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  1. DEFENDERS! We’re almost at the end of September, which means there’s a little over a month away from the Dungeon Defenders: Awakened PC Beta! The team has been putting in tons of time to really make sure the beta is a great experience, while also polishing up a lot of areas that won’t be seen until release. Starting next month, we’ll begin ramping up displaying a lot of the hard work that’s been going on in the world of Etheria. As we’re working on that, we didn’t want to leave you without anything for September, so while this will be one of our shorter updates, we do have some awesome things to show off. We have a big post processing and shader effect that is still being tweaked, and the following pieces are still works in progress, but without further ado, let’s get into it! Squire Towers We previously showed the concept for these bad boys, now it’s time to see them in-game! Spike Blockade Bouncer Blockade Harpoon Tower Bowling Ball Tower Slice n' Dice Blockade These towers not only look fantastic but are incredibly fun to defend with. There’s another set of towers that we’re putting the finishing touches on in regards to animation, so we’ll show off the concepts for now. Get ready, the Apprentice Towers are coming at ya! Apprentice Towers Arcane Barrier Magic Missile Tower Flameburst Tower Lightning Tower Deadly Striker Tower Our goal was to make sure that the towers are very discernable from one another, something that was harder to do previously. We cannot wait for you to see their 3D beauty, we’re just giving it some finishing touches before doing so. These are things you’ve seen before. How about we look at something that’s NEVER been seen before? Maybe a map? Maybe a new map in Act 1? Actually yeah, that sounds pretty good. Let’s do that! NEW MAP: Lava Mines This map is one of the new campaign maps coming in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened! It’s a ton of fun to play, it’s absolutely gorgeous, and most of all — LAVA! What’s Next? We’re still working our hardest to ensure the Beta coming in November is going to be the best first step at letting you, our valiant Defenders, take on Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. There’s a ton of info we’re excited to gain, where we can make the game better, and most of all — LET YOU PLAY! There’s a ton still left to do, but it’ll all be worth it. Social Defenders To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled: Twitter Facebook Discord Twitch The entire team is having a blast working on DD:A, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on it. Stay tuned for more info! For Etheria! Chromatic Games
  2. DEFENDERS! Last week we deployed a hotfix to address an issue with gear not dropping correctly, specifically with mods missing. This morning we got an update out for PlayStation 4 Defenders. We are currently waiting on certification for Xbox One Defenders, with approval coming later next week. We'll be sure to keep you posted on this as it progresses. For Etheria! Chromatic Games
  3. DEFENDERS! Today is a big day for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened and Chromatic Games! Earlier today we were featured as part of the Nintendo Indie Showcase, which if you haven’t seen, click HERE to check it out. This is HUGE for our game and studio, helping us bring the world of Etheria to many future Defenders. This showing also revealed something very big: A RELEASE DATE! Dungeon Defenders: Awakened releases February 2020, and there’s a lot of reasons for this, so let’s get into them by answering some questions we’re sure you have! Release Why is it not releasing in October 2019? Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is meant to be a showing to our loyal fans of what we’re capable of as Chromatic Games. This isn’t a simple remaster/remake, but bringing back the soul of the original Dungeon Defenders into modern day. Building the game from the ground up is no simple feat, and we’re pulling out all the stops to really blow your socks away. Half of the maps in DD:A are new; Assets in the game are new; all of the UIs are new; and a slew of new features to make for an enjoyable experience. Releasing in October would lead to two things: an unpolished and unrefined gaming experience, or tons of crunch that can burn out developers. As a studio, we absolutely REFUSE to release DD:A as half-baked, and as a business we don’t want people working unbearable hours (we love all our employees, they already kick a ton of butt). This meant pushing our release date to accomplish our goals, and give you the game you deserve! “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” - Shigeru Miyamoto Why February 2020? In short, It’s the best time for us to release the game. In long, there’s a multitude of reasons. We’re able to keep cranking out content without overworking and breaking developer souls; we can release a beta that allows us time to make iterations as they’re needed; we don’t have to compete with AAA releases that would drown our marketing efforts; it’s after the holidays, giving Defenders a chance to get back to post-holiday life-ing and get hyped for DD:A release; and we could keep going. Overall, it’s best for us as a studio and better for those of you wanting a great DD:A experience. For those of you wanting a bad DD:A experience, we apologize, but we are unable to provide that. Beta? BETA?? BEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTAAAA??!??!?!? We’re currently going over the best time for beta and letting you sink your teeth into this meaty game. DD:A PC Beta will be available Early November 2019. This Beta allows us to monitor all the systems we’ve been working tirelessly on, and getting any fixes out before the release. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated during these testing periods, together it we get to make an AWESOME game. Nintendo Switch Console Timed-Exclusive? This means that we’ll be releasing on Nintendo Switch and PC right out of the gate in February 2020 at the same time. What does this mean for our PS4 and Xbox One backers? We’re going to be spending extra time polishing up the builds for your platform. The release for these platforms is not very far off from the initial release, with a concrete release date coming in the near future. Or maybe we’ll NEVER release on those platforms, MUAHAHAHA (just kidding, we love all our consoles Defenders and could never hurt you like that). New Content? Well I guess… So far we’ve been showing off some of the hotness coming in the forms of complete maps, concept art, and goblin animations. Everything here is still considered a work-in-progress, but everything is until the game’s released! First we want to show off our new Dungeon Defenders: Awakened logo and cover art (it’s freaking amazing). Let’s take a look at the new Squire in 3D, with his animations in-game! Attack 1 Attack 2 Attack 3 Blood Boil Circular Slice Healing Death Also how about our first boss map, Alchemical Labs! The core will be in the middle, we just wanted to show off the art! There’s that core, get back to the middle of the room! How about a look at your favorite homestead, a place to kick up your feet and admire your loot, THE TAVERN! That’s Sir Bubbles himself there on the wall. Here’s old George, on patrol. Kind of. And last but not least, while we’re finishing up the work on his encounter, how about a look at the NEW Demon Lord? What’s Next? We’re going to keep working incredibly hard to get DD:A into your hands, duh! This is a giant passion project for all of us, and every day is a blast, even when we’re squashing bugs (ty QA, we love you). Regular updates are going to continue, and we’ve even brought on board some awesome help to get this info out to you! Speaking of… Social Defenders To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled: Twitter Facebook Discord Twitch The entire team is having a blast working on DD:A, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on it. Stay tuned for more info! For Etheria! Chromatic Games
  4. DEFENDERS! July is almost over, and we’re ready to share all the work we’ve been slaying since we last spoke! There’s a ton of information to go over since our last update for the work that we’ve been churning away for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened and Dungeon Defenders II. Note - the Dungeon Defenders II info is all the way at the bottom if you want to jump to it first. Anyway - let’s get right into it! June Recap Last month we had a lot of really great things to share, concept art, goblin animations, beautiful maps, and a look into where each of our Chromatic departments were on the DD:A. We’ll be following the same format, but to pour through the June Update (in case you haven’t, which you most definitely should!), click here for more info. As for June, it was really important for us to get a build put together with our awesome partners at Nintendo. We put in the time and got a really awesome build running on the Nintendo Switch! It brought some very pleasant surprises for us: the performance was good without applying optimizations, the controls felt great on gamepad, and most importantly — it was really freaking fun! For a lot of us here, it was a real moment where a lot of our work came together, something that has only bolstered our spirits. Onto July! There’s a ton that has gone on for July, and we still have a few days to knock out some really awesome work! We’re working with a lot of partners, doing a ton of feature work, fleshing out some story telling, and making (as always) really beautiful art. Should we break those things down into their own section for easy readability? We think so, LET THE GREAT SECTIONING BEGIN! A Ship Full of Partners… Partnership? We’re making sure that all of our partners are taken care of so that gamers far and wide have the opportunity to know the greatness that is DD:A, recruiting them to become glorious Defenders! We’ve been securing ways to show off to the world how awesome DD:A is, you might even see a trailer revealed towards the end of August… Engineering Magic There’s been rumors around the studio that our engineers have been tampering with black magic. It’s really the only explanation as to how they are getting such amazing work out. There’s been a weekly sacrifice of barbecue, though that might just be lunch. “Stop talking about barbecue, you’re making me hungry, and talk about that work” you’re probably thinking. All right, let’s do that! Enemy AI Something design and engineering have given a lot of careful attention is giving the best experience fighting off waves and waves of the Old Ones’ army. AI (artificial intelligence) is crucial to really selling the fantasy of combating thousands and thousands of the enemies coming your way. Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) has made this so easy to setup and create the experience we want. Another one of our big focuses is making sure we don’t make them TOO smart. We’ve watched enough Terminator, we know the dangers. Button Mashing We want to make sure that tirelessly pounding buttons on your respective controllers feels good and natural, so you’re not worrying about controls while defending Etheria. Based off internal feedback we received from our last update, controls are only feeling better and better. Getting around the maps, building defenses, and using abilities to fight enemies will help make DD:A be the perfect way to experience DD:A with some awesome couch co-op! Splitting Pixels For all platforms, we’re wanting to have a great split screen experience. When it comes to building out DD:A performance-wise, we focus on split screen Nintendo as the bottom line to hit, and then scale it up from there. This means being very smart about how things are displayed when playing with 1, 2, 3, or 4 players! Four player split screen on Switch already feels nice, giving us very promising results without even applying our optimizations to the maps and how players see enemies from afar. Seriously, it’s going to be awesome playing this arm and arm with your “defrienders” on the couch! That pun was a bit much, we apologize, but it had to be made. Art of Warfare There’s a lot of content that we’re currently constructing with digital pens flourishing, mouses clicking, and frames being keyed for animation. While we got our trailers working, we didn’t want to give away too much of what’s coming up, but we know you need something… Hmmm.. Hrmmm… *shuffling folders and files* A-HA! Squire towers are the answer! This is just a taste of what you can expect from towers in DD:A. The Bowling Ball Tower This tower is a staple in Dungeon Defenders, and we’ve been having a lot of fun with it in DD:A, with cannonball bouncing everywhere (it was pretty OP before our first pass). This tower looks amazing in our internal builds, but here’s a sneak peek The Ballista Complete with concept artist notes, this bad boy can slay over 33 GPS (goblins per second). We showed a bit of our tech off in our Kickstarter trailer regarding this turret, where it carries and pins some of the enemies it hits to wall. It’s ruthless! The Spiked Blockade This is one beefy blockade! Metal, wood, spikes, gems, it’ll be surprising for enemies to take this thing down as they’ll be in awe at looking at the masterful craftsmanship this tower exuberates! The Slice N’ Dice Tower Don’t let it’s idle state fool you, not being careful around this tower leave more than just paper cuts, you might need to be glued back together! It gets hit, it spins. It gets hit more, it spins faster. You get it. The Bouncer Blockade It just looks like something you don’t want to touch. If it had a spirit animal, it’d be a porcupine. You get too close to it, it shoots out it’s spikes at about 1750.6 EYPS (Etherian Yalms Per Second), knocking back some of the strongest foes you’ll fight. We thought about calling it the “ouch spikey stabby tower”, but it just didn’t flow very well. In-game they look and feel amazing to use. There are more that we’re going to keep throwing your way, so get hyped! Designing Defenders Designing games is super easy, especially something as simple as Dungeon Defenders, a Cooperative Action Roleplaying Tower Defense (not a mouthful at all). Oh wait, it’s exactly the opposite (take that, idea guys)! Our designers might be using some of that black magic the engineers are conjuring, because they are making great strides through what would seem impossible. Let’s start talking about the walk design’s been walkin’! Inspector of Defenses One thing that was a big improvement was tower inspection in Dungeon Defenders II. It provided a lot of valuable insights and experience (alongside a ton of feedback) to really make defense inspection in DD:A the next step in a super useful feature. On a per tower basis, you will be provided the most important information first. You’ll see the stats that matter for your towers, as well as what the towers area of influence is, making it easier to create perfect builds to efficiently cover and fend off the hordes that await you. QOL (Quoogle Oogle Loogle?) There’s a ton of Quality of Life coming with DD:A, and we’ve got an update on the work we’ve done so far. As for quoogle oogle loogle, we’re not sure how that affects the game, probably not at all… Probably? Lane Wisps This is something that really helped new Defenders in Dungeon Defenders II. It really helps give an understanding of where threats are on a map, something very important on a first, second, and third visit to any given map. Lane wisps, for the uninitiated, show the paths that enemies are going to be taking as they spawn and march towards your core (why are they doing that in DD:A anyways?). However, we’re very aware of the thoughts on this feature (*cough* feedback *cough*), so we’re currently looking at ways to make this dependent on the difficulty. Replay From Wave An amazing feature to get through some of the most challenging content in Dungeon Defenders II, Replay From Wave allows you to learn from your mistakes, and not lose all the sweet progression made while taking on some of the toughest enemies. This feature gives you another chance at losing a wave, like winding time back a wave, and understanding where things may have gone wrong, helping learn as you progress. As for where it’s usable, we’re still mulling over, but it is part of an awesome feature you’ll see in DD:A. Ping System Sometimes typing in chat, in the heat of battle, is not the best way to communicate. Our focus is to have an easy to use ping system that let’s your fellow Defenders know where enemies need to be slayed, towers need to be built, or areas with too much danger. Your teammates can’t hear your screams for help, so this helps soothe those vocal cords. Gear of War Gear is probably the lowest priority in DD:A. Of course it’s not! With all of the different stats in Dungeon Defenders, it can be hard to gain a good understanding of what each stat does, what’s best for you, and what challenge your ready to take on. It’s very important for us to make sure that gear is easy to understand, feels good to get, and allows you to know what challenges your equipped for. Our designers are up for the challenge, and they’ve got the tools to take it on! Inventory (How Are My Bags Full?!) Making gear better to understand is one piece of a big puzzle. Inventory is another very large piece of that puzzle. Dungeon Defenders had an inventory system that could definitely use some improvements. DD2 made some improvements to that system, but there were some things that were lacking. Inventory in DD:A is setup to cover those gaps and more. We’ve poured through feedback to make sure it was easy to manage the items in your inventory, locking items, selling items, sorting items based on their type and stats that are important to you. Some things, less is more, but in regards to inventory tools, more is more! Dungeon Defenders II Update! We’re currently working on a DD2 update that is coming in August. We’ve had multiple weeks of playtesting with our RQA and RPG groups (shout out to all the hard work you fine people have put in) to help sculpt this content into a great experience. We’re preparing a challenge for tested Defenders, setup to be a blast and give awesome rewards. There’s still some things these testers haven’t seen yet, so there’s going to be nice surprises for everyone! Also our small studio is working on TWO games at once… it’s pretty insane how pizza fuels such amazing work. Recently we sent out rewards for DD2 that our Kickstarter backers should have received (Corrupted Gunwitch, Golden Costumes, and Crystalline Costumes). If you haven’t received them, please reach out to preorder@chromatic.games (make sure you know what you’re supposed to get at the tier you backed). What’s Next? We’re thinking that another update should come in August. What do you think? Well TOO BAD, we’re going to do one regardless of what you think! It’s been an absolute blast to work on DD:A and DD2, and we can’t wait to show all of you more. A very hearty thank you for your support, there’s only more and more coming your way! For August, internally we’ve got a build milestone that sets us up for success. Maybe more polished gameplay can be shown afterwards… maybe! Taking the systems we’ve setup so far, and giving them a nice layer of polish so that we can continue to create an awesome experience for new and veteran Defenders. Social Defenders To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled: Twitter Facebook Discord Twitch The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon! For Etheria! Chromatic Games
  5. Gems is going to be when we lock orders (which we're giving time on that still, as we still have people changing their tiers, and we cannot do so after orders are locked). Physical goods are closer to release.
  6. There's no such thing as In & Out in Florida. We've got Five Guys, Relish, and BurgerFi.
  7. I voted for all but Xbox, as I don't personally own one.
  8. We heard back and are working with Sony currently.
  9. I'll build a pulley system, if you want to pay tribute with big beef and cheddars, and we then wheel down concept art. As for the original question, we'll be getting things sent out shortly for lunch dates. The idea would be to try and have lunch with individuals, instead of large groups. Give that special attention <3
  10. We will be e-mailing the code. We ran into an issue with PS4 in EU getting the patch correctly, and are working to fix that issue first, so that when we send out the code, there is no issue with redemption.
  11. It's something we're working on getting fixed. We plan to have a patch out by the end of the week to rectify this. It's only on EU PS4, it's a very specific issue that we're working very diligently on to get up and running.
  12. DEFENDERS We released a patch today for PC and PS4, with Xbox coming later today. This patch is providing new costume content, as well as a small bug fix. The majority of this content is for our Kickstarter backers, with a brand new costume available to all as well! Costumes For the “Etherian Beta Tester” and up tiers, you will receive the Corrupted Gunwitch costume (as well as a Gunwitch code if you don’t have her unlocked): For the “Etherian VIP” and up backers, you will receive the Golden costumes for each of the base four heroes: For the “Ultimate” Tavern and up tiers, you will receive the Crystalline costumes: We just added these costumes to the game, and will be sending redeem codes out next week. This is to ensure that everyone receives the update and does not run into any issues redeeming their codes. Also, available now on the Emporium is the Underworld Mystic! Bug Fixes The Wayfarer has boxed up his winter holidays clothing and is back to his normal business attire. What’s Next This patch was focused on preparation for getting rewards out to our loyal backers, but fear not! We’re currently working on some challenging content for some of our most tested Defenders currently. The progress is incredibly exciting, and we can’t wait to share more with you. In the coming weeks we will have more information for you! We recently released an update on our Dungeon Defenders: Awakened progress, and will be sharing more each month. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our progress, click here for more info. Social Defenders To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled: Twitter Facebook Discord Twitch The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon! For Etheria! The Dungeon Defenders II Team
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  14. It might be based on HOW they die that determines the animation. :)
  15. DEFENDERS It’s finally time for a Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Developer Check-In! We have a ton of information to share today that covers our post-Kickstarter work, studio changes/improvements, and Dungeon Defenders: Awakened as a whole. Let’s go ahead and start getting into it! Enter Chromatic First things first, we want to apologize for a couple of bumps that we ran into. The first thing is something we’ve covered quite a bit, that something being Kickstarter shipping for our approved regions. We’re not going to dig into it more (the conversation can be seen here), but understand that it is not something we will have happen again with any future projects in regards to fulfillment. It was our first foray into this area, and we learned quite a lot. Second is that we have been silent for a little over a month. We want to have more regular check-ins with where our progress is, show off some of the new art (something we just started this week on social media), and more info to share on our plans. As for the why, it’s all based on growing the team out, foundational setup, and working with outside partners. Dev Level Up! As a studio, we’ve been incredibly busy with getting our team bolstered by additional teammates to really make Dungeon Defenders: Awakened an amazing game, and also set us up for success on any additional projects. A good portion of the team was involved in tons of interviews and tests to make sure that we only brought on high quality LEGENDARY additions to our ranks. We’re still growing the team out more, but we’re a developer power house with the people we’ve brought on! Hardware Upgrade! We’re wanting to make sure that we’re employee-owned while also making sure we have all the tools necessary to create awesome games. We’ve been working with partners like nVidia to bring some awesome graphical opportunities, Azure PlayFab to bring out awesome features (like Cross Saves!), Nintendo to provide an optimal experience on Switch, and so many more! We’re wanting to blow it out of the water with Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, so that we can then knock it out of this world with future titles. And so far — it looks really, really good! Art — What Is It Good For? Absolutely everything. What would an update be without some awesome art to show off! Heroes, enemies, and Maps, are some of the many amazing creations that we’ll be including in this and future updates. Character Updates! As we showed on social media this week, we have revealed the concepts for our four main heroes, which you can see the Apprentice, Monk, Squire, and Huntress below: We’re going to be revealing enemy concepts as we’re working on finishing the Heroes animations, but we wanted to show off the new Goblin model for the first time here, which has been fully animated! This is the awesome quality that our animation team has put out, with so much more coming: Excited to destroy some cores! What they lack in finesse, they make up for in ferocity It’s electrifying! Oh no, he was poisoned! Even goblins know, if you’re on fire: STOP, DROP, and ROLL! Death came to take him, all things go, all things go There’s a lot of models we’re currently working on/with, but for a SNEAK PEEK, we wanted to show a model we’re currently animating. Striking fear in many, check out the WIP (that’s just a quick way to say Work-In-Progress, which with this explanation, maybe it would have just been easier to say that in the first place, but we’re committed already, and don’t have a backspace) Dark Elf Warrior: All of these new hero and enemy models are going to also be receiving some epic animations and VFX to really bring Dungeon Defenders to modern standards. We can’t wait to share more, so we won’t — Next up, MAPS! Maps, Maps, Maps! Many of you have seen the Deeper Well map showcased in our Kickstarter and during our dev stream. Well get ready for MORE Deeper Well. Or maybe we’ll show some different maps? Actually, that sounds like a much better idea. We’re not going to be showing the entire maps just quite yet, but here’s the kind of diversity and quality you can expect: Oh the places you’ll go! Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is going to have a lot of familiar locations, including a lot of fan favorites, but also new places in Etheria that you’ve never seen before! Design — The Blueprints of DD:A Creating Dungeon Defenders: Awakened has been a very enjoyable experience, but not an easy one! Really digging into the original Dungeon Defenders and emulating what made it fun is a noble quest, but not a very easy one. Our designers have been working hard to breakdown Dungeon Defenders into formulas and building blocks, so that we can build a skyscraper of awesomeness! The overall goal is to recreate that Dungeon Defenders feeling, while giving it the same treatment we’re giving art — bring it to modern standards. Let’s get into some of the things we’re doing. Hero Swapping This has been a hot topic between many Defenders, and we’re ready to share what we’re doing. Hero swapping was something introduced in Dungeon Defenders II that affected the gameplay greatly. It helped streamline gameplay, and while we love it, we also understand it’s not necessarily the best thing to be able to do all the time if we’re wanting to go back to our roots. In Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, you WILL be able to swap between four of your pre-assigned heroes on the fly ONLY during the Build Phase. You’ll still be able to access your other heroes in traditional methods (only during Build Phase as well). We wanted to bring back some of the strategy when it came to swapping heroes, especially with the challenge that later difficulties bring with timers. These timers will be adjusted to ensure that difficulty is still there and that strategy is rewarded! Camera Improvements We’re going to be bringing plenty of camera options in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. One of those features is something that Defenders of old and new will enjoy: Perspective Swapping. In Dungeon Defenders, the camera was placed top down when placing towers, which gave a good perspective of how close you could get your towers placed. In Dungeon Defenders II, this view was traded for an over the shoulder view to see where the actual effect of longer range towers would be. In Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, when you are placing a tower, you will be able to toggle between BOTH of these modes. You’ll be able to select a default mode within the options, but with this addition you now have an even better understanding of placement and efficacy than ever before! New Abilities We’re not looking to overhaul our heroes entirely, but we did want to give attention to some weaker abilities, or some that just are overall not enjoyed. We’re adding some cool functionality to some of these abilities, but we’re also adding a new ability: Elvish Agility. Elvish Agility is a new ability for the Huntress that increases movement speed, jump height, reload speed, and rate of fire. The Huntress is an agile ranged fighter and we wanted an ability that reflected that. We polled hundreds of our users, and the least liked ability (it wasn’t even close) was Invisibility, something very few used, and that there were very few situations to justify using it. Our goal was then to bring an ability that felt great to use for Defenders who wanted to use her. The internal tests with this ability have been a ton of fun and really give that feeling of hunting down your enemies with agility and efficiency! HUD One of the weakest points in the Dungeon Defenders franchise has always been UIs. In UE4, we are given a lot of options to setup a UI the way we want, which is why when we grew the team out, we made sure to bring on a UI/UX expert to make an awesome experience. We’re making a sleek, modern HUD, arted up with that Dungeon Defenders charm. We’re making sure that the HUD looks amazing from every way you’d play — from on-the-go with the Nintendo Switch, at your desk on a PC, or on the couch playing split-screen with up to four players. Everything currently icon and text-wise is placeholder until we take our art pass over it, but so far it’s been performing really well, and has been a ton of fun to use on internal play. Without showing TOO much WIP, here’s a picture of our build so far: Oh also, it’s our first picture of the game running on Switch! This isn’t the final HUD at all, and we don’t think the stats in the middle of the screen are going to be covering gameplay. Probably not. Probably. (spoiler alert: it won’t, we’re just being a little cheeky :> ) Engineering There has been a HUGE amount of work of getting just the base functions of Dungeon Defenders into Unreal Engine 4. The Engineering Team has been making some amazing strides helping to capture the feel of the original so that the rest of the team can build upon their incredibly sturdy and efficient codebase foundation. They’re the binary heart of bringing some amazing features to Dungeon Defenders: Awakened! They’re currently working on making multiplayer and split screen work as best as possible, making sure we squeeze out as much performance as possible. They’ve made great strides, to where our performance on the Switch, with multiplayer, has been surprisingly very good right off the bat. It’s because they’re wizards. Another feature they’re working on currently is Cross Save functionality. Making it so that you can use saves between platforms is no simple feat, but our engineers are legendary, so they’ll make it happen! Lastly, they had a secret message they wanted to pass on: 01010000 01110010 01101111 01100111 01110010 01100001 01101101 01101101 01101001 01101110 01100111 What’s Next? Our goal is to do monthly check-ins to show off our work and progress, similar to what we’ve done here. There’s a ton still left to do, but we’re getting through things at breakneck speeds! We’re also currently working on additional end-game content for Dungeon Defenders II. As a studio, it’s our goal to make incredibly fun games that you want to play. Thank you for your support so far, we have a lot more to come! In regards to Kickstarter Digital Rewards, we’re continuing to get the Dungeon Defenders 2012 Complete Collection codes out to backers who purchased the appropriate tiers that included them. Our next step is to get the Dungeon Defenders II costumes (Gold, Crystalline, and Corrupted Gunwitch) out in our next patch. This patch is currently planned to come out next week with those costumes included. After the patch is out on all platforms, we will begin getting codes sent out! Social Defenders To get reliable updates on what’s to come, be sure to check out our social platforms for the latest juiciest beans to be spilled: Twitter Facebook Discord Twitch The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon! For Etheria! The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  16. I believe I answered your question in Discord, but currently, we still don't know, and won't for a little while. We've got to get the game pretty much finished before we lockdown anything. When we find out, you find out is the approach we're taking.
  17. If anyone else is having trouble with this that may not have got a survey (i.e. our BackerKit backers), you can write to preorder@chromatic.games and request the change (as long as it's from the e-mail you used for backerkit).
  18. We're going to have a big update this Friday that outlines EVERYTHING we've been working on and how we've evolved as a studio. We agree that we've been silent for a longer time than we'd want, which we'll explain why in our update. While we're not probably going to be providing weekly updates, we are going to have a lot more stuff to show off in the coming months. We'll be showing the actual hero concepts this week, and then ramping up the stuff we're showing off more and more.
  19. It's a new hardcore mode where if your hero dies, it gets deleted from your account. If you only have one of those heroes created, you have to acquire them allllll over again. Or it's not that at all. It's probably not that at all.
  20. We've provided the options that are available. If you would like to lower your tier to another tier and receive a refund (or an entire refund), send an e-mail to preorder@chromatic.games .
  21. If there was an option on Backerkit to allow the refund directly, we would have set it up. However, it requires us to make the change through Kickstarter directly.
  22. If you lower your tier and don't plan on spending any credits on additional copies or merchandise, contact preorder@chromatic.games to do so, letting them know which tier you wish to lower it to, and they will refund the difference. Doing it through Backerkit provides funds so that people can lower their tier and potentially purchase another copy of the game (which is why the credit is applied).
  23. There are not going to be any gems in DD:A and we are not going to transfer anything over. The options provided are the best options available.
  24. We send the keys out in a weekly batch (usually on Mondays, this week it was delayed to Thursday). So if you haven't received your keys, send an e-mail to preorder@chromatic.games if you bought it over a week ago and still have not received your keys.
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