A new day, a new chance to talk about everything going on in hallowed halls of Chromatic Games. We’re still working from home, so some halls might be dusty or cluttered, but hallowed nonetheless. There’s a ton of exciting news for us to talk about regarding all of our work (some of it is meh, but who cares, it’s news anyways). Let’s get into it!
Dungeon Defenders: Awakened
It’s no secret that a lot of you are hungry for all the new things that we’re going to be doing. Internally, we discussed showing these things over time, to not only keep anticipation up for what’s to come, but to also make sure things were in a ready state to share so that it avoids frustration if the systems change to something else (things other studios do to avoid player frustration). We’re throwing that OUT THE WINDOW and we’re going to discuss the next episode of DDA in its entirety. Slap on your helmet, it’s going to get wild.
Episode 1: Swampy Jim’s Revenge
Previously, Mistymire was a really adored map due to the scenery being very familiar with that of northern Florida (where we are based). We thought “what if we went DEEPER into the swamp” and did just that.
New Map - Sludge Swamp
Sludge Swamp is our new map. The entire map submerges all your characters and defenses in swamp and slows movement of both players and enemies, but it comes with a ton of elemental effects. For instance, due to methane leaks, any fire damage deals a larger explosion, that applies friendly fire. Electric damage stuns both players and enemies within an unknown vicinity. Poison damage can cause a sinkhole. It might be hard to see where traps are placed, but we felt that it was worth it for these awesome elemental effects.
New Enemy - The Banjolier
This enemy is an etherian who has been corrupted by the Swamp’s fumes and no longer recognizes humanity. Instead they only know of what they came into the Swamp with, most of them for some reason being banjos. The Banjolier begins to play his banjo, enraging enemies around him with how poorly he plays (he never took lessons). Please do not interrupt the Banjolier’s song, as he will ignore you and become even more enraged. The best way to deal with him is to give him the new “Swamp Pop” popsicle bait that is hidden throughout the map, and he will go on his merry way.
New Boss - Swampy Jim
Sludge Swamp is actually the sovereign territory of Swampy Jim. His lineage is that of royalty from Etheria’s past, but they moved out into the swamp for tasty fish and haven’t looked back since. Swampy Jim is very territorial and is going to be standing his ground to push out the Defenders from passing through into other lands, to break free of the realm they are stuck in. Swampy Jim drives a fan boat powered by a gator, named Roberta, that spins its tail fast to propel the boat. He flies by, trying to hit you with his pitchfork, “Delores Jr.”, to make you go on and git. We’re currently working with a certain voice actor (fans of Rick and Morty might know him) to get the VO to be the best you’ve seen with your own eyes. Some people might claim it’s the Scavenger from DD2, but it’s not. That character has a hole in his left shoe, not right which is the trademark to Swampy Jim.
New Hero - Wall Eweeji
We know that blockades fall off, so we decided to make a new hero that has incredibly strong blockades that you would be a fool not to use. Enter Wall Eweeji, a witch doctor/etherian plumber wearing purple that builds every type of wall you could think of: blockade that doesn’t deal damage, blockade that deals damage, the big two. His abilities are focused on being able to run quickly specifically to defenses to repair them. Mama mia that’s a lot of fun!
New Hero - The Andrew
There’s a lot of war going on in Etheria, so we wanted a hero that was focused more on peace, love, and flower power. We have a local hippie in town named Andrew, and so we made a hero kind of based around him. Flowers that fight for you, roots that trip up your opponents, and something to do with mushrooms blowing up or blowing your mind? We weren’t sure what he meant by that last one, but we’re keeping our rating, so it won’t be too crazy.
New Feature - Taxes
A lot of people have wanted additional reasons for gold, and given that April is here, and that a lot of educational institutions don’t include proper finance education, we figured why not gamify it and help teach people about taxes. Now when you upgrade your items, you will have to pay the Etherian Tax, which is roughly 15%. This allows us to introduce a new feature, that addresses a problem players have outlined, while also being educational. Awesome!
New Currency - Chromie Coins
Now, we’re trying to stay as hip as we can with bleeding edge tech, and thus we invented Chromie Coins. Chromie Coins are a new crypto currency that you can earn by running DD:A all day and night, even when not playing, to mine for Chromie Coins. Chromie Coins can then be used to upgrade your gear and bypass the new Taxes feature. How do Chromie Coins work you may be asking? They just do. Onto the next paragraph!
New Game Mode - Auto Partier
Some of the gaming trends that have popped up through the past couple years have been autobattlers and party games. We mix Tower Defense and ARPG, so we thought, why not mix those as well. Introducing Auto Partier, a revolutionary game mode that lets you pick your character to complete various platforming and detective puzzles, and then it plays for you! We’ve built over 100 levels that the game gets to play for you. It’s an experimental feature, so please give us a ton of feedback. One thing that we will not be changing is that you can use Chromie Coins to increase your chances of winning, as it feeds the AI that plays for you.
New Gear - Backpacks
We’re potentially teaming up with JanSport to introduce a new slot in the form of Backpacks. It’s not only a cosmetic slot that lets you choose between 3 backpacks that have your hero’s name embroidered on them (using the new Embroidicon technology in UE 4.25), it also adds an additional 5 spaces to your inventory. You can also acquire the deluxe backpack through DLC that DOUBLES your inventory space. Now that’s a deal!
New Company - Monochromatic Games
Imagine all your favorite Dungeon Defenders games, but in black and white, with audio that is described on title cards, going back to the golden era of game making. Well Monochromatic Games has you covered. Coming in a summer, you’ll be able to use circular slice and then have a title card say “AHHHHHH” *swoosh noises*, the way games were meant to be made.
There’s probably more coming, but we forgot about it, so for now let’s just assume that’s all there is. Wow, cool.
There aren’t anymore, we actually got them all with the last update, and any reports moving forward will flag you as a hacker/cheater.
Dungeon Defenders II
We’ve decided that we’re going to sell Dungeon Defenders II to the team that makes the Persona franchise dance games. Dancing with the Defenders is what they’ve outlined their project to be, and we’re onboard. Sorry, this means no more DD2 development.
That said we will be adding defender packs that you can purchase through ebay only that give you all new cosmetics that you might be able to use in Dancing with the Defenders! Now that’s epic.
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