Let's be straight forward. When Dungeon Defenders II was initially announced as a MOBA, one of many games hoping to capitalize on the wave of League of Legends and Dota 2 hype in the scene, reception was lackluster. Apparently developers at Trendy Entertainment recognized this as much as the community did, because a change has been made. Dungeon Defenders II has dropped its MOBA aspirations and will be returning to its tried and true tower defense roots.
Trendy Studio Director Dave Loyd provided the following statement:
"Originally it was being developed as a MOBA-style PVP game, but we reviewed the project and decided to turn the ship, refocusing our efforts on a true sequel. I’m happy to announce today that Dungeon Defenders II is in development!"
Dave then further elaborated, detailing the process of how Trendy rediscovered itself and what that meant for the direction of Dungeon Defenders II. At the heart of that was their recognition of the community that helped them become what they are today:
"I believe that as players, we want to share memorable gaming experiences with our friends. We want to share our ideas and insights with the developers who make the games we love and have our voices heard. As Studio Director, I am working to enable ways for you to share and get involved. Our approach to this reboot of Dungeon Defenders II keeps that principle close to the heart, and we intend to provide even more methods for you to help us mold Dungeon Defenders into a game that will resonate in these very ways. We will be announcing the first initiative toward that goal later this month (Hint: it’s around an important date)."
When the original Dungeon Defenders was released I lost what must have been weeks playing through the game with a group of great friends. When I play different games with those friends nowadays Dungeon Defenders comes up more often than not. I was willing to give the MOBA a chance, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that Trendy returning to its roots is really refreshing to hear.
Dungeon Defenders II will be shown off in a pre-alpha form at the upcoming New York Comic Con. That hint that Dave mentions may very well be referencing the launch of the original Dungeon Defenders on October 19, so look forward to more details on the game soon. Until then, check out this teaser trailer!