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Devstream 55 Recap

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Phil, Elliot and Dan reveal the first details on EV2 and talk about our new "mid-milestone" update: the Unholy Catacombs! 

Summary:

    • Gun Witch officially wins the Influence Vote!

      • Soon, you'll get to pick the hero after the Gun Witch.

      • Gun Witch uses a new weapon type. Still figuring out the name, but we're calling them Gun-Brooms. If you have a name suggestion, please tell us in the comments!

    • We had our first Weekend Event:  Mission Madness! Last weekend, you could get a Daily Mission every 8 hours. If you liked it, please let us know.

    • New Enemy:  Siege Tank:  A new slow moving, long-range enemy that fires rockets at the core and at players. Crushes defenses that get in its way including traps. Has a weak spot in the back that, when a player starts to shoot it, will cause the Tank to focus on that player.

    • Abyss Lord is now 10,000 medals. If you haven't earned him yet, now's the perfect time to get him.

    • Series EV2:  Her core fantasy is based all around her gun.

    • Series EV2 Lore:

      • Matured mentally from DD1 but not physically

      • Grew apart from the four original heroes

      • Left to join the Talon Guard

      • Severely damaged, original chassis shattered

      • Sought out her creator

      • Has now returned with a new body

    • Series EV2 Node Defenses:

      • In DD1, you connected point A to point B with nodes. The length of the line determined how much DU it cost.

      • In DD2, you can connect point A to B to C and on and on.

    • Series EV2 Pickup Defenses:

      • Using defense mana, EV2 can create pickups with defense mana that give attachments to her gun. Think of these like gun pickups in arena shooters.

    • Series EV2 Arm Cannon:

      • Uses canisters based on the different weapon types in the game. When a weapon drops and it’s for EV2, it’ll turn into a canister. Each canister type changes her primary attack and secondary attack based on the weapon type, so for example a Sword Canister will give EV2 more up-close-and-personal attacks. EV2’s eyes and canister color will change depending on the canister type used.

    • “Mid-Milestone” Update Coming in April:  Unholy Catacombs Update

      • First, what is a mid-milestone update? Our major patches (like Calling All Heroes) are called milestone updates. These happen usually every 6-8 weeks. We’re experimenting with putting out a smaller update with a little bit of content in the middle of a milestone to give you something to do while you wait for the larger updates.

      • Contains:

        • The Unholy Catacombs map (our remake of DD1’s Foundries & Forges)

        • Spectral Knight Incursion

        • Unique Map Drop:  Claymore of Unholy Fire Squire Sword:  Unique Legendary item that adds a flamethrower to the Squire shield block and adds a chance to oil enemies (so you could activate the Ignite combo)! This sword has multiple variables that can roll in a wide range, including the iPWR (rolls up to 750), the cone angle, the range, the amount of damage it deals and the chance to oil. The idea is to bring back the DD1 mentality of having maps with unique drops that you can farm to find the best of the best and that there’s more than just iPWR differences between the different variations of the sword.

        • Unique Map Drop:  iPWR 750 Chest Piece. Drops for any hero.

        • Hero slots will be purchasable for 2,000 Defender Medals

        • Storm Elemental Variant Monk Costume

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Trendy, the past couple of Devstreams and the latest patch are starting to restore my faith that DD2 at some point will in fact be a worthy successor to DD1.

I've said it before. I'll say it again ... mainly because of how negative I was for a long time. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for the changes to the hero deck. You really deserve kudos for addressing that pain point for many players ... particularly solo players like myself.

Also, just want to say that the new flame throwing Squire weapon/shield sounds AWESOME. Thank you for giving weapons some love. I'm also really looking forward to seeing what the Gun Witch will be able to equip. As Elliot suggested in the stream, please don't forget to go back to the original heroes and add to the variety, coolness and fun of their weapons ... just like was demonstrated you will be doing for the Squire.

The whole part about farming a particular map for a particular weapon and having it sometimes drop a lackluster one and other time drop an awesome one is also a VERY welcome change ... at least imo. It will provide a compelling reason to play certain maps.

Cheers.

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As fun as it is hearing about new champs, I'd really like to see some discussion on the original hero reworks.  Bringing the original heroes up to speed will have a huge impact on gameplay.

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Is there any news on new difficulties and a higher level cap? Because that feels like it really needs to be addressed, by the time this game leaves alpha we are all going to be capped. Plus I got my Abyssal lord to 50 in like, a day... Not very fun =/ 


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hey so I noticed that you moved your abby to your deck of 4.. even tho your abby wasn't part of your deck... is that something you are planning to bring to the PS4 or am I missing something? (about 8 to 9 min in)

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@Gorbachov quote:

hey so I noticed that you moved your abby to your deck of 4.. even tho your abby wasn't part of your deck... is that something you are planning to bring to the PS4 or am I missing something? (about 8 to 9 min in)

As of the Calling All Heroes update, you can now bring in as many heroes as you want during the Build Phase, so you can build with 5, 6, 7, etc. heroes. That will be coming to the PS4 when the PS4 gets the Calling All Heroes update. :)

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It's Tuesday now, where is the Monday summary? You need to learn to stick to time plans because this is also why people have no faith in you! But anyway, not a major issue, keep up the good work!

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@BrandonVirdee quote:

It's Tuesday now, where is the Monday summary? You need to learn to stick to time plans because this is also why people have no faith in you! But anyway, not a major issue, keep up the good work!

Sorry for the delay. The summary is here! :)

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I think her weapons should be called boom sticks. It sounds a lot more catchy and has a much better ring to it than "gun brooms". It's kind of a play off of broom stick and it seems like a weapon that packs a bit of a punch.

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