

  • Enemy levels in Chaos have been increased slightly to account for the increases in overall defense damage.

    • We paid specific attention to enemies that are generally not affected by defenses (Witherbeast, Siege Rollers, etc.) and re-weighted their stats accordingly. They can still be slain in a timely fashion only by heroes.

  • In combination with the above changes, we’ve reduced the Chaos 1 enemy level by 10%. The result of this along with our defense balance changes should result in a smoother entry into Chaos 1. We’ll continue to monitor both player feedback and our internal data to see how players are progressing into Chaos 1.


Stuck Special Enemy Fixes

One of the biggest bugs we wanted to fix was the Stuck Special Enemy bug where Siege Rollers and other Special Enemies were getting stuck in their spawners. Our world builders have gone through the maps reported to us and changed geometry within the spawners that were causing trouble. If you see a stuck Special Enemy after this patch, please report it to our bug site!


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a crash when replaying The Wyvern’s Den.

  • Fixed a duplicating bug in the Inventory.

  • Slow improvements now show as benefits rather than negatives on all inspect and Ascension Power interfaces.

  • Mana Bomb no longer causes the Flamethrower to stop attacking.

  • Flamethrowers will now attack the Demon Lord.

  • Fixed Shield Geodes touching Cores and setting them to 3K health.

  • Shield Geodes moving over EV nodes will no longer create a Shield on the nodes.

  • Frosty Bind Shard now properly improves slow speed.

  • Howling Feast Shard now functions properly.

  • Withering Fountain Shard now functions properly.

  • Lateral Blast Shard now properly deals damage.

  • Mega Rock Shard now properly deals damage.

  • Rain of Oil Shard ignite now properly deals damage.

  • Defense Crit Damage and Destruction Shards now work on EV2’s Buff Beam.

  • Weapon Manufacturer now updates if you equip gear after it’s built.

  • Monk Skyguard Slow Ascension Power now properly caps at 20.

  • Lightning Touch Shard, Water Elemental Shard, and Shattering Torpedo Shard now deal proper bonus damage.

    • These shards had bugs that would sometimes cause them to deal considerably more or less amounts of extra damage. The damage stated on the shard description is now their actual bonus damage and should show properly as damage numbers.

  • Fixed an issue where the Flamethrower would try to target enemies outside of its range.

  • Fixed a bug where the Pumpkinator Shard was applying to defenses of the hero who equips it.

  • Fixed an Inventory tooltip issue that would display items with the wrong item type information.

  • Rain of Oil Shard description clarified.

  • Bots of Oil Shard description clarified.

  • Updated EV2 Shard descriptions.

  • Updated several Shard descriptions that used incorrect stat names.

  • Shard and Shard Pack tooltips now display their sell price.

  • Mystic’s Defense Crit Chance Ascension Power now displays the proper number.

  • When EV2 nodes are stunned, all nodes display the stun VFX.

  • Fixed an issue where the Ascension Point displays would overlap.

  • Updated The Dead Road boss schedule to spawn from Wave 2 onwards.

  • Fixed goofy Monk weapon holding in certain situations.

  • Fixed VFX on the Quake Shard.

  • Harbinger Squad challenges updated to be completed on Campaign Hard instead of Nightmare II.

  • Fixed a sub-objective naming issue on Forgotten Ruins.

  • Gold Ingots now look like Gold Ingots instead of weird Gold Crystals.

  • Campaign Relics no longer have a chance to generate with Defense Range.

  • Fixed lighting issues on several maps.

  • Fixed collision issues on several maps.

  • Fixed several typo issues.

  • Fixed an issue where some costumes were displaying incorrect names and descriptions.

  • PS4 - Fixed a cursor clone issue in the Inventory.

  • PS4 - Mailbox UI no longer becomes unresponsive after closing the soft keyboard.

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The discovery of a secret tome could lead to new power! During a recon mission, Etherian Army scouts discovered a glowing sarcophagus within an ancient catacomb. The container exploded revealing the source of the light -- the Isomicon, the fabled tome of an ancient race of warriors. According to the Gran Ma’ster, the Isomicon reveals long-lost secrets to battle the Old Ones.

Producing the power within these secrets is incredibly difficult, and only the Gran Ma’ster has the expertise to create such power. With such demanding requirements, she’s creating challenges to find Defenders who are worthy to wield it. She says more information will come next week!

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This discovery comes at an uneasy time in Etheria. Over the past few weeks, Mananode has appeared throughout the realm. The Council Elders say such events have occurred in the past, and they’re usually an omen of change. In response, scouts were sent to find what may be causing this increased appearance. Their search led to finding the now accessible catacombs, but the mystery of Mananode remains. Why have they appeared? Did they lead us to the Isomicon? If this is all tied together remains uncertain. We’ll report more information as we receive it.
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The Isomicon reveals its first secrets! While you’ve been defending against the evil that threatens Etheria, Gran Ma’ster found a way to imbue certain shards with incredible power. These hyper shards contain a very unstable power so she is only providing them to defenders that prove their mastery of the defensive arts. At the Gran Ma’ster’s behest, the Defense Council devised a set of challenges for the heroes to overcome.

With the aid of the Abyss Lord, Gran Ma’ster continues to delve deeper into the forbidden knowledge contained within the Isomicon. There’s still much more to decrypt, but there is a growing concern from what’s been revealed — dark forces are coming, and we are NOT ready. Go forth, Defenders! Prepare yourselves, and PROTECT ETHERIA!

Greetings Defenders,

It's time to take a look at the future of Dungeon Defenders II by talking about our upcoming 1.2 Update, Ancient's Prelude. This is a monster of an update, introducing some amazing features that will push your limits. Not only are you getting some awesome new content, but you’re also getting numerous bug fixes, balance changes, quality-of-life fixes and more! Thanks for giving us feedback as we continue to evolve the game into its final form!

In Ancient’s Prelude, we are introducing Mastery, a game mode that challenges your ability as a defender and rewards you with great power. In addition to a new game mode, we’re introducing Flair! Flair is another cosmetic system that will take the look of your heroes to the next level. Shards and Flair aren’t the only rewards though.  We’ll be handing out rewards such as golden pets, Ascension levels, gold, and more!

This is only the beginning of some serious changes in the world of Etheria and we can’t wait until the Isomicon reveals more information about what’s to come. There have been whispers of an endless level of challenge on the horizon.

New Game Mode: MASTERY

The new game mode, Mastery, provides access to all Chaos maps, allowing you to choose where and how you progress. Gran Ma’ster requires you to complete up to five challenges per map, each indicated with a star on the Mastery progress bar. She’s not going to be making it easy either. In order to earn the full five stars on each map, you’ll need to complete all of the challenges together. All stars are earned one time, so once you’ve five starred a map, you have mastered the challenges presented and will have earned all the rewards it has to offer. The power contained within the Hyper Shards is unstable, so only Defenders that prove their might may equip them.


Mastery is intended to be a challenge for all levels of Defenders, both those climbing the ranks and seasoned veterans. Each challenge will bring your item level down to the appropriate level of the Chaos difficulty that you’re in, so there’s no way to just waltz right through these challenges. You’re going to fight tooth and nail to prove you’re worthy of the power that awaits you!

When conquering the Mastery game mode you’ll receive great rewards as you progress. Here’s what you can expect to earn as you decimate challenges:

  • Hyper Shards

  • Exclusive Flair

  • Golden Pets

  • Ascension levels

  • Defender Medals

  • Gold on gold on gold

To achieve absolute mastery, you will have to experiment with new builds to overcome the tasks set before you, pushing your limits as a Defender. Over the coming weeks, the Defense Council will work diligently with the Gran Ma’ster and Abyss Lord to continue deciphering additional levels of challenges and rewards for heroes capable of proving their mastery. The amount of time needed to decipher and develop each new Hyper Shard is about a week.

New Shards:  HYPER SHARDS

Exclusive to the Mastery game mode are Hyper Shards, unique shards that you’ll only be able to claim if you are able to conquer the challenges Gran Ma’ster has provided for you. Hyper shards will be reminiscent of some of your favorite shards, except cranked way up in power. Each type of these shards will only be earned one time, and don’t worry — you can’t sell them.

New Cosmetic System:  FLAIR

A new cosmetic system, Flair, was created that allows your heroes to look even more legendary! Flair can be equipped over any existing costumes or looks on a hero and there’s currently four categories of flair:

  • Head (Halos, masks, and auras)

  • Back (Wings)

  • Waist (floating objects and auras)

  • Feet (auras, fire, and other effects)

There’s more than one way to acquire this new cosmetic so you can look even more heroic on the battlefield. Flair will unlock as you collect more stars through Mastery, future game content, and available through our various store fronts. One of the packs will be available outside of the game for a particularly demonic look, but we’ll discuss later in the blog. With such a wide variety of customizable ways to mix and match flair, you’ll be sure to stick out in the Heroes Marketplace!

New pets: GOLDEN PETS

Golden pets are BACK!  Well… some of them. Golden pets are pets that you will receive while playing through the Mastery game mode. It’s another way to show off just how great of a defender you are to those around you. With golden pets and the new flair system, you’ll be the envy of all that see you!

Halloween in Etheria


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You’ll notice that your Private Tavern and the Heroes Marketplace have been decorated to celebrate Halloween. To add to the celebration, you’ll now be able to acquire Halloween-themed seasonal flair through sales on Steam, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network. This flair will be our first iteration of seasonal-themed flair, but it most definitely will not be our last — you have to look amazing year-round, right? With the Halloween set in particular, you’ll not only terrify your enemies on the battlefield, you’ll also be their worst nightmares!

Bug Fixes

Besides submitting terrific feedback and suggestions, you all have helped us by finding various bugs that we’ve been able to fix with this patch. Thank you for the help in getting them fixed!

Even More On The Way...

Mastery is just the tip of the iceberg for you, Defenders. While Gran provides difficult challenges and tests, they are required to attain the strength needed to protect Etheria and the citizens of Dragonfall from the darkness that lies ahead. We’ll learn more as Gran, the Defense Council, and the Abyss Lord decipher the Isomicon in the weeks to come!

We are eternally grateful for your support, Defenders, and will be providing more information on Ancient’s Prelude and sharing more knowledge of the upcoming power of the Ancients.

For Etheria!

The Dungeon Defenders II Team

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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]]]

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Elliot Cannon, Creative Director

The Abyss Lord is entering that phase where all his functionality and visuals are in and now he goes into critical playtesting and iteration to deliver wanton destruction and goblin obliteration. That cycle is going to repeat until he’s awesome. At the same time, art is jamming on our next hero, who I’m surE you’Ve guessed who 2he is. Stay tuned for visuals. Peeking over Jordan, Robbie, Pingston, and Rusty’s shoulder over the last few days was like looking into Santa’s Bag of character awesomeness. In the studio, everyone shook out the dust and set up shop on the floor, reorganized, and refocused. The creative force is strong, but I think Jason is having scheduling aneurysms trying to keep up! “These aren’t the spreadsheets you’re looking for…”

The hardcore work now really kicks into high gear. The Hero Deck UI is in visual design and programming wiring development, the PS4 content is lining up to get the Harbinger Awakens content and the Dragonfall Carnival in the game, which is awesome as that will put us closer to our ultimate plan of developing for the game with one unified codebase and content pipeline. Early work is starting on gear sets, hero role refinements, a refactoring of character vs account leveling to remove the new hero grind and the Diaz brothers are working with Jordan on some classic inspired dungeon maps. (Finally Dungeons to defend!)

Collins is expanding the game with new map designs to challenge your DD2 skills in ways different from the traditional defend the cart multi-lane configuration. This is awesome because I’m an old-school level designer myself, and a major part of any game’s magic is the level designer’s innate application of his instincts. Although we’re pushing forward with our 2016 plans, we’re not forgetting about the things you’ve been telling us. We’re revising many aspects of the game to remove excessive complexity and convoluted systems that were awesome experiments last year, but buried the fun too deep in the mud, especially pets and how you level your heroes. We’re working towards less grind, better balance, better role definition, more fun, and more ways for your skill and smarts about how to play to shine as opposed to a single answer. Keep the faith. Gotta keep pushing. More soon.


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

Working with everyone to plan out some quick prototypes for different parts of the game; hero deck, swapping heroes, ipwr, experience, leveling, hero unlocking, and so on. Getting distracted by a good bit of meetings but still also trying to wrap up the Abyss Lord and plan out future heroes in the meanwhile.


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

Getting spun up on Live team process and working on keeping the hotfixes coming. We think yesterday’s hotfix could have improved some black screen behavior - if you’re seeing any change please post to this thread on the forums.  

I’m also getting the gears turning internally on the next update for the PS4. Nothing solid yet on timelines, but we’re definitely moving forward full speed this week.


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

Lots and lots of meetings going on. I’m currently working on cleaning up behind-the-scenes code in regards to the Hero Deck. Now that that part is finished, I’m working on UI improvements and additions regarding the Hero Deck. I thought I’d have some WIP pictures to show, but not yet.  Hopefully, next week I can show you all what I’m doing.


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

Having some good meetings about what we can do to create some new gameplay for our maps. We’ve heard a lot of feedback about making larger and more complex maps to really push players on choosing solid points to put their towers. So looking into how we can do those things with any up-and-coming layouts we create.

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

Bug fixes, can i haz them? We sure as heck keep finding them >.<


Abraham Abdala, Lead Tech Animator ([[59787,users]])

Working on lots of setup for a new hero. Lots of meetings planning lots of exciting things. Finalizing everything for the Abyss Lord.


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

We are refocusing ourselves by really sitting down this week and discussing all the things we’ve been working on. Once we get a better understanding of what we want to accomplish for the next patch, we’ll start looking at what we can accomplish. We’re still working towards finalizing the Abyss Lord. We’re at the stage where he’s fully functional and undergoing initial balance tweaks which includes cooldowns, mana costs, and damage numbers. We’ll be implementing passives and skill spheres, and afterwards, we’ll do another final balance pass. Can’t wait to see what you guys think!


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

While I wait for the Abyss Lord level whitebox to be finished & approved, I'm working on a visual test for an upcoming level. 


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

Same as above. I’m doing a visual test for a dungeon level. (It's the one at the top of the post!)


Dani Moore, Remote QA Manager ([[25251,users]])

I've begun a re-organisation of the Remote Playtesting Group with the intent to allow the grow more freedom and time in terms of their playtesting sessions, and allowing us to get more chances at feedback from the group members. Hoping to start getting new testers on board in the coming weeks.

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!
Elandrian

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Trendy Entertainment!  Thanks for a great 2016 and we can’t wait to share what’s coming up in 2017.  Here’s some tidbits about some of the things we’re working on in the game.


Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

There are no holidays in the camp of Blacksmith. We’re working on three huge changes coming to Dungeon Defenders II very soon. Today I am going to talk about 1.5 of those changes.


While we were working on the Terraria crossover, our back burners were burning away thinking about what we can do to DD2 to make it a more entertaining experience and help empower the end game. While I was playtesting the bloodmoon incursion, one of the answers was staring right at me the entire time. Do you guys see what is wrong with this picture?

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Even though we give you the option to carry four heroes in your hero deck, in order to achieve the full fantasy of a hero, you need three of that hero. In the image above, I had:


  1. Defense Health Dryad dedicated to building tanky trees

  2. Defense Power Dryad dedicated to building damage dealing defenses

  3. Hero Damage/Ability Power Dryad dedicated to wrecking face during the combat phase


We are all used to this by now and it’s funny that this has been staring all of us in the face for years now, and we never realized how obtuse it feels. In order for a player to achieve the fantasy a hero promises, that player needs to level 3 of the same hero and farm for at least 18 pieces of gear.


While thinking about this seemingly obtuse problem in DD2, I started thinking about how players interface with loot and realized that loot itself is also currently obtuse. Imagine you are a hero. Imagine you are wearing a full legendary ipwr 800 set of armor. You’d feel powerful right? Protected? Safe? That is what armor is for right? Not in current DD2, if that armor had defense stats on it, well, you will get 1-shot in nightmare… What about if you have an iPwr 800 legendary weapon! Surely you can deal great damage to your adversaries right? Well, not entirely … you more like tickle them to death if that weapon had the wrong stats… Similar to how you interface with your hero deck, there is a lot that does not make sense about DD2’s loot.


To fix these problems I proposed one simple rule. “Whoever equips an item, is affected by that item”. What does that mean? Well, if a hero is equipping a piece of gear, only that hero is affected by that gear. This allows us to make armor and weapons make sense once more. You will no longer find a weapon with Defense Stats nor will you find Armor with Defense Stats.


“What the ploop Blacksmith! What are you doing!? You know this is a Tower Defense game right! Why are you taking tower stats away this is garbage!”


Aha! But wait! There is more! Heroes can no longer equip relics and the game is going to have a total of 5 relic types:

  • Medallions

    • Primary Stat: Defense Power

  • Totems

    • Primary Stat: Defense Health

  • Rings

    • Primary Stat: Defense Range

  • X (not sure what this will look like yet)

    • Primary Stat: Defense Crit Damage

  • Y (not sure what this will look like yet)

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Each one of your towers will now have an equipment slot in your equipment belt that can equip a single relic. So for example, on the Squire you will see:

  • Weapon Slot

  • Shield Slot

  • Helm Slot

  • Chest Slot

  • Gloves Slot

  • Boots Slot

  • Cannonball Relic Slot

  • Blockade Relic Slot

  • Ballista Relic Slot

  • Dummy Relic Slot


Each tower is now only affected by the relic they equip. What does all this mean? Well this change allows us to combine those 3 heroes you did before into a single hero. Your hero deck of 4 heroes can now literally be 4 different heroes (or 4 squires if you really want to, you can do what you want, you’re all grown…). Each hero can now fulfill the fantasy role in its entirety.


But Blacksmith, what about hero diversity? At least before you had 3 different Squires… It now sounds like all Squires are going to be the same!


Nope! They won’t be, and here is why. If you think about it really, the 3 different Squires you had before were not at all very exciting differences. The next two changes (that I cannot yet talk about) are targeted at adding customization and diversity to each hero type so that you can have different sorts of Squires, Apprentices, EVes (EVii?) and so on.


One of the two things (that I cannot yet talk about, but I am going to anyway) revolves around how you interface with Passives. Right now passives are a good customization tool but are also a massive pain to interface with. You are dependent on RNG to get you the 3 passives you want in the right combination. We are changing that. We are thinking that passives will no longer spawn on gear. Instead, gear spawns with passive slots and passives drop independently on different maps. We are also thinking that passives will no longer have random values but instead will start at a fixed value and can be upgraded through item enhancement. Instead of finding a passive that says “Cannonball Tower does +15% more damage” you will now find an object, let’s call this object a shard, that says “This shard improves the damage of the tower it is socketed into by 5%, can be upgraded 10 times”. By divorcing loot and passives (it was a doomed relationship from the start), you can now invest in the passives you want to and when you get a higher iPwr piece of gear, simply unsocket that passive and move it to the new piece of gear.


All these changes are highly experimental, a lot may change about them, and are the reason why I will be working through the break to deliver these changes to all of you as quickly as possible. We will talk about all these changes in the future, but I wanted to reveal some of them to you know so we can start gathering your feedback. If you have something to say please comment and include “Blacksmith” in your reply. If you have concerns or even if you like what you hear and want to send a few encouraging words please reply in the comments below!


(Also examine the inventory screenshot below closely, you may see the new equipment slots for each hero)


Joshua Javaheri, Tech Art Director (Javahawk)


First and foremost, Happy Holidays! It’s been a long year and a long journey thus far for us and for you, and we're really glad to be here with you throughout. The last few patches have been relatively quiet as we continue to work on huge system overhauls that will dramatically change the way we play and interface with DD2.


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A few of us are wrapping up our year here with some much anticipated quality of life improvements to the inventory UI. Gone will be the days of the hero's forge soon, as we're shoving a ton of important hero and inventory specific information onto this revamped inventory system. The right side of this new UI will be the inventory management screen while the left side is relegated to dealing with your hero deck, equipment, and various stats.


One of the questions we've been getting lately is "will these inventory changes affect the structure of bags, and if so, how will this affect my previous purchases?" Simply, yes, we are getting rid of the concept of standard and premium bags in favor of a simpler system. All bags will have the previous premium functionality and will consist of 64 inventory slots apiece.


All players who return will get converted to the new system with the same-or-higher number of inventory slots as they previously had (rounded up to the nearest 64 slot bag). So that means a player who currently has a total of 144 slots (9 bags of 16 slots) will get rounded up to 192 slots (3 bags of 64 slots). THIS MEANS THAT IN EVERY CASE, PLAYERS WILL RECEIVE THE SAME OR GREATER NUMBER OF TOTAL INVENTORY SLOTS.


Additionally, all bags will have extensive sorting functionality. More specifically, players will now be able to sort by Weapons, Armor, Relics, Pets/Pet Items, Consumables, and Lockboxes, and our smart after sorting algorithms will also intelligently sort between different types of items. For example, if a player currently has a huntress equipped, when they sort by weapons, the top hits will all be bows, followed by other weapons with similar ranged stats. We also have a second layer of sorting, with tags such as iPWR, rarity, recent, etc, for even more sorting control.


We are also giving players the tools they need for smarter auto-loot collection. Players will be able to specify, on a per bag level, which loot goes where! It will now be possible for a player to throw all legendary huntress bows into one bag, and all garbage low tiered items into a garbage bag automatically. This should help some of the tedious item management pain points we've noticed players experiencing.


Here are some other cool inventory notes players can expect when we release inventory 2.0:

  • Inventory Item locking

  • Sell all in bag feature (Locked items ignored)

  • Unified design across all platforms

  • Full gamepad support


As a parting shot, we are also working on a solution to upgrade gear from the inventory, similar to DD1! :)


What're these!?:

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Colin Fisher, Assistant Producer (Elandrian)


I can’t wait for this next year, and I can’t wait to share all the hype that I have been containing since I started working on DD2. We’re going to be on our holiday break for a while, but we’ll be back in January and grinding hard at some big boy system updates.


I might stream a day or two over our break, and if you’re interested in streaming over the holidays, let me know!  I’ll still be around the interwebs interacting with the community when I’m not sipping martinis (shaken not stirred) on a beach and hopefully hosting some fun people on our Twitch channel!  


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)


Happy Holidays Defenders!


For those who didn't read the last Devlog, we are working on a barbarian themed level, and this week we've been focusing on some viking huts meshes and textures.

We already made some good progress and can't wait to start the world building phase of this level! Meanwhile, here are some of the new assets.

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Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKami).


Hey Happy Holidays everyone! As Jesus said, we're working on a barbarian themed level, mostly doing art test stuff. We had some master classes and received some great advice from Jordan this week to help us improve our hand painting skills.


Here's an example:

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iamisom

PS4 Defenders,

Our next patch, Loot & Survive, is coming December 1st! It contains pretty much everything you could want while defending Etheria -- a new leveling/progression curve, level cap increase to 50, rewards & Skill Sphere choices as you level up, a completely new loot/stat system, Onslaught Mode, Nightmare mode, an economy balance to make gold more meaningful, and oh so much more.

It will also include a full wipe, which means your heroes, items and progress will enter the Void, never to return. (Any premium purchases will be refunded, so you’ll have all of your gems back!)

Since we’re going to miss your heroes, too, we decided to go the extra mile and put together some EXCLUSIVE items for your hard work:


Corrupted Welp

Everyone who has leveled up at least one hero to level 25 will be awarded a unique, custom pet. To obtain this award, you must complete this challenge by 11:59PM EST on November 30th. The pet will be given to you in the Loot & Survive update on December 1st.


4 Survivor Hero Costumes

Everyone who has leveled up at least one of each hero class to level 25 will get a unique hero costume for that class. That means if you level up your Huntress to 25, you’ll get the Huntress Survivor Costume, but you’ll have to level up a Squire, Apprentice and Monk to 25 to get their respective costumes. To obtain these awards, you must complete this challenge by 11:59PM EST on November 30th. The costumes will be given to you in the Loot & Survive update on December 1st.


Free Gems for Earned Wyvern Token

And finally, we’ll be giving everyone free gems for earning Wyvern Tokens in the game to date. Earned means that you have gained them, so this counts for any tokens that you spent on Uber Spheres and Lockbox Keys. We will be awarding the following amount of gems based on the amount of Wyvern Tokens you’ve earned by, you guessed it, 11:59PM EST on November 30th:


Wyvern Tokens Earned

Gems Rewarded

20 - 39

150

40 - 79

300

80 - 119

500

120 +

1200


Thanks for helping us refine Dungeon Defenders II on the PS4! Together, we’re going to make the best Action Tower Defense game ever.

Love,
The Trendy Team

drod1000



Greetings, Defenders!

My name is Darrell Rodriguez, and I am the new CEO of Trendy Entertainment. I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for the vast majority of my career, where I have been privileged to work with some of the foremost creative and tech leaders around at companies such as Disney, EA, LucasArts, and now Trendy Entertainment.

I am here to empower the developers at Trendy to achieve their amazing vision, technology, and creativity. I am here so we can continue to build games you will love and create technology that will empower other independent developers to take their games to a place they could not have otherwise gone. Like everyone at Trendy, I am a big believer in collaborating with you, our community. So I’m also here to build systems to empower, to better listen to you and to make your input a reality in the games we make.

I, like you, have been captivated by Dungeon Defenders’ unique gameplay and pledge to bring more of that to you in the future. Both in the form of Dungeon Defenders II, whose evolving art style and gameplay continue to impress me every day, and other (more secret) projects for Dungeon Defenders lovers. I ask for your patience and trust as I help guide your beloved Dungeon Defenders. I am human, and like us all, may stumble. But through listening and learning from you all, I am confident we will work together to make Dungeon Defenders future as bright as possible.

As an independent developer, funding is tight and decisions need to be made that enable survival and empower developers to make games you will play and love. So to start, I have a question for you. The Kickstarter concept of voting with your wallet to fund products you would like to see built has been popular for many independent studios so far. What are your thoughts on using this concept, not to fund a game, but to grow and expand one? For example, would you chip in with other players to help create new features or content for everyone to play as opposed to just buying content for yourself?

The random winners of our Wyvern blog are Baxter and Beorn424!

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!
Blacksmith

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When it comes to loot in Dungeon Defenders II, there is simply so much I could talk about. I honestly felt a bit overwhelmed when I was asked to write this blog. But there is one thing that stands out. Something a little special…

Stat Progression vs. Visual Progression

The earliest versions of armor in Dungeon Defenders were purely stat-based, with no cosmetic benefit. When we first approached loot design in Dungeon Defenders II, we wanted to find a way to balance this. To do so, we developed the following philosophy:

Players should never have to make a choice between the best stats and the coolest looking gear. They should have access to both! From a gameplay perspective, armor should give players stats that allow them to progress heroes, abilities, and defenses to fit their playstyle. But aesthetically, that armor also needs to feel satisfying; to become more and more awesome as you progress within the game.

To accommodate this we decided to separate the two concepts. Instead of being stuck with a set of gear you hate just for the benefit of good stats, you now have the complete freedom to mold and shape your heroes’ look as you see fit.

So how do you improve your character’s stats? To keep the visual progression separate from the stat progression, there will be two types of armor in Dungeon Defenders II:

  1. Armor that provides visual progression: This allows you to change the way your hero looks based on your playstyle. (Lots of exciting things I can’t talk about just yet!)
  2. Armor that provides stat boosts: Stat pieces that drop in the world and can be equipped. We call these pieces Relics!

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Relics: Applying Stats to Cosmetic Pieces

Relics are powerful, enchanted artifacts that drop from enemies and chests. At this time, there are three main Relic classifications: Tomes, Medallions, and Totems. Tomes represent intellect and magical affinity, Medallions represent courage and strength, and Totems represent fortitude.

Each hero will have four Relic slots: Boots, Hands, Chest and Head. Additionally, heroes are restricted in which Relics they can equip based on their role. For example, the Squire can only equip Totems and Medallions in any of the four slots. We’re currently testing Relics with this distribution in the Council build.

When a Relic is dropped in the world it will have four main components:

  1. Relic Type: This can be a Talisman, Tome, or Totem.
  2. Who Can Equip It: The item info will display which heroes can equip the relic.
  3. Where It Can Be Slotted: This is indicated by corresponding visuals.
  4. And all of the other things you've come to expect from loot: Stats, tiers, etc.

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Speaking of tiers, you’ll be pleased to know that Dungeon Defenders II will have 6 tiers of loot! From worst to best, the new tiers are:

  1. Worn
  2. Sturdy
  3. Powerful
  4. Epic
  5. Mythical
  6. And the much coveted Legendary!

This is only one small part of a very large, complex, and rewarding system that is loot in Dungeon Defenders II. I look forward to sharing even more exciting loot news with you in the future, but until then, leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the Relic system so far.

The random winner of our Conceptual Level Design blog is Olot!

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!
iamisom

Regarding the Website

Dear Defenders,

As many of you are aware, there was an outage of the Dungeon Defenders Community Site from 11/14 to 11/25. While we have been able to recover from the outage, unfortunately there has been data loss suffered. This was data corruption, not a data breach. No information was compromised to any outside parties. We’ve been working closely with our website partners, Duxter, to determine what happened.

What Happened:

  • There was a website outage from 11/14 to 11/25.
  • We were able to restore a forum backup from 10/14.
  • We were able to reassociate Defense Council forum access with information from our payment processors and Steam.

What This Means For You:

  • If you created a Community account before 10/14, simply login! You will have to relink your Steam account and remake any changes to your account since then. If you created an account before 10/14 and are having trouble logging in, please reset your password.
  • If you created a Community account after 10/14 you will have to recreate it.
  • Anyone who recreates an account or logs in to the site for the next two weeks will automatically receive +500 forum posts to their account's forum post count. In the future, we will also be rewarding all pre-existing members and users who register over this time a code for an exclusive in-game title (help us create that here!)

How to Regain Access to the Defense Council:

  • Please use the email address you purchased to recreate your Community account. This will automatically reassociate access for most of you.
  • Relink your Steam Account to your profile. If your profile is set to public and DD2 is in your recently played games you will receive access.
  • If all else fails email support[at]trendyent.com with your account name, Steam ID, and purchase confirmation and we’ll get you relinked up right away! 

We’re terribly sorry for this inconvenience. Community is our life at Trendy and we find this loss of data unacceptable. We have been working closely with Duxter to discover why this happened and to ensure it never happens again. For those of you interested, I’ve included very detailed information of what happened below and the steps we have taken to ensure it never happens again:

Root Cause Analysis:

  • There was systematic filesystem level data corruption on the primary database server.
  • This scrambled data was replicated to the secondary database server and into offsite backups.
  • This data corruption was not detected until the system outage.

Future Prevention:

  • We’ve created multiple offsite backup locations to store forum data.
  • These data snapshots are now taken several times per day.
  • Full backups are retained indefinitely on different storage media.
  • Backups are tested for data integrity and verified through successful restores in a staging environment.

If you have any outstanding issues, please send an email to support[at]trendyent.com or send me a private message. We’ll help you as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, I’ll be working closely with all of you to help rebuild what was lost. If you lost a guide, suggestion, feedback thread or a sticky thread and do not have a local copy, please email josh.isom[at]trendyent[dot]com, and I will work with you to rewrite it. If you would like to help the community with the rebuilding process, reach out to those who lost something and give a helping hand. We’ve created a thread here for players to offer their support. 


admin
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

LaurawantsaCow
Help us make DD2 better
Fountain



 



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!
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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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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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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In our first-ever Influence Report, we talk about some of your biggest topics so far. We'll talk about more topics in future videos! Keep your feedback coming! Plus, read our new Dev Log after the jump.



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


Danny Araya, Creative Director (DannyAraya)

Recovering from the Game Awards and PSX. Taking a look at the community feedback since EA release and reassessing some of the aesthetic decisions we’ve made. Thinking of some of the next steps steps to take with codexes, environmental easter eggs, and other small narrative elements. 


Jay Twining, Senior Game Designer (TrendyJayT)

We’re testing improvements to the long-term health of our progression and combat balance. We have lots of plans to make the leveling, itemization and end-game experiences super engaging. I can’t wait to show you guys what we’ve got up our sleeve! Here’s a hint: expect leveling from 1 to 25 to be a much better experience very, very soon. 


Joshua Javaheri, Lead Technical Artist (javahawk)

Catching up a bit after PSX and the Game Awards. Prioritizing milestone tasks and working alongside our talented VFX team to art up one of our newer creepy maps in production.


Chris Flores, QA Lead (likethatwhenigothere)

Now that the hotfix is released, we’re continuing to look into the issues being reported by the community and helping to resolve those issues. Also, we have some lingering issue that have been sitting on the shelf for a bit now so we’ll go back to those and try to figure the out. Finally, we’re doing another sweep over the Special Stats as some of them are still causing issues or need some balancing tweaks.

Some of the issues we’re looking at right now (as in right now right now):

  • Players loading into a Black Tavern with no collision. We now have 100% repro for it and a fix will be in the works soon.
  • Much like you guys, we are also eagerly awaiting a fix for the Inventory bug in which it appears as if items are disappearing from the inventory when swapping out equipment. We know what’s causing it and just waiting for a fix to come down the pipeline.
  • We are actively investigating the numerous crash reports involving the game crashing after pressing Play on the launcher. These are machine specific-crashes so our programmers are working out ways to get better crash reports to help narrow this down. Stay tuned!


Abraham Abdala, Lead Technical Animator (Broham)

Working on new traps and subcores for the spooky maps… eight-legged freaks and stuff.


Eduardo Lev Guerra, Engine Programmer (EdLev)

Trying to solve the most commonly reported crashes, and starting work on some cool new matchmaking functionality.


Adam Stow, Associate Producer (@TE-Stow)

Sadly cannot rest after PSX! Making sure the new map’s trap design is communicated and vision clear as it goes into art, and making sure that the newly announced (You did know that, right?) PS4 version is humming along.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

Working on a new level, currently creating the large pieces such as grounds and walls and making sure that these pieces are close to the original blockout.


Philip Asher, Marketing Director (pmasher)

At home recovering from post PlayStation Experience and The Game Awards flu. Approving all sorts of awesome stuff our community and marketing teams are creating for you guys these next few weeks.


Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

The feedback. Oh god, the feedback! We’ve gathered up every single Steam forum post, official forum post, Tweet, Facebook comment, review, article and article comment since we dropped the Steam Early Access version (and the PS4 announcement!) on Friday. Phew! My brain hurts. 

There’s so much ridiculously amazing feedback, and we’re diving in to tackle the biggest points of feedback. Brad and Daniel mentioned a few of the biggest points in the video above. We’ll talk about more points in our developer livestreams (every Friday at 5 PM EST on our Twitch channel) and in future Influence Report videos!

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From: Colin “Elandrian” Fisher, Creative Director

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

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

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

For the realest take, keep reading!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So we need your help.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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