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April Check-In With Elandrian

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Hey Fellow Defenders!


It’s about that time again.  Time for another Check-In with ya boi, Elandrian.  We hope everyone has been enjoying the Barbarian and the changes that came out with our last large update. We’ve been hard at work on a ton of new content for Dungeon Defenders II, and I wanted to talk a little bit about what’s coming next week to the game and some stuff that’s coming around summertime.


Next week is going to feature the Sky City Bank, Inventory Stack Splitting, a huge performance improvement with loading times on all platforms, and an assortment of bug fixes.


Sky City Bank


The Sky City Bank will be arriving in Dragonfall next week, and will be bringing some additional storage to everyone.  Every player will get at least one Bank Vault for free when they first log in. In addition to the one free Bank Vault, we’re going to be running a limited time promotion where you can get another free Bank Vault and unique Shutter Shades Flair for your heroes.  This will only last two weeks, so make sure to tell your friends to get the free space and cosmetic!


For people that have purchased the old Inventory Pack or the newer Bag Booster Pack, there will be some slight changes to where your inventory bags are now.  The bags that were activated from those bundles will become Bank Vaults now. We saw that there was some regular confusion usually in the form of: “Why do some players have 10-11 bags and I can only buy 8?”  So we’re standardizing what everyone can get.


Tl;dr If you’ve bought the Inventory Packs, you’ll keep all the space that you’ve purchased, and it will just transition into free Bank space when the update comes out.


So here’s what the new “Max Space” will look like:


Old Version:

8-11 Possible Maximum Inventory Bags

0 Bank Vaults


New Version :
8 Inventory Bags

12 Bank Vaults


We wanted to give everyone enough space so that they can just completely empty out their current Inventories into the Bank immediately once you log into the new update and roll out with an empty Inventory!


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Stack Splitting


The Sky City Bank will also release with a couple smaller item management features.  The main one that we’ve introduced is Stack Splitting. I don’t think I need to explain how that works, but I will anyway!  If you have a stack of 99 pet food, you’ll be able to split it into two stacks if you so choose.  So maybe you want to just store a portion of our consumables, you can do that now!


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Transfer All


The other management feature is the ability to transfer an entire bag with one press.  There will be a new “Transfer All” button that will move all your unlocked items into the Bank Vault that you have selected.  Locked items can be moved as well, you just have to manually move each one and they won’t be moved by accident with the “Transfer All.”  If you have several stacks of something that is able to be stacked, “Transfer All” will automatically stack those together when used.


Load Time Optimization


Our programmers have made an awesome performance breakthrough with how we load player profiles.  With the introduction of the Sky City Bank, we were aiming to improve all aspects of our item systems in some way, shape, and form.  Our lead programmer looked into how we were loading our save profiles and found several optimizations that we could make when we introduced the Bank for the first time.  


In one of our test cases, we saw a 60 second load time fall to a mere nine seconds.  Results will be varied for all our users, but this will be an improvement across all our platforms on how our save profiles are loaded, and I’m legitimately excited for this change to go live for all of you.


But What Else?


I know it wouldn’t be a good Check-In without some juicy tidbits, so I guess I’ll start sprinkling out some information.


I keep seeing a lot of new things popping up in our development build of the game, and all of it has the name “Proteus” attached to it.  I’m not quite sure what that means, but these new things LOOK amazing. There was even this new “magical property” thing that I found when messing around on my Barbarian that made me gain additional damage buffs each time I switched stances.  When I first looted it, one of our QA members told me I could do this new thing with it. It was this weird word too… I think it’s pronounced “Trah-Deah-Bluh,” but I’m not sure. I could be saying that wrong.


There was also another spaceship parked in the Heroes Marketplace, although I’m not quite sure what that’s about.  Everything seems so different. A bunch of game modes are different now too. Curiouser and curiouser...


I’ll keep investigating and report back to everyone with my next Check-In!


Thanks everyone, can’t wait to see you in Etheria!


Colin “Elandrian” Fisher

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Interesting... Was there any discussion about... Allowing items that go to scavenger be able to " sell all" or "Transfer all" to sky city bank vaults? If not seems like a huge oversight. I'd love to think that trendy had thought of this... But since "sell all " was never a feature updated yet with so many patches I imagine this and other lil QoL thing will slip under the radar somehow... Sometimes I really think devs don't play thier game much at all....or lil things like this..along with tons of other QoL things woulda been fixed or...never been in the game to need fixing to begin with.  It kills me when in ppl try to "Cry bug" and "Report it" about everything. There's no way trendy doesn't know that bees and nimbus hit all the way into most spawns. Unless trendy really doesn't play thier game at all.... #fixexplosivepoisonWHEN

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“Trah-Deah-Bluh” = Tradeable?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? O.o


Love the spoilers and insight into the next patch.  Keep it coming!

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Anything more rewards for people who helped you out since the beginning ?

And anything about this reset non sense onslaught crap ?
Still going at it?

I have zero fun in the game since 1 year...
No interesting bosses at all.
The mutators idea in onslaught is a very good idea but it came with a very bad idea of reset grinding crap system...

I would add that now it's even more awful to get stuff fast .
I play since the beginning of dd2, played dd1 and dde too a lot.

To make the reset fun, you should at least let the gear in another state like:

If you reset, you get your gear at highest loot base gear of chaos 1.
Then you need to upgrade it to max to have it to base max stat of chaos 2 when you unlock this mode.
Same thing for chaos 3, 4 , 5 , 6, 7, etc...

Instead of having to farm those crappy gear over and over and over, and hoping that the loot system will eventually accept you to have better gear.

The ipz is broken, same with money gear loot system, same with stat number.

It s a real pain in the ass.

What do you think about this guys?

I still hope you will do something great about the game.
Onslaught and reset clearly isn t at the moment.
Just looking at the stat of how many players are playing at the game frequency say that too.

Cheers

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Sounds like a nice addition to the game, I've been running out of inventory space for a few years ! 

Few thoughts about the game :

The item reset is something I'm not ready to make. Making the players do the whole grind again by wiping all their stuff for a +5 % bonus isn't what I'd call content. In my opinion the grind to c7 was fun while it lasted, but once is enough.

Are there bosses in dd2 ? Like are there any for real ? In dd1 that used to be the endgame...now it's killing random mobs on random maps to get the same items. 

There is no min-maxing to do. Once you have max ipwr you are done. I miss the days where loot was random and you'd spend hour looking for that godlike piece with all the points in tower defense stats or hero stats.

BTW I love the barbarian update, just mostly lost interest since the whole onslaught remake. 

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when will it be the day that the platforms intertwine? and please, when will you put the game in Spanish? at least a forum for which we spoke spanish would be fantastic

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Just to be turbo-diamond tier clear...  The limited time offer Bank Vault is FREE.  You'll get another limited time Flair cosmetic as well with the bundle. 

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It's really just a bonus for everyone logging in during the Bank launch.  :)

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@metalpower quote:

Anything more rewards for people who helped you out since the beginning ?

And anything about this reset non sense onslaught crap ?
Still going at it?

I have zero fun in the game since 1 year...
No interesting bosses at all.
The mutators idea in onslaught is a very good idea but it came with a very bad idea of reset grinding crap system...

I would add that now it's even more awful to get stuff fast .
I play since the beginning of dd2, played dd1 and dde too a lot.

To make the reset fun, you should at least let the gear in another state like:

If you reset, you get your gear at highest loot base gear of chaos 1.
Then you need to upgrade it to max to have it to base max stat of chaos 2 when you unlock this mode.
Same thing for chaos 3, 4 , 5 , 6, 7, etc...

Instead of having to farm those crappy gear over and over and over, and hoping that the loot system will eventually accept you to have better gear.

The ipz is broken, same with money gear loot system, same with stat number.

It s a real pain in the ass.

What do you think about this guys?

I still hope you will do something great about the game.
Onslaught and reset clearly isn t at the moment.
Just looking at the stat of how many players are playing at the game frequency say that too.

Cheers

Thanks for all the feedback metalpower!  There's a lot of changes in this upcoming expansion in the summer that we hope will change how this feels for all our players. 

Definitely keep an eye out on the announcements that will be rolling out soon and let us know what you think!

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well its a beginning i hope ^^

its kinda nice but i hope i wont be stolen from all my money spend on bags >_<



and i hope an upcomming update will be  AN HUGE ancient power tweak XD

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