We’ve read the reviews. We’ve seen the comments. Since the launch of Dungeon Defenders Eternity, you have asked far and wide, “Why can’t I play the game offline?”
Now you can.
Starting with Content Update 2, we’re implementing an offline mode beta for Eternity. Our team worked incredibly hard to get this functionality in. We hope you enjoy it. We're committed to improving the game, and we're excited to continue working together with you to make that happen.
Using the offline mode, you will be able to play the game solo from start to finish entirely offline. If you wish to receive the newest updates for the game, you will need to go online to download the update, but then you can go back to playing offline. Data will not be able to be transferred from the offline mode to the online mode.
We wanted the community to have this feature as soon as possible, and we know there are other features with offline mode that you would enjoy. We are looking into implementing the ability to transfer your current online data to the offline mode. Similarly, we’re also investigating the possibility of having LAN play for the offline mode. We’ll have more information on the feasibility of these soon.
Hardcore Mode is Back
Content Update 2 also brings the return of Hardcore Mode. Thanks to the feedback from our community, we’re moving away from Permadeath. In DDE’s Hardcore mode, heroes that die during the Combat Phase will not respawn until the next Build Phase or Level Victory if they win the map. Survival Mode is no exception: Heroes can only die once after the single wave starts. Enabling Hardcore Mode yields loot with a 10% stat increase. Hardcore is only enabled for Campaign and Survival play -- Challenges do not have Hardcore Mode enabled. We will also be revising the Steam description in the near future to address these changes and all other changes to the game since its release based on community feedback.
We’re also currently looking into difficulty changes to go along with our Hardcore Mode thanks to feedback from our community and our testing group. We’ll have more details closer to launch. How do you feel about increasing the difficulty of the game when activating Hardcore Mode?
New Map: Coastal Bazaar
Along with Hardcore Mode and Offline Play, Content Update 2 adds another new map to the game -- Coastal Bazaar. Coastal Bazaar is a symmetrical, medium-sized map with 3 crystals to defend. Just like our last new map, Coastal Bazaar includes a unique environmental defense interaction. Players can activate a laser beam that, depending on its color, has interesting benefits for heroes and consequences for enemies. We’ll leave those for you to discover.
Content Update 2 also brings Steam Achievements, unlimited-use dyes and more. We’ll have the full patch notes when the update is released.
When might that be? We’re hoping to have Content Update 2 out later this week, but it all depends on our testing and how well that goes. Stay tuned for more information.