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Alpha & Beyond Released

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Dungeon Defenders II is growing up! Gather around as it emerges from the primordial ooze and turns into an Alpha. With a big bang, the Alpha & Beyond update adds story, a rebalanced Nightmare mode, freaking rocket boots and so much more to the Etherian universe. Okay, we couldn't figure out which "getting better" metaphor to go with, so we went with all of them.

What's beyond? We're going to rapidly iterate on and improve the core feature set of the game. New feature work will still be ongoing in Alpha (insert obligatory controller support tease here), but we will also be focusing on bug fixing and balancing on a near weekly basis. 

Want to know what’s different in Alpha & Beyond? Click here for the all-dressed-up version of the patch notes!

With this update, we get one step closer to Open Alpha when the game is open to everyone. If you’re eager to play the game before the Open Alpha and still get a good value, we’ve added a cheaper version of DD2 to Steam today!


Starter Pack (New $14.99 Version):

  • Access to Alpha (and all of the delicious Alpha ants!)

  • 2000 Gems

  • Four Steam-exclusive Hero Accessories


Defenders Pack ($24.99 Version, renamed from Dungeon Defenders II):

  • Access to Alpha (and its crunchy ant delights!)

  • 3000 Gems

  • Four Steam-exclusive Hero Accessories

  • Two Extra Hero Slots


Thank you all for your support. We can't wait to hear what you think of Alpha & Beyond!

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Where's the intro video? I had to find the file in the Windows Explorer to watch it! But I must say it's great!

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Why did you remove one of the best new features of DD2?

I loved not having to grab all loot from the floor with TIB...

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Im having a huge problem with this patch... I was able to do NM2 before the patch. Now I can do the Insane levels more or less easy. but as soon as I go on NM1 I am getting destroyed....

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OK so i don't know whats going on but when I'm logged on i cant find the accessories that we are suppose to receive for having our high lvl geared being lowered so whats going on there?

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@Kenzo quote:

Where's the intro video? I had to find the file in the Windows Explorer to watch it! But I must say it's great!

What file path?

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"We can't wait to hear what you think of Alpha & Beyond!"

Really, you ought to put hearing what we think of Alpha and Beyond off for as long as possible.

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Yeah, I'm not too sure about this patch... Lots of cool things, pets, skins, and balances, but now I'm struggling excessively moving from level 40 to 50. I was able to do freeplay hard mode comfortably pre-alpha; now I have to stick to normal mode for experience as hard is already too much. Loot is much worse normal as well. Not sure how I'm supposed to progress.

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@Kenzo quote:

Where's the intro video? I had to find the file in the Windows Explorer to watch it! But I must say it's great!

...\Dungeon Defenders 2\DunDef2\UDKGame\Movies\Intro_NUE.bik

It's really nice... Epic just like the first game...

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I always said it would be funny if you guys switched place with boost and frost, looks like u left boost poopish and buffed serenity to do exactly what i thought. what really have these new sets done, Boost is frost tower, Blockades got a buff but not arcane barrier, Explody is just a extra strong magic arrow, hardy harpoon is a quick fix for tower speed, Serenity became op frost tower, blaze balloon is just a nicer looking more powerful blaze balloon.

Come on trendy.

There is no balance, just forced gameplay. its all about the new passives whats wrong with base towers, what ever happened to the idea of ubers and spheres. make set items where parts are able to be farmed on a certain map if u get a green chest or something if u wanna run this gimmicky stuff but dont make it what the games all about, nobody wants to farm through 14 sets of passives.

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I always said it would be funny if you guys switched place with boost and frost, looks like u left boost poopish and buffed serenity to do exactly what i thought. what really have these new sets done, Boost is frost tower, Blockades got a buff but not arcane barrier, Explody is just a extra strong magic arrow, hardy harpoon is a quick fix for tower speed, Serenity became op frost tower, blaze balloon is just a nicer looking more powerful blaze balloon.

Come on trendy.

There is no balance, just forced gameplay. its all about the new passives whats wrong with base towers, what ever happened to the idea of ubers and spheres. make set items where parts are able to be farmed on a certain map if u get a green chest or something if u wanna run this gimmicky stuff but dont make it what the games all about, nobody wants to farm through 14 sets of passives.

Totally agree, Trendy you need less haste and more polish prior to patch releases. Alpha/Nightmare mode has the effect on me of making me want to drive my keyboard through my monitor. I'll be moving on until you can get that swinging balance bat under control. +1 total disapointment

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Well this is great, you've made all of my characters useless. I essentially have to play NORMAL on all of my level 50 characters, to get just somewhat useful gear. Gear curve from zero on a max level character... Really Trendy? You could've done better than that...

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All of my NM4 gear that dropped down to 240 ipwr (which I have no problem with) has become absolutely useless. I had all tower gear and I now have all AP gear, well done with the reroll. This may as well have been a wipe. My four lvl 50 chars all at ipwr 240 cannot beat incursion with ipwr of 205. You have turned this into a gear farming simulator! Well done.

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yeah, i tried to solo nm4 with the gear you get from nm4.. and guess what ??? couldnt even pass wave 1..

its impossible to beat 1 map.. 

i was trying nm1 with 3 friends.. round 1 not so e.. round 2 gg.. damn stupid kobolds.

passives are worse than crap... you said you were gonna reroll only 241ip+ and you didnt even respected that, you messed all the gear... i had some "decent" 240 gear but everything gone.

tons of bug..

got kicked out of my private tavern... "host left" really ? 

crashing more now... and for the first time i crashed while i was in the tavern... 

you cant join to a friend from steam, you gotta hit join, then hit private tavern or play.. and load 2 time ...

you are doing it great... killing every desire of keep playing dd2.. i dont expect to be as fun as dd1... cuz so far it isnt half of it.


great work with the scavenger... if you dont pick the loot off the floor, you dont get any.


by far this is the worse patch.

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Ummm what happened? Re-roll, fair enough. But now no one  can complete even the first Nightmare map, skill spheres have got ridiculously high prices and shards sell for nothing so there is no way of getting a decent amount of gold.  The accessories that we didn't get look like crap, please at least make a decent reward for those of us who had Nightmare gear.

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yeah, i tried to solo nm4 with the gear you get from nm4.. and guess what ??? couldnt even pass wave 1..

its impossible to beat 1 map.. 

i was trying nm1 with 3 friends.. round 1 not so e.. round 2 gg.. damn stupid kobolds.

passives are worse than crap... you said you were gonna reroll only 241ip+ and you didnt even respected that, you messed all the gear... i had some "decent" 240 gear but everything gone.

tons of bug..

got kicked out of my private tavern... "host left" really ? 

crashing more now... and for the first time i crashed while i was in the tavern... 

you cant join to a friend from steam, you gotta hit join, then hit private tavern or play.. and load 2 time ...

you are doing it great... killing every desire of keep playing dd2.. i dont expect to be as fun as dd1... cuz so far it isnt half of it.


great work with the scavenger... if you dont pick the loot off the floor, you dont get any.


by far this is the worse patch.

so true I get items with a maximum of 1% on the passives in NM its like having no passives at all. As for the reroll gear I dont had such big problems I just farmed whatever legendarys from NM1 pre patch giving me full bags of rerolled legendarys got at least a few usable items now after the patch.

Also indeed the scavenger sucks and also the wait time you have after each map great work breaking the timer that you fixed before, again waiting for a minute after each map is just annoying

This shows again that trendy themself are indeed ***ing lazy when it comes to test their crap before bringing it out we are not playing to make the testing work for trendy the game is EA for allready 2 years they should really start to get their *** togheter.

Until the next patch there is really no reason to play the game its just boring the passives for my harpoon gives me a attack rate + of 0.02 seconds yeah great if the basic ratio is 5sec. so back again to canonball tower stacking. Its really silly if the would just test their stuff for a few minutes they would allready see that all their work is *** really have to say it like that

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@Fruity Kinqz quote:

Ummm what happened? Re-roll, fair enough. But now no one  can complete even the first Nightmare map, skill spheres have got ridiculously high prices and shards sell for nothing so there is no way of getting a decent amount of gold.  The accessories that we didn't get look like crap, please at least make a decent reward for those of us who had Nightmare gear.

This has been my immediate experience as well. Re-roll fine, I get it. But wearing gear from the first NM map and im still struggling? 241 on all chars with ubers should be able to cake walk the first map. I barely had over 240 gear pre-reroll rocking the first few maps and now I cant complete one in NM? I lost HALF of my barrier health? Trigger happy with nerfs much? Nightmare became difficult  alright because practically every build was over nerfed. Granted frost fire was broken and needed to be toned down but still are you that concerned people will hit the very end so soon you would rather kill the game play while you slowly buff everything back up?


Then we have the economy which is still poor. Shellium shard nerf out of nowhere. Such a small amount of money on a 48 timer. Gee don't spoil us. And I still cant properly judge which dailies to take for payouts when theyre working.


Please put in more time testing before sending your small community down a roller coaster ride of ups and down with piss poor game play balances and bugs. Not a strong start out of pre-alpha =(

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@Fruity Kinqz quote:

Ummm what happened? Re-roll, fair enough. But now no one  can complete even the first Nightmare map, skill spheres have got ridiculously high prices and shards sell for nothing so there is no way of getting a decent amount of gold.  The accessories that we didn't get look like crap, please at least make a decent reward for those of us who had Nightmare gear.


same for me. cant complete dragon fall with my ipwr 240 gear. not even close... I need to finish it to get gear that has ipwr of 250... this game Is even more fecked up as it was for solo play.

 

I had great respect for the makers... but now I seriously start thinking only retards are making this game now...

 

im really frustrated! not only is all my gear nerved down but also the stats on tower health and power is gone on some. there is no way to get the same type of gear because there is no way to complete the maps wich drop the gear... dragon fall on nm1 says it needs ipwr of 230. well not even close... you wont even make it if you have an ipwr of 400 on all chars.

 

trendyent wtf is wrong with you guys!

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@ķΐnĢ ƒΐ©ĸ€® quote:

yeah, i tried to solo nm4 with the gear you get from nm4.. and guess what ??? couldnt even pass wave 1..

its impossible to beat 1 map.. 

i was trying nm1 with 3 friends.. round 1 not so e.. round 2 gg.. damn stupid kobolds.

passives are worse than crap... you said you were gonna reroll only 241ip+ and you didnt even respected that, you messed all the gear... i had some "decent" 240 gear but everything gone.

tons of bug..

got kicked out of my private tavern... "host left" really ? 

crashing more now... and for the first time i crashed while i was in the tavern... 

you cant join to a friend from steam, you gotta hit join, then hit private tavern or play.. and load 2 time ...

you are doing it great... killing every desire of keep playing dd2.. i dont expect to be as fun as dd1... cuz so far it isnt half of it.


great work with the scavenger... if you dont pick the loot off the floor, you dont get any.


by far this is the worse patch.

amen to all of you guys. I don't think that anyone is liking the new patch every last bit that did work in DD2 is killed with this patch....

 

solo should be easier now.....

 

I guess ill stop playing this game until they reroll everything back to where it was before the alpha state. last version was alpha.... this version is pre pre alpha!

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@geologyrox quote:

Yeah, I'm not too sure about this patch... Lots of cool things, pets, skins, and balances, but now I'm struggling excessively moving from level 40 to 50. I was able to do freeplay hard mode comfortably pre-alpha; now I have to stick to normal mode for experience as hard is already too much. Loot is much worse normal as well. Not sure how I'm supposed to progress.

you cant progress anymore. I have 3 chars on lvl 50 on all I had gear of ipwr 600+ before the patch. now I got lvl 50 chars wich fell like lvl 1 chars. nm1 on the first map wich I could easily do before the patch. is now impossible. the recommended ipwr for dragon fall nm1 is 230.  the drops you get are ipwr 250 max. so its slightly higher then I have now. but even the first wave is impossible to finish.

before the patch my blockades had 130k health now they got 30k snipers destroy them in seconds. and even before the ogre spawns the crystal is already destroyed. no matter how I try to build. it always fails.

 

In this game it has become impossible to progress. Atleast when you play solo. Now even more people will start to hit and run maps killing the first boss and get the loot without finishing it. really amazing how trendyent really doesn't get the whole Idea of progress in a game.

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