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Hotfix 17.1 for Steam

Here are the notes for Hotfix 17.1 on Steam! (PS4 players will receive this hotfix next week.)

Fixes

  • Reverted the loot changes implemented in The Terraria Update thanks to your feedback.

  • Create Hero Screen was focusing on costumes that you don’t own instead of just showing the regular hero creation causing some confusion.  

  • Dryad’s World Tree is now properly destroyed during the victory animation when it’s close to the core.

  • The Eye of Cthulhu and Demon Eyes cannot be killed by making them follow you down pits and off the edge of the map.

  • The Poison Imbuement Buff from Vile Mushrooms no longer applies to the Eye of Cthulhu.

  • Random Ogres don’t spawn together and get stuck anymore on the Forest Biome map.

  • Dryad’s Harpy’s Perch does not keep attacking if the World Tree near it is sold and then rebuilt.

  • Boots no longer generate with default stats for all heroes. There was an issue where they were dropping with incorrectly rolled stats for Gunwitch, Abyss Lord, etc.

  • Abyss Lord’s Skeletal Orc was maintaining the Direct Command buff for wayyy too long.
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It’s here! It’s finally here! For months, we’ve been itching to get the Terraria crossover into your hands. (Paws? Mitts? Cybernetic robo-arms?) The Terraria Update, out now on PC and PS4, is one of our largest content patches to date. We hope you have fun with those badass Terraria weapons while we continue working on Phase 3 of our Journey to Release Plan, which contains updates to Endgame, Loot, Inventory and much more that you’ve been asking for.

We had the pleasure of working with Re-Logic this year on this fun collaboration, and we can’t say enough about how amazing and talented they are. We’re so thankful to call them our friends. But we’ve even more thankful for you, our dear Defenders. Whether you’re just joining our community today or you’ve been with us for years, we appreciate your support!

(Before you read on, we wanted to let you know that we're doing a Dryad giveaway on Twitter!)

Features

Terraria Crossover

  • New Hero: The Dryad
    • The Dryad is the physical manifestation of the will of Terraria itself. With the wisdom of untold ages, she takes up arms to protect and defend her home against evil and corruption. Her World Tree is an anchor for all of her ferocious defenses.
    • Abilities
      • Ability One - Dryad’s Blessing:  Blessing surrounds the Dryad with leaves, shielding her and increasing her armor. When corrupt, Blessings deals damage around her.
      • Ability Two - Powder Toss: Purification mushrooms heal nearby allies and slow enemies. Corrupt mushrooms deal damage and stun when they expire.
      • Ability Three - Starfall: Starfall damages enemies and leaves behind a star that Dryads gather to replenish their mana. When corrupt, the star explodes and deals damage to enemies in its range.
      • Ability Four - World Tree: The World Tree provides the power that the Dryad needs to summon her defenses. It restores 5% of a hero's max HP over time while giving +20% Hero Crit Damage and +10% Hero Crit Chance to nearby heroes.
    • Defenses
      • Defense One - Moss Hornet’s Nest: The Dryad summons a hornet's nest that periodically summons a hornet which viciously attacks an enemy. When corrupt, it spawns more hornets.
      • Defense Two - Harpies’ Perch: The Dryad summons a dangerous Harpy that hurls feathers. When corrupt, the feathers pierce enemies in their path.
      • Defense Three - Slime Pit: Slime Pits spawn slimes that targets enemies and explodes, dealing damage to enemies on impact. When corrupt, they deal more damage in an area and oils enemies.
      • Defense Four - Angry Nimbus: The Angry Nimbus follows enemies, dealing damage over time and drenching enemies. When corrupt, it periodically zaps enemies for high storm damage.
  • New Map: Forest Biome
    • Experience the new Terraria themed map that includes some new mechanics that can change up your defense! (Can you say crafting stations?)
  • New Incursion: Dawn of the Blood Moon
    • The Blood Moon has come to the Forest Biome and brings a host of different enemies and a new larger threat...
  • New Enemy: Demon Eye
    • These pesky critters will fly around and poke you to death in the Forest Biome! Make sure you have some anti-air ready!
  • New Boss: Eye of Cthulhu
    • Have you seen his final form!? (2spooky5me)
  • New Weapons: Cranked up to ELEVEN
    • We added at least one new weapon for each hero in the game. Check out the Wayfarer to see all the new Terraria-themed weapons!
  • New NPC: Wayfarer
    • The Wayfarer has traveled far to peddle goods from the recent Incursion for all heroes to enjoy! Say “Hello!” to him in the Heroes Marketplace.


Try the Dryad Right Now!

  • Want to try out the Dryad before you unlock her? Head to the portal in the Heroes Marketplace and select Normalized Mode! This will let you experiment with the Dryad’s defenses and abilities in the Forest Biome.


Enhanced Training Dummies

  • We’ve added new training dummies in the Heroes Marketplace and the Private Tavern.
  • These new dummies will provide significantly better ways for players to track their BIG DEEPS.


Item Stacking Changes

  • Multiple items now stack higher than they did previously. Just a little preview of our upcoming Inventory UI revamp hotness.


Updated My Heroes UI

  • Much more informative and interactable (Google says this isn’t a word, but we don’t care) Hero UI while we work on our new UI improvements. Tooltips are finally working on this menu for PS4!


Loot Change

  • Any gear with class specific passives will now be locked to that class. This is in preparation for much larger itemization changes coming in future patches!


Balance

Monk

  • Base resistances buffed to make Monk more viable in melee.
  • All root motion has been removed from combat animations.
  • Sky Dragon’s Fury and Thunderball got a balance pass.
    • Damage Range increased from 100-200% to 140-200% Hero Damage.
    • Thunderball now procs 100% of the time with an 8 second internal cooldown.
    • Thunderball damaged once per second, instead of three times per second.


Squire

  • Base resistances buffed to make Squire more viable in melee.
  • Root motion removed from Light and Heavy attack stances.


Bug Fixes

🔥 Community Bug Fixes 🔥

This section is dedicated to bugs reported on our Bug Reporting site! Bugs labeled “Hot Issues” are next on our priority list. More community bug fixes coming in the next patch!

  • Every time Frostbite Towers would try to attack the same enemy, or if an enemy would die, they’d have to re-target, which caused their firing to break. This is no longer the case. Ice to meet you, bug.
    • Thanks, Zimmermann!
  • Buff beams were able to buff other buff beams. (Buff-beam-ception?) AND Buff auras buff Buff Beams which no longer buff buff beams, which no longer buff buff buff when you buff buff your buff buff.
    • Zimmermann crushing it with the buff bug reports!
  • EV2’s Heat now resets to 0 when build phase begins.
    • Thanks for staying on top of this bug, K-ToF!
  • “Hide Enemy Health Value” was causing Health to not display on towers and cores. Now it’s always visible.
    • Thanks for the report, Ancient Ogre!
  • Some Steam achievements were not unlocking after completing the requirement.
    • So glad to finally crush this bug. Thanks,K-ToF!
  • Mystic’s Dark Ritual blade was only dropping with set passives.
    • Good looking out, Hom-Sha-Bom!
  • PS4 - The Logo and Intro Video did not have any sound. Now you can hear their velvety goodness.
    • There’s still a sound issue where you can hear the Main Menu music during these cutscenes. We’ll get that one next. Thanks for the report, Plic!
  • Hero Critical Damage no longer bugs out when swapping characters, which caused some serious damage discrepancies. 
    • We came, we saw, we CRUSHED that bug. Thanks, Pandynator!
  • Updated some text warning people that Mystic’s Split Vipers Skill Sphere does not overwrite the reduction of damage of Slow Death.
    • Good catch, Dreamanime!
  • The toggle checkbox in the Options Menu for turning Damage Coalescing on and off now works correctly.
    • Pandynator is life. Pandynator is love.
  • The Abyss Lord’s Colossus would attack slower after being upgraded.
    • Thanks, JoghurtDipper!
  • Mystic’s Sand Viper tooltip no longer contains the “Enemies Chilled” stat.
    • Thanks for pointing that out, Talis Cat. Maybe we should add some random stuff to other defense tooltips just to keep you on your toes...
  • Activating the Trick or Treat chest on the wave 7 of the Temple of the Necrotic would spawn an invulnerable skeleton.
    • Uhhhh, surprise? Good catch, Klaga!
  • Abyss Lord’s Orc Blockade’s base would become displaced during Frenzy.
    • Thanks, Buddyvv!
  • The Apprentice’s Harbinger Staff was spawning anon-textured AoE graphic on the ground.
    • Graphic is now TEXTURIZED thanks to Dreamanime!
  • The Spooky Event title was not being rewarded.
    • A spoopy thanks to Virydis!
  • Altar Assassins now primarily target players. If they can’t find a player, they will attack cores.
    • Thanks for the report, o0Exile0o!
  • On Altar of Athame, it was possible to place defenses floating above the altar.
    • Thanks, geo981010!
  • Sky Dragon’s Fury passive typo fixed.
    • And with this report, Zimmermann takes the cake with the most reported bugs fixed in this update!


General Bug Fixes

  • The toggle checkbox in the Options Menu for turning Damage Coalescing on and off now works correctly.
  • New Defender Medal Monthly Pets no longer show up as regular monthly pets at the Petrinarian.
  • Hotswapping characters properly resets pet ability cooldowns.
  • Skeletons no longer spawn in non-combat phases.
  • Skeleton enemies no longer leave a lingering purple visual effect after death.
  • EV2’s passive “Torpedo Range” got a language pass.
  • The Challenge “Defender of Etheria” can only be completed in campaign and had its description updated to reflect thatintention.
  • Keybinds now save when you rebind keys at the title screen
  • Returning Players occasionally had the Monk and Huntress still locked when returning to the game after being inactive for awhile.
  • Mystic’s Dark Torment towers would not despawn.


PS4-Specific Fixes

  • When a Split-Screen player joined, sound effects stopped working until you opened the Options Menu.  There might still be occasions where this occurs. Please let us know on the Bug Reporting Site!
  • The Reward Select screen in Onslaught wouldn’t show up correctly in Split-Screen.
  • Scaled up the R3 button icon so that it’s more readable.
  • Tooltips weren’t showing up on Item Enhancement.
  • The Main Menu was interactable (dang it, Google, we’re making this a word) while the Intro Videos were playing.


Known Issues

  • Watermelon is spelled with two “L’s” in Etheria…
  • Phoenix projectiles spawned from Blaze Balloons via the From Ashes Passive are travelling along the ground… we’re trying to build their self-esteem back up and playing some Kenny G so they can soar once again.
  • Split-screen players loading into Curse of the Blood Moon Incursion (especially on Normalized) may be missing ability icons. Hotswapping resolves this.
  • My Heroes screen has some issues. We’re aware and working on them.
  • Nature’s Growth does not buff other World Trees at the moment.
  • If you jump mid spawn animation, the Mystic will become invisible… use that information how you will…
  • We saw an issue - once - with hero decks missing heroes when loading into the normalized Curse of the Blood Moon Incursion. We couldn’t repro it, but if you manage to figure out how to reliably produce this result let us know please.
  • The pressure sensitivity on some controller faceplate buttons can create some weird ‘intermediate’ press states in the newer UIs and on the Dryad’s jumping to flying transition.  TL;DR - Press hard or go home.
  • If you cast a Dryad ability while transforming it will resolve as though it were cast in the starting form rather than the ending form.
  • Frostbite Tower does not attack the training dummies in the tavern(s). (Don’t lie Zimmermann, you were going to report this if we didn’t call it out).
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The Terraria Update comes out Tuesday, so in this's week Dev Log, we're pulling back the curtain. (And if you want to see the update in action, tune into our Terraria Devstream tomorrow at 3PM EST!)


Elliot Cannon, Creative Director (Myscha_Sleddog)

As a hardcore gamer myself, it’s a riot to peek behind the scenes of any developer’s curtain, so let’s cast that Oz barrier away for a moment. I’ve also tossed in some secrets for you at the end.

The Terraria Update update got its start back in January 22nd of this year. (10 months ago) At the time, we were mid-stream working on the Abyss Lord, along with creating a massive backlog of critical and important features and game improvements laid out for the whole year. (Such as the Game Browser, Hero Deck changes, Quick Swapping, Hero Designs, Incursions, etc.) Then we got this cool email from Ted “Loki” Murphy over at the Terraria camp.

“Greetings from the team at Re-Logic! A good number of the team are huge fans and avid players of DD2, so first off, thank you all for an amazing game that entertains our entire studio. Coming out of all of that, one of our lead coders - Yoraiz0r- has been chatting with one of your own (Blacksmith), and the topic of a crossover content collaboration between DD2 and Terraria came up.

Both parties seemed pretty interested, and so Yoraiz0r got in touch with me this evening and told me that I should go ahead and reach out to you (Blacksmith said that you were the person to contact) so that we can see where this could lead and if a collaboration could work. I know our team would certainly be on board - and we can just imagine all of the possibilities already!”

This type of collaboration does not happen often enough! Game developers all like each other, end up working together over the years, play each other’s games, and hang out together. We share cabs as E3, laugh and critique at each other’s bad GDC presentations, blow up each other’s bases, stunlock and zero each other’s kids, and cheer each other on when our games ship. This is because we are all big kids inside, dress like misfits, and absolutely love games, so doing something cool together means one thing – FUN!

A lot of the time, publishers and legal people with large mortgages get in the way of this core joy in life. (Imagine that!) They often see developers as a pack of wild Indians running amok on an island with spears, blowing into conchs to call meetings, and beating up the bespectacled chubby kid and using his cracked glasses to start a fire to dance around at midnight. (Golding, 1954) Trendy and Re-Logic don’t have big publishers getting in the way, so we were excited about doing a crossover and make it about FUN!

Terraria Secrets

Here are the parts that really make it neat in addition to all of the in-your-face-stuff you’ll see next week. The new map layout, inspired by the Terraria Forest Biome, is different from your run-of-the-mill Dungeon Defenders II map. Steve Collins added cool crafting secrets from Terraria, we have lane merges that are larger than most, double backs, three cores, and of course the entire look and feel is what you would expect if Terraria became a Pixar movie. This map has long line of sights, great sniper perches, and screams out for AoE. We offer this as Normalized and as an Incursion for Nightmare I-IV.


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Play Now, Even if Brand New to Dungeon Defenders II

In Normalized mode, you play with a pre-generated deck of four max level and geared heroes including the Dryad! The Normalized mode is lovely, safe, happy, and good for brand new Dungeon Defenders II players who want to jump in and GO now! This is a great way to be part of the BIG THING. It’s also an ideal way to test-drive the Dryad hero before you pick her up with your earned Defender Medals or Gems stash.


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Blood Moon Incursion

The Nightmare I-IV modes are actually Incursion versions and much tougher. You’ll need to bring your own knife to that gunfight along with your own heroes. It has the Blood Moon theme from Terraria and nasty pointy teeth. Steve has a very cool secret chest set up in the map. Who will get lucky AND be smart enough to figure it out!


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Guns, Swords, Books, Bows, and Sharks

Besides all the other bells and whistles we usually do, we cranked out weapons for every one of our ten heroes as a homage to some of the most iconic Terraria weapons, all with over-the-top FUN special effects. You can buy these at different power ranges from the a new NPC near the portal in the Heroes’ Marketplace. He only accepts the Terraria currency called Souls of Night which you can find in Victory Chests in either version of the new Terraria map! (Normalized or Nightmare) Be sure you read the tooltips, because we have multiple heroes that use swords now. Each weapon is hero specific!


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Gamer XSploitz, Sleddog Style

To reward you hardcore players for reading today’s entry, here is a cool tip. Each weapon always has the same top signature passive. Take the Gunwitch, for example. Her Megashark Terraria Gun Broom weapon will always have the signature Meteor Bullets passive, circled in the below image. However, the other two in the rectangles reroll randomly upon entering the Heroes’ Marketplace, so if you are really dying for a particular set up, just load a map and come back until you get the roll you want. That way you can focus on grinding up Souls of Night and spend them on exactly what works for you. Each one of these weapons have FUN and POWERFUL effects on them. Collect them all!



Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

Nature hurl green leaves at your putrid feet Defender!

That’s a greeting in the Dryad tongue… Not really, I just made it up. I hope your feet aren’t putrid, you should probably have that checked to be perfectly honest.

For this Dev Log, we thought it would be a good idea to give you all some insight into some of the decisions we made in this Terraria crossover. When the Terraria crossover first came to be, we had just started our hero initiative so it made perfect sense to have a new hero be a part of it. A lot of us played a bunch of Terraria and we obviously had fond memories of the different NPCs we encountered while playing Terraria.


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Terraria has a lot of NPCs so we had several options. The short list included: the Witch Doctor, the Dryad, and the Goblin Tinkerer. When we started exploring what their kit might look like, the Dryad stuck out a lot. She was already a favored NPC by a lot of Terraria fans and we loved her story, theme, and aesthetic. She felt like the perfect hero that would bring a part of the wilderness and magic of Terraria into Etheria. There was obviously a lot of depth to her that we can build an awesome hero around. We then started exploring what she might look like in DD2. We did many explorations before we settled on the final version.


An early exploration of the Dryad:

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Another early exploration:

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Eventually we settled on this aesthetic:

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We wanted the Dryad’s fantasy to be a combination of classic dryad fantasy and her characteristics in Terraria. One of the weird things about her in Terraria is how she suddenly begins to sell corrupt powder while a Blood Moon is active. This was the source of inspiration for her corrupt form in Dungeon Defenders II. We wanted the Dryad to feel like she was bringing in pockets of Terraria into Etheria so the World Tree was created. We were also hyper focused on delivering an awesome experience for all the Terraria fans out there so we made sure all her towers and abilities were themed around familiar things in Terraria. Starfall had to make its way into DD2 since we’ve all had that moment in Terraria when a falling star devastates an enemy we are fighting. Slimes and Dryad’s Blessing obviously had to exist as well. The rest of her kit was chosen based on the sort of creatures you encounter while playing Terraria that we thought would make for good defenses.

There is plenty more to talk about when it comes to Terraria and the crossover. Next week I’ll talk about how the Terraria weapons made their way into DD2 and some neat enemies as well. Tune in to our Devstream tomorrow to hear more about the update! We will have a very special guest and divulge all the details.


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

Greetings, Defenders!

We finally get to show off our nice new map. The team had tons of fun putting tons of small references here and there that we hope the Terraria fans appreciate. Can’t wait for everyone to jump in and explore the Forest Biome.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

Hello, Defenders!

As you might know there's a new map coming to Dungeon Defenders II next week, a map we've been working secretly. So it's time to share with you some cool pics of the level. I hope you have fun playing and exploring it!

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Daniel Diaz, World Builder (@Danimix1983)

Everyone in the team is really excited to show off some of the work we did and kept in secret for so long. So, if you don't have enough with the pics posted above, here's another one! I know! It's a really cozy place!

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John Muscarella, Digital Puppet Master (Muskie4242)

I am so excited to finally show off some of the work we have been keeping so secret.  With the release of the Terraria crossover patch, we will be revealing a TON of cool stuff from the animation department.  Hopefully you have all seen the cinematic already.  If not, check it out here! Here are some of the other things we’ve been doing:


HERE SHE IS!

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AND HERE SHE IS AGAIN!

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Yes that’s right!  You can play in both her Pure and Corrupt forms at will.  Transform whenever you please, and wreck face!

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But of course, like all of our heroes, don’t take too much damage, or else…

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Cool armor, bro...


Also, we have a new animator here at Trendy.  Jerzy Perez has been a part of this past milestone helping on a number of different things, such as:

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We’re going to get Jerzy a forum ID in the near future.  You can expect to see more cool stuff from him soon!


Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead (Dani)

With the Terraria testing coming to an end (we still have one more final test tonight at the time of writing this on Tuesday!), the feedback of the RPG folks has been very solid and helpful as always. The bug hunting RQA folks found this little gem that they wanted to share.

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Greetings, Defenders!

A few weeks ago, a mysterious portal opened in Etheria. Today, we’re excited to reveal the portal’s secret: It’s a Terraria and Dungeon Defenders II crossover! This isn’t a one-way crossover, either. We’re adding Terraria content into our game, and Re-Logic is adding Dungeon Defenders content into Terraria!

The mystifying portal of mystery spurred a number of wild guesses. Some of your conclusions were accurate (eerily so); some of them not so much. Our favorite was from a member of the Terraria community who thought Re-Logic was adding a flaming baked potato boss. The image of a villainous flaming potato won’t leave our head. Re-Logic, you have to add it to Terraria. YOU HAVE TO!

So what’s coming to Dungeon Defenders II and when? We’re not adding a flaming potato boss (yet), but we do have something tasty cooked up for you:


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The Terraria Update

The Terraria Update is scheduled to launch on November 15th. When it arrives, it’ll include:


  • The Dryad, a new Hero Balancing Corruption and Purity

  • A Decidedly Deciduous Map

  • An Ever-Watching Boss

  • A Bloodshot Enemy

  • Weapons For Every Hero!

    • A Purrfect Sword

    • A Bow of Seismic Destruction

    • A Great White Machine Gun

    • The Eat Your Green Beams Sword

    • A Staff That Came From the Moon!

    • This Book Really Cuts Us Up

    • Santa’s Favorite Staff

    • The Party Starter

    • We Have a Bone to Pick With You Gloves

    • This Knife Really Gets Around

  • A Howling Incursion

  • An Eclectic Collector

    • A morph dwarf by the wharf.

  • All of Your Hopes and Dreams

    • As long as all of your hopes and dreams are about Terraria coming to Dungeon Defenders II

      • And as long as it’s only the select things we’re bringing from Terraria into Dungeon Defenders II

        • And as long as your name is Ricky or Taneka. Only the people named Ricky or Taneka who had the specific desires of certain Terraria elements coming into Dungeon Defenders II will have their hopes and dreams fulfilled with this update.


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Reveals & Streams

What does all of that mean? We’re sure you can figure them out, but if you need some help, keep an eye on our Twitter. We hear that Re-Logic has their own secrets to reveal, too.

If you want to see the update before it comes out, mark your calendars for Friday, November 11th at 3PM EST for the Terraria Update Devstream. We’re going to show off the new Dryad hero, walk through the new map, show off the new boss, wield the new weapons and more.

This Friday at 3PM EDT, we’re going to play vanilla Terraria on our Twitch channel! Tune in to hear more about the Terraria update and for your chance to win the Dryad!

Try Out the Dryad For Free

Speaking of the Dryad, we’re excited about an experiment we’re doing in this update. When the update comes out, you can try out the Dryad for free by visiting the portal in the Heroes Marketplace! We’ve setup a custom version of the Dryad to use in the new Terraria map, so you can test out all of her defenses and abilities before plopping down your hard-earned medals or your gems. It’s something you've been asking for with our new hero releases, and we hope you enjoy the experiment. We’re going to pay attention to the data to see how successful this is.


The Second Phase to Release

The Terraria Update marks Phase 2 of our journey to release Dungeon Defenders II out of Early Access. The goal behind The Terraria Update is to get lots of exposure for our game. More people playing = the more we can develop. We’re gathering lots of great data on our early game changes from Phase 1, and with this update, we’ll have more data to look at from other kinds of new players. And, of course, it’s just really awesome for DD2 to be in one of our favorite games, and Re-Logic is just as excited to see Terraria content in a game they love. (In fact, they’re the ones who reached out to us first! They have hundreds of hours in DD2! *fanboys*)

After The Terraria Update comes Phase 3:  endgame changes. We’ll have more to share soon. Stay tuned.

Love,
The Trendy Team

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The Halloween Steam Sale is live, which means our spooky new Steam packs are on sale! Check 'em out:


Celebrate Halloween with our new Burning Souls Pack! Set up some fireworks, popcorn, and put on some Halloween masks to throw your own in-game party.

  • 4 Burning Soul skins for the Original Heroes (Squire, Huntress, Apprentice, Monk)

  • 50 Consumable Masks to spice up the party

  • 10 Fireworks Launchers

  • 10 Popcorn Machines to give you and your party some sweet combat buffs!


The Burning Souls Pack will be available on the PS4 in a few weeks!


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Masquerade Pack ($15.30)

Snag five new costumes for the newest heroes at a HUGE discount. (4800 Gem value!) Not satisfied with just costumes? We added gems, too!

  • 1500 Gems

  • Lavamancer Risen Cinders Costume

  • Abyss Lord Depth Lord Costume

  • EV2 Mantis Striker Costume

  • Gunwitch Huntwitch Costume

  • Mystic Empress of Serpents Costume


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Witching Hour Pack ($8.50)

The Witching Hour Pack contains the Gunwitch Hero and her two costumes. (A 2800 Gem value!)

  • Gunwitch Hero (includes a Hero Card Slot)

  • Black Magic Ops Costume

  • Huntwitch Costume

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Halloween Is Here!

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The Halloween Update is available now on PC & PS4! 


Halloween Update!

  • Return of Maldonis Incursion

    • Maldonis has reclaimed the Temple of the Necrotic, and it’s up to you to defeat him and his henchmen. Look carefully and you might find a few hidden treats...if you’re lucky.

    • Maldonis can drop Spooky Weapons that roll up to iPWR 750!

  • Spooky-Themed Heroes Marketplace

    • Once you’re done raiding his loot, stop by the extra spooky Heroes Marketplace and make everyone green with envy!

  • Spooky Halloween Packs Available on Friday

    • We’re releasing new Halloween packs on Friday for PC, including the Burning Souls Pack with the wicked new Skeleton costumes in the image below!

    • PS4 players can purchase the Burning Souls Pack in a few weeks -- just in time for Thanksgiving.

    • More details coming tomorrow!


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🔥 Community Bug Fixes 🔥

This section is dedicated to bugs reported on our new Bug Reporting site! Bugs labeled “Hot Issues” are next on our priority list. More community bug fixes coming in the next patch!

  • Series EV2’s Heat Bar now properly resets at the start and the end of Combat Phase.

    • Reported by K-ToF, our #1 bug submitter. Thanks for the help, K-ToF!


General Bug Fixes

  • Defender Medal pets are no longer erroneously listed for gold. This was a rare bug that happened when entering the Heroes Marketplace or the Tavern. (You couldn’t buy them for gold, just FYI. It was just a visual bug.)

  • Improved the aiming of the Gunwitch’s right-click Snipe.

  • Players who completed the Spooky Champion award last year should now properly have it this year.


Update from the Emergency Magical Staff

  • Officials from the EMS have been investigating the portal since its mysterious appearance. They believe they'll have more information next week.
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Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

The Halloween Update comes out tomorrow! Maldonis has reclaimed the Temple of the Necrotic, and it’s up to you to defeat him and his henchmen. Look carefully and you might find a few hidden treats...if you’re lucky. Once you’re done raiding his iPWR 750 versions of the Spooky Weapons, stop by the extra spooky Heroes Marketplace and make everyone green with envy!

Along with the Maldonis Incursion and some bug fixes from our new Bug Reporting site, we’re releasing some new Halloween packs on Friday for PC, including the Burning Souls Pack with these wicked new skeleton costumes:

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The Burning Souls Pack for the PS4 will come out in a few weeks -- just in time for Thanksgiving. ;)

Oh, and if you’re waiting for news on The Big Thing, you might not have to wait much longer...


Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)
Getting hyped for the Halloween Update! The new skeleton costumes are sweet, and I’m ready to go fight Maldonis yet again. Keep your eye out for any secrets as some thing may be lurking around during the combat phase!


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

Hello, Defenders! As you might know already, the Halloween Update is coming out tomorrow! I've taken some shots of the Halloween themed creatures you'll have to deal with in the two spooky levels! So take a look of those fierce enemies! Do they look scary enough for you?

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If those are not enough for you, just look at this!

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Treet just killed the Squire, and he's going straight to smash the core! You have to stop that!


Daniel Diaz, World Builder (@Danimix1983)

So... it's almost here! The Halloween Update is coming into Etheria. Don't be scared! Here are some more shots of the spooky Heroes Marketplace!

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James Reid, Software Engineer (Driscan)

Finally, while it's not in the Halloween Update, I wanted to show you some updates I'm making to the My Heroes UI to make it easier to organize your deck:

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And here's how it looks in split-screen!

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Sasha Longvue





Etheria -- Earlier today, a strange portal opened and then quickly disappeared. No injuries were reported.

According to officials from the Emergency Magical Staff, the portal's lingering trace indicates a powerful magic of unknown origins. Officials are warning citizens to avoid the area as the portal may come back.

The EMS managed to extract the memory of the portal from an eyewitness, and The Etherian Free Press has exclusive coverage of that memory in the video above. 

While the portal was open, unidentifiable leaves and branches blew through. Botanists are scratching their heads over this strange flora.

Meanwhile, local citizens are preparing for the possible return of the portal.

"I hope something dangerous is coming," said the Dragonfall Knight Commander. "You can quote me on that. I've already got one scar. I want a matching set!"

The Knight Commander is calling all heroes to prepare for a fight.

"If I sound the horn," he said, "and you lily-livered scoundrels don't answer, I'll give you a scar myself!"
iamisom

Greetings, Defenders!

We're now on The Journey to Release -- a four-phase plan to bring Dungeon Defenders II out of Early Access. The journey began with the The Journey Begins update (shocking, right?), where we took a deeper look into the early game. Next up is endgame, UI improvements and bug squashing!

Our #1 priority for Dungeon Defenders II is to create a rewarding hobby with the longevity to keep you entertained for a long time. That means improving core gameplay, fixing bugs and adding polish, polish, polish.

Elliot has more details on the next three phases:


Elliot Cannon, Creative Director (Myscha_Sleddog)

We’re mid-stream in our four-phase plan to launch out of Early Access. Phase I was the campaign revamp, setting the stage for Phase II, which I like to call “The Big Thing.” You may remember us laughing about this name during Devstream 66. The goal of “The Big Thing” is to get more new players into the game to help test out our Phase I changes. It’s also just really awesome. The marketing team has a media roll out plan, which has been a secret since February, so keep your eyes peeled!

After “The Big Thing” is Phase III. Phase III contains our endgame updates and improvements, which I’d like to go over at a high level here for you today. We’re designing and working on our Phase III features now, but they won’t be ready for a few months. It’s our goal to give them as much polish and iteration time as possible -- you’ve been eager for these changes, and we want to make sure they meet your expectations and meet ours, too.

We won’t share details now, but here’s a snapshot of Phase III:


  • Nightmare Refactor

  • New Tier of Gear

  • Eternia Levels

  • Improved Item Generation

  • Power Rating

  • Improved Inventory UI and UX for cross platform

  • Smart Loot System with Hero Specific Gear


Phase IV is another big surprise, which we’ll reveal over time and only after we’ve nailed Phase III.

We’ll share more details on these bulleted items over the coming months. This week, let’s dive into the Improved Inventory UI we’re working on. I’m going to let Joshua Javaheri tell you more about it. He has a superb redesign of the game’s inventory system, which includes more space, tabs, filters, cleaner interaction, and much more.


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Joshua Javaheri (Javahawk)

Here at Trendy Entertainment, we are super well known for our groundbreaking UI design.

Just kidding, it’s not the best.

Don’t worry though, we’re workin’ on it.

Well, a few of us are.

(The ones who make UIs).

Anyway! With all these plans to improve the overall experience for early-to-mid-to-late game players, we knew we’d have to revisit how players experience and interact with loot. So what I’m talking about today is the Inventory Revamp! Or as I like to call it:  Inventory 1.4. (Just because it makes everyone internally so mad. It’s really more like Inventory 2.0 and 3.0 in one.)

The idea behind revamping the inventory soon is super important for several reasons, many of which players are passionately (and perhaps somewhat painfully) aware of already. DD2 is a loot centric game. For me, the loot I earn defines my experience and validates my time spent in DD2. (It's also like... the reflection of my hard work...!) So it goes without saying that we should do whatever we can to make the experience of loot and what surrounds loot from a UX perspective as pleasant and obvious to our players as possible.

Right now, inventory management is a little rough. I know I just spent several grammatically correct paragraphs saying that. But here’s what I mean when I say that. It’s not good. It’s very not good. The UI is different on PS4 and PC. You can’t sort items. You can’t see what’s in all of your bags at once. The physical space we give you to navigate the Inventory is really small. In order to view the contents of a bag, you have to unhide and open them, which isn’t very intuitive. Moving items between bags is unintuitive. Bags come in different shapes and sizes. (Good for dating, bad for UX simplicity.) On PC, players cannot ‘lock’ or protect items. (I guess... from themselves?) Bags themselves are too small. And let’s not even talk about that scroll bar...

So what are we doing to solve these problems? Here’s what we have right now:


  • Unifying the UI on both PS4 and PC -- both versions will have the same Inventory system!

    • This means making an Inventory system that works for both mouse/keyboard and gamepad, which is great news for PC players who prefer using the gamepad.

  • Adding a display (called “All Bags” in the image above) that shows you all of your loot from all of your bags in one location.

    • Adding filters in this section so you can see:

      • All of your items at once, or

      • Just your weapons

      • Just your armor

      • Just your relics

      • Just your pets

      • Etc.

    • Adding additional sorting selections so you can see, for example, all of your weapons from highest iPWR to lowest iPWR

  • Creating a tab system so you can move between bags more easily.

  • Increasing the number of visible slots so you can see more of your Inventory at once.

  • Easier ways to auto-collect and group up trash loot for faster cleanup.

  • Making it easier to move items from one bag to another.

  • Oh and we’ll probably consolidate your bags into larger bags with significantly more space... by like... 2-4x.

    • Most players will probably end up with a bit more space than they had before, as all bags will now be 64 slots.


Anyway, there’s more, but I need to get back to working on it. Hit us up on twitter @javahawk or @trendyent if you want more information!


Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead (Dani) & Josh Isom, Community Manager (iamisom)

In today’s update, we released a new community bug reporting site! You can find it at bugs.dungeondefenders2.com. We’re going to direct players who’d like to report a bug to this new site.

This new system replaces the current in-game bug submission form (you’ll be able to access it from inside the game at the Tavernkeeper), and you’ll also be able to find it here on the site.

Why the new system? Well, the old system had a bunch of flaws, some of which we couldn’t find a good way to fix. One of the biggest flaws was updating and tracking bugs from the public and player perspective. Once you submitted a bug, it would be gone and you’d rarely hear back from us unless we needed more information - this sucked because other players would submit the same bug, and with big issues, we’d see multiple submissions over multiple days and weeks, and with everyone reporting the same issue it’s easy to ignore little details that could be unique in each case or get lost in the pile.

Speaking of lost in the pile, it was very difficult to track all of our community bug submissions and difficult to understand which bugs required the most immediate attention. We receive reports on our forums, Steam forums, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, old bug reporting form, Twitch chats, private messages, support emails...it’s a lot to stay on top of, especially for our small team. It’s our hope that a public, more accessible site will allow us to gather bugs in one place and give us greater visibility into which bugs are currently causing the most frustration. It’s our goal to fix as many bugs as possible, but with your help, we can prioritize the most devilish ones first.

So this new system works a little bit like Reddit. You submit a bug, you provide the details and then it’s posted for everyone to see. You can upvote bugs that you think need the most immediate attention. You can also reply to a bug and add more details. This way other players can add their unique details all under the one umbrella.

An important point about this new system, along with transparency and reduction of redundancy, is that you’ll have Trendy QA folks look at and confirm your issues. Sometimes we’ll reject bugs, but most of the time we’ll verify your submission and put that issue into our internal bug tracking workload.

We wanted to open up the entire bug cycle - from finding, reporting, fixing and shipping - and give everyone more reassurance that we take all issues seriously and that submitting bugs is never a waste. It all matters, and we appreciate it each time folks take the effort to help us make the game better.


Tim Shannon, Live & PS4 Producer (TimmyTrashTier)

A new bug reporting site rolled out today that we’re hoping will allow us to better gather information on the scope and impact of issues that you all are experiencing. It’s going to be a site that is as useful as we all make it, so please take note of Dani and Josh’s entry above where they explained how it will work in more detail.

On a different topic, the old monthly pets are back! They’re in the Defender Medal shop with some notable updates to their effectiveness.

The thing I’m most excited about though, is that we are about to set series of fixes live that should address some of our longest standing crashes on PS4.  To give you some context, one of our most common client crashes on PS4 was the result of functions on two separate rendering threads trying to access the same memory.  This sounds simple enough at face value, but because of how multi-threaded rendering works, finding the exact moment when this occurs and the exact line of code that is causing it is quite the daunting task.  These crashes have absorbed man-months of time since launch, with the most recent effort taking almost two uninterrupted weeks of Matt’s time.  Interestingly enough, the only reason we were able to find this at all is that some other changes we did around improving our render pipe, exacerbated the problem to the point where we could gather enough data to track the problem to its source (in this case, two short lines of code).  We’ll be monitoring the crash report server closely once the patch comes out to track the impact of these changes, but assuming all goes as expected, I’ll be excited to scratch this line item off my list.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

I've been working on the Heroes Marketplace doing something I can't talk about and fixing some collision issues. Last but not least, I returned to work on the Hot Springs level (an old level which hasn't been released yet), this time doing a collision pass.


Daniel Diaz, World Builder(@Danimix1983)

We've been working lately on some new/old levels doing some optimization/collision passes. We’re also working on Heroes Marketplace, so expect some cool changes and new visuals/atmosphere. Hope you like it!

iamisom

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Patch 16.2 is live now on PC & PS4! Here's what it contains:


Return of the Monthly Pets

  • The old Monthly Pets are back! You can find them in the Defender Medal shop.

  • These pets have been reskinned from their previous inclusion in the game, so long-time players have some cool collector’s edition of these pets.


New Bug Reporting System!

  • We've released a new community bug reporting site! You can find it at bugs.dungeondefenders2.com. We’re directing players who’d like to report a bug to this new site.

  • We wanted to open up the entire bug cycle - from finding, reporting, fixing and shipping - and give everyone more reassurance that we take all issues seriously and that submitting bugs is never a waste. It all matters, and we appreciate it each time folks take the effort to help us make the game better.

  • The old system had a bunch of flaws, some of which we couldn’t find a good way to fix. One of the biggest flaws was updating and tracking bugs from the public and player perspective. Once you submitted a bug, it would be gone and you’d rarely hear back from us unless we needed more information - this sucked because other players would submit the same bug, and with big issues, we’d see multiple submissions over multiple days and weeks, and with everyone reporting the same issue it’s easy to ignore little details that could be unique in each case or get lost in the pile.

  • Speaking of lost in the pile, it was very difficult to track all of our community bug submissions and difficult to understand which bugs required the most immediate attention. We receive reports on our forums, Steam forums, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, old bug reporting form, Twitch chats, private messages, support emails...it’s a lot to stay on top of, especially for our small team. It’s our hope that a public, more accessible site will allow us to gather bugs in one place and give us greater visibility into which bugs are currently causing the most frustration. It’s our goal to fix as many bugs as possible, but with your help, we can prioritize the most devilish ones first.

  • So this new system works a little bit like Reddit. You submit a bug, you provide the details and then it’s posted for everyone to see. You can upvote bugs that you think need the most immediate attention. You can also reply to a bug and add more details. This way other players can add their unique details all under the one umbrella.

  • Thanks for helping us squash those bugs!


PS4 Rendering Crash Fixes

  • This update contains a series of fixes that should address some of our longest standing crashes on PS4. To give you some context, one of our most common client crashes on PS4 was the result of functions on two separate rendering threads trying to access the same memory. This sounds simple enough at face value, but because of how multi-threaded rendering works, finding the exact moment when this occurs and the exact line of code that is causing it was quite the daunting task. These crashes have absorbed man-months of time since launch, with the most recent effort taking almost two uninterrupted weeks of Matt’s time. Interestingly enough, the only reason we were able to find this at all is that some other changes we did around improving our render pipe, exacerbated the problem to the point where we could gather enough data to track the problem to its source (in this case, two short lines of code).

  • We’ll be monitoring the crash report server closely to track the impact of these changes, but assuming all goes as expected, we’ll be excited to scratch this line item off our list.


Aiming Improvement

  • Projectiles should now move more towards the crosshairs. This is a subtle change, but hopefully it improves the overall accuracy of shots.


New Lavamancer Costume:  Risen Cinders

  • As seen at the top of this post! Available now!


Pet Ability Balance Changes and Fixes

Pet Abilities have been completely rebalanced from the ground up! With this rebalance, we wanted all pet abilities to feel much stronger when used, bringing all pet abilities closer to the impact level of abilities like Poisonous Tips. To hit these targets, we've significantly increased both the damage output and the cooldown of most pet abilities. Our goal was to make pet abilities stand out more from spammable hero abilities, so pet abilities are used less frequently but have a more profound impact.

Most pet abilities will see their cooldowns increased to 30 seconds, 45 seconds, or 60 seconds (a few outliers). In conjunction with these changes, the damage output of most pet abilities will be increasing substantially as well. For example, abilities on a 7 second cooldown that previously did 675% Hero Damage per attack now have a 30 second cooldown but deal an amazing 2,745% Hero Damage per attack!

The rebalance affects all 47 Pet Abilities, so go check out the new damage numbers and cooldowns!

Accompanying the rebalance are a number of fixes and other changes to pet abilities:


  • Pet Abilities that deal direct damage or apply damage-over-time buffs have had their damage significantly increased to better compete with damage multipliers like Poisonous Tips and Ghostly Wail.

  • Cooldowns have been increased on all pet abilities, generally being 20, 30, 45, or 60s (some rare outliers).

    • Simple abilities like Rock Throw have either a 20s, 30s, or 45s cooldown in most cases.

    • More potent or complex abilities like Poisonous Tips, Maelstrom, or Ghostly Wail generally have a 45s or 60s cooldown.

  • Pet Abilities with multiple tiers now have the same gameplay balance at all tiers.

    • The differences between the tiers are now visual only.

    • Different tiers are now named differently, so players can correctly reroll a pet ability to the desired visual tier.

  • Pet Ability descriptions have been entirely rewritten to better explain what the pet ability does and how it scales from Hero Damage.

    • Note that all Pet Abilities currently scale from Hero Damage; that’s not a change, we’re just making the scaling more apparent in the descriptions.

    • Future versions will likely change some pet abilities to scale from other stats, like Ability Power and Hero Health.

  • Visuals on a number of Pet Abilities have been increased/improved to better match their actual area of effects. A few abilities, like Fire Pillar and Lightning Grenade, have significantly larger effects.

  • Collision on various piercing projectiles has been revised (Stranglethorns, Bouncing Fire, Boulder, etc.). In some cases, the collision was too small, and in others, much too large. The collision now much more correctly reflects the actual size of the projectile fired.

  • Pet Abilities that use reflective shield mechanics (United Defense, Fire Shield, etc.) now reflect a useful amount of damage, and reflection damage is calculated before your resistances are taken into account.

  • Pet Abilities that deal damage over time now apply their effects at 1 second intervals to minimize the amount of damage number spam.

  • Numerous buff application bugs with all Pet Abilities, but especially Curse Aura and Hex, have been cleaned up. Buffs should apply more consistently and with consistent damage/lifespan results.

  • Pet Abilities that apply combo-able effects (Drenched, Oiled) have had their combo effects fixed and now properly scale from Hero Damage.

  • Projectiles on some pet abilities have been adjusted in speed/size/targeting to try and improve their ability to hit enemies (especially nearby, small enemies).

  • All effects that decrease enemy movement speed are standardized to a -40% speed decrease.

  • All effects that increase player movement speed are standardized to +50% speed increase.

  • Effects that previously increased both basic hero attack’s damage and added on-hit damage now ONLY add on-hit damage. This affects Poisonous Tips, Sandstorm, etc. The on-hit damage bonus has been increased in most cases to compensate.

  • Ghostly Wail’s damage bonus is now +100% at all tiers and its duration and range have been slightly decreased.

  • Dragon Protection is fixed; it correctly applies an absorbing shield to nearby Defenses.

  • Projectile arcs for certain abilities (Oil Spit, Lightning Grenade) have been improved to make aiming easier.

  • Lightning Grenade now detonates if enemies touch it.

  • Boulder now deals crushing earth damage.

  • Bouncing Lightning has been renamed to Chain Lightning and updated to use a projectile more similar to the Storm Gloves’s projectile.

  • Sparkle Party now deals damage as well as stuns.

  • Encouragement restores 75 mana.

  • Soothing Waters restores 300% Hero Damage as health.

  • Hex no longer causes damage over-time, to separate its effects from Curse Aura more clearly.

  • Tormented Thoughts no longer causes initial damage. It still causes damage-over-time and bonus damage when the enemy dies under the effects.

  • Gravebolt’s heal % has been decreased to offset the massive increase in the damage it received.

  • Plague Claw damage bonus per-hit decreased to +50% and now has the same maximum targets as other piercing pet abilities (Boulder, Ice Ball, etc.).


Bug Fixes

  • The Invert Y Axis now works properly for the mouse. (You’ll need to turn if off and then back on to get it to work again.)

  • Earthshatter Tower no longer requires line of sight to attack.

  • Upgraded Skyguard Towers now properly slow enemies.

  • Changed Idle Flow passive description to fit how the rest of our slow effect descriptions are written (slowed by X% instead of slowed to Y%). The actual slow amount did not change.

  • Fixed an issue with the Altar Assassins death sequence.

  • Fixed an issue where melee combos unintentionally increased pet ability hero damage scaling.

  • Cleaned up formatting on the Daily Mission UI to make it more legible.

  • Tempered Anger Skill Sphere description changed for clarity. It now says this:  “Mystic loses appeasement 50% slower and takes no appeasement damage when at 0 appeasement.”

  • Gun Witch animations while moving backwards diagonally no longer twitch noticeably while using a gamepad.

  • The Harbinger Huntress bow no longer shows grey boxes.

  • Crit Damage color is now properly applied to the correct damage number instance.

  • Adjusted the Mystic’s towers on the Create Hero screen.

  • PS4 - Item Enhancement VFX now shows up properly during upgrading.


Known Issues

  • The new defender medals pets are using the regular pet meshes in the Petrinarian.

  • (Intended) We’ve reset player custom keybinds so we don’t have any wonky issues. Sorry for the inconvenience and frustration.

  • There is a chance when loading into the Tavern or Heroes Marketplace that the Defender Medal pets will be shown as available for gold instead of defender medals. It’s a race condition that can occurs. You can’t actually buy them for gold as you’ll get an error message (inventory full) and transitioning can fix this.

iamisom

Update October 6th, 2016:  Patch 16.1 is now live for PS4!


Here are the notes for Patch 16.1:


Bug Fixes

  • Added a fix for Bonus Missions not rewarding Defender Medals if we've already used that mission in the past. This should fix this week's mission (but not reset it unfortunately). 
  • Fixed the Pet Affection bug from The Journey Begins update. 
  • Dark Torment towers should no longer spawn in the sky.
  • Additional Difficulties for Maps should now only unlock at the end of the Campaign.
  • The Obelisk no longer produces giant grey boxes when attacking with Call to Madness.
  • Demon's Lair should show the correct iPWR now.


The PS4 patch contains these additional changes:

  • Fixed the issue where deleting a hero from the Hero Deck tab in the Inventory would always delete the first hero from the Hero Deck.
  • Added the ability to allocate 50 SAS points with Triangle. (Sorry for the hand cramps!)
  • Pet Rerolls now allow you to choose any stat rather than the first one.
iamisom

The Journey Begins Now!



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

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

The Mystic

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

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

  • Abilities

    • Snakes?

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

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

    • Snakes!?  

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

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

    • SNAAAKEEEEEEEES!?!?!

  • Defenses

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

    • OH GOD, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!

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

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

    • AHHHHHHH!!!!!

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

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


New Story and Progression

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

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

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

  • New “Next Map” Button on Campaign

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

  • New Campaign Story-centric Loading Screens

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

  • New Campaign Quest Line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Rewards from Campaign

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

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

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

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

    • Pet eggs drop earlier in the game

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

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

  • Sell and repair are now available at level 1!


Early Game Enemies and Difficulty

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

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

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

    • Enemy health and damage are also increased.

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

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


Quality of Life and General Improvements

  • New Main Menu

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

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

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

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

  • Warmup Phase Change

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

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

  • New Options Menu Features

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Worn through Powerful have no passives.

    • Epic and Mythical have two passives.

    • Legendaries have three.

  • New Create a Hero screen

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

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

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

  • Music Updates

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

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

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

    • Invert Y-Axis

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

    • Show Hints

    • Coalesce Damage Numbers

    • Show Damage Numbers on Dummy

    • Show Damage Numbers

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

  • You can now sort your bags by iPWR.

  • Enemy intro videos have been removed… for now.

  • The Relic Hunter and Petrinarian have new dialogue.


Bug Fixes

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

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

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

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

  • Fixed the Medium Experience Bonus II Skill Sphere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fixed an issue with Drakin pathing on Nimbus Reach.

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

  • Fixed some text issues on the Hero Creation screen

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

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

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

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

  • Fixed the Bling King randomly pausing during animations

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

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

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

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

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

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


Known Issues With This Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Journey Begins on September 27th! The only thing bigger than the changes coming next Tuesday is how excited we are to see your reactions (seriously, Benny is so excited we’re scared he’s going to pull a Jesse Spano). On top of the Mystic, you’ll play the game-changing Campaign Revamp, the expanded story and the wealth of early game changes we’ve been brewing for the last month. 

Want to see this update in action? Check out our Devstream tomorrow at 3PM EDT (our new time!) to check it out.

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

But this week, Elliot gives you a few more details about our Campaign Revamp, Dan shows off a new Training Dummy and Dani only has eyes for you:


Elliot Cannon, Creative Director (Myscha_Sleddog)

The existing campaign and new user quest chain was excruciatingly long, and quite simply, it wasn’t fun. Its initial creation came about during the game’s early development period when things transitioned from level 25 to 50 sometime last summer with the idea that the game should direct the player’s every move. The campaign itself only took players to maybe level 20-25 or so, it concealed a lot of game features behind level walls, and it was in essence a connect-the-dots linear sequence that sent you back and forth from game maps to the NPCs in the tavern and so on. In addition to this, it created an odd parallel set of difficulty scales that attempted to bridge the gap between completing the campaign and working towards Nightmare difficulties. This in essence controlled what you could do in the game for days on end as opposed to getting you into the game maps and letting you start obliterating enemies that challenge you and your tower defense strategies.

Today, everyone has access to each of their Hero’s abilities and towers from level one. The game is no longer single-hero focused thanks to the Hero Deck changes where you can play, gear, and level four heroes at once with hotswapping. You also have an expanding library of heroes with unique themes, cool abilities, and zany defenses to choose from. When the first campaign and new user experience went in, there were only four heroes and no intention of making new ones.

Let’s look back to our original goal this year of “Finish the Game” and get out of this Early Access Alpha stage. This means things such as this odd campaign flow needed reimagining properly with players in mind. Once that’s done, we can jump back on making loot better and more meaningful, and expanding the game’s difficulty curve much further so those hero choices make a huge difference. That in turn means tinkering with builds, gear, enchants, and deck comps to beat harder challenges. Once all that is in place, then we can expand the enemy library, and get back the list of cool things you really want to see happen next. (We have a massive list with everything you’ve told us we keep alive.)

Enough history. Let’s break down the cool stuff of the Campaign Revamp in more detail than the video.

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Story and Presentation

  • The Campaign is 18 maps long, kicking things off with the intro video and culminating with the climax against the Harbinger. We’ve tied the maps together under one unified storyline sub divided into Acts.

  • We tell the story through the intro video, in game videos at key moments, and new loading screens with cool art! You can check the loading screens out as long as you want and control when to continue when you’re ready to play.


Early Game Progression, Loot and Reward Changes

  • The pacing is frenetic and rapid. It makes such a difference. It’s fun. Even if you beat the campaign ages ago, go give it a try with a deck of level 1 heroes. You may find yourself having a lot of fun! I dare say it should have always been this way.

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

  • With how quickly you level up, we’ve changed the SAS points to award and popup every 5 levels so you’re not constantly dogged by the popup.

  • We reworked all iPWR drops for the campaign so progression is fast. Once you beat the campaign, you’re geared for the bottom end of Nightmare I. The campaign remains unlocked forever, so you can go back and play any map in any order once you’ve beaten that first quest chain.

  • Once in the campaign, quests automatically update and complete based on a map victory. Once you get in the flow of playing, you never need to leave the maps for any reason. Once you win a map, you can select the next map, replay, or head to town. This is great because you can just keep playing as long as you want. Once you start winning some of the harder maps, it’s hard to stop as it’s super fast paced.

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

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

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

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

  • You can obviously play the campaign in multiplayer. Your quest completion status is your own though. You won’t be able to skip anything, but it’s a ton of fun burning through it with friends.

  • If you were part the way through the campaign and never finished it, we set you up right where you need to be so you don’t have to start over, but are ready to go forward.


Early Game Enemy and Difficulty Changes

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

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

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

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


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Early Game Quality of Life and General Changes

  • We’ve redesigned the main menu screen. It’s cleaner, concise, and beautiful. It uses real time flythroughs that really highlight the levels, which are the coolest levels in the game industry! If you’re playing the campaign, you can continue from this screen as opposed to having to remember where you were. All social media icons are there and we’ve made sure our information pane is much snappier.

  • When you enter a map, we reworked how the ready up timer works. Now you can run around and do whatever you want for as long as you want. Forgot to check for loot upgrades a hero? Need to compare those three relics? Go for it. Hit “G” to end warmup and kick off the first build phase. (This also means you no longer have to wait for the warmup timer to end before the first build phase!)

  • Everything in town is unlocked from day one. None of this unlocking enchanting at level 34 business. We want you to have access to everything from day one so you can decide what you want to do and when. It’s your game; play it how you want.

  • We redesigned the Game Browser map list to scroll vertically. It reads much nicer in the new sequence. The map order of campaign becomes the map order across the game.

  • The Create Hero screen has voice over now and better hero descriptions!

  • You can access the game’s tutorial from the options menu.

  • The Hub has a new tune. I tried my best to get Tony Iommi and Glenn Hughes back together from the 2005 Fused album, but they were booked. Heh heh.

  • Once you win a map, we give you as much time as you want to sort through loot, as you will get tons of upgrades in a single map. (Pay close attention to those core stats each hero’s abilities and towers anchor around. For example, I’m a Gun Witch nut, Sweeper Cannon blasting Double Tap III spastic who double jumps and mows down lanes. Hero Power is king for me followed by Hero Crit Chance + Crit Damage. With the Locked and Loaded Skill Sphere gives me more of my favorite rotation: Broom Nado + Book Drop to hold heavy groups in place, followed by a point blank Blunder Broom Buster + Scatter Sweep combo. That means I want that cooldown on Broom Nado back up as soon as possible. Each hero has subtle little tricks like this, so make sure your gear is getting you the most bang for your buck!)


And all of this is in addition to the Mystic, who is also coming out in this update. Here's her hero trailer if you missed it:


Nightmare I-IV are untouched for now. We have big plans on reworking Nightmare with dynamic scaling and harder skill levels, leaderboards, smart loot and such, but that’s a little ways away until we finish that. More details soon.

The feedback on the Campaign and early game changes has been superb. I am super proud of the team’s dedication and work to find the real fun buried in the sand here. I want to give a big shoutout to Steve Collins, Brett Norton, and Josh Javaheri for pushing the boat out and helping drive the gameplay and the player’s experience. Dani Moore and Josh Isom for working with me on the story along with our former intern from SMU Guildhall, Lauryn Ash. Jason Yu for helping keeping it all glued together while we continued to do everything else in other branches, and of course, the entire team, who jammed away on the Mystic and the future releases as we cranked on this much needed cohesive reimagining of the game’s heart and soul.


Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

So in this week’s Dev Log I’m going to talk about something a little different. I want to talk about Dummies.

Dummies have been in Dungeon Defenders since its inception; unfortunately, our current dummies are a little out of date for anyone seriously trying to figure out their DPS and plan accordingly. I thought it would be a fun project to add a better dummy to DD2. Check this sucker out!

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This new and improved dummy starts calculating your DPS the minute you start attacking it. It stops calculating a few seconds after the last attack (it removes the dead time from the calculations in the end). I also thought it would be neat if the Dummy had a random name based on the development team, so expect to see a lot of our names appear over the new Dummies as you proceed to beat the ever loving @*%# out of them!!!

This thing is not yet ready for launch. I’m going back and forth on whether it should be instanced (you only see the damage you deal to it) or if it should be shared damage… Eventually I hope to release a handful of new and improved Dummies in a future update. What do you all think of that?


Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead (Dani)

Just concluded two solid testing periods with RQA and RPG putting both the Mystic and the new campaign stuff under the testing, balance and bug finding microscope.

Wanted to share one of the most interesting visual bugs we’ve ever come across.

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Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

This week we are doing a deco pass to the Heroes Marketplace level, which includes also some cool changes in the background!


Daniel Diaz, World Builder

We're working on a new seasonal pass for the Heroes Marketplace! Expect some terrifying changes in the level. It will scare more than one defender!



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Here are the notes for Patch 15.5 on PC and PS4!

  • Added a potential fix for the missing Daily Mission bug.

    • If you received a Daily Mission yesterday and you login today less than 24 hours after you got yesterday's Daily, you won't get a Daily today until 1AM EDT.

    • If you login 24 hours after you got your Daily yesterday, you will get one when you login.

    • If you didn't get a Daily yesterday, you will get one today when you login.

  • Added a potential fix for the Altar of the Athame Incursion not finishing.

  • Added a fix for the stuck tutorial bug. If you're still getting stuck in the tutorial, please blink twice.


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Our newest hero, the Mystic, is near and dear to our hearts because she’s so similar to Trendy itself. Like Trendy, the Mystic has made a deal with an omnipotent cosmic force to drive her success. And, like Trendy, this “Serpent God” demands a regular stream of souls in exchange for bad-ass-ness. Oh dear… I believe I’ve already said too much. 

Before her arrival later this month, watch her hero trailer above and then check out the Dev Log below for more details:


Daniel Haddad, Design Director (Blacksmith)

Long ago, there was an Influence Vote:  Mystic vs Man & Machine! At the time we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted the Man & Machine to be, and to be perfectly honest we were all expecting M&M to win. Josh called me on a Saturday morning while I was driving and asked me to describe what the Mystic would be. We hadn’t really put too much thought into that, so I yolo’ed some stuff about a serpent god and a gauntlet. It doesn’t matter. Man & Machine is going to win right? Nope… she ended up winning! It seems the Serpent God had other plans…


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The design team brainstormed a bunch of neat concepts for the Mystic’s towers and abilities, but we needed to make sure we nailed her theme. The fantasy of a hero is something we try to pay a lot of attention to here at Trendy, and she had such a powerful and interesting story behind her that we wanted to make sure we got that struggle and darkness across in all her kit. Here is a quick overview of her story:


“The Mystic was once an exceptional thief. If you wanted something stolen, you went to her. She amassed a massive fortune over her lifetime and had no problem flaunting it with ornate gems, but especially with gold -- she loved gold. One dark evening, she received a contract to steal a golden gauntlet from the Grand Magus’s quarters. It seemed like a simple enough job for one so skilled. When she found the gauntlet, she couldn’t help but admire it. It seemed to almost speak to her. Now the Mystic was an honorable thief. She never kept what someone else wanted her to steal… but it wouldn’t hurt to try this fancy golden gauntlet on before she gives it away, right? Unfortunately, the gauntlet contained the ancient spirit of a serpent god. The gauntlet took over her arm, and the Serpent God took over her soul.


For years the Mystic struggled to maintain her sanity as the serpent god gently gnawed away at her soul. When the Old Ones’ army attacked Etheria, the Mystic saw an opportunity to buy herself some time. She asked the Serpent God to give her his power and help her overcome this evil, and in return, she will give him as many souls from the Old Ones’ army as she can manage. She didn’t really care about the looming threat to Etheria; she wanted to buy herself time. The Serpent God agreed and she joined the battle with our heroes.”


With such an interesting story, we wanted her kit to exemplify this struggle. It was hard coming up with ideas. I went away from Trendy and traveled far. I found a pit of snakes, and I sat in it for a while and communed with them. A few seconds later, I realized this was a terrible idea and returned to work. We wanted her mana resource to represent her feeding the Serpent God some souls. The mana bar degenerates over time, and the Mystic can fill it by collecting souls. The more souls she feeds the gauntlet, the more powerful the Serpent God gets and so the more powerful she gets.


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The Serpent God bestows upon her powerful buffs based on the appeasement meter. She can gain:

  • Stat buffs that boost her Health, Defense Power, and Ability Power

  • A lifesteal buff that heals her for a percentage of her health for each hit

  • A buff that reduces the cooldown of her abilities with each melee hit


If she reaches 100% appeasement, the Serpent God manifests around her damaging nearby enemies and giving her a movement speed boost.

If she has 0 appeasement, the Serpent God begins to siphon her soul dealing 3% of her health as damage every second until she generates some appeasement. If she dies, the Serpent God will consume her.


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The animation team did a phenomenal job with her animation suite -- especially her death.

Since she was a thief, we thought it would be fitting for her to wield daggers. Instead of her actually cutting things with her daggers, we wanted her to use the dagger as a vessel to unleash the serpent god’s powers. Based on the attack variation of the dagger, the Serpent God will manifest himself in different forms from speedy purple wisps to full on tail smacks.


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You can find out more about her kit by watching the reveal video, but I wanted to call out two aspects of her kit before I go:  her Dark Torment and her Obelisk.

Her strongest ability doesn’t have a lot of fanfare to it, but there is more to it than meets the eye. She hurls a purple spectral dagger that impales the target and deals damage to them over time. If the target dies while impaled by the dagger, a temporary defense spawns in its place. The defense persists for about 15 seconds and damages nearby enemies.

Last but certainly not least, her Obelisk stands as a testament to the great Serpent God. At tier 1, it periodically picks an enemy across the battlefield and zaps it dealing damage to the target. As you upgrade the Obelisk, it begins to do more and more things:


  • At Tier 2 it has a chance to target a second target bubbling them into the air and has a chance to shield a target ally boosting their hero damage and ability power stats

  • At Tier 3 the chances for the bubbling and shielding effect increases

  • At Tier 4 it has a chance to confuse a target enemy causing it to fight for you for a few seconds

  • At Tier 5 it has a chance to polymorph a random enemy into a serpent for a few seconds


At 100% appeasement, the Serpent God himself appears around the Obelisk and breaths fire down on nearby enemies. You can reposition the Obelisk while this effect is taking place!

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We hope you all enjoy the Mystic. We certainly had fun putting her together, and we can’t wait to see how you all choose to use the dark god’s powers!


Tim Shannon, PS4 and Live Producer (TimmyTrashTier)

It’s stabilization time here for the next milestone update, so it’s bug time at Trendy. This next update should contain the rest of the controller updates I mentioned last month (look sensitivity, dead zone tuning, split-screen options support) and will also make some of your options portable across devices (full list in forthcoming patch notes). We’re also going to look into the Daily Mission and Incursion issues that cropped up last week and hopefully get to some of the other bugs you guys have brought up on the Official and Steam Forums (special thanks to K-ToF for that awesome list -- we're going to try to get to them!).

Steven Collins, Lead Level Designer (Esorath)

With the updated Campaign flow right around the corner, I am taking some time to go through and amp up the difficulty of both normal and hard campaigns. This should give even some experienced players a bit of a challenge as they make their way through the campaign.

We also adjusted the way enemy introductions happen. Aside from moving which enemies are introduced where, we also amped up their introduction to be different per enemy. Instead of just seeing one Orc on Dragonfall Bazaar when he is introduced, one major orc will appear at each spawn point.


Jesus Diaz, World Builder (N3oDoc)

This week we finished the visual pass to a new level! We proceed to work now on the collision pass to make sure it's fully playable. Can't show anything yet but we are really happy about how the level looks.

Also I've been working on the background of the frosty level, best known as the Frost Keep...yeah the one that lost against the Crumbled Bulwark and Molten Citadel levels. This won’t come out in the next update, but I wasn't happy with the mountains in the background so I redid them. Below you can check out the differences. I hope you like the changes! (Click the image for a larger version.)

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The Dark Altar is live now on PC & PS4! Here are the patch notes:

Features

New Map:  Crumbled Bulwark

  • As selected by you in our Influence Vote, our newest map is the Crumbled Bulwark!

  • Crumbled Bulwark is a remake of DD1’s Ramparts. Medium-sized map. Three cores.

New Incursion:  Altar of the Athame

  • Includes a special new Incursion Enemy:  the Altar Assassins. Complete this Incursion to receive...

New Mystic Dagger:  The Dark Ritual Blade

  • Drops from the Victory Chest in the Altar of the Athame Incursion

  • This dagger is for the Mystic, who will arrive in our next update!

New iPWR 750 Ring

  • Has a chance to drop in the Victory Chests in the Altar of the Athame Incursion


Bug Fixes

  • Added more fixes to the Daily Mission and Daily Map Bonus bugs. If you’re still not receiving your Daily Missions or Daily Map Bonuses, please let us know. (It’s possible that you won’t receive a new daily until the next refresh at 1AM EDT, so if you don’t see your Daily Mission or Daily Map bonus after this update, please wait until the refresh to see if this fixes the issue.)

  • Made a code change to damage numbers to improve client/server stabilization.

  • Fixed a keybinding error where re-binding “Activate” to a different key would break EV2 node placement on the newly bound key.

  • Added a fix for the minimap not showing up on Liferoot Forest. Let us know if it’s still not working for you.

  • Fixed a crash that would happen with the Apprentice Armageddon Staff.

  • Fixed a graphical error on the tooltip for inspecting defenses.

  • Fixed the Molten Citadel Incursion to include a Nightmare I version.

  • Fixed a bug where a very particular instance was rewarding more Defender Medals than intended.

  • Fixed an issue where an extra daily reroll was being given.

  • Fixed a bug where if a player fired Ice Needle while still rising during a double jump, the projectile misfired.

  • PS4 - Corrected text on bag purchases to be less confusing. (All bags let you rename and set custom icons.)

  • PS4 - When wearing the Black Magic Ops with split screen active, a cluster of yellow polygons off to the side of the gun arm no longer appears when jumping.

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The Dark Altar

  • Altar of the Athame Incursion

    • The Altar Assassins’ dark ritual has been revealed. Stop them at all costs! Beware the shanks!

  • The Dark Ritual Blade Mystic Weapon

    • Earn a weapon for the upcoming hero, the Mystic!

  • The Don't Die Community Challenge

    • Complete the Altar of the Athame Incursion on Nightmare 4, without dying and other restrictions, for a chance to win a skin of your choice!

    • Nightmare 4, No Deaths, Incursion Only, Can Bring Friends, Can't Use EV2, Barricades ONLY.

  • Black Tea with Blacksmith

    • We had a brief discussion with Daniel Haddad about how he dove head first into the games industry and the process of creating the heroes within the game. Watch the dev stream to find out more!


What We're Working On Now

  • Campaign Revamp

    • Leveling, Loot, Reward, Structure, and some Quality of Life Changes  

    • Step one of getting the enemy changes into the game is restructuring our Campaign and laying the groundwork there.

    • 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.

  • New Hero:  The Mystic:  We'll have more details for you in our next Devstream!

  • Upcoming End Game Changes: Check in with our DevLog posts for hints and updates about what we're working on to improve the end-game experience for players.


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This is a quick fix for the current issue with daily mission reset and completion, and we’ll have a better fix for this on Tuesday.

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed the daily mission refresh to continue giving new daily missions and map bonuses.


Known Issue


  • Anyone that comes into the patch with three existing quests, and you complete one quest, you’ll get another daily quest that was meant for the following day.  Then ON that following day, you will not receive a new quest.  It’s a little wonky, but we’re working on it.

If you’re playing on PS4, all of these changes will be in the Dark Altar Update on Tuesday.
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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


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  • 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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