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  1. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    In our most recent Devstream we announced that the Barbarian is making his glorious return to defend Etheria once more. His return is something Defenders waited for a long time, and he’s bringing some great features with him:
    New Hero: The Barbarian, a whirlwind of wrath and fury!
    New User Experience:  New Defenders are thrown into the action of defending Etheria!
    Shard Slot overhaul to spend less time in your inventory and more time on the battlefield!
    Item Progression rework to increase power and knowledge of the gear you acquire!
    We recently discussed the changes to the shard system and our item progression during our last Devstream (check it out here). Our latest Devstream recapped that information and also showed off the might and power of the Barbarian in all his glory! This update included a lot of work to create this new Hero and make some much anticipated changes to core systems of the game. Let’s get started!

    Alec Saare, Community Manager (Lawlta)
    Since working at Trendy, there have been two things that our brave, powerful, and passionate community of Defenders have wanted for a long time: The Barbarian and a way to track gear strength. Everything in this update has been affected directly by the feedback and desires that all of provide, and we’re very grateful for your help in making the game better as a result.
    Creating The Barbarian was an amazing process to be a part of. We went from having a base design, and overhauling him completely to crank his epicness up to 11! There was a huge goal of capturing the spirit of the Barbarian from Dungeon Defenders 1 and turbo-charging that spirit. The result is a whirlwind of wrath and fury that is both an immovable object and an unstoppable force. HE. IS. A. BEAST.
    With his arrival is something as a player I am stoked to see in the game — gear and shard changes. As someone who has gained Ancient Power and is climbing Onslaught, not having to move shards combined with the changes to gear progression and visibility feels so great! You’ll experience yourself very soon.
    The introduction to Dungeon Defenders II is also vastly different than before. Our veteran Defenders are not exposed to this area of the game, but we noticed a lot of newer players were not getting pumped up with the original tutorial and so we set out to improve tenfold! Now new Defenders experience action from the get go, with a certain dragon really setting the pace of the rest of the game.
    We cannot wait for all of you to really sink your teeth into this meaty update!

    Colin Fisher, Associate Producer (Elandrian)
    Hey everyone, just a quick update from me. I have been making larger posts recently about upcoming features so the Dev Log won’t have TOO many tidbits… but I’d like to give everyone some pieces to start thinking about. There’s some areas of our game that we’re planning to improve, so I’d like to clue you in on what those are. I’m sure I’ll have mentioned some of them before, but I’d just like to reiterate what we’re looking into next.
    We’re looking at ways to store items, ways to create and customize existing items, ways to exchange items, and ways to enhance items. Did I mention that we’re heavily looking into making items more interesting? We have some features that we’re planning, but we’ll reveal more specifics about them at a later date. There’s a lot of ways we want to make the game more engaging and interesting to players, while also figuring out a plan to continue rolling out new content like maps, costumes, heroes and such. We’re a small team, so finding that balance between improving areas of the game while also adding content is a challenge.
    We appreciate our community that are playing, giving feedback, and even just following our updates on the site, forums and social outlets. Can’t wait to tell you guys about what’s to come, so stay tuned!


    Eric Petire, QA Designer (Petire)
    Being a Dungeon Defenders player and playing a ton of Barbarian in the past, I wanted to bring the visceral gameplay of jumping across the map at rapid speed while also clearing hordes of enemies and wiping bosses off the map with a speed second to none. One of my goals was to bring back the stances that made the Barbarian so much fun to play, flying between lanes and destroying any enemy.

    He is meant to have some of the strongest and most fun abilities to use that require an active playstyle to have his damage reach its highest potential. Many different ideas were thrown around to allow players to interact with other players or other heroes/defenses; the end result is we wanted the Barbarian to be focused on just absolutely demolishing the hordes of monsters you face. This means that instead of being able to buff others, he can debuff enemies in some fun and unique way for other heroes and defenses to interact with.

    Daniel Driussi, 3D Character Artist
    I was recently hired at Trendy, and I am very excited to be here! When I started there was a working model of the Barbarian that was already modeled and textured by the previous character artist. Likewise this older barbarian was fully playable, but it did not meet the new look that we were trying to achieve. So my first task here was to model and texture the “New” Barbarian.


    (Untextured progression of the Barbarian’s 3D model.)
    The process to create the 3D model of the Barbarian consists of a couple of steps.  First, I took the concept art into Zbrush and quickly made a body. Then I took that into Maya to complete the rest of the modeling and created the clothing and armor. Many iterations went into making sure everything worked properly.

    (Textures for the Barbarian’s head and torso.)
    From that point, I took the model into 3D Coat and Photoshop to paint the textures.  My biggest hurdle that I faced in getting the “style” of the textures of the barbarian was matching the look of Dungeon Defenders.


    (Texture progression and 3D model changes of the Barbarian.)

    This took a lot of work, but I am glad to say that the hurdle was vaulted and the Barbarian looks awesome next to all the other characters in game. Now that he is finished, I really enjoy seeing this hulking mass of muscles, that I helped to get into this game, glide through combat like a beautiful murder ballerina!


    Keith "Keithimator" Walheim, Animator
    Hey Defenders! Rage, wrath and sheer power were just a few of the words going through my head while animating the Barbarian. Oh, and SMAAAAAAAASH! He is definitely not a dainty ballerina, but he is still quite an agile character. I would say one of the greatest challenges while animating this human tank was moving all that muscle mass around while making him quick enough to react for the Defender playing him. One way we approached this was to really focus on emphasizing the weight shift in his shoulders.


    (Various reaction animations)
    Some of my favorite animations that I got to work on for this bad boy were the death animation (finding interesting ways to make characters meet their demise can be fun), and the stances.


    (Death Animation for the Barbarian.)
    The four stances were challenging because of the animation needed to depict the functionality of the stance in a split second, while still showing the weight of this huge character. One of the animations that I had the most fun with was a one armed handstand pushup that unfortunately didn’t make it into the game, but you can see it here.


    (The Barbarian staying in shape.)
    There is one thing related to the Barbarian I got to animate that I feel makes playing him a whole lot more interesting, the enemy death animations. Each time the Barbarian smashes a Kobold, Goblin, or Javelin thrower they will — well, give him a try and see what happens. Run, don’t walk!


    (Run cycles by John Muscarella, Lead Animator)


    Jose Villegas, Technical Designer (TrendyJose)
    Hey Everyone! Since last update I have been ESSENTIALLY focused on various Quality of Life improvements. Chief amongst those is the revamp of the previous iPwr system. In theory, iPwr should have been a good indicator to know how strong an item is, but in practicality it didn’t reflect that. You could have an uncommon item drop alongside a legendary item and both of them would have similar iPwr, but because the legendary had multiple stats, it seemed to be way better. This led people into equipping lower iPwr items by trying to maximize their stats.
    This also led to the ‘muling’ issue many of you are aware of. Since the highest iPwr of your heroes would determine the drops you see in the game, you were encouraged to have a throw-away character to get the best drops.


    GearScore is the solution we came up for both issues. A piece of equipment’s GearScore value is determined after evaluating every single element of what makes it strong. That is the value of the item’s stats, the number of Shard slots it will enable, and the number of secondary stats it has. Like we mentioned in the Devstream, GearScore should give you the certainty that an item with a greater GS value is overall better than a lower one. Of course, if you are pursuing a certain strategy, you are encouraged to play the game your own way and ignore GS.
    Alongside this, I want to say under no ambiguity: Muling is dead. The gear that we are dropping in the game has no relation, whatsoever, with what you have equipped, or what’s even in your inventory. The strength of the items that you see in DD2 is tied to your progression. The more you play, the stronger items you will see, across all game modes. Of course, each game mode and difficulty has a ceiling of the strength at which items may drop, so you are encouraged to always keep pushing higher.
    On a different note, we also brought some improvements to Shard management. We want you to keep playing the game with the least amount of interruptions as possible, so we decided to streamline the Shard equipping process. Now shards will be tied to Gear Slots, instead of Gear. This will allow you to naturally equip better Gear, without having to move your Shards around to keep your same build. These Shards improvements come with inventory adjustments to the UI so you can quickly equip and unequip shards.
    Anyhow, I’m sure these new systems will allow you to keep doing what you like to do the most: blasting goblins and building towers. I’m more than happy to listen to your feedback, post on our forums and I will see it. Happy defending =).


    Mark Telfer, Technical Designer (TrendyMark)
    Hey Defenders! From this day forward, I am officially taking all noobies under my wing!  Since the Power of the Ancients update, I’ve been hard at work revamping the new user experience (NUE) of Dungeon Defenders II. Our goal was to make the first hour of the campaign exciting, informative, and most importantly, a showcase for what makes Dungeon Defenders II special.
    Over the past couple of months we’ve brought testers into our studio and watched them play both the current tutorial level and the first hour of the campaign. These tests revealed that many people were confused about how to interact with some of the fundamental systems of DD2.  Players were having a hard time understanding how to interact with gear that was dropping, they were forgetting to go to the green mana chests, and worst of all, many didn’t realize you could swap between different heroes!
    It was clear that the new user flow needed an overhaul. The approach we took involved creating immediate stakes for players by throwing them straight into the action-packed combat of DD2.  We also wanted to incrementally introduce the foundational systems of the game so that players could fully appreciate their intricacies. Finally, we wanted to present each mechanic in a way that is concise, clear, and within context that demonstrated its value.

    (Behind the scenes of the new user experience)
    After many late nights and frequent focus group testing of our work, I am very pleased to announce that my self esteem remains (mostly) intact and that our new user experience will be dropping “sooner than you expect.” Happy defending!
    Love,
    Mark
    P.S.
    All of the designers read every single forum post. Keep the awesome feedback coming.

    Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead
    Our testing groups had fun putting the early Barbarian through his paces. The ability to combine stances made for some interesting discovery of combinations, but also some interesting bugs and balance issues over the course of testing.
    The new shard slots were immediately pounced upon as a solid quality of life addition by most of the testing folks, and  thankfully didn't present too many issues.
    We're also looking to expand our tester pool once again. Our testers get the chance to try out our still-in development work, in exchange for some cool stuff as a thanks. They help us with balance, feedback and bugs and their contributions to our releases are very valuable.
    We have two teams, RQA - our daily bug hunters (for folks with lots of free time each day), and RPG - our larger team for balance and feedback (for folks with limited free time).
    If you are interested, drop me an email at dani.moore @ trendyent (dot) com and ask. I'm happy to provide more information on both teams to see what best suits. A big thanks to everyone involved in the Barbarian and the heaps of work and sweat that went into it all.
  2. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders and Happy Holidays!

    I hope everyone has been enjoying our most recent update, Drakenfrost! It was definitely a new experiment into how we deliver content, and I can’t wait to see all the feedback about it. How did you feel about our recent release of the Drakenlord? Let us know your thoughts in this thread!
    I didn’t come here entirely for feedback… I may have an ulterior motive… to deliver some tremendous news!
    I have recently been promoted to Creative Director on the Dungeon Defenders team!
    I’ll be leading the direction of Dungeon Defenders into the future with the help of our amazing team!
    We’re going to make the changes that you, our Defenders, want to see. We’ll also be able to make even more exciting new content and features for Dungeon Defenders II than we ever have before.
    But what does this mean for the players?
    Well let’s recap a little bit. I started as a community member, Caster’s Guild streamer, and Dungeon Defenders player. My tenure at Trendy started off with an internship that grew into an Associate Producer position, where I was eventually able to mold and shape some of our most recent updates - for example Protean Shift, Isle of Dread, and the Drakenfrost update.  
    Josh comes into all of this with deep knowledge of the original Dungeon Defenders title, the aspects of it that players enjoyed, and is a master of the technical arts.  
    Our primary goal and focus is to build upon recent successes through continuing to evolve DD2 into the game we all know it can and should be.
    So what are some of the things we’re thinking about?
    We’re looking at our pain points:
    We’ve been improving Ancient Power since its release and we know that everyone is still not as stoked about it as we were hoping.  In 2019 we will continue to iterate and expand upon this feature until it hits the mark we’re all hoping for.
    We also know there are some Inventory pain points that players have with stacking Shards, amount of free space, and clunky navigation. We’ve already made significant improvements to finding Mods and sorting your inventory, but we’re always looking at doing more to make it easier and easier.


    In the near future:
    We’re looking at expanding our elemental combo system. The goals for this are to add intuitive and interesting combinations between damage types, setting you up for some mad alchemy with new and beefier elemental interactions (what if poison exploded when hit with fire damage?).  Elemental interactions entered Dungeon Defenders II before our Free-to-Play launch and while our old plans to expand upon them have grown dusty on the shelf, I have never forgotten how excited they made me about the potential for DD2. We want to rekindle that excitement and realize this feature’s potential.

    We’re also looking at acquisition methods for all of your loot and rewards in the game. We know people are looking for specific Shards, 10/10 Qualibean™ MODS, crafting materials, re-roll items...basically all the things. Our new Lead Designer (Mark Telfer) has made appeasing you his primary goal in life and loot acquisition is where he’s decided to start. Much like with recent changes to MOD roll and drop rates, your feedback will be essential to this process — so keep reaching out and letting us know your thoughts.

    In the slightly farther future:
    We’re looking at creating a better “purpose for play.” Some people call this a “chase” in a game. We know some people enjoy getting to high floors of Onslaught, and some enjoy getting fully kitted out with Chaos VIII gear, Gilded Shards, all Ancient Powers, etc. but we also know that we can do even better than that.
    We want our players to have a more meaningful reason for getting all the new loot and levels in our progression systems. One avenue we’ve been playing with is an “ultimate boss” style encounter. The Lost Eternia Shard DLC packs proved the concept for the franchise, and we are currently exploring ways we can hit that emotional high-point in the contemporary DD2 format.  Modern MMO’s and RPG’s have taken big strides when it comes to designing boss fights and we’re looking to mirror their modern, elegant style.
    There’s also an ongoing conversation about adding additional ways to acquire heroes and premium currency via gameplay. We really want to make sure that all our players are feeling adequately rewarded for playing our game. We’re going take a look at what our Gem purchases and pricings are like, and evaluate ways that we can make these more “player-first.”
    We’re here to make a dope experience for you, and we’re going to double-down on that as our direction moving forward.  (My first act as Creative Director was to declare “we’re going to make dope s***” as the new modus operandi.)

    Real Talk:
    We have a small, but dedicated team working on delivering Dungeon Defenders to everyone in the best way that we know how. We’re people (just like you!) making a free to play game, so there will always be monetization and occasionally we’ll make some mistakes with features.  Additionally, change does not always occur at the speed at which you wish it would. We have processes for improving, but they remain what they are — a process. That being said, our ultimate goal is always to make a game that you guys want to play, and to continue to experiment with finding new and interesting content and release methods.

    Do not forget that each and every one of you are an essential part of DD2 now and the shape of what it becomes in the future. Continue to give us all your feedback, opinions, and ideas using the appropriate methods.
    We’ll do our best to fix bugs, add content, and provide new features to the game as we keep developing in 2019.
    Join me, and the entire team, in making Dungeon Defenders II, and all our future Dungeon Defenders games, into the best games they can possibly be.
    Sincerely,
    Colin “Elandrian” Fisher and the entire Dungeon Defenders II Team.
  3. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS!
    October flew by, and November is here, which means we’ve got a slew of new things to show off and talk about! The Dungeon Defenders: Awakened PC beta is coming this month, with news on when it’s being released very soon. We’re currently working with our excellent PR partners on getting Dungeon Defenders: Awakened in front of as many Defenders as possible, so bare with us as we prepare to make this beta an explosive success!
    While we’ve been working incredibly hard, today we want to show off the Huntress’s traps, some of the new gorgeous UIs, never before seen maps, and an update as to how as a studio we’ve been working on the game. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
    Huntress Traps
    We wanted to make sure that the Huntress’s traps conveyed that they were put together by an elf, using materials that are available to a being from the woodlands. There’s a lot of VFX and power that we’re going to be adding to these traps, but for now we’re going to show you what you’ll see as your creating a literal minefield for the hordes that are coming!
    Poison Gas Trap


    Proximity Mine Trap


    Inferno Trap


    Darkness Trap


    Etherial Spike Trap

     
    User Interface Facelift
    One thing that we promised with Dungeon Defenders: Awakened was providing a cleaner User Interface, something that is definitely wanting when playing the original Dungeon Defenders. Our approach is to make things read well so that you’re able to discern the information you want, get your gear and character setup the way you want fast and efficiently, so you’re back in the fray and doing what you do best — defending Etheria!
    The inventory in Dungeon Defenders has always been a big part of the gameplay, and we’ve made it look aesthetically pleasing, while also providing a ton of functionality. We’ll start off with showing the item box:

    One thing you’ll notice is that there are Nintendo Switch inputs at the bottom. One of the biggest goals we had with the UIs for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, was to make sure that it played well with a gamepad first. If it plays well with gamepad, then we can easily make it play well with mouse and keyboard.
    You’ll also notice that there is a filter tab in the top right. This filter is going to allow players to filter gear with multiple options! Filtering is something that players have wanted for a while, and we’re bringing it in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. Here’s a tentative list of what you can expect to be able to filter by:
     
    Quality (Common, uncommon, rare, epic, etc.)
    Equipment (Weapons, Helmets, Chests, Gloves, Boots, Pets, Brooches, Masks, Bracers, and Shields)
    Armor Type (Leather, Mail, Chain, etc.)
    and More!
    Another important aspect of the game is being able to inspect a piece of equipment that you’ve received, compare it with a piece that you’ve got equipped, and decide if it’s an upgrade or not. Those were our goals with gear tooltips and comparison:


    When making these tooltips, we made sure that we included the “worst case” scenario for when you receive an item. By that, we focused on what the absolute biggest an item tooltip would be, and this is the result. There’s a ton of information that we need to convey, and so we made sure to push things to their absolute limits in order to provide a clean and easy to read UI. It’s worth mentioning that the white circles and squares are where our icons are going to be going to represent each stat (they’re currently made, just need some slight adjustments).
    We also are adjusting the names of stats so that they are able to be understood. These images are work-in-progress still, but these names are something we’ll be looking for feedback throughout our beta process. 
    All of it together, here’s what you can expect to see when playing solo:

    There’s still some iteration we’re going to be making (and currently are), but we’re very proud of where the UI currently is and can’t wait for you to be able to use it to its full potential!
    There are a couple things that aren’t being shown here, but we want to give context to:
    Abilities:  This will be where a hero’s abilities and towers are explained.
    Runes:  This is the level up stat allocation area. Your stat updates are reflected in the character stats pane.
    Character stats: This is currently getting polished , but will appear where the current item tooltip is in the above screenshot.
    A lot of these pieces are coming together for beta. They have functionally been in our test builds as engineer art.
    New Map? New Map!
    Half of the maps in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened campaign have never been played before, and they help bring an all new epic feel! Two of our new maps are desert based maps, the ruins of a civilization that has long been gone. One of those maps, is tentatively called “Tornado Valley”, opening up to a giant ruined city:






    The next map is a follow up to Tornado Valley, that we’re tentatively calling “Tornado Lowlands”. That’s most definitely a developer name, as there’s nothing low about this map. Be careful not to fall:
     






    Studio Work
    As a studio, we are churning through a ton of work. Recently our communication has not been as frequent as we’ve wanted and we’re progressing towards making it better. We’re currently expanding our workforce to help with this, but also are going to be working with our partners, including a PR firm, that will be getting updates and information out across our social channels, and into the hands of various game news outlet to really help Dungeon Defenders: Awakened blow up!
    There are multiple goals that we have with Beta. First is to deliver on a promise to our backers, we want to be good on our word and you deserve to see what your support has created. Second, you’ll be providing really value feedback, both in terms of gameplay, but also from the metrics that we’ll be reading on the back end. Last, it’s a great milestone for us to achieve that really helps bring the game together and empower us as a studio to keep working hard.
    After the beta, we are going to continue work on the game, up to the release in February. This means polishing systems, balancing gameplay, fixing bugs, and a lot more. The amount and quality of work that we’ve done in such a short time (a little over 8 months) is something that we’re incredibly proud of, and we use that pride to push us in these remaining months. What you’ll see in the beta does not mean it is final, and there’s going to be a ton of time put into making DD:A the best it can be!
    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. [CG] LAWLTA
    Ahoy Defenders!
    We’re only day(s) away from finally pulling up the anchor and setting sail for adventure in Dungeon Defenders II:  The Isle of Dread Expansion! This is a preview of all the things that were shown in the past months, but not everything coming. Everyone has been working to make sure this expansion is ready for the high seas, landlubbers beware! If you’ve been keeping up with our Dev Logs and Dev Streams you’ll recognize a lot of what’s coming. Let’s dive in!
    New Maps
    We’re excited to be introducing not one, but two maps with this expansion. These maps are available as their own Adventure set, can be selected when playing Expeditions, can come up as you progress through Onslaught, and one is even a Chaos VII Incursion!
    The Jacked Sparrow

    The first map is set on The Jacked Sparrow, previous known as The Sparrow before the heroes of Etheria hijacked it in order to reach their destination. As you traverse this map, enemies attack from above and below the levels of the ship, requiring all hands on deck to keep the masts safe from destruction! There’s a ton of fun to be had on this map, as you use cannons to blast your enemies away, catapults to fly across the map, and vantage points to take out enemies when they least expect it!
    Plunderer’s Paradise


    After braving the rough seas, the heroes land on an island besieged by an army of the Old One trying to break into the island’s mountain. Among these enemies are new foes that have not been seen before, helping beef up the horde that is coming your way! Protect the island to prevent havoc breaking loose, but also explore to find secrets hidden throughout the map. Conquer the Incursion version of this map by striking down Captain Dreadbones to unlock a new Barbarian weapon to add to your arsenal!
    New Enemies
    There’s a slew of enemies that are now donning pirate attire, an absolute necessity when conquering on such vicious tides! Here are a few of the enemies you encounter on your journey:

    These goblins upped their pirate fashion game, but they also recruited additional allies to take down heroes from afar. With the aid of Captain Dreadbones, some ogres can now carry and utilize Cannon Ogres are now a fearsome terror that can ruin your defenses!
    War Table

    The War Table is improved with this expansion, adding some life to the world of Etheria, and also providing some quality of life changes as requested by our glorious community! The World Map shows all the different places Defenders may explore through different game modes. Each game mode contains different formats for ease of use, but also provide an “Advanced” session browser in each. You can now see all open available games to you easily, with a variety of filter options that give the choice of seeing every session, or a specific map!
    Social Improvements

    Interacting with players is getting some good attention with this expansion, with much more coming even after the expansion! Player Lists are now easier to navigate, selecting another Defender and choosing to inspect their shop or invite them to party among other options provided via a drop down menu. Receiving invites is also streamlined to not take over your screen and there’s a timer to avoid invite spam. Parties received attention as well, for instance, the leader is now consistent and gives control to choose when and where your crew go!
    Onslaught

    There’s a ton of changes coming to Onslaught, a lot of them due to the great feedback a lot of you provided since its appearance in Etheria! The biggest change is the progression in Onslaught, changing from three maps played per floor, to one map per floor. With this change comes an increased scaling in difficulty to make progression about difficulty instead of time. There are also more ways to earn Prestigious Weapons, more maps to play as you progress, more enemies you encounter, new schedules of enemies, and a new wave during Lost Temple known as the Omega Wave!
    Ancient Power

    Onslaught and Ancient Power go together like pirates and the ocean, so of course we added more to this system! Ancient Powers themselves are now more powerful than before and require less of a point investment to utilize their maximum potential. There are also FOUR new powers to help bolster your battle against the horde of enemies coming your way. We also implemented a scaling minimum starting floor system to make getting into gaining early Ancient Powers easy, with a consistent difficulty as you acquire more and more (also, your pets are no longer reset when you gain Ancient Power)!
    New Items

    There’s one thing that pirates are always on the hunt for — TREASURE! There are new weapons you can acquire for every hero, either through Professor Proteus, or through completing The Jacked Sparrow and Plunderer’s Paradise. Depending on where you acquire these weapons, you are also met with new pirate themed Mods that pack quite a punch that can be transferred to any weapon; or unique death animations that can sink your enemies (literally, one can turn them into a boat and sink into the ground)!
    New Features
    What good expansion doesn’t contain some new features? We’re introducing two new features to help Defenders as they keep Dragonfall and Etheria safe. The first is a replay from wave system available in Adventures, Expeditions, Onslaught, AND Mastery! This system restores your defenses, shows which ones may have underperformed or were destroyed, and gives you another go at taking down your enemies.
    The next is a Primary Stat reroll system that we’re experimenting with. This system allows you to acquire reroll materials from completing the Jacked Sparrow and Plunderer’s Paradise, and reroll your primary stat into a potentially higher number. This change is not enforced if the roll is lower, you are always given a choice to accept it or decline! We’re looking for feedback on this system and if you all enjoy it, we’ll investigate greatly expanding it.
    Balance Changes
    Protean Shift brought a lot of new ways to play and a ton of power to Defenders, which we really love! As a result, there are a slew of things that are either not as strong as we’d like or too strong, removing any challenge while playing. We’ve discussed a couple of these, but there is more coming!
    Bug Fixes
    A lot of you submit bug reports constantly, and we make sure to squash as many of them as we can. As with any expansion, there are a lot of fixes coming your way. Please continue to submit them to our bug site, your help is invaluable to knocking out some of the pesky issues that appear.
    Social Defenders
    There’s a lot of people playing Dungeon Defenders II, and a lot of them gather on our social hubs. When it comes to finding other players, figuring out how to conquer a specific challenge, or just wanting to get to know others in the community, or getting the latest DD2 news, you can’t go wrong with our social platforms:

    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 this expansion. Stay tuned for more info soon!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  5. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    Protean Shift Patch 3.2 is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One! We’ve been hard at work ever since Professor Proteus made his glorious arrival in Etheria! The feedback from all of you has been tremendous and we greatly appreciate it. We’re addressing requests that players have wanted both for a while now and recently with the Protean Shift expansion. Let’s get into it!
    Multiplayer Bonuses
    Defenders love playing together, there is strength in numbers after all. Previously, when playing in multiplayer settings, enemies became stronger, but did not offer any additional rewards for the harder challenge. This is a pain point that you as a community have voiced to us for a long time, and with gear in a much better spot, we now have a way to reward the increased difficulty!
    Previously, when playing in multiplayer sessions, enemies gained additional health without offering any increased rewards. Now when teaming up with fellow Defenders, you now gain additional Gear from Victory Chests. You may be asking, “how much?”, and the answer is A LOT. Here’s the breakdown you can expect to see when playing with multiple Defenders:
    One Defender:  Remains the same.
    Two Defenders:  +125% additional Gear drops!
    Three Defenders:  +275% additional Gear drops!
    Four Defenders:  +425% additional Gear drops!
    When playing solo, the Escape/Options menu shows:


    When in a group of two:

    This pattern increases the more Defenders in your session. To have our bases covered, Gear is specifically armor, weapons, and relics. These additional pieces of gear offer players multiple opportunities on finding perfect stats and Mods while taking on stronger enemies. This means you have more gear to use or sell, boosting Defender strength and our player economy substantially. As a result, we’ve slightly tweaked sell prices to vendors. With the increased loot drops, you’ll be making on average the same amount of gold when selling to vendors. However, we maintained previous minimum Player Shop sell value of items to offset this. You’re now provided more opportunities to sell more gear between one another to obtain greater mountains of wealth than ever before!
    We were able to get these changes out now to provide a feature the community highly requested thanks to the feedback we received via a survey many of you participated in. One concern that several Defenders brought up was in regard to party control and functionality. These will be coming in our next Update among a slew of new features not too far from now. We’ll touch on some additional changes later on in these notes!
    Material Vault
    In Protean Shift, we introduced a good chunk of crafting materials for Defenders to have more control over their gear. There’s a ton of new materials and one bit of feedback that we’ve received quite often, is about storing these spoils of combat.

    Enter the Material Vault! It’s a new vault that will be available to players that want to be able to store extra crafting materials. This special vault allows you to hold 999 of every crafting material and access to materials saved in your Material Vault regardless of where you are. Want to pump up the strength of your gear, or move some Mods around, but you put the materials in your Material Vault? You can now do it on the fly without pulling the materials out! When doing anything that requires crafting materials, Inventory Materials are used first before using crafting materials in your Materials Vault.
    What’s Coming?

    In our last Check-In post, we outlined some short, medium, and long term goals. In our next update, here’s a sneak peek as to what you can expect to see:
    Onslaught floors are always one map floors.
    Extra rewards as you climb through Onslaught.
    Improvements to Ancient Power
    Increased party control and functionality
    And…. A NEW BOSS, WEAPONS, MAPS, AND MUCH MUCH MORE!
    As development continues, we’re going to be providing opportunities to test this content and earn “Tester Only” rewards, such as Betsy White, a true friend and confidant to any Defender.
    Bug Fixes
    Improved enemy spawn and pathing logic so enemies getting stuck in spawns will now have a better chance of finding their way out of the spawner.
    Fixed additional cases where Berserker Orcs would get around blockades and walls.
    Fixed an issue in Player Shops that caused a visual duplication while moving items.
    Fixed an issue with Abyss Stone and Abyss Fountain giving an incorrect error message when there’s not enough mana available to use them.
    Updated Shard Dust description to explain how it’s acquired.
    Fixed a bug where the Jackpot shard increases gold reward upon wave completion.
    Fixed an issue with comparison tooltips remaining when closing the Vault UI.
    Fixed the text size of “LIST IT!” on 4k resolutions.
    Fixed an issue with Gilded Colossal Fissure Shards receiving a negative increase.
    Fixed an issue with Campaign Boot tinkering requiring an Iron Hammer.
    Fixed an issue with Chaos V Boot upgrades requiring weapon crafting materials.
    Fixed an issue with buy back items going to the wrong location in the inventory.
    Fixed an issue where items claimed at the Scavenger while the inventory is full would look like it had been claimed but was still in the Scavenger.
    Remember, if you run into any bugs, please let us know at our bug site. Also, check us out on social media for additional updates and game discussions with our awesome community:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    We have much more on the way and will be spilling some beans in the coming weeks!
    For Etheria,
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  6. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    We’ve been hard at work ever since Professor Proteus made his glorious arrival in Etheria! The feedback from all of you has been tremendous and we greatly appreciate it. There’s more coming in our next update, but there’s also more coming next week with Protean Shift Patch 3.2!
    There are some nice quality of life features that are coming with next week’s patch, let’s get into it!
    Multiplayer Incentives
    Defenders love playing together, there is strength in numbers after all. When playing together, enemies get stronger, but there’s not any increased reward for that increased risk. Well not anymore! We have been testing and looking for ways to reward players without trivializing content. With this patch, when grouping with other Defenders, you will receive additional gear from the victory chest. This scales per player added to the session, meaning the more Defenders you play with, the more gear you receive. The more gear you receive, the higher the chance at getting perfect mods!
    Material Vault
    In Protean Shift, we introduced a good chunk of crafting materials for Defenders to have more control over their gear. There’s a ton of new materials and one bit of feedback that we’ve received quite often, is about storing these spoils of combat.
    Enter the Material Vault! The Material Vault is a new vault that will be available to players that want to be able to store extra crafting materials. This special vault allows you to hold 999 of every crafting material, and you will be able to automatically use them when interacting with items. Want to pump up the strength of your gear, but you put the materials in your Material Vault? You can now do it on the fly!
    On the Horizon
    There’s a giant “wave” of stuff coming to Etheria in our next update that is sure to knock your socks off. Related to multiplayer incentives, we’re going to be providing Defenders greater control over the parties they start, something many of you have asked for is on it’s way. We can’t get into a ton of the stuff coming just yet, but give Elandrian’s Check-In a visit to get an idea for what’s coming!
    Bug Fixes and Optimizations
    As always, we’re going to be squishing a lot of bugs, increasing performance, and increasing stability. Remember, if you run into any bugs, please let us know at our bug site. Also, check us out on social media for additional updates and game discussions with our awesome community:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    We have much more on the way and will be spilling some beans in the coming weeks!
    For Etheria,
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  7. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,

    Ahoy there, DefendARRRRs! In this Dev Log, we be talking about some changes to Onslaught and Party Controls that ye’ve been requestin, and we’re here to deliver. These changes are meant to improve the game mode, allowing many of you to set sail on adventure without having to sink a ton of time into each play session if ye’re not able to. Also greater control over who’s in ye’r ranks and leadin’ ye’r crew, alongside making it easier to interact between one another. Let’s dive in!

    Alec “Lawlta” Saare — Community Overlord
    First off, Dev Log 100, wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut! There’s a lot still to talk about, but being our 100th Dev Log, I thought it would be best that we talk about and confirm changes to a system many of you have requested. Onslaught is getting a round of polish with extra elbow grease to become more accessible for players and also bring some additional difficulty. The party improvements are also something that many of you gave a ton of great feedback on, so these changes should make being in a party not only feel a lot better, but also be easier to get into.
    There’s a ton more coming that we cannot wait to share with you! We’ve been hard at work creating new maps for you to defend, new enemies to take on, new weapons to strengthen your arsenal, and so much more. To quote a Jose you may or may not know, it’s “coming sooner than you think”. Unless you think it’s tomorrow and a little bit of time after tomorrow, then that quote doesn’t apply here.
    X Marks The Heart,
    Lawlta

    Mark “Telflon” Telfer — Technical Designer
    Ahoy Defenders!
    I’m here to talk improvements to the party system and a few things that are to come.  
    Seamless Invite System - Party invites in the live game are jarring. When you receive one, it stops you dead, it removes all movement control from your character, and the popup covers the majority of your screen. The only way to make the popup go away is to accept or decline the invitation to the party. With the new party system, these gameplay intrusions will be eliminated.  Receiving an invite to a party will no longer stop you dead. Instead, you will receive an unobtrusive notification at the bottom of your screen informing you who invited you to the party with the option to accept or decline the offer. You will fully retain control of movement while this invite is pending, and your view of Etheria will not be occluded.
    Vicinity Targeting - The way you initiate any social interaction in DD2 is by opening the player list, selecting the name of the person you wish to interact with, and then selecting how you’d like to interact with them. This is a good system if you already know the name of the person you wish to interact with, but it is not the best facilitator of organic interactions with people you serendipitously meet. For instance, let’s say you see someone run by with a sweet sweet costume, and decide that you want to make that person a part of your stylish crew.  You’re standing right next to this player, but you can’t invite them to a party directly; you’ll to figure out their name, open the player list menu, find them, and then send them an invite. To make it easier and more organic to interact with others, we will be introducing vicinity targeting. What does it mean? It means that you can walk right up to someone and interact with them directly. You won’t have to open full-screen menus to invite people a party, kick people from a party, promote them to party leader (more on that), or view their shops.  You will remain fully engrossed in the world of Etheria while you perform these interactions via vicinity targeting; you will retain full degree of movement control.
    Player List User Experience - If you prefer the classic way of interacting with others then you’re still in luck!  The player list has been refined to give a far smoother experience when interacting with others.
    A Party Structure That Makes Sense -  As I’m sure you all have noticed, some funkiness can happen with parties in the live game which really upsets expectations.  One of my biggest annoyances with the current system is having the party leader change randomly when you load into a new map.  Frustrating! It's time to bring some order to the party chaos that can happen in the live game, and we plan to do this by implementing the following:
    The person who sends the first invitation to party up becomes the party leader.
    The party leader REMAINS the leader until they either leave the party or they choose to promote someone.
    The party leader will be able to promote other members to their position if they no longer wish to lead.
    All party members can invite someone to join a party, but only the party leader can kick from a party.
    Only the party leader can choose where players matchmake to.
    There are more changes coming too.  Stay tuned!
    Thinking of you,
    Mark
    Jose Villegas — Technical Designer
    Hey everyone,
    We have heard your voice loud and clear, and we are making several improvements to Onslaught. Sit tight and get ready.
    Floors will have only 1 map each. This was by far the largest concern that you had with the game mode. It took too long to complete a map, and a single failure led to having to play the entire floor again. Worry no longer, in the update a single victory is required to move forward.
    Moar maps. Currently, the selection of maps in late game Onslaught is quite large, but not complete. With the newest changes we are introducing, all the maps will be available at all points in the Onslaught progression, late and early ;).
    Faster progression. The difficulty increases were happening only little by little in each floor, which made the process of playing through Onslaught much slower than in Expeditions. Not anymore; now the jumps in difficulty (and rewards) happen much faster, and the number of floors that will take you to Chaos 7 strength have been reduced. This increased in difficulty per floor has also been carried to beyond the Chaos 7 floors, so reaching floor 999 will be an greater challenge than before.
    More and better Prestigious weapons. Lawlta told me I can’t talk about AP yet, but I will try to spill this small bean here, as it’s related to the Onslaught climb. In addition to receiving a Prestigious Weapon when you trigger Ancient Power, now you will receive one every 10 floors when playing Onslaught (every 20 after floor 100). In addition, all new Prestigious Weapons will come at least at quality 5/10, and will have an increased chance of spawning at higher quality as well. These awards will also reset when you go through Ancient Power, giving you a chance of more weapons.
    New post C7 difficulty schedules. Starting around the end of the chaos 7 floors, we will now start introducing new schedules of enemies at increased difficulty. To note, these schedules will not contain new enemies, but the same ones you are familiar at an increased difficulty and numbers.
    Omega Waves. Last stream I promised Omega Waves in Onslaught, and people did not believe my words. Now, I can actually confirm Omega Waves may or may not, in fact, be coming to Onslaught.
    You are probably wondering: what’s going to happen with my progression? Well the answer is very simple. When making the transition between the old to the new, we will check what floor you were playing previously, and set you at a floor with the closest difficulty to it under the new system.
    For example, if Gobu was playing at Floor 80, now they will be placed around floor 35, since both are comparable in difficulty. This will also be true to the rewards tied to specific floor numbers, like 114, so while the climb to get there will be shortened, the difficulty of those maps will remain consistent.
    One final feature that I’m happy to introduce is a new Replay system. Currently, when failing a map you have to start all over again, regardless of game mode or difficulty. Now, if you fail a map the game will allow you to go back to the wave where you failed, and retry from there with the defenses you had already placed in the map.
    Having to build the whole map again after failing was something we always wanted to address, and now you can just simply adjust whatever defense cause you to lose and keep moving forward =).
    That’s not all! The Replay feature will also be supported by a new Performance Optimization System. When loading the map again after trigger the replay, we will place several indicators on the towers that caused you to lose. All towers destroyed will have a handy Danger Indicator (!) to show that they fell. For towers that didn’t do much in combat, a Warning Indicator (?)will get your attention to reevaluate their placement, or equip better relics on them.
    That’s it for now. Next time I will tell you more details about the changes to AP, which there are many. But let me tell you about these new Pirate MODS, they are great, they are awesome, and they are also great. The first one, currently named Set Sail, which turns you into a █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ , and then you can █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ , which allows you to █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ . The second one █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ █ .
    Oof… I'm excited for these new Mods. Be sure to tune in for next Friday’s stream, where I may or may not answer your questions in the most ambiguous fashion possible.
    Love you,

    Jose
    Ice "Ice" Ice, Ice Lead
    Hi.
    Cordially Yours,
    Ice
    Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead
    We're also looking to expand our tester pool once again. Our testers get the chance to try out our still-in development work, in exchange for some cool stuff as a thanks. They help us with balance, feedback and bugs and their contributions to our releases are very valuable.
    We have two teams, RQA - our daily bug hunters (for folks with lots of free time each day), and RPG - our larger team for balance and feedback (for folks with limited free time).
    If you are interested, drop me an email at dani.moore trendyent (dot) com and ask. I'm happy to provide more information on both teams to see what best suits. A big thanks to everyone involved in the Update and the heaps of work and sweat that went into it all.
    What’s Next?
    Nothing, that’s it, no more news. No need to keep reading. Except wait, there’s a ton more coming that we’ll be talking about in our next Dev Log! This update is crazy big, bringing in some salty content for you landlubbers. Here’s what you can expect to see:
    AP improvements
    New Maps
    New Enemies
    New Weapons
    New Mods
    New Incursion
    New Flair
    More New Stuff!
    We’re always listening to your feedback, and a lot of you do a great job of making sure it’s constructive and provide plenty of great ideas. Keep it up, we love reading it and it helps us mold Dungeon Defenders II into a better game.
    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
  8. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    There’s a ton of new features and content on the horizon, so it’s time to give a little inside peek as to what’s coming in the next update for Dungeon Defenders II! Mod improvements, elemental combos, blockade buffs, and even more (somethings we aren't even talking about just quite yet) await in this update. Let’s get into it!

    Alec “Lawlta” Saare — Community Expedition Leader
    What’s up everyone, you know what it do!
    We’ve been working incredibly hard on getting this update out to you before the new year and really put in some serious time. While there is new content coming (the new map looks amazing, there’s some image down below), we did a really big push to make a lot of systems feel a ton better. A little while ago we improved Mod drops and promised that there was a Phase II for this system, and Mark will cover the changes coming down below. Players want Elemental Combos to be awesome, so we went through and did our Phase I pass on them, with more coming in future updates. There’s been a lot of feedback on Blockades being viable, and boy did we bring the heat with them.
    There’s additional features that are coming, you’ll see most of them laid out in the patch notes that come with the update. We’re excited for you to get your hand on this update, we’re just polishing things up a little bit before we release it. There’s a Dev Stream tomorrow (December 7th) 3PM EST where we are going to show some of them off. Don’t miss it!
    Smooches,
    Lawlta

    Mark “Telflon” Telfer — Technical Designelf
    Hey Defenders!
    It’s been a while since we’ve last spoken! I’ve been doing a ton of MOD-related work over the interim, but alas, I was threatened by Lawlta to keep it all under wraps. Luckily, tis finally the season of giving, and I’ve been given the okay to give you some major bean spillage on what I (and the other Trendy elves) have been up to in our workshop.
    Recently, the Trendy elves had started seeing a huge amount of holiday wishes come our direction and all said the same thing. They said, “Santa Lawlta, all I want for Christmas is a perfect MOD.” Many of you felt that it took way too long to find those perfect Qualibean™ MODs and that waiting forever was just no fun! I knew I had to do something about it fast, lest I find myself on the naughty list in perpetuity. I grabbed a bottle of spiked eggnog, locked myself into a room, and set out to right this issue once and for all. Thanks to the copious amounts of eggnog I drank, my memory gets a bit fuzzy after that, but a few days later I woke up and Lawlta told me that the rates for higher quality MODs had significantly increased with our last hotfix.  Apparently, I had more than doubled the rate of perfect MODs and had substantially increased the drop rates for MODs of quality 6 and above! Presents for everyone! On average, you should see a perfect MOD about every four hours of active gameplay. Gone are the days where the ground is cluttered with nothing but MODs as red as Rudolph's nose. You should now be seeing far more green MODs in the mix (a Christmas Miracle)!
    Now I know what you’re thinking, “Mark! The increase to drop rates sounds fine and dandy, but you see, I have a problem. That problem is bad luck. It’s a condition that I’ve had since birth and RNG has picked on me for it my entire life. Even though you’ve increased the drop rates, Mark, I still don’t think I’ll ever see anything good. I’m just too darn unlucky!” Well, dear player, I have a revelation to make. I too am afflicted with this most heinous condition, and I feel your pain. Playing 50 hours and still not seeing a perfect MOD feels worse than getting a lump of coal in your stocking! I knew that if I truly wanted this update to bring good tidings to all (especially myself), I would have to be sensitive to those in the community who share this affliction. Well, fear not! This new update brings with it a solution for even the unluckiest players. We have built a system that GUARANTEES that you will get a perfect MOD if you go an extended period of time without seeing one. If you haven’t seen a perfect MOD in about ten hours of active gameplay, then we will guarantee that a perfect will drop for you! That’s right! At worst, you’ll see one perfect MOD in less than 10 hours (as long as you are actively playing). And do you wanna know a secret? If you play in multiplayer and get the legendary loot bonus, the amount of time it takes to guarantee this perfect MOD gets drastically reduced. Don’t tell Lawlta I told you, or back onto the naughty list I go.
    So now we’ve increased the perfect MOD drop rate, and guaranteed that even the unluckiest defenders will see them. But this still doesn’t fulfill the other biggie on people’s holiday wish list. Sure, seeing A perfect MOD is great, but ultimately what you are looking for is THE perfect MOD. There’s always something specific you have in mind that you KNOW will make your build perfect, and that’s the thing you really want a chance at getting (I’m looking at you, perfect tenacity). It is with great excitement that I announce the introduction of a brand new material, MOD rerolling! MOD rerolling lets you improve your chances of getting the specific quality MODs you want in more of a targeted way. Playing maps in our new region will guarantee you a drop of these awesome little guys, and the potential that they possess is amazing. You’ll be able to invest in your favorite MODs and guarantee yourself a risk-free chance at making it better each time you complete a map. This is a game-changer, guys. This reroll material makes the time it takes to get THE perfect MOD you are looking for in a fraction of the time that it takes right now. This is big.
    So to recap:
    Perfect MODs drop rates were more than doubled in our last hotfix.  Six to Nine MOD drop rates were increased too.
    This update brings with it a new system that guarantees unlucky players a perfect MOD drop in less than 10 hours of active gameplay.
    MOD Rerolling is being introduced and this gives you a targeted way to invest in your favorite MODs.  It lets you get a favorite MOD to perfect in a FRACTION of the time it would take to see it dropped.
    Now all of that is super exciting, but I still have more in my bag of gifts, Defenders.  We’ve heard you when you’ve said that you want to spend less time in menus and more time whacking gobus in their very punchable faces. It is with great excitement that I can announce MOD quality filtering in the inventory. In our new update, the “Filter By” tab (the last tab in your Inventory) now includes an option to filter by MOD quality. Selecting this option groups equipment by the highest quality MOD on it, highest to lowest, and then displays that number on the icon of the equipment itself. That means that you can visually scan your equipment with ease and find high quality MODs in a jiffy. Tune into the Dev Stream tomorrow at 3pm EST to see for yourself.
    We’ve also adjusted the way Shard sorting works too. In the new update, Shards are sorted together by type and then alphabetically. For example: all defense (green) Shards are grouped together when sorted, and will be listed in alphabetical order. This makes it way easier to find the Shard you are looking for and should cut down the amount of time spent in menus substantially. We’re open to any feedback after this goes live, but we’re excited to get these changes to you!
    The elves at Trendy are looking forward to the release of this update and can’t wait to see you play it. We’re far from finished when it comes to improving MODs in the game, so your continued feedback is always appreciated. Happy Defending and Happy Holidays!
    Love,
    Mark

    Eric “Petire” Petrie — QA Designer
    Hey all, I’m just going to get right into it! The focus for me this update was allowing players to have more choice and agency in what they use while feeling powerful based on their setups. I’m going to go over our first step in expanding two different systems that happened to work very well together. The first one is the Elemental Combo system. We think it’s a great way for players to expand on making builds they truly feel are their own. The problem with the elemental combo systems in the past were either they were the ONLY way to build, or they were completely useless. The reason for this was not the Elemental Combo system itself but more the ability for players to stack Crowd Controls over and over again to increase damage output beyond expected values, completely stunlocking enemies.
    Allowing players to pick what kind of towers they enjoy using and use those in nearly every circumstance (as long as they put the time and effort in to get the mods/shards for those towers) is a cool and interesting aspect a RPG Tower Defense can have. For instance, having your Cannonball towers oil enemies so your flame aura begins an ignite, or allowing your Skyguard to stun enemies knocked up from geyser. Those are cool and interesting interactions that we want players to feel good finding and discovering for their first time, but not have them make all content trivial.
    This is not the final stage of our combo system, but rather a first step. We’re hard at work on back end systems that need to be altered in order to future proof additions we create, and of course give our amazing artists enough time to go forward and make awesome visual effects (so awesome you may shed a tear) to show off new and amazing combos.
    Another quick thing I want to talk about is Blockades. Blockades have decreased in use ever since we added shards, and even more so with Mods, because Crowd Control effects are too powerful on our enemies. The reason for this is the many instances of Crowd Control available at any point and time without any kind of cooldown on using them. Enter Diminishing Returns. Diminishing Returns allow certain passives and shards to increase their base values everytime any Crowd Control is applied to an enemy future CC’s will have less effect. There’s more to talk about on Diminishing Returns being added, but by adding them in we’re able to make Elemental Combos a lot more interesting, create even MORE Elemental Combos in our future patches/updates, AND buff Blockades so that they are part of your builds. All of these changes are because of feedback we received from so many of you, and we’ve done a lot to make them feel good.
    Activating my trap card,
    Petire

    Daniel Diaz — World Builder
    Hey everyone! I’m Daniel Diaz, and I want to share with you some of the work we’ve put into the next map coming to you all very soon.

    Our main inspiration for this level came from Game of thrones (specifically Night's Watch, Castle Black) and some awesome concepts by artists at Trendy.
    We had lot of fun working on it. I remember I started working on the front of the castle, if you wonder about the workflow just take a look at the pic below.

    Finally, one of the biggest challenges for this level on the world building side was to create the ice cavern and backgrounds for the level (we had no concepts for them) so we had to explore and use our imagination.

    We can’t wait to see you all conquer this frozen castle and reap the rewards for doing so!
    Thanks everyone,
    Daniel
    What’s Next?
    Our Dev Stream is December 7th, @3 PM EST. Be sure to come join us, check out all the epic snow covered goodness, system changes, and hard work poured into this update. Oh, also, you know, maybe win some prizes coming with this update!
    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
  9. [CG] LAWLTA
    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
     
  10. [CG] LAWLTA
    Ahoy Defenders!
    Patch 4.1 has docked in Etherian ports and is now live on all platforms. This patch is focused on providing some nice change to perfect Mod drop rates, improving the visibility of Mod quality, polishing Mob pathing, and more. Get your eye patch and parrot ready, let’s set sail into some notes!
    Perfect Mod Drops
    This is something that we received a lot of feedback on and are working on in multiple phases. The first phase is in this patch allowed us to do calculations on changing the drop rates specifically. Previously we expected players to see a perfect Mod of any kind within less than nine hours of active gameplay (active gameplay being time spent efficiently and quickly completing maps, not just with the game open). After hearing feedback, we sent out a survey that gave a lot of good information. Our testing and simulations validated the feedback and our feeling was that there was more to add to this system. This first phase looks to increase the drop rate so on average you see a perfect Mod in less than four hours of active gameplay on average (which matches up with 31% of people surveyed asking for 1-5 hours, and 40% asking for 5-10 hours). This average is based around solo play, so multiplayer sessions may much shorter averages. When talking about averages there are going to be outliers, but for the short term this is the best fix we felt comfortable putting out.
    The second phase of this is a lot more complex and requires a lot of work and discovery on our end, and it should be coming with our next update. We are working diligently to get rid of any outliers that cause players to feel as if they haven’t seen one in over 50 hours of active gameplay. Alongside that we also hear the desire to target farm Mods, and while it’s not something we’re going to provide outright, we are looking into way(s) to ease this quite a bit. We’re going to touch more on this as we get closer to our next big update (which isn’t too far away)!
    Mod Quality Visuals
    Players have requested that we make it easier to understand where your Mod quality ranges on a scale of 1 to 10, especially if you’re colorblind. Now there will be a number that reflects the quality nestled gently on top of the “Qualibean™.”

    We’ve heard additional feedback on Mods regarding sorting and distinguishing perfect quality and are currently looking into ways to make this better.
    Mob Pathing
    We’re continuously finding ways to make our game experience as smooth as possible. Stuck enemies and those that go off their intended path are no fun to deal with, and they certainly are a challenge for us to ensure they work correctly. We changed A LOT of their behaviors and fixed a lot of stuck/pathing issues in this patch with some new logic. We’re going to keep a close eye on these changes to make sure they work correctly, and if there’s more work to be done we promise we’ll be hammering away it.
    Replay From Wave
    This was a feature added in with Isle of Dread that a lot of players have enjoyed. We ran into an initial technical challenge that did not allow this feature to work well on Lost Temple. Replay From Wave was released and since we set to work on getting it to work on Lost Temple. After testing it, we’re now able to get Replay From Wave to work on this map — including Omega Waves.
    Prestigious Weapons
    When Isle of Dread was released, players had the opportunity to earn a Prestigious weapon every 10 floor of Onslaught before floor 100, and every 20 floors after floor 100. With how the update was applied, it required people to overcome previous highest floors to receive these rewards. It didn’t feel great to have players reclimb to take part in this new system.
    With this patch, we were able to get this working. As a bonus, all players as of this patch are able to go complete every floor a Prestigious Weapon drops and receive one. For example, if yesterday you completed Floor 60 and received a Prestigious Weapon, you are now able to not only complete Floor 60 to receive another one, floor 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 can be completed again and you’ll receive another Prestigious Weapon for each!
    Bug Fixes
    Fixed an issue with the Abyss Lord’s Colossus not consistently attacking enemies in lane.
    Fixed an issue with Earthshatter Tower not attacking Vanguard Gorbstock, Vanguards (shield goblins), Ranged Ogres, and Cannon Ogres.
    Fixed an issue with Anti-melee Servo not working with Angry Nimbus.
    Fixed an issue with the Harpy Tower functioning without a World Tree.
    Fixed an issue with some towers where their Inspect DPS was not calculating Crit Damage and Crit Chance.
    Fixed an issue with Angry Nimbus shocking enemies without the Dryad in Corrupt Form.
    Fixed an issue with parties being disbanded upon transitioning.
    Fixed an issue with towers affected by Boost Aura losing their yellow VFX when upgraded.
    Multiplayer bonuses now work properly in Incursions and Onslaught.
    Fixed an issue with EV2 getting stuck in the Proton Charge firing animation while moving.
    Pet eggs can no longer rot in player shops.
    Fixed an issue with Power Transfer showing a negative value.
    A hard gold cap has been set at ~2,300,000,000 gold.
    Made adjustments to the Mastery tab on the World Map to improve Mastery
    Ranged Ogres no longer shoot into the sky when hit by Starfall. As a result the Ranged Ogre Space Association has been disbanded.
    Chaos VI Jacked Sparrow and Plunderer’s Paradise now correctly drop C6 shards.
    Now able to quick match for any region in the Expeditions tab of the World Map.
    Lavamancer’s submerge travel SFX now play correctly.
    Adjusted how jumps are handled slightly for smoother gameplay.
    Fixed an issue on Xbox where players attempted to join maps that no longer existed.
    Fixed an issue where Defender Pack pets and redeem code pets were starting with 5/10 affection. You gotta earn their love!
    Adjusted the Game Browser UI elements on controller that appeared out of place.
    Fixed an issue with Replay From Wave where Dryad Defenses would still work without the World Tree.
    Fixed an issue where the Rain of Oil shard stopped functioning if you swapped to another hero then back to the Abyss Lord.
    Fixed Vanguard Gorbstock’s minimap icon. It was too tiny.
    Fixed an issue with Replay From Wave where Weapon manufacture weapons could not be set.
    The Shackled Mod no longer applies to Lady Orcs, only triggers on Dark Assassins now.
    Fixed a Gem Well timing issue.
    Fixed an issue where players were unable to back out of the War Table if they expanded regions on the World Map.
    Adjusted the Floor 30 and 38 Onslaught Flair rewards listing.
    Fixed some War Table issues showing Chaos 4 and 5 enemies incorrectly.
    Updated the Lightning Grenade Pet Ability description.
    Made it so Player 2 in splitscreen is not able to be kicked while in a party where the leader isn’t Player 1 or 2 of the splitscreen group.
    Fixed an issue where loading into hard versions of the campaign was causing 5001 errors.
    The Forbidden Worshipper’s Mask was too small. We made it bigger. What’s the Forbidden Worshipper’s Mask? Secrets.
    Changed the title screen to have “Play Now” only for new, returning, and freshly installed players to reduce confusion.
    Fixed an issue with consecutive win bonuses were not carrying over correctly between games.
    Fixed a couple issues with splitscreen players not able to be invited to parties.
    Have adjusted Dryad Towers targeting AI slightly. Continuing to investigate this.
    Fixed an issue with Tenacity not preventing EMP Kobold tower stuns on certain towers.
    Added a potential fix for Green Mana not being properly distributed if the Warm Up phase is skipped before all players load in.
    Added a lock icon for locked War Table regions.
    Fixed an issue with hitting “Yes” on Replay From Wave breaking if done while a Core destruction cutscene played.
    Fixed an issue with towers refreshing properly when a play who disconnects rejoins.
    Fixed an issue for players who play at 4k resolution with the Option Menu going off-screen.
    Fixed a visual issue when rerolling Defender Packs without enough medals.
    The Favorable Wind Mod now correctly shows the stacks icon.
    Added Mastery Star info to the Region and Difficulty drop downs.
    Fixed an issue where the Player Shop UI wasn’t closing automatically when build phase starts.
    Mastery stars were removed from filtering in the Advanced View.
    Fixed an issue with items updating properly for returning players.
    Changed a the Tinkering load screen to correctly show the Gobsplosion Mod info.
    Fixed an issue with SFX not playing properly for buyback.
    A lot of you submit bug reports constantly, and we make sure to squash as many of them as we can. As with any expansion, there are a lot of fixes coming your way. Please continue to submit them to our bug site, your help is invaluable to knocking out some of the pesky issues that appear.

    Known Issues
    Tabbing when matchmaking on world map before the UI updates can matchmake into an unintended game mode.
    On splitscreen some NPC shops some UI elements come through the window. The shop is still the focus and works correctly, just visually not perfect.
    Replay from Wave on Lost Temple sometimes keeps a broken core model.
    Replay from Wave on Lost Temple is not maintaining the correct lanes/mutators.
    Social Defenders
    There’s a lot of people playing Dungeon Defenders II, and a lot of them gather on our social hubs. When it comes to finding other players, figuring out how to conquer a specific challenge, or just wanting to get to know others in the community, or getting the latest DD2 news, you can’t go wrong with our social platforms:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    We’re getting the finishing touches on this patch and cannot wait to share it with you all.
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  11. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS!
    With our Kickstarter now over, we wanted to make sure that we provided a way for people who were unable to back, or unaware of the Kickstarter, to get in on early savings and some sweet swag!
    Click here to check out the Pre-order Store, and get in while the gettin's good. One of the most awesome advantages is the LIMITED Awakened bundle that includes:
    Beta Access Dungeon Defenders 2012 Collection Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Digital Soundtrack Digital Strategy Guide Digital Artbook You can also get some cool swag, like a Dungeon Defenders: Awakened T-Shirt or Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Joy-con Vinyl Covers! All purchases go towards supporting the development of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, helping us ensure we put out the best product possible. <3 
    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 For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games
  12. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    Patch 3.1 is now live! This is our first Protean Shift patch that brings some nice quality of life changes, balance changes, and a slew of bug fixes. Let’s get into it!
    MODS
    Shocking Revelation Mod
    Stun duration reduced from 5 seconds to 1 second.
    Stun was lasting way longer than the intended power of this Mod.
    Quality of Life
    Buyback has been added! It is shown as the last tab in your inventory and items are removed from buyback if you leave the session you're in.


    Added the option to not show a warning when selling a Mythical quality of better item.

    Bug Fixes
    Fixed an issue where Ancient lifesteal was not healing players.
    Fixed an issue where Tenacity was not reducing by the amount listed.
    Fixed an issue where listing an item did not warn the player they will need to pay a tax to remove the item.
    Fixed it so all anti-orc Mods now apply to Berserker Orcs.
    Fixed an issue with the Quake Shard and Shielding Guard Shard showing as Campaign Shards and awarding Campaign Dust.
    Fixed an issue where the Withering Bubble Shard was not dropping in Campaign.
    Fixed an issue so the Initiate can use the Drain Aura Mod now.
    Fixed an issue where Shatterquake was showing fire VFX.
    Fixed a typo on the Lifeburn Armor Mod.
    Fixed an issue where Seismic Flame was lasting longer than intended and updated its description for clarity.
    Updated the Buried bastille description.
    Fixed an issue where the Seismic Launch Chip allowed the Squire to complete the Smack Up Monk challenge.
    Adjusted the Terrablade weapons to have full descriptions.
    Fixed an issue where Hard Mode Campaign items could not transfer Mods to Normal Mode Campaign items.
    Fixed an issue where some pets had way higher Crit Damage than intended.
    Fixed an issue that occasionally when gaining Ancient Power players would not receive an Ancient Power weapon.
    Fixed an issue with item stacking in inventories and not being able to re-stack them.
    Fixed an issue with Chaos V glove Tinkering using a shiny chest material instead of a shiny glove material.
    Fixed an issue with Private Tavern and Town vendors not updating their stock correctly.
    Fixed an issue where the Lash Out Ascension talent was not functioning for the poison damage.
    Fixed an issue with consecutive win bonuses applying to special Play Shop purchases.
    Fixed an issue with Flame Aura hitting players when the owner leaves town.
    Fixed an issue with X-splosion Mods killing players.
    Fixed an issue with Drain Aura damaging players.
    Fixed an issue with Incursion Weapon Mods being replacable via Tinkering.
    Fixed an issue with Lunar Portal and Ghastly Halberds spawning more than intended.
    Fixed an issue with Onslaught and Ancient Power challenges not unlocking correctly.
    Fixed an issue where Autumeow’s tail would change colors incorrectly.
    Fixed an issue with tooltips overlapping in splitscreen shops.
    Updated the attack speed icon on Axes.
    Removed the Death Override icon on the Protean Shield.
    Items with zero Mods are hidden in the Reforging Quick Picker window when selecting an item to pull Mods from.
    Fixed an issue when creating a hero that offered “select hero” instead of the option to “back”.
    Fixed an issue with dropped equipment showing gamepad context that doesn’t work on PC.
    Fixed an issue with the cursor going behind Mods on Wayfarer weapons.
    Changed the description of Vial of Dragon Sweat to not say “Open to Unlock”.
    Fixed an issue with the Abyss Lord’s Skeletal Ramsters and Skeletal Archer towers not showing their base when an elemental Mod was equipped.
    Fixed an issue where oil traps on Ramparts slowed Berserker Orcs.
    Fixed an issue with overlapping UIs when splitscreen players join while a fullscreen window is open.
    Fixed an issue with protective Downgrade Servo not updating its stats when inspecting it after it gets downgraded.
    Fixed an issue where Feed x10 was consuming 10 pieces of food even if 10 was not needed to cap the pet.
    Fixed an issue with Flamethrower tower VFX not getting bigger with Defense Range.
    Fixed an issue with “Create Hero” appearing unlocked if you tried to purchase a hero and did not have enough currency.
    Fixed an issue with tower abilities not stopping when the tower is stunned.
    Fixed an issue with Defender Packs where rerolling would leave the previous contents on the ground.
    Fixed an issue with The Defender of Etheria achievements not unlocking on Xbox.
    Fixed an issue where the inventory would lose navigation input on controllers.
    Fixed an issue with the Quake Shard’s VFX appearing in the middle of players instead of at their feet.
    Fixed an issue with Automation Shard not working on Snaking Sands, Slime Pits, Geyser Traps, and Angry Nimbus towers.
    Fixed an issue with the falling leaf VFX on Forest Biome not triggering correctly.
    Changed two shards to now be named “Betsy’s Zapper” and “Betsy’s Beam” to better fit the UI.
    Implemented a sound for un-equipping gear.
    Implemented a sound for equipping shards via Right Mouse Button.
    Fixed an issue with placing Mods into the third slot of a Legendary/Epic that was advanced, that caused them to not function properly.
    Adjusted Abyss Stones hit SFX location to emit from the correct position.
    Fixed an issue with the Abyss Lord’s book landing correctly when he dies.
    Updated the bag icons with Blue Gem Icons.
    Fixed an issue connecting to an event server that could result in a crash.
    Fixed the VFX for EV2 canisters.
    Remember, if you run into any bugs, please let us know at our bug site. Also, check us out on social media for additional updates and game discussions with our awesome community:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    We have much more on the way and will be spilling some beans in the coming weeks!
    For Etheria,
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  13. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    This be the second Dev Log for the next update in Dungeon Defenders II! As we promised ye scallywags last Dev Log we’ll be talking about even more treasure and booty coming. Ancient Power changes, War Table improvements, and a lot more await ye in Dev Log 101!
    Alec “Lawlta” Saare — Community Captain
    This Dev Log is still just the tip of the iceberg for what’s coming. You all have been anticipating Ancient Power changes, and we’ve got them! A lot of feedback that we’ve received on this system (just like with Onslaught) was used to help mold it into what’s coming your way. On top of this, the War Table changes (session browser anyone?), and maps are a lot to cover. This update is ARRRRRRRRRbsolutely insane, to quote a certain Jose, “hype levels are through the roof, unsustainable!”
    I’ll let others dive into what’s coming. I will say that we are going to have our FIRST Dev Stream for this update next week, September 14th, at 3 PM EDT. We’ll be showing off some stuff from Dev Log 99, 100, and 101! Who knows, we might even be giving away one of our new flairs during our Dev Streams. ;)
    Jose “Scaredycat Scarecrow” Villegas — Technical Designer
    Hey-o everyone!
    What’s promised is owed, so here are some of the new changes to Ancient Power available to you in our next update. We have heard your feedback, and hopefully these changes will make you more excited to engage with this system.
    Ancient Powers
    Here's a list of the changes regarding Ancient Powers specifically:
    We have doubled the strength of each Ancient Power. To note, since you can add each AP level together when in a party to make the buffs stronger, now we will only add up to 10 levels per Power. This means you get twice the strength when playing solo, and up to the same amount when playing with others, but this limit is reached much easier now.
    We have introduced four new Powers: Defense Crit Damage, Defense Crit Chance, Hero Crit Chance, and Hero Crit Damage.
    The amount of power you gain per level has been redistributed so the first levels of each power will award you with a greater gain than the last ones.
    Prestigious Weapons Like mentioned in the previous Log, you can now get one Prestigious Weapon every 10 floors, (20 after floor 100), at a guaranteed quality 5/10. The opportunity to earn this is reset when going through Ancient Power, so you will get the chance to earn them again.

    Ancient Power Progression
    Faster base ascension, and talent cap raises. Since now the progression of Onslaught will be tougher, and faster, we have increased your base gains to match this increase.

    Pets Pets no longer get reset when going through AP ;).
    Starting Floor The final one is the biggest one yet: Every time you go through Ancient Power, you will unlock a higher floor in Onslaught that you can immediately start at. Your ‘Base Floor’ will raise by various amounts, but eventually you will be able to start right away beyond the C7 Floors when triggering AP.
    Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without raising the floor you need to reach to trigger AP again, so whenever we raise your ‘Base Floor’, your ‘Target Floor’ will also be raised. There is a limit to how much both can be raised, but you will need to watch today’s hot Trendy Fun Stream w/ Lawlta and Jose and ask me live.
    That’s it for me at the moment. Hopefully next time I will be allowed to talk to you about the new hot Pirate Mods that we have been working on.
    Love you,
    Jose

    Eric “Petire” Petrie — QA Designer
    What's up Everyone?
    We’ve received a ton of feedback regarding our War Table and the flow of how players get into games. Changes for the war table were two fold. First we focused on the flow of how players get into games with other players, where things were easily understood and executed, and also where they were not. Our second focus was on allowing people to know all of the options available in the game. As you progress in Dungeon Defenders II, a lot of doors open up, and we want to make sure Defenders can know where they can do, and what they can do.
    War Table UI

    Enter our new overworld view on the War Table, introducing a new interface for selecting what and where you play. The way we worked through this was by setting goals we wanted to accomplish in regards to getting into a game, and then finding ways to attain those goals:
    Change how the world is presented to players
    Adding a World Map that looks amazing and has distinct landmarks, helping immerse players into what they were defending.

    Change how players are able to get into games
    Adding Play Now getting players right into the game with other people who are doing the same thing. This requires less time going through menus, and gets you into the action of an appropriate level.
    Allowing players to filter for any combination (even content that is locked) and see those open games as well!
    Increase the amount of information given to players BEFORE they get into games.
    Giving more space to give information about difficulty, game modes, chaos enemies, and maps.
    Having information about rewards and what can be gained by completing the map.
    Session Browser

    And last, but certainly not least, a Session Browser that allows players to see everything  playable in one location. This allows players to see EVERYTHING, even locked content that they haven’t unlocked through progression! By doing all of these changes, along with improving how the party and player interaction systems handle, it is going to be a lot more intuitive to get into games and have fun playing with friends and the community at a large!


    Brian “Good Enough” Goodsell — Technical Artist
    Hey All,
    We heard you were kind of excited about there being new maps in the game. We weren't sure, so we decided to not make any. PSYCHE! This time around we brought two maps for all of you to conquer. Hopefully you brought some dimenhydrinate, you won't want to get seasick.

    Our first map we're showing has you fighting on the high seas. This map is unlike anything you’ve seen in Dungeon Defenders II to date! You’re on a stolen ship with enemies coming at you from every direction. To really put the pressure of the high seas on Defenders we needed to add threats from above AND below!
    The verticality involved in this map will have you flying all over the place with the help of the catapults added (at least 6)! There’s some cool tricks for players to discover, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.



    Our next map we're showing is the fruits of your sailing adventure. They say it’s all about the journey, not the destination. Well that can go kick rocks, because the destination is just as awesome as the journey! This map is all over the place, has some awesome new enemies, and some hidden secrets (one that we’re really excited to see being found).
    There’s a lot to be done here, both on land and on ships. Even failing this map is pretty insane. You’ll be seeing this map in multiple game modes, it might even be the incursion *wink* *wink*.

    Dani Moore, Remote QA Lead
    We're also looking to expand our tester pool once again. Our testers get the chance to try out our still-in development work, in exchange for some cool stuff as a thanks. They help us with balance, feedback and bugs and their contributions to our releases are very valuable.
    We have two teams, RQA - our daily bug hunters (for folks with lots of free time each day), and RPG - our larger team for balance and feedback (for folks with limited free time).
    Testing comes with two different Tester-exclusive rewards:
    Betsy White

    Parrot Wings flair

    If you are interested, drop me an email at dani.moore trendyent (dot) com and ask. I'm happy to provide more information on both teams to see what best suits. A big thanks to everyone involved in the Update and the heaps of work and sweat that went into it all. 
    What’s Next?
    In these two Dev Logs, we’ve covered a lot of changes that are coming, and there’s still a lot more to show off. Because of this, we’ll be doing multiple Dev Streams to showcase things you’ve seen in both of these Dev Logs, and maybe some extra bonuses.
    Our first Dev Stream will be September 14th, at 3 PM EDT. Be sure to come join us, check out all the pirate-y goodness, system changes, and hard work poured into this update. Oh, also, you know, maybe win some prizes coming with this update!
    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
  14. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    Today, there’s some big news to unveil in our upcoming patch —  the Sky City Bank is making its way to Dragonfall! We are releasing a new way to manage your inventory, a request many of you have made, in anticipation for our upcoming new features. We are currently still hard at work on these and are not ready to unveil them just quite yet. For now, let’s talk about the new ship that is going to be coming to a marketplace near you!
    Sky City Bank
    The Sky City Bank is a new way to manage the many items you come across during your adventures in Etheria! It’s accessible only in town, located right behind the Emporium. When using the bank, you are presented with Vaults to store your items. Each Vault contains 64 slots, the same amount as inventory bags, giving a lot of additional storage. You even receive one FREE Vault with the update!
    Load Time Improvements
    This release contains some amazing optimizations that are going to greatly impact a lot of Defenders. Our Associate Producer, [[3957,users]], mentioned this in a tweet last week describing the impact applied toward one user’s account.
    We aren’t announcing the release just yet, but it is not very far away! For additional sources regarding announcements and updates, give us a follow on Twitter or like us on Facebook (also you can get some awesome Apprentice and Monk costumes by doing so).
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  15. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    The next large update for Dungeon Defenders II is right around the corner. We’ve been hard at work trying to make this update something that everyone will enjoy. One thing players have requested for a while are new maps, new enemies, and new visuals in general. This Dev Log is focused on giving you all a sneak peek into what our team has been working on. Get your sea legs ready, let’s set sail!

    Alec “Lawlta” Saare, Community Manager
    Our next update has so much to show off, so we’re going to dive into some of the visuals you’ll be seeing. The artists have really outdone themselves on both the models, the maps, and the animations involved in both. We’ve been teasing some of our maps recently, and want to shake it up, showing off one of our new pets, only a couple (there’s so many more) of our enemies, and… well, keep reading, you’ll see. 
    There is a lot more coming, both visually and technically. It’s been an ARRRRduous amount of work, with the whole team really grinding away. We can’t wait to share the fruits of our labor, both for your enjoyment, and to prevent scurvy. Pirates.

    Colin “Elandrian” Fisher, Associate Producer
    August has been quite a month.  Some of my favorite go-to games are releasing titles this month, so it’s been inspiring to see what advancements have been made in the industry.
    Speaking of advancements, there’s quite a few changes coming to Dungeon Defenders II soon. We’re processing a lot of feedback from all types of players recently to make changes to many of our end-game systems and flows. There’s a number of changes coming to Onslaught and Ancient Power, and our goal is to make them both feel easier to progress in and more rewarding.
    There’s a bit of new map content coming soon too, we’ll probably be talking more about that in the very near future, but for now I’ll just leave you with hints.
    Ship just got real.

    John Muscarella, Lead Animator
    You know that feeling when you have, like, A TON of cool animations to show off, but the marketing department wants to “control the messaging and reveals”...?
    No? Just me? Oh ok…
    Well we do have a ton of cool stuff that we can’t show you all just yet. The last several weeks have been crazy, and I’m stupid excited for you to see.  That’s right! I’m so excited it’s made me stupid…
    In the meantime, here’s a few things to tide you over. Or, at least tide ME over…

    We made him into a pet! Now you can blast enemies with the power of the Tinkerer’s greatest technological achievement; a barely competent bumbling mini-bot…

    Yaaarrrr! We’ve reskinned a whole bunch of our devious little friends. Blast and pummel them to the tune of a catchy pirate chantey!
    Like I said, there is sooo much more to come. Stay tuned, Defenders.

    Keith “Keithimator” Walheim, Animator
    Hey all, it’s been awhile since we last spoke. I’ve got some awesome animations that I’ve been working on, but we’re not able to show all of them yet. I’ve been able to sneak in some new ones, hopefully Lawlta doesn’t see this (Lawlta spoiler:  I did). Here’s what I’ve been up to:

    Professor Proteus’s new assistant is quite a show off. Most of all, he enjoys showing off his (finger) guns and will have a lot of fun following you around to help you out in game. It was a ton of fun putting personality into this little guy, and I hope that he really shines on the battlefields of Etheria.

    “One fish, two fish, red fish, gobu fish.”
    I got to work on some super floppy fish among many other wonderful things this update that I can’t wait to see these in the live game. This animation in particular is something you’ll use to put your enemies in their place. I really cannot wait for you all to see what’s coming!
    Dan Driussi, 3D Character Artist

    . . .- - - . . .To get myself into the pirate mindset I went and got myself shipwrecked while under the influence of scurvy. I currently only have the company of a chatty parrot who thinks he is funny and the ever present rum cache. I created a working computer from coconuts, bamboo, and spare life jackets and was able to make some cool stuff for the next patch. One of my favorites is the island war boar, just shove an apple into its mouth and you have mobile kalua pork just walking towards your defenses ready to be eaten! Just remember to use fire to seal in that BBQ war boar flavor! If you receive this message please send help, the parrot only knows dad jokes and puns . . .- - - . . .!
    What’s Coming?
    There’s so much more coming, and we’ll be having additional Dev Logs in the coming weeks leading to the update itself. Here’s an idea of what you can expect to see:
    Onslaught floors are always one map floors, and how that changes progression.
    Extra rewards as you climb through Onslaught.
    Improvements and changes to Ancient Power.
    Increased party control and functionality.
    NEW ENEMIES, WEAPONS, MAPS, AND MORE!
    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. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    We're excited to finally be announcing the release date for Dungeon Defenders II:  The Isle of Dread Expansion! Originally it was going to be announced during our Dev Stream, but when have pirates ever followed the rules?! The release dates are:
    Sept 25th on PlayStation 4 Sept 26th on Steam and Xbox One Dev Stream 85 is happening tomorrow, September 21st at 3PM EDT, is going to show off more of what's to come. We cannot wait for you to get this update into your hands and hooks!
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  17. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,



    We’re getting closer and closer to the next Dungeon Defenders II update! Our focus is on taking big strides to make this update as player-centric as possible, with even more player-centric changes coming out in future updates. Currently we’re working on Dungeon Defenders II and Dungeon Defenders: Awakened (check out the Kickstarter here), so we’ve been super busy and working at 385% (real metric). We have a lot to go, and this intro is long enough, so let’s get into it!
    Shard Vendor
    We’ve seen so much feedback on Shards for so long, and we’re able to now do something that makes it easier to receive them and farm for them however you want. Our primary goal was trying to get the vendor into an easily navigable menu while easily seeing as many shards as possible. Here’s what you can expect to see:

    We went through a lot of ways to figure out how to make them easy to get. We looked into shard dust, but then you’re still limited to farming a specific chaos tier to actually be able to earn a specific shard. We looked into ways of converting shard dust into different versions, but the ability to make that easy to do was very messy and hard to use (very frustrating), created a ton of technical difficulties for us, and ended up requiring more inventory management. Eventually we ended up landing on making them purchasable with Defender Medals. We currently have an RPG test going (contact dani.moore@chromatic.games if you want to join the test, are 18 or older, and can sign an NDA) testing this specific feature, but we do not have a specific price set yet. Going with Defender Medals allowed us a way to provide players a concrete way to earn them in multiple ways. If you want to farm a specific tier, you can still do that to maybe increase your chances a little more; but if you want to keep progressing while playing engaging content or just do dailies, you are now able to do those things while working towards a specific reward.
    Oh, and one last thing. This badboy has search functionality in it as well. It’s pretty dope.
    Chaos VIII Shards
    We’re bringing back Chaos VIII Shards. These are a slew of shards that will be obtainable through higher floors of Onslaught (similar to Chaos VIII Ampuoles). Because we want these shards to feel special and rewarding, they will not be purchasable with the launch of the Shard Vendor, but will be making a debut at a later date. We have some veteran Defenders who have held onto these for a long time, and the majority of these Shards are going to be re-enabled. There are two Shards that we are removing as they cause either tech issues (making mobs get stuck, lowering performance, etc). They are Harbinger’s Exile and Elemental Chaos. We’ll have a comprehensive list of these Shards with the update notes.
    New Mod — Poison Mod!
    We’re keeping good to our word and adding in Poison damage! There are certain towers that have Poison damage, and there is a Poison Damage Chip as well that can be applied to weapons. There may be a new weapon or two that comes with it by default…
    Also what would elemental damage be without any kind of combo? We’re currently adding our first Poison interaction. This one is pretty awesome. Combining poisoned enemies with earth damage now petrifies them. It’s like turning your enemies into a work of art.
    New Weapons
    We’re adding a slew of new weapons that you can earn while playing through Onslaught. At various tiers within Onslaught, you have a chance to receive an additional treasure that contains a random new weapon from that tier. Some of these weapons a few Defenders have seen before, but we’ve got a ton of new weapons that players have never seen, here’s one:

    There’s a lot more info on these drops and when you get them (you do get guaranteed drops), but we’ll have more information on these new weapons in our update notes.

    Campaign Gating
    Currently we’re working on changing up some of our campaign progression. This is to focus on letting Defenders play together as soon as possible. Our focus is to make this process feel as good as it can be. With what we’re able to do here, this could affect different areas in the game for future updates.
    More!
    There’s more coming as well, but this is a sneak peek, so we can’t talk about everything. We’ve been hard at work, so give us a little longer and we’ll get a quality update for you, our GLORIOUS 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!

    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  18. [CG] LAWLTA
    Ahoy Defenders!
    Around the docks of Etheria there is talk of Patch 4.1 arriving later this week. Among these whispers are some predictions of what’s to come. Join us as we peer slightly into the future, it’s time to dive into Patch 4.1 preview!
    Perfect Mod Drops
    This is something that we received a lot of feedback on and are working on in multiple phases. The first phase is coming in this patch, it allowed us to do calculations on changing the drop rates specifically. We are going to be increasing the drop rate of perfect Mods by MORE than double, while lowering the drop chance of lower quality Mods.
    The second phase of this is a lot more complex, and we’re not ready to discuss it just quite yet. We know the current drop rate has an average time that players should see perfect mods, and for a lot of players they are at or below that average. However, there are players that are outliers on this system, taking a long time to see any perfect Mod and that doesn’t feel great. We are currently developing ways to try and curb this entirely.
    Mod Quality Visuals
    Players have requested that we make it easier to understand where your Mod quality ranges on a scale of 1 to 10. Now there will be a number that reflects the quality nestled gently on top of the “Qualibean™.”
    Mob Pathing
    We’re continuously finding ways to make our game experience as smooth as possible. Stuck enemies and those that go off their intended path are no fun to deal with, and they certainly are a challenge for us to ensure they work correctly. There are changes coming with this patch aimed at drastically decreasing these types of behaviors. We’re going to keep a close eye on these changes to make sure they work correctly, and if there’s more work to be done we promise we’ll be hammering away it.
    Replay From Wave
    This was a feature added in with Isle of Dread that a lot of players have enjoyed. We ran into an initial technical challenge that did not allow this feature to work well on Lost Temple. Replay From Wave was released and since we set to work on getting it to work on Lost Temple. After testing it, we’re now able to get Replay From Wave to work on this map — including Omega Waves.
    And That’s Not All!
    There’s of course a slew of bug fixes coming, expanded explanations to the above, and a couple other unannounced changes that will be in the patch notes.
    Social Defenders
    There’s a lot of people playing Dungeon Defenders II, and a lot of them gather on our social hubs. When it comes to finding other players, figuring out how to conquer a specific challenge, or just wanting to get to know others in the community, or getting the latest DD2 news, you can’t go wrong with our social platforms:
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Discord
    Twitch
    We’re getting the finishing touches on this patch and cannot wait to share it with you all.
    For Etheria!
    The Dungeon Defenders II Team
  19. [CG] LAWLTA
    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
     
  20. [CG] LAWLTA
    Greetings Defenders,
    The cold winds from the west are upon us, bringing Dungeon Defenders II:  Drakenfrost with them! We put out a Dev Log showcasing some of the work that’s gone into the update, as well as a Dev Stream debuting some of the goodness coming. In this patch preview, we’ll be talking about those systems a little more in-depth to hold you over until the Update Notes are released. Let’s get to it!
    Drakenfrost Keep

    This is the newest map to Dungeon Defenders II. Some old school Dungeon Defenders fans will notice a lot of similarities to the Royal Gardens map, but don’t get comfortable, as there is a lot more danger to this map to take on. We’ll touch on this map more overtime, we’re excited to see the different builds that arise to take on the challenges that wait.
    Elemental Combos
    Speaking of different builds, Elemental Combos received a lot of attention in the Drakenfrost Update. We spent a lot of time making all the debuffs in the game more uniform so that they all applied the same effect. For instance, all oils now work the same, previously some slowed certain mobs, some didn’t. Oh also, ALL water damage now drenches, including water mods (both chips and servos). This is our first phase on improving this system, something a lot of Defenders have asked for a very long time. We’re only able to add this system because of our Diminishing Returns system.
    Diminishing Returns

    This is a new system that we’re adding to the game, something that is a staple in a lot of different types of RPGs. A lot of players really LOVED the Weapon Manufacturer’s Mod “Shocking Revelation”, it brought a really awesome stun and a good chunk of damage with it, and a lot of Defenders immediately set off to get it. Eventually we had to nerf it a little bit to bring it in line with other Mods, but we loved the allure it provided for players.
    If we wanted to do anything further with Mods like this, we needed to implement a system that didn’t make stun crowd controls negate all future content and negate any future Mods/features that weren't a stun with a different color (because anything less would not be as good). Enter Diminishing Returns. This system allows you to crowd control enemies, but after using it back to back the effect loses its strength. After a short while of not being affected by crowd control effects, enemies are able to be crowd controlled again at 100% efficacy. We’re able to buff up blockades during this update as well, and potentially give them even further functionality in additional updates!
    We’re going to be very responsive to feedback on this, but it allows us to do a lot of cool stuff in the future. That means new Mods, any new heroes, and MUCH more we can’t talk about just quite yet can now have a lot of epic moments and crazy amounts of power without worrying about it not being as cool as strong as a 100% stun up time or so strong that it disables every enemy that has existed, currently exists, or will ever exists. This opens up the doors for some amazing things!
    Communities
    This is a feature that we’re also wanting a lot of feedback on. We’re releasing it initially on Steam, almost as a beta test of the feature. It’s a system that allows up to 30 people to be in a structured group, and you can be in 5 Communities at a time. These groups can talk to each other regardless of where you are using the chat system, invite one another to groups, and more. We’re wanting to build even more off this system, but it’s something you’ll have to get your hands on and see.
    Communities are coming later in this patch after we've given it a little more polish.
    Inventory Improvements
    These are things we’ve had in the works for a long time. This portion of the update has A LOT of quality of life improvements that get you out of your inventory faster and into the action. Sorting improvements, identifying perfect mods, and more are coming. There’s more information coming with tomorrow’s update!
    What’s Next?
    There’s a lot we’re experimenting with in this update to make the future of Dungeon Defenders II as great as possible. We’re welcoming all the feedback that you can provide on it, but of course make sure it’s constructive, it’s the best way to ensure we can make the best changes as fast as possible. The update is live tomorrow, so start a fire, things are about to get cold!
    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
  21. [CG] LAWLTA
    DEFENDERS!
    Our next update, the Defender-Centric Update, is upon us! This update contains a whole lot of love to a lot of foundational systems within Dungeon Defenders II. These changes are based off of feedback many of you have provided, and as Chromatic, we wanted to really give our GLORIOUS Defenders something that demonstrated how much we value our community. Without further ado, let's get into it!
    SHARD SHOP
    Shards are such an integral part to Dungeon Defenders II when it comes to empowering your heroes with great strength to take out the waves of enemies constantly thrown at you. Currently there is a lot of RNG regarding which shards you get, and to help cut down the randomness, farming lower tiered content is the easiest way to go.
    We don’t want that. We want you playing content you find engaging, while being able to acquire the Shards you want. With this update, you can! We're adding in the Shard Shop, a service that the Gran Ma'ster now offers. Visiting her allows you to purchase Shards directly from her, from Campaign to Chaos VII. There is also search functionality so you can search for the Shard you want and cut down the hunt!
    CHAOS VIII SHARDS
    Chaos VIII Shards are a new tier of shard, that some of you may have snagged before. We went through and found a way to make these shards feel like a good reward for climbing higher Onslaught, and have them compete with similar Shards. You can get them after a certain point in Onslaught, similar to when you start receiving Chaos VIII Ampoules.
    MATERIAL CONVERSION
    We want players enjoying Ancient Power as much as they can, and our big goal was making sure that Defenders could play content they found engaging, while working towards a specific goal. Enter Material Conversion. Material Conversion allows you to take a Pristine quality material and convert it to the same type of material of a lower quality. This makes it so that if you are climbing Onslaught, or playing higher Chaos, you're always gaining usable materials to acquire Ancient Power.
    That's not all though! As you play Chaos VII and above, you can take your Chaos VII Ampoules and convert them into CHAOS VIII AMPOULES! We want players upgrading and getting Chaos VIII gear, so this is a step towards making that process feel good and not entirely beholden to RNG.
    NEW WEAPONS
    One thing that we love is the ability to customize the heroes in Dungeon Defenders II. Weapons are part of the epic-ness (or silliness) that can really show off your own personal taste. This update provides over 30 NEW Weapons that are currently unobtainable. These weapons are gained by climbing through different tiers of Onslaught. The higher you go, the more epic the weapons become! There's a ton to hunt down, and if you happen to get the same weapon repeatedly, no worries — you can trade it to your friends!
    NEW ELEMENTAL DAMAGE — POISON!
    Poison Mods in the form of Chips are coming with this update. Poison can be applied to weapons to give them an additional damage over time effect. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! If earth damage is dealt to a poisoned enemy, they now become PETRIFIED, freezing them in place, turning them to stone, and causing their fellow enemies to attack them
    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
  22. [CG] LAWLTA
    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:

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    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
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    Good morning Defenders!

    We’re almost there! Steam Early Access (check it out here) is just a few hours away, and on behalf of everyone at Chromatic Games, THANK YOU. To our players new and old, wider community, backers, and advocates, you have paved the way for us to continue to breathe life into this franchise, and Dungeon Defenders is truly stronger than ever!

    I wanted to take a quick moment to drop a few fun never before seen pieces of content, as well as a message about what you should expect not only today, but in the coming months. If you’re new or haven’t already checked out the DDA Early Access Roadmap here, please be sure to do so.

    As many of you know, we started on Awakened a little under a year ago. Making a game like Dungeon Defenders is not easy. For those who don’t know what goes into making a systems heavy game like ours, here are some numbers to give you better context as to how much we’ve gotten done and what is reflected in the Early Access experience you’ll be playing today and for the next few months...
    Characters: Over 40 (heroes, enemies, NPCs, and Pets)
    Maps: ~12 tile sets over 15 maps
    Unique weapons: Over 80, with over 80,000 total color combinations possible (be sure to grind for those rare white and gold weapons!)
    Unique armor pieces and accessories: 50
    Animations per hero: Over 50 each
    Animations per enemy: On average about 10
    Hand drawn / illustrated icons: Over 200
    100’s of concept art pieces / illustrations
    Music tracks: Over 20
    UI Scenes and Widgets: Over 250
    Over 200 design documents
    Dozens of game features and systems, totalling over 90,832 lines of code and counting
    All with under 30 developers, in a newly formed studio, in less than a year. The amount of work and love put into this has been nothing less than incredible! And what better to celebrate this achievement with our community than with Early Access launching in a few hours? Oh! I know what’s better! How about a teaser? Click here to see what’s coming later to DD:A!

    We’ve already heard tons of feedback from our beta in November and have been working towards addressing the biggest concerns from our fans. If you missed this blog, give it a read for more information on our post beta survey. Much of that feedback will be represented in today’s build, and much will be rolled out in the coming months. 
    Until then, we ask you to bear with us while we iron out some kinks. More specifically, but not exclusively, we’re currently working to improve upon these areas over the coming weeks and months, leading all the way up to our 1.0 launch:
    Performance optimizations
    4P split screen support
    More polished gamepad controls 
    Continuous UI aesthetic transformation & polish
    Hero progression updates
    Polishing up some epic boss battles
    Rolling out the higher difficulties
    Implementing our story elements via beautiful new in game cinematics
    Finishing up the Kickstarter and Pre-order rewards for 1.0
    Anti Hacking measures
    The list goes on...
    Anyhoo, the time is NOW for hype! We need your help to spread the word today! Grab your friends, and join us online at 1PM ET for the Early Access launch of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened!
    Sincerely,
    Chromatic Games
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    DEFENDERS!
    This is just a brief check-in to talk about preorders for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. We’ve received a lot of support from a ton of you, and want to make sure we reward that where we possibly can. There’s two big things to go over, being preorder upgrade options for Kickstarter and BackerKit supporters, and preorder window coming to a close. Let’s get to it!
    Preorder Upgrades
    We’ve been working tirelessly with our shop partner to enable upgrades over the past few weeks. Without getting into the details, we unfortunately have not been able to get upgrades going, and don’t want to let people know very last minute that they can upgrade, if at all.
    Instead, we’re going to do the following. ANYONE that preordered through BackerKit or backed us on Kickstarter will receive the $60 Prestigious Edition bonuses shown on the preorder store, that are preorder exclusive. This includes:
    Forum Titles
    In-game Titles
    Digital Soundtrack, Strategy Guide, and Artbook
    Awakened Phoenix Pet 
    Crystalline Skins 
    Rift Skins
    At Chromatic, we want to do everything we can to reward all of our players who support us, as fairly as we can. We announced the ability to upgrade, and since we are not able to deliver, we are taking the high road and providing the bonuses to those who would have been able to upgrade for FREE. We chose these tiers because it’s equivalent to how much the retail price is for the game. This serves as a big THANK YOU to all of our supporters who joined us early on this adventure, and to help show that we’re focused on making a great game.
    Preorder Availability
    With Early Access coming on February 21st, we’re going to be closing our Preorder Store the same day. This is to ensure that all our sales for the PC version of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened goes through Steam. With the Preorder Store closing, the Preorder Bonuses will no longer be available for ALL platforms. If you want to grab the Preorder bonuses, you only have until February 21st.
    Kickstarter and BackerKit Changes
    Starting on February 21st, we will no longer be able to change the platforms that people have selected, as we need to make sure that orders are locked and ready to fire for when we release on each individual platform, ensuring that people receive their correct copies.
    What’s Next?
    We’ve got a Dev Stream that we’re going to have tomorrow, February 14th at 3:00 PM ET, where we answer questions that we’ve seen posted everywhere, answer questions that all of you have for us, and show some gameplay as well! Please join us, and potentially win a free Prestigious Edition of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened.
    That’s all for now, just a quick check-in. We’re hard at work to make sure that Early Access feels as great as possible, and cannot wait for you guys to tear it apart!
    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 thanks you for your support. We’re working to make Chromatic Games a studio that is able to create games current and future Defenders are sure to enjoy, because our games are made for YOU!
    For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games
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    DEFENDERS!
    The day is finally upon us, Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is OUT NOW on Steam Early Access. This is a huge day for us as a studio, as it’s our first launch of a product out into the masses; it’s a huge step for Dungeon Defenders returning to its roots; and it’s a huge accomplishment thanks to your support, to get something this amazing out WITHIN A YEAR! With that said, you what we do, we get into it — let’s get into it!

    Steam Early Access
    This is time for us to deliver on our promise of having a release in February. This period is pivotal for us to get the game into the Defenders of Etheria’s hands and go crazy throughout the entire game. We used the 10,000+ pieces of feedback we received from our Beta, and used it to help mold the game into this Early Access state. There’s still work we’re polishing, but the state the game is in, we’re comfortable and proud to present it to you. We’ll go over a couple pieces of info we’ve gone over before, as well as discuss what to expect in this Early Access release.
    If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, we’re on Steam right now. Click here to visit our Steam page!
    Roadmap
    Releasing into Early Access isn’t only going to be setting the game live in its early state and then providing the finished product months later. Instead, we’re going to be updating it over time, adding in features as they become polished and in a state we’re happy with. Thus, THE ROADMAP IS BORN!

    As a studio, this is what we are sticking to as a studio. Should anything change, we are going to make sure that we keep all of you updated as soon as possible. We want this road map to serve as a look into where our focus is and as a promise for what we’ll deliver.
    Why Early Access?
    Going into Early Access on Steam allows us to get where the game is at into the hands of our players on PC. By doing so, we’re able to iterate quickly, getting Dungeon Defenders: Awakened into that 100% state as soon as possible, something we’re unable to do on consoles as fast as we want to iterate. We are still going to be honoring our Nintendo Switch exclusive deal with Nintendo, with our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases coming in Q3 2020.
    That said, this Early Access is not going to be like other games, or like Dungeon Defenders II. The Early Access period is going to be incredibly short, because we’re really spending this time to polish up the game and meet your expectations. Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is going to be fully released during Q2 on PC and Nintendo Switch. We want Early Access to be as short as possible so that we can get Dungeon Defenders: Awakened out to all of you as the best version of the game.
     

    Teamwork makes the dreamwork.
    This will give us a chance to make sure that the game is balanced, being easy or hard in the appropriate parts of the game; animations and art assets are looking great and working properly; working out any kinks when it comes to playing with others; making sure our network tech properly connects you to others and also properly saves your gear; and of course testing our flags, checks, and reactions from our anti-hack systems on a much larger scale.
    What’s In Early Access?
    Shown in the Roadmap above outlines what is going to be coming to Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, and briefly goes over what is already in. We’ll blow it apart a bit more here!
    Every heroic adventure starts in a really deep well, right?
    Campaign
    The Campaign is the progressive order maps are presented in, and on the full release will include story elements and bosses scattered throughout to help you understand what exactly is going on in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. In the Steam Early Access release, Campaign includes all 12 maps part of the whole campaign:
    Deeper Well
    Ancient Mines
    Lava Mines
    Alchemical Labs
    Tornado Valley
    Tornado Highlands
    Ramparts
    Throne Room
    Arcane Library
    Royal Gardens
    The Promenade
    The Summit
    These maps are in a great state, but we are still open to feedback as you play through these maps, so please throw it our way through the in-game link seen on the Escape screen.
    Alchemical Labs, Throne Room, and The Summit do not currently have their bosses implemented. As covered in the Roadmap, the Demon Lord arrives in March, the Goblin Mech charges in during April, with the Ancient Dragon approaching in the full release.
    Difficulty
    On this release, you have access to:
    Easy
    Medium
    Hard
    Insane
    We’ve tested these extensively, and the progression through the campaign feels incredibly good. Our goal is to let people provide extensive feedback on these difficulties before we throw you into the terror that is Nightmare in March, which is going to push Defenders to take on some substantially harder enemies.  It doesn’t stop there though, as upon release you’ll have to survive the newest difficulty — Massacre. Both of these difficulties provide new enemies that only brave Defenders will be able to cull!

    Survival
    Making its triumphant return, the Survival game mode is going to be available on all difficulties and all maps provided in Early Access. Each map rewards a unique pet to join you in your adventures, while also boosting your hero in some way. There’s a lot to master through all 12 maps, we hope you’re able to survive!
    While playing through Survival in Early Access, we are going to continue to optimize the maps to accommodate all the enemies that you are going to be fighting. As noted on our Road Map, there is going to be continuous updates to the game, and this include performance optimizations. If you run into frame drops or crashes, report them in feedback, as that’ll help us polish things up. For Defenders looking for a true challenge, try playing on Insane Survival Summit on very old hardware getting 1 FPS, outside in the rain, while taming lions (please don’t do this, this part is just jokes, play it normal and safely please).
    Pets
    There’s a lot of pets that are going to be in Steam Early Access that were not in Beta. Some pets are straight forward, boosting your stats and slapping enemies, however we brought back some revamped fan favorites *cough*Genie*cough*, and also some new pets that have never been seen before. We made sure that you have a wide variety of pets to use, trying to apply a variety of play styles to fit certain pets. There are even more coming past this, but we’re sure you’ll quickly grow to love all of these companions (the Ramster is so dang cute!).
    Gear
    There’s a TON of gear to earn. Going back to our roots, we wanted people to get excited for gear to hunt. Itemization feedback has been tremendous, and so we used words from Defenders old and new to curate some awesome pieces to hunt for. We brought back a lot of the systems that made Dungeon Defenders gear great to hunt. Gear rolls any and all stats that are on your hero, making it exciting to receive that one perfect piece that has all the defensive stats for your Tower Builder spec'd heroes, or well-rounded gear for any Defender who prefers a Jack of All Trades play style! Another exciting return is that weapons and pets are randomly colorized, providing unique looks to the loot you receive. White and Gold is one of the rarest combos you’ll find, so good luck!

    Gear continues to get stronger as you progress through the game of course, with each difficulty providing new pieces to empower your heroes and defenses to new heights! While climbing also make sure to keep an eye on what armor you’re equipping, as gear sets are back in the game.
    Accessories
    Through your journeys, you’ll also be receiving accessories that visually change the look of your character. This was not something part of Dungeon Defenders original release, but they are so fun to acquire and add a great level of visual customization that we couldn’t just not do them! Masks, Bracers, Brooches, and Shields (Squire Only) are some of the pieces you’ll receive that you can uncover to add another layer to empowering your character.
    Cursed Gear No More!
    One thing you will notice that is different from Dungeon Defenders is that there is no longer any cursed gear. This was something a vast majority felt very strong as a detractor from the game, and made getting gear feel like a potential punishment if it had the one stat you wanted, but diminished others.
    Tools of the Trade
    There’s a lot of tools we wanted to provide to the players. One of them was an updated Tactical Map (tac map for short). There’s a ton of upgrades we made to this feature, trying to provide as much visual clarity on what’s going on and where. There’s also brand new additions, such as in the options menu, you can now select filters for the tac map to show specific upgrades and items that you’re looking for, making it easy to survey the land quickly and go get your items before continuing on.

    There’s also a lot of the HUD and UI improvements. There are seriously too many to include here, and as noted on the Roadmap, there are more coming! Comparing items in your inventory, providing clearer definitions for upgrades, revamped stat names, and so much more.
    Towers are also part of the UI improvements. You can now interact with your towers to see how they are performing and what their stats are. Even a deep layer, towers show you the important stats that matter based on what they do. This means seeing what’s important in how a Spiked Blockade performed is different than seeing how an Ensnare Aura performed. We can’t wait to hear your feedback on these features and make any improvements possible!
    Kickstarter, BackerKit, and Preorder Rewards
    Rewards are planned for our full 1.0 release. While we have already chipped away at getting these made, today is our final deadline for our backers to submit what they’d like. We recently got a ton of requests back from our initial surveying to people in appropriate tiers, so now we just need to get to work on them. Some of these things are absolutely beautiful, others are horrifying, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
    Early Access Note
    We have an Early Access FAQ that we’ve put together. If some of your questions weren’t answered here, please give it a look and hopefully they are answered!
    There’s some stuff that we are not covering in this post, but there is a ton to discover in this game. Some of it is intended, some of it may be bugaboos that need to be squashed, and some of it may be as Bob Ross put it: happy little accidents. This is a game that we’re proud to present as a culmination of developer work and extensive community feedback. We truly feel this is a game made for our GLORIOUS Defenders, and we hope you feel the same. We want to thank you for joining us on this journey so far, and we can’t wait to continue on and hope you’ll be there by our side.
    What’s Next?
    We’re going to keep working. As shown in the Roadmap, we’ve got some ground to cover still. We want to keep updates coming and to further enhance our transparency and direct communication with our community. We plan on having updates showcasing the work that has been done, continue introducing you to members of the team, and giving you a look at the work it took to make Dungeon Defenders: Awakened.
    Chromatic Weekend Wind Down, Dev Streams, and more are going to be coming as we continue development. We’re very excited for everything coming out and are excited that all of you are along for the ride!
    Next week some of our team is going to be at PAX East, Booth #12074, right next to the Nintendo booth! If you’re going to be there, stop by to play, chat with the devs, and maybe leave with some sweet sweet swag! We had a crazy turn out at PAX South, loved hanging out with our glorious Defenders and the new Etherian recruits we picked up, and would love for PAX East to be Chromatic Games At PAX II: Revenge of the Hangout Boogaloo the Game, the Movie, the Game Returns.
    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 thanks you for your support. We’re working to make Chromatic Games a studio that is able to create games current and future that our Defenders are sure to enjoy, because our games are made for YOU!
    For Etheria!
    Chromatic Games
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