Dungeon Defenders II Summary
Trendy Entertainment has released anpatch for its action tower defence hybrid Dungeon Defenders 2. The update introduces the concept of "rolling narrative" to the Early Access title.
Basically, this means that the game's story has been added, in the form of a new cinematic sequence and two remixed story maps, the Happy Throne Room and Ramparts - these set up events to follow in the game's next adventure pack.
In our recent interview with Dungeon Defenders creatorwe learn the studio almost went down the route, but instead choose to 'reboot' with Dungeon Defenders 2.
They had a "bunch of classes" ready but "threw that away" and instead wanted a "real spiritual sequel" to the original game - "quality over quantity." They're keeping four classes.
Trendy Entertainment announced today that Dungeon Defenders 2, the four-player co-op Action Tower Defense sequel, will be available on Early Access in conjunction with the 2014 Gaming Awards through Steam on December 5th.
"With over six million Dungeon Defenders players across PC, Console & Mobile, we're thrilled to be able to offer them the chance to play Dungeon Defenders II," said Darrell Rodriguez, CEO of Trendy Entertainment. "At Trendy, we believe the best games are made in a partnership with their communities. For the last 12 months we've been quietly developing Dungeon Defenders II with a limited group of community members we call the Defense Counsel, and we are incredibly proud of our joint accomplishments. Now the time has come to bring the game to Steam and open it up a whole new channel of feedback through Early Access."
Trendy Entertainment has announced they've "hit the reset button" on their development of Dungeon Defenders II, which will be removing the MOBA-style elements of the game and returning it to its tower defense/RPG roots.
The decision was influenced by fan feedback, according to studio marketing director Philip Asher.
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has reacted to reports that Trendy Entertainment practiced abusive and sexist practices during the development of Dungeon Defenders and Dungeon Defenders II. Not surprisingly, the organization is disturbed by the reports.
<UPDATE: Kotaku is that Stieglitz will no longer supervise staff on Dungeon Defenders II.>