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:
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!
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!
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