I've lost days playing Dungeon Defenders with my friends. Days, maybe even weeks! That cooperative third-person tower defense games is addictive, not to mention hugely challenging and entirely too much fun. Trendy Entertainment, bless them, thought so too and so have announced Dungeon Defenders II. Best of all, it'll launch free-to-play! Just wait though, there's more.
While Trendy Entertainment is hard at work on the cooperative portion of Dungeon Defenders II, they've got something else -- something new -- that will change the game completely. Dungeon Defenders II, in addition to the co-op mode we all know and love, will also be a... MOBA. Yes, League of Legends, Dota 2, and now Dungeon Defenders II. Another surprise, the beta begins today, and it will be playable over the weekend at PAX East.
Trendy has more gifts for all of its fans though. Dungeon Defenders II will be playable on PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices and will feature crossplay from all platforms. Depending on how easy it is to provide instant updates, the team's also considering bringing the game to next-gen consoles. Free-to-play games that rely heavily on microtransactions, and MOBAS as well, live and die on their ability to provide instant updates and service to their customers.
How will free-to-play work? Well, the details are still being worked out, but Trendy states specifically they're going to avoid "pay-to-win" purchasable items. As if they could say anything different! In regards to content, Trendy says that paying about as much as the first game cost should deliver just as much content. $15 for weeks of entertainment? How could I say no?
Dungeon Defenders II will release in two parts. The MOBA mode is going to beta as we speak and the cooperative portion will go into beta late 2013, early 2014. In other words, the success of the game will be highly dependent on the success of the MOBA. If things go awry... well, let's not speak of such things. While I wish the co-op mode would take priority, I can understand how they're doing things from a business standpoint. Balance, online systems like friends lists and the such. Nonetheless, can't wait!
Sign up for the beta at the Dungeon Defenders II website.