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The Dark Altar update arrives on Tuesday, September 13th! Watch the trailer above, and then read this week’s Dev Log below to learn more about our haunting new update:


Elliot Cannon, Creative Director (Myscha_Sleddog)

Altar of the Athame Incursion

Next week we have something especially evil heading your way, laying the groundwork for the arrival of the Mystic. In this Incursion, Altar of the Athame, you’ll find yourselves in what may remind you of the Ramparts map from Dungeon Defenders; however, the Diaz brothers, Daniel Diaz and Jesus Diaz, reimagined this place as Steve Collins created the latest Incursion on the new map, the Crumbled Bulwark. I want to share some inside information on this map as it is actually insane to play and things can get out of control VERY quickly. Bring your “A” game for sure.


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Location

Once the base of operations for a mysterious order of Old Assassins, the location appears empty. Don’t be fooled. Eons ago, they took part in a ritual that ascended them into an ethereal and almost ghostlike state, making them powerful additions to the Old Ones’ army. The altar where that ceremony took place, Altar of the Athame, stands before you now on top of a magnificent and evil fortress overlooking dead valleys. Two Eternia Crystals rest here, unprotected. Take a look around:  Rumor has it previous cavaliers, perhaps hoping to stop the ritual, tried and failed. Perhaps they left clues as to what to expect.


Defend!

What DD2 session is complete without hordes of baddies? After all, Eternia Crystals hanging around in unprotected spots simply won’t do! Be sure and set up your best defenses, but be prepared because your arrival will not go unnoticed.


Desecration

Your presence is an affront to the assassin order. The Altar Assassins will rise up and come for you. That’s right, you! Not your defenses, not the Eternia Crystal. Your presence must end, and they will pursue you slowly and relentlessly. At times like these, mobility and player control is king. Be aware of where you are as you defend the crystals and keep a mental note of where the assassins are or you may find yourself in a world of hurt. There are bells in the map that when you ring them, send out a shockwave that stuns all the Altar Assassins in the map, but that’s only temporary in case you need to catch your breath. There is a way to defeat them, but that requires you to use their power against them. Read on.


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Dark Prophets Have the Key

Amongst the hordes of enemies are servants of the Old Assassins, the Dark Prophets. These fanatical Warboars are evangelists of the Altar of the Athame, and they know the secrets to the ritual that carried the Old Assassins over from the world of living and into the ethereal realm. Wipe the Dark Prophets out and loot their Dark Tomes. Only upon placing the right number of Dark Tomes on the altar will you be ready to activate it, but before you do, gather your allies on top of the altar because a DPS race is about to begin.


All Guns Blazing

You’ve placed the right number of Dark Tomes on the altar and gathered your allies together. Stand on the altar and activate the ritual. As you do, you’ll enter their distorted world so watch for which of the ancient statues emanates the ghostly image of the Old Assassins and destroy it! Do so quickly because the ritual does not last long. Watch the timer! It may take a few tries unless your power and skill is true. Once the statue crumbles to rubble, the ethereal Old Assassin become corporeal again. Kill them all to win the wave.


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The Inside Peek for a Laugh

Playing this reminded me of raiding in World of Warcraft back in Wrath of the Lich King. Ever jump into a raid with your crappy guild, when half the people are clueless ding-dongs and you wipe horribly on a new fight you’ve never done, mostly because no one bothered to read up on how to do beforehand? Hey, it’ll be fun, let’s just wing it! The raid leader’s yelling instructions he got from the web, some goofy hunter never misdirected, half the dpsers are padding the meters on trash, the tank doesn’t turn the boss, or some silly healer stands there and gets beaten on by adds, or better yet, stands in black stuff! That’s what this Incursion is like the first time. I was laughing myself silly as Steve yelled out what to do over Skype as literal twenty Altar Assassins started pulverizing us swarming the Altar. Get on the altar he said! Press the button he said! Splat!

Once the laughing died down, we settled in and focused. Not only do you have to defend two cores, but picking out Dark Prophets from the crowd, snatching up Dark Tomes and running them to the altar is a riot. Communication is key. If you play this one with friends, use VOIP! Once the tomes are in place, don’t activate the ritual until everyone is ready, hot swap to your best single target DPS, and burn the RIGHT statue down fast. Once you crush that, you can blast all the Altar Assassins, as they will no longer be immune.


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Sounds easy, right? Now imagine you and your buddies all jumping on the altar ready to go but 10-20 Altar Assassins are buzzing round two-shotting people, like our VFX/Technical Artist Brian Goodsell. Once you figure out how to kite them away and use a little teamwork, you’ll be slaughtering this Incursion with tons of moment-to-moment improvising for your movement and shooting skills. What’s so fun is learning all the little tricks and playing with different people and using different heroes. The locations of the new enemies changes everything as they constantly track you.


The Dark Ritual Blade:  Mystic Dagger

The Mystic is just around the corner, so this time around we wanted to give players a chance to snatch up a cool weapon for her before she goes live. We’ve got a proc-style effect on a very evil dagger lined up for her. The effect is serpentine to say the least, dominating the crap out of mobs in an AOE near her. I won’t spill the beans too much more on weapon so the other folks can show off the deserty-cobra-coolness.

We’re still shooting for our Mystic release in late September, and with that comes the Campaign Revamp and UI Improvements we’ve been chatting about. After these two releases, we’re digging in deep to many long-term goals to get this game done!


John Muscarella, Digital Puppet Master (Muskie4242)

Speaking of the Mystic:  While she’s not in this update, here’s a little sneak peek at some of her animations.

Hero run cycles are built from two base runs.  Forward and Back are then adjusted to fit the other directions.

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Make sure to keep your snake god appeased, because if not, then this may happen to you…

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Snake gods are not known to be very forgiving.


Tim Shannon, PS4 and Live Producer (TimmyTrashTier)

UPDATES! GET YOUR UPDATES! It is update-a-palooza.  Last week we put out the first patch since the Lavamancer release on PC and PS4 + an additional patch for PS4 that fixed a problem with the campaign. This week’s patch hopefully improved client/server communication, which we’re hoping to get more updates on soon. Then, next week, we’re releasing another content update with an Incursion that will straight one shot your core. Then, two weeks after that we have another major update scheduled that will totally, like, change the way you see the world and yourself and… like… reality… bruh?!?  

In between all these releases we’re working on all sorts of secret projects the government doesn’t acknowledge the existence of (Thanks Obama!) and assembling our grand plan for world domination and happy hour from 7-9pm each day because, seriously, who gets off work 3 each day?


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Coordinating some serious polish on the updated campaign flow. I’m having a blast playing through each new iteration. Alongside campaign polish, we are also pushing forward on the latest Crumbled Bulwark Incursion. This one is going to be pretty intense and more complex than previous versions.

Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

Really excited with the new level we are working on! Prepare yourself for exploring a vast land full of player-only paths!


Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKami)

Working on a fresh new level! We started it last week so right now we have all pf the layout blocked out and have just started to decorate it like there's no tomorrow!

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Here are the notes for Patch 15.2! (It's a small patch for a small week.)

Improvements

  • We have optimized the way in which buffs replicate between the client and server.  Ask Javo (lead programmer) if you want more details, but this will hopefully be the first of several improvements in connection stability and performance.
  • The Awakening Weapons have been re-added to drop tables and all four are now available in the Throne Room.
  • Metrics stuff added and fixed behind the scenes because every move you make / we'll be watching you...


Bug Fixes

  • R3 now opens the pop-up shop in the pet menu again on PS4.
  • Lavamancer Shine Spark (Fissure) Passive now spawns on items with defense power.
  • Some enemies have finally left the nest and will no longer be hiding in spawn behind their mother's wing.
  • We changed two descriptions (one for EV2 and one for Lavamancer) which means its time for a treasure hunt!!!
  • Scorched Tome should now spit even moar hawt fiyah since it will only spawn with hero stats (if it knows what's good for it that is...)


That's it for the moment, but stay tuned for next week's Patch of Flying Daggers (nailed it! I should totally get to name stuff in game now -TimmyTrashTier).

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The patch is now live on both Steam and PS4! Here are the patch notes:

Series EV2 Hero Sale!

  • For the next two weeks, Series EV2 and the EV2 bundle are on sale!

    • Series EV2 Hero:  900 Gems

    • Series EV2 Hero + Costume Bundle:  1,400 Gems


Lavamancer

  • Defense Medal cost reduced to 10,000!


Improvements

  • Map-specific item drops (like the Toxic Shock bow) can drop up to iPWR 700 in NM4, regardless of the iPWR of the map.

  • Loot drops for the Gun Witch, Abyss Lord, Series EV2 and Lavamancer now have Loot V2 stat pairing hooked up.  This was fixed for the Molten Tome. We're working on getting this fixed for the new heroes! 

  • Players kicked from a public game can no longer rejoin the game.

  • Added a DPS Numbers Only option for Target Dummies in the Options Menu.

  • Reduced the number of enemies in an Onslaught Horde wave.

  • Controller:  Interacting with NPCs and picking up items is now bound to R3. Ping is now functioning properly on L1 > R1.

  • Earthshatter Fault Line passive changed to have a chance to knock enemies up.


Balance

  • Fissure of Embermount starts dealing damage to enemies at Tier 2 now.


Bug Fixes

  • Several memory leaks that caused players to fall through the game world have been plugged. If you are still experiencing this issue, please contact our customer support and attach your client log from the session where it occurred. Directions for this can be found here.

  • Material and texture loading optimized to decrease loading times.

  • Maw of the Earth Drake no longer gives nearby towers attack speed boosts when under the effect of Eruption.

  • Incursions should now drop the correct rewards.

  • Fixed a bug where the Earthshatter was still causing AoE damage.


New Weapon Drop Locations

  • The Wyvern Den 

    • All Betsy Weapons

  • Harbinger’s Warship

    • Squire Harbinger Shield

  • Nimbus Reach

    • Storm Boots

    • Apprentice Harbinger Staff (Hero)

  • Greystone Plaza

    • Storm Chest

    • Squire Harbinger Sword (Hero)

  • Assault on Throne Room

    • Storm Gloves

    • Huntress Harbinger Bow (Hero)

  • Buried Bastille

    • Storm Helm

    • Monk Harbinger Polearm (Hero)

  • Wyvern Enthusiasts Incursion

    • Huntress Phantom Phoenix Bow

    • Huntress Harbinger Bow (Defense)

  • Malthius Incursion

    • Monk Infernal Combustor Polearm

    • Apprentice Armageddon Staff

    • Squire Scarlet Enforcer Sword

    • Huntress Armored Cleanser Bow

  • Griblok’s Horde Incursion

    • Squire Impaling Cutter Sword

    • Squire Harbinger Sword (Defense)

  • Chrome Enemies Incursion

    • Huntress Toxic Shock Bow

    • Monk Harbinger Polearm (Defense)

  • Forest Poachers Incursion

    • Apprentice Chilling Touch Staff

    • Apprentice Harbinger Staff (Defense)

  • Unholy Catacombs Incursion

    • Squire Sword of Unholy Fire

  • Kobold Bling King Incursion

    • Huntress Bling O’ Midas Bow

  • Bastille Master Incursion

    • Apprentice Ghastly Halberd Staff

  • Power Surge Incursion

    • Monk Glaive of the Storms Polearm

  • The Demon’s Lair Incursion

    • Abyss Lord Molten Tome


PS4 players will get these changes later this week!

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Elliot Cannon, Studio Creative Director (Myscha_Sleddog)

Upcoming Campaign Changes

While a number of folks continue with new Incursion maps, new gear, and the Mystic, another strike team continues to work with me on overhauling the existing campaign, game structure, and experience into something much smarter and more cohesive. This will affect all players, but mostly brand new and returning players. If you have heroes that have not hit 50 and beaten the campaign or geared well enough to enter Nightmare I, you’ll definitely want to check this out. These changes are slated to release at the same time as the Mystic (tentatively slated for late September) so it’s not far off.


Overview of Campaign Changes

Here’s a brief overview. Look for much more visuals from the team soon here, on social media, and on our Devstreams:

  • All maps (18 in total) are in a new order and interconnected by an overarching story thread. It all starts with the intro video and ends with your climactic defeat of the Har… er… main bad guy.

  • Story elements appear on both map-specific loading screens and in-game videos at key moments. We added a continue button to the map specific loading screens so you have a chance to check them out.

  • The campaign takes you from 1-50. Yep, 50!

  • The new campaign gears you for Nightmare I by the time you’re done. Finish the campaign and you’re a walking wave of destruction ready to get into much harder content right away.

  • You can play through the campaign in 9-10 hours if you don’t lose and rush through everything. We’ve found most folks play through in around 16 hours or so, by doing extra activities such as meticulously upgrading four heroes along the way, enchanting, testing, goofing around with pets, etc.

  • We have unlocked all NPC shops in the Heroes’ Marketplace at Level 1. Enchanting, Pets, Relics, Blacksmith, have at thee.

  • Many minor things that the game used to lock out by an arbitrary level is gone and ready for you from the moment you start.

  • A super brief starter quest points brand new players to the War Table, explains the Hero Deck, multiple heroes, how to unlock them, how to earn Defender Medals then sends you on your first chapter of the story. Brief, to the point, get playing.

  • The flow of first install to playing is much cooler, cleaner, and faster. We’re cleaning up the Create Hero UI so you can jump to heroes faster and improving the flows.

  • Over the course of the campaign, you need to win each map before you can play the next. We do this with a self-contained quest so you never have to go back to town! If you already beat campaign, nothing is gated.

  • We’ve added a NEXT MAP button to every map in the campaign and in defense mode so you can keep playing. All the maps have the same story-driven order.

  • We’ve adjusted the warm-up timers and end game timers. Warmup is immediate and controlled by you now. End game timers are gone, so you can collect loot, gear up, and take your time before you go to your next map. We felt that having to go back to town all the time killed fun and momentum. We use the “G” up type mechanic here at better spots to promote smoother play on your terms.

  • When you win maps in the campaign, you get Defender Medals and gems! By the time you win that 18th map, you’ll easily have about 5,000 Defender Medals to give you a boost before you jump into Nightmare I, work on heroes, or horde them for future goodies.

  • Freeplay and Endgame are gone! Campaign prepares you for Nightmare I. /flex

  • The Campaign rewards much better gear drops, and at key chapters, tailored gear.

  • We’ve remapped the old quest chain so if you were midstream in that or sub 50 previously, we put you in a great spot to go forward. Since we’re leveling you faster and you’re earning gear that is much more powerful sooner, we place you in a spot based on your iPWR so you can keep making progression.

  • Enemy introductions fit the new progression of the story.

  • Pacing is snappier and more meaningful. Many maps have less waves and almost all have more boss-style climaxes.

  • Maps are harder, and we offer two difficulties for the campaign to choose from (Normal and Hard) which you can jump back and forth on with no penalty.

  • The game’s tutorial is freestanding and accessible off the main menu. We’re adding some V.O. here and there for personality for now. We have grander plans for an in-game strategy guide, but for now, this allows you to access the tutorial when you feel like it.

  • We’re redesigning the Main Menu with much more visual punch and a better flow for both console and PC (Continue Campaign, Go to Town, Go to Private Tavern, updates on the game, videos, social media, and all kinds of smart stuff). I’ll let visuals speak for themselves, so stay tuned!

  • The Game Browser has a better linear flow for campaign, as each map is part of a 6-chapter story; we present each chapter in a linear sequence so you can get a feel for where you are in the bigger picture.

  • We’ve expanded the Create Game section with more room for game messages, images, cleaner flow, and less iPWR monkey business in your face. Less clicks to get playing for sure.

  • If you’ve previously finished the campaign on your account, you can still go back and play the campaign maps in any order you want to gear up which is actually pretty fun now that everything is connected better feeling more like a single-player RPG journey with meaning.

  • You can of course play the entire campaign with friends in multiplayer.

  • I could not convince the art team to make a DD2 style UT 99 Flak Cannon. Will keep working on them.


As we said earlier this year, making solid strides towards finishing the game is on point here. The content and changes we have planned through the rest of the year are even more compelling. Dynamic difficulty and enemy scaling, scaling for number of players, a huge range of difficulty to challenge players forever, hero specific gear, leaderboards, and tons more. Keep tuned in for more on the next Incursion, the Mystic hero, and the Campaign changes!


Tim Shannon, PS4 and Live Producer (TimmyTrashTier)

This week is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. We’re working on finalizing our next content update. From the PS4 side of things, we’re working on adding split-screen support to gameplay options as well as other improvements to controller configuration. On the live team side, we’re following up on a number of issues including: lag during matches, loading times on PS4, and adding Loot V2 support to all the new heroes. Next week should see a patch coming out that solves some of the issues with the Lavamancer release and the first round of controller updates.

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This morning, iamisom came in with pep in his step and a glimmer in his eye. We all knew something was different. Something big was about to happen. Suddenly, Isom’s mouth opened. Our heart rates went up. Dogs started meowing. Cats started barking. Team Instinct, somehow, now ruled every gym in town. Was this the darkest timeline?

Time and space itself waited with bated breath.

And then, when it seemed like the very fabric of the universe couldn’t take the silence… Isom spoke:

“The plan:


  1. Ask 'Who wants us to start the 3x Medal weekend early?'

  2. Listen.

  3. Do what they tell us.

  4. Profit.”


And so, we did. And you responded. And we did what you said to do. And it is done.

3x Medal Weekend starts NOW, folks. 

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Thank you, Isom. He’s not the hero we deserve, but he is the hero we got. Anyway, here's what we're working on this week.

Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

By day I am working with our awesome team on two upcoming new heroes. The Mystic is up next, and she is looking rather slithery. I’m helping direct John and Mel with their animations to make sure we capture her feel, and I’m working with the programmers as her abilities and towers start to come online. By day, heroess; by night, other things… I’m basically Batman I think:


  1. Enemy Redesign:  I am working on getting the enemy redesign in. Yao is programming their functionality, and I’m going over our new campaign and rebuilding the schedules. So far Gates, Market, and Greystone are done.

  2. Passives:  We’ve talked at length about some of the plans we have for a new and improved passive system. I’m first making an index on all the passives we have in game and categorizing them under: to be cut, to be improved, to be left alone. The ones that are cut will be removed from the game. This is mostly to remove superfluous passives that are not fun. To be improved is a category for passives that are theoretically cool, but in practice are rather boring. As an example, the gold gain passives can use some love. To be left alone is a category for passives that are doing just fine.

  3. Hero Balance: I’m working with the programmers to try and figure out a way to make balancing our game an easier task. The workflow to go in and balance a tower for example is rather inefficient and a lot of time is wasted and mistakes can happen because our process is not ideal. I’m trying to organize our data in a more intuitive way so that designers can at a glance figure out the specific problems with the balance, identify, and solve easily. Anyone and their mother can tell you something like “Tower X is OVER POWERED!” or “Ability Y is useless no one EVER uses it” -- figuring out why that is and how it should be solved to not introduce more problems is the tricky bit. This is a multi-step process that involves a lot of math, and a lot of talking with the community team to figure out the perception of balance.


Tim Shannon, PS4 and Live Producer (TimmyTrashTier)

After missing last week and getting deleted from the Dev Log like I don’t even exist [Ed. Note:  Suck it, Tim], we successfully shipped the Lavamancer update this week and have been tracking the issues with it since then. Our next update is pretty beefy, so I’m trying to bundle all of our fixes into that so we can remove the overhead of hotfixing and focus on making the campaign revamp as low impact on client stability and performance as we can. That being said, if something game breaking crops up, expect a fix.

In other news, we’re working on some updates to the controller that should alleviate a long standing concern with the controller layout, adding look sensitivity, and adding dead zone configurations to the options menu. We also will potentially be adding Loot V2 support for all the new heroes (fingers crossed), a DPS number only mode for tavern dummies, and making it where kicked players will no longer be able to rejoin the sessions they were kicked from (hasta la vista griefers).  


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

This week I've been doing some visual changes to the Crumbled Bulwark level that should be released soon, which includes finalizing the visual pass and doing a collision pass. Check it out:

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Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Now that the Crumbled Bulwark has had its makeover, it’s time to start the engines on adding in the gameplay and Incursion.The map now has more character and connection to the world, and the Incursion will reflect that as well.


Brian Goodsell, VFX/Technical Artist (bgoodsell)

Post Lavamancer release, I've spent some time going through and fixing older issues from the past few milestones. Nothing absolutely game changing, but fixing and finalizing things on the backend so it better works with our workflow going forward.

Also working on getting all our content sorted so it lives in the correct place and is easy to find for our other developers. Our cooked game has numerous references to test packages in our content directory, which should be living in better locations.

Then there is the collisions issue that is forever ongoing. Since our characters can now double jump and fly, we've had to revise the way in which we build both collisions and geometry to support things from these views. Forest Crossroads is a good example of why it’s important to properly block your render meshes:


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(The red geo should cover the cliff faces. It doesn't do that 100%.) This will be a side project of mine for the next few milestones at least.

Finally working on lighting issues for the new map. Working on separating the player-only space from the lane space using lighting.


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James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)

Man, it’s been a busy past couple of months. I know I’ve missed a couple of these Dev Logs [Ed. Note:  It’s okay as long as you’re not Tim.]. Nose to the grindstone and all.

So, I worked on the volcano tower for the Lavamancer. I primarily focus on UI, so to get in and do some actual gameplay programming was super fun, rewarding, and stressful as all getout. The team came together and really built a tower that, I think, is super fun. The volcano went through so many iterations to get that “volcanoy” feel. Case in point:


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Which then led to…


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Then I started working on the eruption portion of the volcano…


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Then there was more iteration on the firing mechanism.


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Then finally, we got it to where it is now in game. This thing was really a team effort: Design, VFX, Programming, we all came together to make this tower pretty awesome!

Now that the Lavamancer is out the door, I’m working on some more UI related tasks. Namely, we’re working on improving the matchmaking UI to reflect the upcoming Campaign Revamp! (The UI changes are still very much work-in-progress.)


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The Herald of Embermount update is out now! Here are the patch notes:

Features

  • New Hero: The Lavamancer

    • Utilizing his Molten Power and the ability to quickly traverse the earth, the Lavamancer wields the power of magma and fire.  With new abilities and towers, the Lavamancer is ready to rumble!

    • For more information, see his full ability/defense reveal trailer.

    • The Embermount Bundle includes the Molten Juggernaut costume.

  • Daily Mission Cooldown Timer

    • Added a timer to show you when daily missions will reset.

  • New Coalescing Combat Text

    • Optimized combat text to reduce the spam and make your DPS more readable.

      • Damage types should now coalesce together.

      • I.e. Fire damage groups with fire damage, physical damage with physical, etc.

    • Crits should still be highlighted individually from other damage numbers and have increased size.

    • If you still want to see individual damage numbers, you can either fire at a slower pace, or turn off coalescing damage numbers in the Options Menu.

  • Added the Betsy Egg to the Defender Medal Store

    • You can now buy the Betsy Egg for 10,000 Defender Medals.

  • Lockbox Update

    • Lockboxes do not drop duplicate items anymore.

    • If you have everything unlocked from a lockbox, a message will appear letting you know that when you try to reopen it.

  • Other

    • Life Leech can now spawn on Guns, Canisters and Lava Arms.

    • Changed some inspect tooltips to show relevant stats now.  For instance:  The Skeletal Orc and Colossus now show DPS.

    • Moved Alpha watermark to just the Main Menu so that it won't get in the way of gameplay or clutter the screen.


Balance

  • Flamethrower and Flameburst Towers

    • Extra Flame Damage Skill Sphere now has a 20% chance to hit for 100% extra damage.

    • Flameburst Tower Defense Power ratio increased from 3.5 to 4.1

    • Flamethrower Tower Defense Power ratio increased from 0.625 to 0.7

    • The overall result of these changes is that the Flameburst and the Flamethrower deal more damage.

  • Other Changes

    • Black Arrow passive scales between 21% and 30% instead of 2.1% and 3.0%.

    • Karma Vortex can now roll up to 60%.

    • Fixed Frostbite Towers re-fire rate to work as intended. They were firing much faster than they were supposed to be. Maybe they were just excited.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some Inventory and Escape Menu memory leaks.

  • Fixed the "Game Is Already Running" launcher bug that prevented some players from playing.

  • Fixed an issue when you would re-bind the E key for tower placement. Now you can move AND it will work with EV node placement.

  • Fixed the Spectral Knights increasing the attack speed stat instead of stunning towers.  Improved the tooltip’s communication of this effect.

  • Fixed an issue where tooltips would stick around visually if you had a controller enabled but were still using mouse and keyboard.

  • Fixed an issue where you had to press E or I twice to open the Inventory screen.

  • Fixed the enemy health numbers not respecting the choice within the Options menu.

  • Fixed the Thorns spheres.

  • Fixed the Molten Citadel map icon.

  • Fixed the Demon Lord sticking around after winning or losing the Molten Citadel Incursion.

  • Fixed the dialogue text staying on screen for the duration of the Buried Bastille Incursion.

  • Fixed tooltips not refreshing on Hero Swap and Level Up.

  • Fixed the intro cinematic that plays on Ramparts Siege map.

  • Fixed some Incursions showing up as “Defense” maps on the Pause screen.

  • Fixed Sticky Grenades and Concussive Shots not damaging the Harbinger.

  • Fixed a grammar error with the Proton Charge Deflect skill sphere.  We change “it” to “its.”  Gamechanger.

  • Fixed the Power Surge Incursion Combat Phase timer craziness that was going on with multiple players pressing G or not pressing G.

  • Fixed the Skeletal Archers description in the Create Hero screen.

  • Fixed the issue where pressing Esc while sniping with a Gun Witch and changing weapons would break the Gun Witch.

  • A fix for inspected defenses not showing stats on the tooltip pop-up.

  • Earthshatter towers no longer appear to fire twice.

  • Fixed victory chests bloom levels so they will stop glowing at supernova levels.

  • Fixed an Abyss Lord tome that dropped as “Default Tome”

  • Removed all default weapons from being able to drop as a regular item.

  • Fixed the Character Stat screen to stop displaying decimals so that numbers stop overlappying each other.

  • PC - Players can now browse the What’s New screen with a controller.

  • PC - Fixed some overlapping HUD text issues when using a controller.

  • PS4 - Fixed some client crash issues.

  • PS4 - Fixing broken re-roll gear to roll with improved stats. Hopefully this will fix any gear that was previously broken.

  • PS4 - The green bar on health bars should now fill the entire bar when the bar is supposed to be at 100%.

  • PS4 - Fixed the Vote to Kick a player from a public map.

  • PS4 - Added text for when you fail to meet the requirements to equip gear.

  • PS4 - Fixed the Kill All Enemies timer on the Buried Bastille Incursion. It should not reset now when you enter Combat Phase for the first time.

  • PS4 - Costume Shop screen now shows the function of the X button.

  • PS4 - Shortened the message that shows when a splitscreen player tried to join a full map.

  • PS4 - Fixed an issue with Skip text remaining on screen after enhancing an item.

  • PS4 - Fixed UI navigation bug with the Costume Shop

  • PS4 - In splitscreen, if a player fails to join while another player is loading, they can now try to re-join the game after a failed attempt.

  • PS4 - Cleaned up some of the tooltip positioning logic so tooltips don’t get cut off in splitscreen.

  • PS4 - Gear tooltips within the Inventory and Skill Sphere tabs now function for solo players.

  • PS4 - Fixed the color of the beam on the mana chests to be the proper green color.

  • PS4 - Received Skill Sphere fixes from the latest Hotfix. See details here.

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Today at 5PM EDT on our Twitch channel, be the first to see the Herald of Embermount update!

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We're showing off our newest Hero: the Lavamancer for the first half hour then talking Heroes, the future of the game, and more with a group of Trendy Devs. We’ll also be answering your questions live, so submit them early at this thread or live on Twitch & Twitter with #dd2devstream.


We’ll still giving away 10 Lavamancer Bundle codes to lucky viewers but to minimize Twitch #spam we’ll be doing it through Twitter (@TrendyEnt). Look for a special Devstream tweet around 5pm ET and retweet it to enter to win.

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In even more free stuff news - this week our giveaway will DOUBLE to 20 if we manage to hit our 250k Steam Group membership goal before or during the devstream (on top of releasing the Monk's Crystalline Twin-Blade) - so join here if you haven’t and recruit your fellow Defenders!

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Patch 14.5 for Steam

Here are the notes for Patch 14.5!

We fixed ALL the things.  And by things, I mean spheres… And also the Sky Dragon’s Fury Monk weapon.  

iamisom is on vacation.  All bets are off.  I have no idea what I'm doing.

Bug Fixes

  • Sky Dragon’s Fury

    • We fixed this weapon doing one damage.  It wasn’t cool, so we told it to stop.


  • Medium Sphere

    • Experience Bonus Sphere Fixed


  • Large Spheres

    • Bewitching Hour Sphere Fixed

    • Boost Blockade Health Sphere Fixed

    • Charge Primary Sphere Fixed

    • Crane Stance Sphere Fixed

    • Dragon Stance Sphere Fixed

    • Empowering Calm Sphere Fixed

    • Extra Flame Damage Sphere Fixed

    • Fire for Effect Sphere Fixed

    • Fight Me Not Sphere Fixed

    • Lightning Damage Sphere Fixed

    • Long Range Sphere Fixed

    • Powerful Spears Sphere Fixed

    • Shiny Spokes Sphere Fixed

    • Spiders Kiss Sphere Fixed

    • Steam Powered Sphere Fixed


PS4 players will receive these changes in the Lavamancer update.
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You’re gonna lava the Herald of Embermount update when it erupts August 16th for PC and PS4! 

This update contains our first truly flaming hero - the Lavamancer. Lavamancer enjoys long walks on volcanic ash, magma puppies, and using his transformable magma arm  to simultaneously wound his enemies while cauterizing their wound! He’s a sweet sweet man, really. If you haven’t already, meet the Lavamancer in his official trailer below:



Want to see the Lavamancer in action? Tune into our Devstream this Friday at 5PM EDT! We're also giving away his costume to several lucky viewers!

The HoE update also heralds (see what we did there?) an option to display massive amounts of damage in a more streamlined way. With this option turned on, you’ll be able to see more of the beautiful world of Etheria as you hashtag rek AF (or whatever you kids are hashtaggin these days). See the handy GIF (that’s GIF with a hard G) below for an example!

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


Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

The Lavamancer is nearly complete. There are a few concerns we’re running some tests on, but otherwise he is ready to rumble. I am now out of the engine and back in documents. Working with the Mystic team as they start building her assets and animating them. The Lavamancer looks fantastic. The team did a wonderful job bringing that volcano to life. We hope you enjoy using him.


Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

We're giving more love to the Crumbled Bulwark level. Visuals are turning into the right direction now! Only true defenders without fear will see the light on this dark place…

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Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

We are still redoing the visuals of the Crumbled Bulwark level. At this point, it has even become more dark and gloomy...the perfect place to feature a new enemy, a really dangerous one.


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

The Demon Cache has been found! Congrats on hitting the books and getting some extra loots!

As for the next map, Crumbled Bulwark. The level design team was rather unhappy with the original theme that was done on this map. It lacked the character and depth that we want to push forward with our levels. So we decided to give Crumbled Bulwark a makeover. (Keep in mind the gameplay layout will remain unchanged.) This visual update will give the map more character as well as some of the updates will allow for a much more robust Incursion that we have planned for this map.


Brian Goodsell, VFX/Technical Artist (Other titles pending)

Wrapping up the last of the extended Lavamancer VFX work for the milestone. Had some time to modify my workflow in a way that allowed me to capture more gifs.


Oil Geyser Attack/Eruption

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Charge VFX

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Currently Listening To: Bonobo - "Nothing Owed (live version)"


John Muscarella, Digital Puppet Master

Finalizing the Lavamancer means that I have been full swing on our next hero, The Mystic!  I am extremely excited for this character, and hopefully you will be too.  Here is some of what I have been up too.


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Keep an eye out for this lady in the future, she will be joining our cast of heroes soon.



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The Lavamancer comes out this month on PC & PS4! Meet the Lavamancer in his official trailer below:



Elliot Cannon, Creative Director (Myscha_Sleddog)

We’re in the middle of a final push to get the Lavamancer wrapped up! Be sure and check out the hero video above for a fun look at his themes, abilities, and towers. Here’s a breakdown from me on the hero, designed by Dan Haddad with some images he snapped for me in one of our test map.

Resource – Molten Power

The Lavamancer uses a unique resource called Molten Power, which functions like mana for other characters except he resupplies this for himself through one of his towers, called a Fissure of Embermount. You can place up to three Fissures in the map, each generating a mana pick-up every twenty seconds. If you play it right and keep mental track, you’ll be max molten power non-stop and that means more fire!

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Grab these burning meteors for more Molten Power!

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These fissures burn the devil out of any enemies that come close. Where you place these is up to you depending on your aggressiveness during Combat Phase. If you put them behind a bunch of barricades, you’re missing out. His right click, Dash, allows you to zip across the battlefield like the flash and is super useful for getting in or out at a moment’s notice.

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If you place your fissures in offensive spots, you can Erupt them (see Eruption later on), grab more molten power on the spot and Erupt again in an AOE fiery cataclysm. Use Dash to swoop out if you get swarmed, or swoop in the detonate. Think about how you place your Fissures of Embermount, as they are key to your resources.


Melee

The Lavamancer is our first from-scratch hero who no longer takes steps during his melee rotation. You’ll often hear us refer to this as root motion. This means you can move around independently of what melee strike he’s doing during a sequence, which is great for timing hits and gives you much better control over where you are. I know Dan and I were chatting about making the Lavamancer beastly for health, so he can actually throw down in Nightmare IV without being one-shotted. I know he’s tweaking that as I write this, so keep your eyes peeled on his final health numbers. When you pick up weapons for the Lavamancer, his arm morphs into an earth version, whether that’s a mace, sword, or his own special gauntlet drops.


Harden and Inflame

Another ability he has is Harden and Inflame. Think of these as stances or modes you toggle between. In this case, the Lavamancer controls his temperature by shifting between these two forms. When Hardened, he expels heat and cools into solid rock, reflecting projectiles and reducing damage taken. While in this form, Inflame reignites him with volcanic heat, buffing both movement speed and melee attack damage.

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Eruption

His signature ability is Eruption, which emits a fiery shockwave of molten energy, burning the crap out of enemies and buffing the Defense Power and Defense Attack Speed of all nearby defenses. Eruption causes cool effects to your nearby defenses, too, so if you can run up and hit it near your own defenses, the effect is a hilarious molten plasma soup of fiery death.

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Submerge and Emerge

Lately we’ve been giving heroes different ways to move. The Gun Witch has her broom, EV2 had Death from Above, and we recently gave the Monk his own flying cloud with an Incursion weapon. This time, and fitting perfectly with the theme or volcanoes, earth, and molten destruction, is Submerge and Emerge. When activated, the Lavamancer burrows underground, gaining super-fast increased movement speed and healing over time. Pressing jump, primary attack, or the ability again launches the Lavamancer with a devastating uppercut, breaching the surface of the Earth and damaging nearby enemies. This type of mobility is fun because not only are you completely hauling butt, you're underground so you don’t fly off ledges. Similar to the Gun Witch’s Vroom Broom, a healing ability can take up key real estate on your action bar. Having an ability with multiple functionality just adds to its usefulness.

Although Dash is awesome, the immunity from submerge makes you think about your movement in different ways!


Maw of the Earth Drake

The Lavamancer shapes the Maw of the Earth Drake out of solid rock, which fires a molten beam slowing enemies over time until they turn to stone. Enemies in stone form taunt their former allies into attacking them. When under the effects of Eruption, the Maw fires two beams and turns enemies to stone faster. Great way to slow a lane down as opposed to just killzones.


Oil Geyser

The Lavamancer creates an Oil Geyser that spews out hot oil, slowing, damaging, and applying the oiled effect to enemies. If you use Eruption near these, the Geyser spews out a pillar of molten magma, burning all nearby enemies for increased damage.

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Volcano

His last defense is a massive volcano that rains burning meteors down on enemies exploding for massive damage. While under the effects of Eruption, the volcano spews out meteors at an accelerated rate with increased damage. Look for snaps of this in the video.


In summary, the Lavamancer would makeHendrix smile and Beavis have a brain aneurysm. So if you want to set the world on fire, grab him when he comes out this month! 


Tim Shannon, Live & PS4 Producer (TimmyTrashTier)

Molten Citadel went out on all platforms on Tuesday morning, and we’ve been singing Disco Inferno continuously since then and assuming everything is perfect.  Jk though… There are a couple of known issues we’re looking at right now (health bars being messed up on PS4 and some Skill Spheres not working) and we might be issuing a patch next Tuesday (but probably not since we’re in stabilization for the next milestone). Also, we’ve gotten a chance to take a peek at the passive re-roll issue on PS4 from when we accidentally rebalanced the game so expect something in the coming weeks there (if only a re-roll).

Live Team side, we’ve been working on a couple things. First, we’ve added in additional logging to client-event server communication so we can get better info on where connection issues are coming from. Second, our Playverse guru whipped up a tool that allows him to peer into time on all servers simultaneously so we can make sure that it’s not out of whack. Third, we did a deep dive into our Steam transactions code to try to improve the overall stability of the system and ferret out a couple of bizarre reports we received. Also, the new guy is looking at Tornados not working randomly, but we’re having trouble getting any sort of reliable information from that, so if you have any ideas of why Tornadoes occasionally just fail to knock up enemies, let us know.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

Here's a pic of the current state of the Wild West level!

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Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

Now that we're done with the Wild West level, we're moving on to the Crumbled Bulwark, the "winner" of the Influence Vote! We're going to do a visual pass in the level so it looks more interesting. We also want to add new features like new gameplay areas for just the players.

Lastly but not less important, you might meet with a certain creature in this dark level...


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Demon Lord is out and tossing boulders at everyone now. So that means, onward and upward to the next Incursion. Crumbled Bulwark was the “troll winner” of the Influence Vote, so that means it's time to make an exciting Incursion for that location. Any ideas on incursions you guys want to see on Crumbled Bulwark, be sure to leave those down in the comments.

As for the map itself, we are making 1 or 2 adjustments to the level to create some extra space for the player. We want to make sure the gameplay for these maps remains faithful to DD1, but also want to give players new things to explore!


Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead (Dani)

Testing and bug finding with the Lavamancer is a go. Speaking of go, been playing Pokemon Go recently and found this rare Dugtrio.

Ain’t he the cutest?

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The Molten Citadel update is out now on PC and PS4! Here's what's in the update:

Features

  • New Map: Molten Citadel

    • Thanks to your previous Influence vote, our next map is the Molten Citadel! Molten Citadel is a remake of DD1’s Magus Quarters. A fiery lava moat surrounds this explorable castle. Also, skeletons. Medium-sized map. One core.

  • New Incursion:  Demon’s Lair

    • Turn up the heat with the new Molten Citadel map and a superheated Incursion featuring Lava Guardians and the fierce Demon Lord. HE’S ON FIRE! Can you keep your cool?

  • New Abyss Lord Weapon: Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone

    • You play with fire, you’re gonna get... The Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone. Burninate foes with the power of earth and flame, then finish ‘em off with great balls of magma.

  • iPWR 750 Medallion on the Demon's Lair Incursion!

  • New Incursion Enemy:  Lava Guardian

    • The hot n’ heavy Lava Guardian enters the Demon’s Lair Incursion with attacks that are sure to get you hot and bothered.

  • New Squire Costume:  Guardian of the Molten Citadel

    • Think DD2 is hawt? Help keep cool, new stuff coming and wear your support by splurging on the Squire’s Guardian of the Molten Citadel variant! It comes with 27 accessories and 127° C of style.

  • Changing Terminology

    • We’re changing “Challenges” back to “Incursions” (because too many things in our game are called Challenges) and “Defense” back to “Campaign” (because in a few updates, this will feel more like a traditional Campaign). Deal with it (but seriously, we hope that’s the last time).

  • Additional Changes

    • Fixed a bug where some defenses weren’t attacking dummies in the Tavern. Sky Guards still don’t work, but maybe one day.

    • Added “Wave” and “Phase” to the Game Browser.


Balance

  • Skeletal Ramster targeting yaw increased from 10 to 17.

    • Skeletal Ramster should now be able to hit everything within its area of attack.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed several server crash bugs. Fixing crashes and weird loading issues (like the falling through tavern bug) are our top technical priority!

  • Fixed an issue where some Nightmare IV maps had their recommended iPWR set too high.

  • Fixed the Squire’s Slamming Block to only apply on successful blocks.

  • Fixed some legacy pets having unexpectedly high stats.

  • Fixed some legacy gear having base stats that were in the stratosphere.

  • Fixed some spelling issues on the Forest Poachers Incursion. We ams gud spellarz.

  • Fixed an issue on Liferoot Forest where people could get out of the level with the Glaive of the Storms.

  • Fixed a bug with the Cooldown Reduction Sphere occasionally causing abilities without cooldowns to suddenly have them.

  • PS4 - Fixed some ability and tower icons appearing “zoomed in” on the UI.


This update also brings Patch 14.3 to the PS4. You can find those patch notes here.

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Today at 5PM EDT on our Twitch channel, be the first to see the Molten Citadel update! 

We're showing off the Molten Citadel map, Demon's Lair Incursion, the Lava Guardian enemy, new Abyss Lord Weapon and more. We're also giving away 10 Guardian of the Molten Citadel Squire costume codes to lucky viewers. Tune in to win!

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The Molten Citadel update will melt your face off next Tuesday, August 2nd! 

Here’s what's in this muy caliente (that’s very hot in Spanish) update:


  • New Map: Molten Citadel

    • Thanks to your previous Influence vote, our next map is the Molten Citadel! Molten Citadel is a remake of DD1’s Magus Quarters. A fiery lava moat surrounds this explorable castle. Also, skeletons. Medium-sized map. One core.

  • New Incursion:  Demon’s Lair

    • Turn up the heat with the new Molten Citadel map and a superheated Incursion featuring Lava Guardians and the fierce Demon Lord. HE’S ON FIRE! Can you keep your cool?

  • New Abyss Lord Weapon: Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone

    • You play with fire, you’re gonna get... The Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone. Burninate foes with the power of earth and flame, then finish ‘em off with great balls of magma.

  • New Incursion Enemy:  Lava Guardian

    • The hot n’ heavy Lava Guardian enters the Demon’s Lair Incursion with attacks that are sure to get you hot and bothered.

  • New Squire Costume:  Guardian of the Molten Citadel

    • Think DD2 is hawt? Help keep cool, new stuff coming and wear your support by splurging on the Squire’s Guardian of the Molten Citadel variant! It comes with 27 accessories and 127° C of style.

  • Changing Terminology: We Do What We Want!

    • We’re changing “Challenges” back to “Incursions” (because too many things in our game are called Challenges) and “Defense” back to “Campaign” (because in a few updates, this will feel more like a traditional Campaign). Deal with it (but seriously, we hope that’s the last time).

  • iPWR 750 Medallion on the Demon's Lair Incursion!

  • And a hot plate!


That completes my first dev log post EVAR. I'd like to thank my budding bromance with Isom, my mom, and every team off 11 year olds I've ever silently played Splatoon with. - Benny


Elliot Cannon, Creative Director (Myscha_Sleddog)

The Molten Citadel map lands next week! Old school Dungeon Defenders players will recognize the Magus Quarters layout, which as always, Jesus Diaz (N3oDoc) and Daniel Diaz (DanielKaMi) applied their incredible level design, world building, and art skills by taking the base BSP of the original map and transforming it into a place that makes Ragnaros jealous. Be sure and check out their DD2 Wild West map below they’re working on!

Steve and Lauryn did the design for the Molten Citadel Incursion, and it’s quite fun and really captures the complete theme and boss-fight/raid vibe while keeping true to the core of what makes DD2 unique.


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On this map, a fiery Demon Lord emerges from the lava and bombards players with burning meteors, so be careful where you stand. If you are too close to your core, the splash damage will nail it so don’t be caught turtling. These meteors have a touch of homing on them too, so good dodging, movement, or line of sight breaking is necessary. He also cheats from time to time. Don’t get popped out of the sky and fall into lava! While he’s firing multiple meteors at you, his armies come in waves (infinitely) including flying enemies, so don’t forget anti-air towers unless you want to skeet shoot Wyverns non-stop with your Gun Witch or Huntress. (Always fun with a Double Tap II 1.5/s x3 Blunderbuss Duster!)

Infinitely?

The waves go on forever unless you can spot a Lava Guardian and kill him. Steve has a fun snap of one below. On death, they break down into burning boulders, which work awesome as ammunition for the catapult on the upper bridge. Fire the catapult to stun the Demon Lord so you can get there and DPS him down (I suggest using the Gainesville 352 slap). Steve’s jamming balance, be sure and read his update below.


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As with all our Challenges this year, we added a unique hero-specific weapon that always drops and has variable bonuses to the effects so you can work towards what you think is the ultimate version. This go round, the Abyss Lord gets the Scorched Tome of Molten Brimstone, which jams up your primary mana drain with extra damage and changes both right-click and right-click charge ups significantly. The charge up is rather nasty. Beavis would get excited. Fire!

Be sure and check our Patch Preview video at the top of the post for some action clips of everything!


Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

The Upcoming Changes to the Game thread has been updated! Check it out if you’re curious about the near-term changes coming to Dungeon Defenders II.


Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead (Dani)

The Lavamancer will soon be burning his way through Etheria, and naturally we want to put him through his paces before he lands. We have a fantastic Remote Playtest Group that gets the chance to do just that, and we’re open to recruiting new members. So if you want to test out the Lavamancer and upcoming content before it releases come join us!

Also, if you have a few spare hours most days, we have a daily active group called the Remote QA team. This team takes a look at the game as it develops each day with a strong focus on bug finding and feedback - and we’re also recruiting on this team too.

Send an email to dani.moore[at]TrendyEnt[dot]com - and confirm you are 18 or above - and we’ll start the process of getting you into either group, just state which team you want to join. We’ll also provide more details before you jump in.


Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

Working hard on the Wild West level! Adding new buildings and doing a full deco pass.

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Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

This week I'm polishing the Wild West level by adding a ton of details, and also I'm working on the out-of-bounds areas creating some new funny buildings!

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Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Incursion testing is well under way. The Molten Citadel is getting polished up, and the Incursion is getting balanced out. The lava guardians are getting restless…

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iamisom

Here are the notes for Patch 14.3!


Balance

  • Series EV2 Proton Beam

    • The end result of these changes should make the Proton Beam stronger than what it currently is but not as strong as it was before the Power Surge update:

    • Defense Power ratio increased 0.4 -> 0.6

    • Defense Crit Damage ratio increased 1.0 -> 1.15

    • Defense Power upgrade ratios decreased to 1.0 -> 1.3 -> 1.6 -> 1.9 -> 2.2

    • Defense Crit Damage upgrade ratios fixed and set to the same as Defense Power upgrade ratios

    • Fixed bug that was making Crit Damage scale incorrectly. It should now scale per upgrade instead of maxing out at Tier 1.

  • Series EV2 Reflect Beam

    • Defense Power ratio increased 12 -> 15

    • Defense Power upgrade ratios decreased to 1.0 -> 1.1 -> 1.2 -> 1.3 -> 1.4

    • Defense Crit Damage ratios fixed and set to the same as Defense Power upgrade ratios

    • Radius increased 250 -> 300

    • Fixed bug that was making Crit Damage scale incorrectly.

  • Weapon Manufacturer

    • Fixed a minor Defense Speed scaling bug (now properly scales, slightly, with Defense Speed).

  • Poison Dart Tower

    • Poison Dart Tower's Poison Damage can now exceed the 20,000 per tick, per stack Damage Cap. You should no longer hit a damage cap.


Bug Fixes

  • Removed unused values on the Inspect Defense tooltip for the Proton Beam, Reflect Beam and Weapon Manufacturer.

  • DPS, ATK Damage and several other values will now display on the Inspect Defense tooltip for the Proton Beam, Reflect Beam and Weapon Manufacturer. (DPS on Reflect Beam and Weapon Manufacturer is not calculated correctly and will be fixed in a future update.)

  • Buff Beam now displays proper fields on the Inspect Defense tooltip.

  • Special Delivery, Boom Headshot, Howdoken and Firing My Lazer challenges will now properly track progress.

  • Special Delivery Steam Achievement should now properly unlock once the requirements are met.

  • Fixed a bug where if a player did not answer the prompt when the party leader transitions, the leader eventually left the map but the party was not disbanded.

  • PS4 - Players that have not completed the campaign were able to access end game difficulties.

 
PS4 players will receive these changes in the Molten Citadel update, which we'll have more information on in tomorrow's Dev Log!
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Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

The Power Surge update is out, and now we’re working on the Molten Citadel update! You’ll hear all of the hot details about that in next week’s Dev Log.

This week, we’re working on more balance changes based on the feedback we’ve received since the update. Some of the tentative changes include giving the Series EV2’s Proton Beams some love and removing the Poison Dart Tower’s damage cap. We’re hoping to have these changes in Tuesday’s PC patch (PS4 will get these changes in the next update).

Work is continuing on the Wiki. Ice has some nice changes to the front page coming in soon, and he’s cleaning up some of the templating to make editing a breeze. I’m gathering a list of data points that I need to investigate. Is there something you’d like the Wiki to tell you that’s not currently there? Let me know in the comments!

And by Friday, the Upcoming Changes to the Game document should be fully updated.

I know you’re all curious about that Orc GIF above. That’s a little present waiting for you in the Molten Citadel Challenge. But that’s not all. I’ll say more next week.


Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

The Lavamancer needs a good bit of love if he’s going to be ready. I’m working on getting his core kit functional and entertaining before we start doing our tests with the RPG and RQA groups and gathering their feedback. While working on him, we noticed that our melee combat system can use a bit of love, and so we came up with a solution that should give the designers a bit more control on how melee combat feels in order to make it nice and exciting.


John Muscarella, Digital Puppet Master (Muskie4242)

Speaking of the Lavamancer, here are some animations I made recently:

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Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

We're making good progress in the Western level! This week, with the majority of the main buildings built we can start focusing a little more on the small details.

P.S. Kudos to MushroomCake28 for guessing the level! He was right, we're working on the DD1 Throne Room remake!

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Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

Working on the Western level! We already have all the main gameplay areas done, but there is still a lot of work to do yet. Here is a picture of a railroad car I did for the level.

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Tim Shannon, Live and PS4 Producer (TimmyTrashTier)

This week is kind of a mixed bag. I’m mostly focused on the next PS4 Trophy update and getting approvals and everything in line there. When I’m not engaged with that, I’m working on balance updates and testing procedure for those and working on improving the re-roll system. There’s also some super-secret-hush-hush things going on behind the scenes that I’m heading up, which you may hear about in the future.


James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)

This week I’m working on one of the defenses for the Lavamancer. Once I get done with that I’ll be moving on to some iterative work on the Game Browser along with some metrics-related programming.


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Continued work on Molten Citadel Challenge. We’ve done some internal testing so making some pretty cool iterations moving forward.
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The Power Surge update is live now on PC and PS4! Here are the patch notes:

Features

  • New Challenge:  Power Surge!

    • Storm’s a-brewin’ at Dragonfall Bazaar! While the storm rages, towers gain supercharged attack speed, instant upgrading and instant build time during Combat Phase, but the intensity causes towers to explode after a short time. Can you survive the storm?

  • Glaive of the Storms Monk Weapon

    • Guaranteed drop from the Power Surge Challenge.

    • Walking Tempest - 40% increased movement speed.  Basic attacks deal [20-40%] Hero Damage as Magical Storm Damage.

    • Storm Rider - Glide on a Storm Cloud for [15-35] seconds drenching enemies under you. Every 2 seconds, the Storm Cloud strikes targets for [1000-2000%] of your Ability Power as Magical Storm Damage. While gliding, primary attacks are ranged lightning bolts that deal [250-450%] of your Ability Power as Magical Storm Damage.

  • iPWR 750 Boots:  

    • Complete the Power Surge challenge for your chance to get iPWR 750 Boots from the Victory chest!

  • Game Browser UI Updates

    • Updated the filters to reduce confusion on Public vs. Private Game creation. Public vs. Private Game creation is handled on the Create Game screen.

    • The Create Game button will always remain active. If a player is unable to create a game, clicking the button will inform the player of what hasn’t been selected yet in order to create a game.

    • Daily Bonus icon should now appear for Challenges in the Game Browser.

    • Increased the size of map icons to improve map readability.

    • Docked the buttons to fix aspect ratio issues where the buttons would appear in odd locations.

  • New EV2 Costume:  Mark 3

    • Remember the days of dressing up like a Bounty Hunter? EV2 remembers.

  • Other Changes

    • Increased the AFK timer to improve Maximum Pooping Efficiency.

    • Changed the Inspect Defense tooltip to factor in critical hits.

    • Improved party invites to stop nefarious players from spamlocking players in the Heroes Marketplace.

    • Level and difficulty should now show up on the Pause screen in every map, mode and difficulty.

    • Added links to Hero Videos on the Create Hero screen. These are only available if you have not unlocked the hero.


Balance

  • Huntress Poison Dart Tower

    • Poison Dart Tower Skill Sphere Change

      • Changed Poison Dart Tower’s “Poison Stacks” sphere to “Poisonous Fangs,” which improves poison damage by 30%.

    • Viper’s Bite Rebalance

      • Viper’s Bite now rolls between [50 - 80] instead of [110 - 150] of Defense Power as damage in an AoE radius

      • Range reduced from [1500 - 2000] to [700 - 1500]

  • Abyss Lord Skeletal Archer

    • Damage Buff

      • Archers damage has been increased from 3.85x your Defense Power to 4x

    • Angle Buff

      • Angle increased from 120 to 165

    • Speed Rebalance

      • Rate of fire decreased from 1.67/s to 2.2/s

    • Range Rebalance

      • Base range reduced from 4000 to 3250

    • Targeting Rebalance

      • Archers used to pull less aggro than Flamethrowers. They are now equivalent to Flamethrowers.

    • Upgrade Damage Strength Rebalance

      • The amount of damage upgrade per upgrade level has been rebalanced.

        • For example: Tier 2: 1.65 is now 1.5 and Tier 5: 3.6 is now 3.0

    • Explosive Arrow Rebalance

      • The passive roll range has been reduced from [185-325] to [85-200]

  • Abyss Lord Skeletal Ramster

    • The Ramster is meant to be ridiculously good at one thing, massive AoE burst. His weakness is… pretty much everything else.

    • Damage Buff

      • Increased Defense Power gain from 3.0 to 3.2

    • DU Buff

      • Ramster is cheaper now at 50 DU instead of 60

    • Attack Rate Rebalance

      • Rate of fire decreased from 1.87/s to 2.5/s

  • Apprentice Earthshatter

    • Upgrade Damage Buffed

      • T2: 1.4 to 1.5

      • T3: 1.8 to 2

      • T4: 2.2 to 2.5

      • T5: 2.6 to 3.0

    • Range Buff

      • Range increased from 3600 to 4000

      • No longer gains range from upgrades

    • Defense Power Scaling Buff

      • Damage scaling increased from 15 to 22

  • Squire Ballista

    • Defense Power Scaling Buff

      • Increased DP scaling from 9.5 to 12

    • Defense Units Rebalance

      • DU increased from 50 to 60

  • Series EV2 Proton Beam and Reflect Beams

    • Crit Damage Scaling Rebalance

      • Reduced the base crit damage from 245 to 70

  • Lucky Salves Rebalance

    • Lucky Salves now increase crit chance by 25% (additive) instead of multiplying current crit chance by 6x. This affects Defense and Hero salves.


Bug Fixes

  • The Frosty Power staff (Chilling Touch) drops again on the Forest Poachers Challenge. HUZZAH!

  • Fixed an issue when a player would get a 5002 error when attempting to transition to a map with a party and all subsequent attempts to matchmake would result in errors.

  • Fixed an issue where if matchmaking times out after player has elected to return to Tavern from the Defeat/Victory window, the player would be unable to close the window or access the Options menu normally.

  • Fixed a bug where attack rate was not properly scaling with Attack Speed SAS points. Previously, putting 1 point into Attack Speed would set it to max. Now players must max out the Attack Speed stat to achieve max value. The maximum value has not been changed.

  • Fixed an issue where the Abyss Lord’s Orc Blockades and Colossus health would show up differently in tooltips and their HP bar.

  • Fixed a discrepancy between the tooltip health value and the actual health value of the Colossus and Orc Blockades. They were off by 150 points.

  • Fixed an issue where the leader of a party who initiates the decision to move to another match/tavern would receive the stay together/stay behind party prompt.

  • Filters should function correctly for Challenges now.

  • The Squire will no longer display his default shield graphic under the newly equipped one.

  • Adjusted the Huntress’s Bling Bow primary fire splash AoE graphic to more accurately match the size of the AoE. It’s now a little smaller.

  • Added some jumping sound effects to the Black Magic Ops costume.

  • Fixed some animation issues with jumping and using abilities on the Gun Witch.

  • Reduced the volume on electric buffs by about 40%.

  • Increased volume of the Broomnado ability SFX.

  • Increased collision on Dragonfall Sewers mana nodes.

  • Fixed an issue with the Storm Gloves projectile when equipped on EV2 or Huntress.

  • Repositioned the Ghastly Halberd on the Item Enhancement wheel.

  • Fixed an issue where the VFX balls that spawn when the player is interacting with towers did not remain static when the Ghastly Halberd is equipped.

  • PS4 - Fixed an issue when you would jump and cast an ability with the same button press for target ground abilities.

  • PS4 - Fixed an issue where the split screen player could not navigate the Inspect Deck UI.

  • PS4 - Fixed some UI issues with opening and closing the Playstation menu while the Hero Information screen was open and the Hero Deck and Session List were layered on top.

  • PS4 - Fixed texture quality streaming for the UI.
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Devstream 61 Recap



The Land of Uhz

  • Our new guy Benny said Uhh a lot. He has been admonished for his vocal crime. 


Power Surge Update

  • The Power Surge Challenge

    • Storm’s a-brewin’ at Dragonfall Bazaar! While the storm rages, towers gain supercharged attack speed, instant upgrading and instant build time during Combat Phase, but the intensity causes towers to explode after a short time. Can you survive the storm?

  • Glaive of the Storms Monk Weapon 

    • Ride the lightning with the Glaive of the Storms! The alternate attack lifts the Monk into the air and lets him ride in style on his own personal cloud. With the power of the cloud, the Monk can synergize and maximize his damage output for peak fiscal performance.

    • Uhh, we mean, become a lightning god! His cloud corvette drenches enemies that walk underneath it and periodically strikes them with lightning.

    • The main attack unleashes a powerful lightning attack!

  • Mark 3 Costume for Series EV2

    • Remember the days of dressing up like a Bounty Hunter? EV2 remembers.

  • Balance Changes

    • This update brings additional balance changes, including an Earthshatter buff, Skeletal Ramster buff, Skeletal Archer nerf and a Poison Dart Tower nerf.

  • And more!


New Map Influence Vote:  Least Votes Wins!

  • In recent months, several dungeons have been defeated at the hands of the Influence Vote. It’s time for one of these losers to finally win… but we’re switching things up. For this vote, the map with the LEAST amount of votes will be the one you see next!
  • Will you choose Frost Keep or Crumbled Bulwark? Vote now!


What We're Working On Now

  • Strategy Revamp:  New Enemy Abilities and Roles:  We're giving enemies new abilities and roles to increase the difficulty of the game and to provide more interesting encounters. These changes are going to take awhile to complete. It's a big task that we're working on, and it'll need a lot of iteration time before we get them right. If you're interested in testing these changes before they go live, join the Remote Playtesting Group! Email dani.moore[at]trendyent[dot]com if you're interested.
  • Campaign Revamp:  Leveling, Loot, Reward and Structure Changes:  Step one of getting the enemy changes into the game is restructuring our Campaign and laying the groundwork there. Part of these changes is changing the way we handle enemy spawning so that as we make squads and these new enemy changes, we can implement them into the game. While we're diving into Campaign, we're also taking a look at the new user experience and making rewards and experience more frenetic and enjoyable. After we're through with these changes, it shouldn't suck to level heroes to 50! Yay!
  • New Map:  Molten Citadel:  Our remake of Magus Quarters from the first game. It's real pretty. 
  • More DD1 Map Remakes:  Oh yeah, baby.
  • New Hero:  The Lavamancer:  We'll have more details for you in our next Devstream!
  • New Hero:  The Mystic:  You'll have to wait a bit longer for those details.


PS4 Online Update

  • In the update after the Power Surge update, multiplayer online play will only be accessible to players with an active PlayStation Plus account. If you do not have a PlayStation Plus account, you will still be able to play single player or local co-op online. When Dungeon Defenders II leaves Early Access, all players will regain access to multiplayer online play. To all of our PS4 fans, thanks for playing Dungeon Defenders II in Early Access on PS4. We're excited to continue to get your feedback as we continue to improve the game!
  • We're also working on PS4 Trophies. You should see those really soon!
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On July 19th, the Power Surge update releases on Steam and PlayStation 4! Tune into the Devstream Friday at 5PM EDT to see the update in action!

The Power Surge update includes:


  • The Power Surge Challenge

    • Storm’s a-brewin’ at Dragonfall Bazaar! While the storm rages, towers gain supercharged attack speed, instant upgrading and instant build time during Combat Phase, but the intensity causes towers to explode after a short time. Can you survive the storm?

  • Glaive of the Storms Monk Weapon 

    • Ride the lightning with the Glaive of the Storms! The alternate attack lifts the Monk into the air and lets him ride in style on his own personal cloud. With the power of the cloud, the Monk can synergize and maximize his damage output for peak fiscal performance.

    • Uhh, we mean, become a lightning god! His cloud corvette drenches enemies that walk underneath it and periodically strikes them with lightning.

    • The main attack unleashes a powerful lightning attack!

  • Mark 3 Costume for Series EV2

    • Remember the days of dressing up like a Bounty Hunter? EV2 remembers.

  • Balance Changes

    • This update brings additional balance changes, including an Earthshatter buff, Skeletal Ramster buff, Skeletal Archer nerf and a Poison Dart Tower nerf.

  • And more!


Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

I had something pretty cool planned for this week’s Dev Log but then I forgot what it was… I’m focused on getting the Monk’s new legendary weapon ready and doing some balance changes to the Ramster, Archers, and the Poison Dart Tower. After that, I’ll be working on the Lavamancer primarily. Also working on the enemy changes and future hero balance whenever I can. The enemy changes are going to take awhile to complete, but I’ll have more to show you soon.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

This week I'm having some great fun working on the new level, a wild west themed one this time!

At this moment we are currently world building the city, which means creating all the big stuff like the buildings, walkways, terrain and the small props such as windows and doors. We are trying to have a lot of player-only paths for this level so expect to be able to walk along rooftops, jump from one roof to another and snipe enemies from there!

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Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

Hey, Defenders! It's time to show you some details about the new level we're cooking now. This remake level will make DD2 feel like a western! You'll be able to enter into some buildings and explore around.

And here are some pics of stuff I've been working on:

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What remake from DD1 do you think we’re bring back for building a western level? Not an easy question. (Hint: is not Aquanos.)


James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)

Working on fixing some bugs as well as iterating on the Game Browser. Phase 2 of the Game Browser is shaping up nicely! Can’t wait to get it into your hands!


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Glad to see everyone Vroom Broom’in around! Challenge work continues on Molten Citadel, and I haven’t forgotten about secrets…

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Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

Xenogenics posted a great thread on the forums about the state of the Official DD2 Wiki. In short, the wiki is wildly out of date and difficult to update. People are resorting to Google Docs to share information, which is just ridiculous.

So Ice and I are strapping up and diving in to fix the wiki. Our goal is to update the wiki with the most accurate information possible, make it easier for you to create edits and give you the tools to help keep it updated.

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Here are the notes for Hotfix 14.1 for Steam, which is scheduled for release later today:


Game Browser Change

  • Updated the Suggested Item Power for all Nightmare IV difficulties to be 700. This should hopefully solve the issue where the browser would lock players out of creating NM4 maps.


Balance

  • Gloves of Storms and Ravenhost Projectile Update

    • Gloves of Storms should now work properly on EV2, Abyss Lord, and Huntress.

    • Storm Gloves and Ravenhost Projectile now hit the correct number of targets. Previously, these could hit more targets than intended.

    • Projectile lifespan reduced from 10s to 5s.

    • Bound distance reduce to minimize excessive distance bouncing (3500 to 2500)

  • Gloves of Storms Balance Update

    • Hero Damage Ratio decreased from 150% Max to 25% Max

    • Proc Rate Max decreased from 2.5/s to 1.0/s

    • Maximum Bounces from decreased 8 to 4

    • Projectile now deals Storm damage (was Magic damage)

    • Developer Note:  The Gloves of Storms were causing damage beyond what was intended. These changes should make this piece of the set advantageous and desirable to DPS players but more balanced.

  • Sky Dragon’s Fury (Betsy Polearm)

    • Fixed a bug where the Sky Dragon’s Fury mini-aura would continue to do damage after it despawned. Duration is now 10-15 seconds.

    • Developer Note:  Our changes to the Betsy Polearm were having an unintended effect where the mini aura would remain after its expiration. This one is more of a bug fix, but since it affects balance, we added it here.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Glove of Storms was not working on the Abyss Lord.

  • Fixed an issue where with some heroes the Glove of Storms projectiles were not originating from the heroes.

  • Fixed several server crashes related to joining matches.

  • Potentially Fixed an issue where items would occasionally all drop at iPWR 1.

  • Fixed an issue where the Red Spectral Knight would not get cleansed in the Spectral Knight Incursion.

  • Fixed an issue where the Storm Boot passive could appear on any item.

  • Fixed an issue where the Game Browser scroll bar would not reset back to the top when the list of games gets smaller based on filters. (It would appear as though there were no available games because the Browser would scrolled down past the list of available games.)

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The Power Up update is now live on PC & PS4! This update includes the Gun Witch, buffs to the four original heroes, the new Game Browser and much more!



Features

  • New Hero:  The Gun Witch!

    • As selected by you in our Influence Vote, the Gun Witch is here!

    • Using Broom Power, a magically regenerating resource, the Gun Witch has no need for blue mana and can use all of her powers at will. With abilities and witchcraft spells, the Gun Witch can fly from spot to spot, hovering in the air as she snipes enemies on the ground.

    • The Gun Witch Bundle includes the Black Magic Ops costume!

  • Game Browser

    • We’ve made a ton of changes to how you play maps and create games in the Power Up update. With the new Game Browser, you can now see every game being played. No more jumping blindly into a game hoping to find other players! Use the map, mode and difficulty filters to find the open games you want to play, or create your own. Entice players to join you by adding a custom name to your game. With the minimum iPWR filter, you can make sure the right people are joining your games.

    • To play a Private Game, select the map, mode and difficulty, and then select Create Game. On this new popup, you can choose to create a Public or Private Game.

    • The Game Browser replaces the old War Table flythrough screen, which should free up some memory.

    • This is a first pass on the Game Browser. We’ll add more filters and settings based on your feedback, and we’ll clean up some of the rough edges on the UI in a future update.

  • Reorganization of Campaign and Incursions

    • We’ve restructured the game into three game modes: Defense (previously called Campaign), Challenges (previously called Incursions), and Onslaught. All of these modes are unlocked from the beginning. Each mode now contains the following difficulties: Normal, Hard, Expert, Insane, and Nightmare I - IV. Thanks to your Influence Vote, Normal and Hard are both unlocked from the beginning, and the other difficulties unlock as your heroes’ level increases.

    • More reorganizations to come with our upcoming Strategy Revamp changes!

  • First Armor Set:  Armor of Storms

    • We’ve added our first armor set to the game! Armor sets can be worn by any hero. Each piece in a set has a unique Legendary Passive centered around a particular theme. This set is themed around lightning and storms.

    • This set is catered towards DPS heroes.

    • Gloves of the Storms:  

      • Smites of Lightning:  Attacks spawn a projectile that upon colliding with a target deals X% of your Hero Damage stat as damage and bounces up to Y times

    • Helm of the Storms:

      • Lightning Mana:  Increases your mana capacity by X with a Y% chance on hit to regen mana at a high rate for Z seconds

    • Chest of the Storms:

      • Taser Suit:  X% chance on taking damage to stun the enemy that hit you for Y seconds

    • Boots of the Storms:

      • Lightning Boots:  Increases movement speed by X. Upon landing, you deal Lightning Damage in an area around you dealing Y% of your Hero Damage stat as damage.

    • Each piece is located in the Victory Chest on different maps, so find them all!

    • We’ll be paying close attention to your feedback about this set, so please try it out and let us know what you think!

  • Unique Legendary Loot Update

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

      • Dragonfall Bazaar:  Toxic Shock Bow

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

      • Liferoot Forest Incursion:  Armageddon Staff

      • Ramparts Incursion:  Purge Evil Polearm

  • Daily Mission Updates

    • Based on your feedback, we’ve made the following changes to Daily Missions:

    • Reduced the number of maps required to complete the Daily Missions from 5 to 3 and 3 to 2. Dailies are faster to complete now.

    • Reduced the likelihood of seeing Daily Missions that require you to win on maps in a certain area and increased the chance of seeing general “Win X Maps” Dailies.

    • Adjusted the number of Defender Medals given for Daily Missions so that completing Daily Missions that require you to win on maps in a certain area are more rewarding than the general Dailies.

  • Melee Update

    • In an experiment, we’re removing root motion (automatically moving forward while swinging) on the Medium Squire swords! It’s our goal that this change will give you more freedom and player control while melee attacking. Please try this out and let us know what you think. If you like it, we’ll apply it to the other Squire weapons and then to other melee heroes.


Balance

A big balance focus of this update was bringing the four original heroes up to the level of our newest heroes! We’ll be paying attention to game data and your feedback for more tweaks and changes.

As part of our hero buffs, we're updating some of our old passives to a new system, removing some passives and combining others into a single passive on a single item. As a result, we will be rerolling a number of passives. If the passive is getting updated to a new system, the value will be rerolled to either a higher or lower number than what you currently have. If the passive is being removed, it will be rerolled into another passive of a similar type (so if it’s a defense passive, it’ll be rolled to another defense passive). The end result should be that the four original heroes are on par with the new heroes, giving you more defense setup variety. From there, we’re working on changes in future updates to make the game more challenging and rewarding!


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Abilities

  • Pole Smash

    • Buffed damage significantly

    • Removed cooldown

    • Reduced to mana cost to 25

    • Falloff damage removed

    • Scales off of Ability Power

  • Chi Blast

    • Buffed damage significantly

    • Removed cooldown

    • Increased mana cost to 50

    • Falloff damage removed

  • Heroic Presence

    • Increased damage buff

    • Increased Heal Strength

    • Increased mana cost to 100

    • Cooldown is now 10 seconds

  • Shielding Wave

    • Buffed the Shield Strength to 2000% of your AP

    • Mana cost is 100

    • Cooldown is now 10 seconds


Defenses

  • Lightning Aura

    • Increased Damage

  • Lightning Strikes Aura

    • Increased Damage

  • Boost Aura

    • Increased the amount of DP given to defenses by 25%

  • Sky Guard Tower

    • Damage increased slightly


Gear

  • Monk Harbinger Weapon

    • Pole Smash Fist (Passive)

      • Cooldown reduction removed

      • The two fists now roll their damage independently

        • First fist between X

        • Second fist between Y

      • Rebalanced stats to be more viable

    • Lightning Strikes Passive

      • Chance to proc is now variable

      • Damage from first fist is now variable

      • Area damage from smaller fists is now variable

      • Rebalanced to be more viable

  • Serenity Aura Range Passive

    • Only appears on gloves now

    • Value increased slightly since it’s only on gloves now.

  • Serenity Aura Slow Passive (Idle Flow)

    • Increased intensity of the slow

  • Betsy Weapon Passive

    • Slight change to do a chance on hit that secondary attacks will spawn a lightning area, dealing a portion of your Hero Damage stat as storm damage for a randomized amount of seconds.

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Abilities

  • Magic Missile

    • Increased damage

    • Increased max number of marked targets to 8

    • Removed cooldown

    • Reduced mana cost to 25

  • Tornado

    • Increased damage

    • Increased knockup duration

    • Reduced cooldown to 2 seconds

    • Max targets you can hit is now 10

  • Lightning Rod

    • Massively increased damage

    • Stun duration is now 18 seconds

    • Cooldown is now 10 seconds

  • Mana Bomb

    • Increased damage

    • Cooldown is now 10 seconds


Defenses

  • Arcane Barrier

    • Buffed Arcane Barrier Health

  • Flameburst Tower

    • Increased Damage

    • Reduced AoE damage fallof

  • Earthshatter Tower

    • Earthshatter Tower is now single target and heavy damage.


Gear

  • Balanced the Halberd primary fire.

  • Slightly reduced firing rates on all staves and increased damage of attacks. Don’t worry:   There are still fast-firing staves.

  • Buffed secondary attack damage on staves.

  • Apprentice Harbinger Weapon

    • Arcane Barrier Passive

      • Removed health bonus given since base health of the Barrier was boosted

      • Increased damage effects

      • Increased DoT duration to 8 seconds

      • DoT damage scales separately from meteor damage

    • Mana Bomb Passive

      • Buffed to be more viable

      • The three passive values roll separately now (Shield Strength, DoT Damage, and Meteor Damage)

  • Frost Fire and Frosty Power

    • Frost Fire removed and replaced with Frosty Power

    • Frosty Power only appears on weapons now and replaces the Frost Fire passive

    • Increased amount of power gained to account for the loss of Frost Fire


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Abilities

  • Sword Beam

    • Increased damage

    • Increased VFX for 100% more WOW factor. Isom lervs Serd Berm.

    • Increased collision size to match new graphics

    • Scales with Ability Power

    • Reduced mana cost to 25

    • Removed falloff damage

    • Removed cooldown

    • Deals magic damage

  • Empowered Sword Beam

    • Increased damage

    • Increased VFX for 100% more WOW factor.

    • Increased collision size to match new graphics

    • Scales with Ability Power

    • Reduced mana cost to 25

    • Removed falloff damage

    • Removed cooldown

    • Deals magic damage

  • Provoke

    • Increased damage boost

    • Removed cooldown

    • Reduced mana cost to 50

  • Seismic Slam

    • Increased damage

    • Deals Earth damage now

    • Increased stun duration

    • Increased damage to enemies that are on the outside of the ability

    • Increased mana cost to 100

    • Cooldown is now 10 seconds

  • Block

    • Increased block strength from 40% to 65%, 90% with sphere.

  • Attacks

    • The Squire decided to focus a little more on arm day and some attacks in his combo chain have added knockback effects

    • We removed root motion from Medium Squire weapons. Try it out and tell us how it feels.


Defenses

  • Spike Blockade

    • Increased health

    • Increased damage by 125%

  • Cannonball Tower

    • Increased damage by 40%

  • Heavy Cannonball Tower

    • Significantly increased damage

    • Reduced projectile speed

  • Training Dummy

    • Massively increased health

    • Increased damage by 100%

  • Ballista

    • Increased damage by 30%


Gear

  • Squire Harbinger Weapon

    • Provoke Passive

      • Increased DoT damage

      • Increased Seismic Slam

    • Training Dummy

      • Increased damage

      • Removed health bonus given since base health of the Dummy was boosted

      • Chance to roll the proc chance

  • Hearty Harpoon Passive

    • Now rolls only on Totems

  • Explodey Harpoon

    • Now scales with Defense Power and values adjusted slightly to give it a little girth.

  • Betsy Weapon Passive

    • Now deals a % of your Hero Damage stat as Damage instead


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Abilities

  • Concussive Shots

    • Increased damage

    • Damage scales with Ability Power

    • Reduced mana cost to 25

    • Reduced cooldown to 5 seconds

  • Sticky Nades

    • Damage increased substantially

    • Damage now scales with Ability Power

    • Mana cost set to 50

    • Reduced cooldown to 5 seconds

  • Oil Flask

    • Slightly increased damage

    • Increased the ignited oil damage and it now scales with AP

    • Increased oil duration by 4 seconds

    • Mana cost set to 50

    • Removed cooldown

  • Piercing Shot

    • Increased damage substantially

    • Damage now scales with Ability Power

    • Mana cost set to 100

    • Reduced cooldown to 10 seconds


Defenses

  • Explosive Trap

    • Damage increased by 35%

  • Elemental Chaos Trap

    • Damage increased by 400%

  • Geyser Trap

    • Increased damage

    • Decreased attack rate

  • Blaze Balloon

    • Damage increased by 45%

    • DoT tick rate reduced slightly

  • Poison Dart Tower

    • Increased damage substantially

    • DoT applies quicker to targets

    • Changes targets after hitting

    • Increased the amount of love that iamisom gives this defense


Gear

  • Slightly reduced firing rates on all bows and increased damage of attacks. Don’t worry:   There are still fast-firing bows.

  • Huntress Harbinger Weapon

    • Concussive Shots Passive

      • Increased damage

      • The initial spikes and spike AoE scale separately with damage

    • Geyser Shard Passive

      • Increased damage

      • Can roll its damage and chance to proc separately.

  • Phoenix Call Passive

    • Phoenix Damage and Luck have been combined into Phoenix Call.

    • Values increased to accommodate for this change

    • Phoenix’s collision increased by 50% for more whammity wozzle.

    • Phoenix Damage and Phoenix Luck no longer appear on items

  • Poison Dart Passives

    • Towering Poison and Speedy Darts have been removed.

    • Explosive Poison has been reworked

      • Poison Dart Tower now does more damage. When a poisoned target dies, it detonates dealing a percentage of your Defense Power Stat as damage to enemies within a given radius.


Other Balance Changes

  • Fixed a bug where the Nullify and Harden passives were increasing resistances more than what was stated. They should now be accurate.

  • The Abyss Lord’s Colossus and Skeletal Orc towers’ Critical Damage now scales with each upgrade, maxing out at 3.0.

  • Series EV2 Heat Dissipation updated

    • Sword/Staff canisters that were using bursts updated to have more-balanced Heat/second dissipation

    • Mega'Manus Projector Heat Dissipation decreased 42 H/s -> 18 H/s

    • Mcdooger's Heat Dissipation increased 10 H/s -> 15 H/s

  • Skill Sphere Changes

    • Chilling and Oiling Strikes have had their slows increased.

    • Oil Harpoon (Squire) no longer reduces Ballista damage.

    • Cooldown Reduction has a minimum proc time of once per second.

General Bug Fixes

  • In order to fix the Series EV2 node placement bug, we’ve reset the Options/Keybindings.

  • Fixed a server crash that would happen if a player switches heroes quickly and continuously.

  • Fixed a bug that would cause players to get stuck in the Tutorial.

  • Fixed a bug where costume accessories in the Costume Shop could not be previewed before purchase.

  • Heroes will now properly resume auto-attacking after using abilities.

  • DPS and Attack Rate numbers on the Abyss Lord’s Skeletal Ramster should be more accurate now.

  • Fixed a bug where party leaders in a Private Game could kick themselves from a match.

  • Fixed an issue where selecting items for sale in the Inventory and closing the Inventory without selling those items would break the Inventory UI when reopening it.

  • Fixed a bug where new players would see the original heroes locked until the player moved through the heroes on the Create Hero screen.

  • Fixed an issue where Victory Chests would float in the air on The Buried Bastille.

  • Run N’Gun Skill Sphere now properly increases movement speed.

  • Chilling Strikes Skill Sphere now properly works on the Abyss Lord.

  • Abyss Fountain of Speed Skill Sphere now properly increases movement speed.

  • Fixed a bug where melee heroes could attack while in the Inventory.

  • Fixed an NPC dialogue box that was referring to Monthly Missions instead of Bonus Missions.

  • Fixed a VFX issue with the Abyss Lord’s defenses in The Buried Bastille.

  • Fixed an issue where enemies would get stuck on ledges on The Ramparts.

  • Fixed a VFX issue with Series EV2’s shadow in The Buried Bastille.

  • Correctly stylized “War Table” on the interact icon.

  • Fixed a VFX issue with the Abyss Lord’s Tomes in the Blacksmith shop.

  • Fixed missing SFX issue on The Bling King Incursion.

  • Fixed a Lightning Bug projectile VFX issue.


PS4-Specific Bug Fixes

  • When a splitscreen player has the My Deck window open, the Blacksmith, Relic and Skill Sphere shops will now update the relic/weapon meshes and the window will now scroll.

  • When purchasing an accessory in the Costume Shop, the selection cursor no longer automatically moves to a different accessory, breaking UI navigation with the D-pad.

  • Turned down cutscene video volume and fixed an issue where cutscene volume was not responding to the volume sliders in the Options menu.

  • Fixed an issue where if a splitscreen playerhad an AFK timeout, both players would return to the Main Menu.

  • Fixed an issue where a splitscreen player could AFK timeout while the host player was in a menu.

  • Fixed an issue where, when a splitscreen player leveled up, the other player’s controls were locked until the Level Up window was closed.

  • Fixed an issue where, when in splitscreen, the Create Hero page was resized to where some info was off-screen.

  • Fixed an issue where heroes in the Costume Shop could not be rotated with the controller.

  • Fixed an issue where the L1 and R1 button icons did not appear in the Create Hero screen for switching characters.

  • Fixed an issue where pet stats were displaying as higher than intended during the Evolution screen.

  • Fixed an issue where if a splitscreen player tried to join after the Victory/Defeat cutscene, the splitscreen player was permanently unable to request to join again and the screen remained split.

  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect egg name would display in the Transform Pets UI when purchasing a premium egg.

 

Known Issues

  • We’re still investigating the crashes that are being reported to us. We’ve dramatically decreased the amount of crashing, but there’s still work to be done!

  • Players can sometimes fall through the tavern/marketplace floor. If you restart the game, this should fix the problem.

  • The projectile spawned from the Gloves of the Storms passive does not work on the Abyss Lord and will not fire correctly when used with EV2 or the Huntress. Fix will be deployed in next update/patch.

  • Trying to join a game via the Game Browser when it’s already going can cause players to be not able to matchmake. Returning to the title screen and back will fix this. Fix incoming.

  • The Game Browser can sometimes take an extended period of time to remove a no longer valid session from the session list.

  • On occasion, loot data for a map will not load so all loot dropped will be of iPower 1. This can also affect Victory Chest. We’re currently investigating.

  • The Taser Suit passive will display with a radius stat of 0 but the passive functions properly.

  • PS4 - Splitscreen players (secondary) cannot navigate the Inspect Deck UI with the D-pad.

  • PS4 - In splitscreen, if the primary player is invited to a party the 2nd player does not join the party as well.

  • PS4 - The Splitscreen HUD can display on menus intended to take over the full UI.

  • PS4 - In splitscreen, the “Joining Game” notification does not display when a 3rd party member selects a map to play.

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Before we get into the dev log a quick reminder... the Power Up update launches tomorrow! In won't be too long before you can fly around on your broom and snipe enemies from the sky as the Gun Witch, find new friends to play with the Game Browser, or decimate enemies with the buffed original 4 heroes! You can read the full update details here and watch the Gun Witch video below.


In the meantime, here's what we're working on next:


Elliot Cannon, Creative 

As the Playverse team irons out the deployment issues that kept us from launching the Power Up release yesterday, The Gun Witch is ready and waiting for the switch to be thrown! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with Broom Vault->Double Jump->Vroom Broom. Mobility is king.

The rest of the studio is full steam ahead with the future release work. We’re settling into a frenetic rhythm while also pushing on long-term goals. Lavamancer, Two New Challenges (Incursions), New Enemy Squads, and a Reworked Campaign are in the works now, in addition to preliminary animation work on The Mystic!

For me, I’m digging into the old campaign quest/new user experience and outlining how we can rework this to be contemporary with the way the game is today, not to mention a better challenge curve, frenetic pacing, and much more useful and powerful rewards. We reworked the map list and core narrative to something cleaner. We’re ramping up the challenge on a per map basis with what’s there now, removing the older parallel difficulty modes that were confusing. We want that first play through for players of the campaign to be about progression and rewards while getting a feel for the game’s hero deck game play. Streamlining is a big part of that.

“Kill your darlings.” Faulkner once said.


The old road from level 1-50 was a slog. The game is much different from when that flow was developed. The max level is 50 now, with a small army of heroes you can slot into your hero deck, not to mention combat swapping, so there’s no need to drag things out. The game is going to get harder, muhahahaha.

As the new squads roll off the line, we’ll populate them into the game from the beginning and refine them to reflect incremental progression. They are going to play very different from what is there now. We’ll do the squad stuff in phases so keep a close eye on Dan’s log entries. He’s pushing hard on this!

The Power Up DEV Stream from this past Friday is up on You Tube. We show off the Gun Witch in game and talk about the new squads!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8sJOS4989c


Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

Working with the team to figure out these squads. We are starting to put them together now but it is going to be a while before we get this feeling as awesome and entertaining as possible. This is likely going to be a long campaign. Trendy VS Enemies. I hope we win…


Also doing other things like working with the team on Lavamancer, wrote the design with the design team for the Mystic and briefed the team about her and her snake god, and planning out incursions with Steven Collins!


Tim Shannon, Live & PS4 Producer (TimmyTrashTier)

SYKE! Milestone release is Thursday.  But seriously, when we deployed everything this morning we couldn’t get into the tavern so even though you have to wait a little bit longer, I think that on the whole it’s for the better.  I mean our menu level is pretty cool and interactive and all, but it gets old after a while.  

In addition to figuring out how basically identical code can work in one environment and not in another the Live team is squashing bugs, reducing invite spam-lock, and dusting off our fire fighting gear for Thursday.

In PS4 land, we’re cleaning up some issues hanging on from the milestone and discussing what the future holds now that we’ve caught up to PC and are actually able to start looking at the numerous things we had to set aside in order to get code bases synchronized… feels weird man...


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

We are working on a new level this week, can you guess what theme it’s being used this time?


Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

This week we're starting to blockout a new level! so excited about the theme of this one!.


James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)

This week I’m focused on iterating a bit on the Game Browser as well as some polish updates for the next update.  We’re adding functionality to our Loading Screen system to make it a little bit more story driven.  It’s a small change, but I think it’ll have a good impact on the lore of DD2.


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Continued work on the upcoming challenges (incursions)! As well as helping Blacksmith with making changes to enemies and map orders.


John Muscarella, Digital Puppet Master

Animations for a new DD1 Remake map are in full swing.  Enemies are getting a few touchups as well.


Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead (Dani)

We’re looking towards the new challenge mission (incursion) right now. It’s pretty early but it’s easily the most challenging yet. Hoping to sink our teeth into the next major content but before that we’ll have some spring cleaning to be done. Might need a Gun Broom for that.


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The Power Up update is now coming out Thursday. While you wait, we've extended the 3x Medal Weekend to Thursday!

In case you're wondering, there was an issue with matchmaking that made things go kabloomy, which is a scientific term for, "Oh god, why?!"

Smashing it with a sledgehammer didn't fix the problem, so it looks like a more finesse approach is needed. Probably a tiny mallet or gavel.

The update is still planned for simultaneous release on PC & PS4!

We'll see you on Thursday, Defenders!

Love,
The Trendy Team

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



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


  • Dragonfall Bazaar:  Toxic Shock Bow

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

  • Liferoot Forest Incursion:  Armageddon Staff

  • Ramparts Incursion:  Purge Evil Polearm


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

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

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


Elliot Cannon, Creative Director

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

Gun Witch

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

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

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Hero Buffs

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

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


Game Browser

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

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


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

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

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


Daniel Diaz, World Builder (DanielKaMi)

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

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

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Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

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

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


Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

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

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

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


James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)

I’ve been in serious bug squashing mode.  

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

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

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


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

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

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

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


John Muscarella, Digital Puppet Master (Muskie4242)

Building melee combos for the Lavamancer. :)

iamisom

Here are the notes for Buried Bastille Hotfix 1 for PS4!


  • Looks like our Hero Balance Changes for the Power Up update got out early! They have not been properly tested, so we have reverted them. So what are these Hero Balance Changes? Here's a tentative list of the changes! Keep in mind these are subject and very likely to change as our community testers in the Remote Playtesting Group get their hands on them.
  • A potential fix for the most common client crash in the game.  We will be monitoring to ensure that we resolved the source of crash for the next few days.
  • All castle maps should now be counted for the Daily Mission that requires them.
  • When you unlock Daily Missions during the Campaign, you should now get one immediately rather than at 2AM.
  • There should be fewer items named "Garment Name" overall.

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