Dungeon Defenders Eternity is the definitive version of the original tower defense action-RPG! Now featuring a rebalanced endgame, all new missions, secure online play, links to Dungeon Defenders II and more!
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Release Date: Jul 22, 2014

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September 18

Eternity Dev Discussion: 9/18/14

Greetings Defenders,

Content Update 1 arrived last week, and with it came a wealth of new questions from all of you. We sat down with Live Producer Ben Craven to discuss some of your biggest post-CU1 feedback.

There seems to be more lag after CU1. Any updates on this?

Ben Craven, Live Producer: “We put out a patch earlier today that should hopefully alleviate the issue. According to our investigation, the cause of the lag was due to large amounts of network traffic from high-stat builds with the latest gear.

The hotfix has lessened a lot of the lag on most maps, but we're not done yet. We are committed to resolving these lag issues. (A special thank you to Zeroxs for providing some valuable information on the matter.)”

Why is Corrupted/Divine armor so common in Nightmare?

Craven: “When bringing Nightmare mode over to DDE, we wanted it to be more about min/maxing than struggling to find the new gear. Because of that, we made it common to find these new armor sets once you enter Nightmare mode. I’d love to know your opinion to this question: Would you prefer Corrupted/Divine armor be harder to find and have a smaller range of stats, or be easier to find with a larger range (the way it is right now)?”

When are players going to get Nightmare Survival? Will it be more difficult than Campaign Nightmare?

Craven: “We don’t have a release date for Nightmare Survival yet. A lot of the decisions we are making about Nightmare Survival are based off of your feedback from Nightmare mode. When we get closer to release of Nightmare Survival and have solidified more of these decisions, we will let you know.

As for the difficulty, we are watching your feedback and in-game progression and are considering how much pain this should bring. What do you think?”

In the patch notes for Content Update 1, you mentioned that you were looking for feedback on the Huntress Invisibility change. Have you come to a conclusion?

Craven: “Yes, we have. Isom compiled all of the feedback about the change and we have decided we will be reverting this ability back to its original functionality in a future patch. Thanks for your feedback.”

Players have made a few suggestions on how to improve looting in DDE. What are your thoughts?

Craven: “There will definitely be future changes coming to make looting more fun for all of you and less like Vacuum Simulator 2014. We are looking into the feasibility of several fantastic ideas presented to us by the community on ways to improve loot gathering. We like what we’ve heard so far.

Right now, we have a question we’d like to ask you about loot priority. We would like to implement a system similar to DD1 where loot despawns based on quality. Currently, loot will despawn by priority based on proximity to the player, and then despawns based on how long an item has been in the world. If we were to implement a quality-despawn system, would you still want this position-based priority system in place, would you prefer we remove it, or would you prefer it becomes an option?”

Players have also made suggestions on how to improve the defenses for several heroes. What are your thoughts on these suggestions?

Craven: “We understand that many heroes' defenses are currently weak in DDE's endgame compared to a select few. We are evaluating a number of possibilities to these heroes. Before we commit to any changes, we will present our desired changes to the community for your feedback.”

Will you be doing something to make it more rewarding to fight bosses in Nightmare mode?

Craven: “We will be looking over Nightmare mode boss rewards and ways to improve them over the coming weeks.”

When a player leaves a match, the player takes the mana with him/her. Is this intended?

Craven: “We know this has been an issue for many of you and have a few ideas to fix it in a future patch. How would you feel if, upon leaving the level, a player’s mana dropped to the ground. Similarly, upon leaving a level, a player’s remaining mana in a chest would drop as well?”

When are we going to get Content Update 2?

Craven: “We are working studiously on CU2, and we hope to pass it off to QA next week. No more release date promises, but we’ll have more news soon.”

Do you have any other questions? Ask us in the comments below, and we’ll answer as many as we can in our next Dev Discussion post!

Previous Dev Discussions:

  • Campaign Nightmare Mode: Completed
  • Improved Loot Progression Per Map Quality: Completed
  • Persistent Forge in Survival: Completed; Patch 3.6
  • Dark Elf Warriors: Completed; Patch 3.4
  • Boss Difficulty: Completed; Patch 3.4
  • Server Downtime Warning: Completed
  • Hide Cosmetic Armor: Completed; CU1
  • Loot Despawning: Improved in Patch 3.6; Continuing Investigation
  • Active Sessions: Improved in Patch 3.4; Continuing Investigation
  • Summoner: Improved in Patch 3.4, CU1; Continuing Investigation
  • Save Data Wipes: Improved in Patch 3.4; Continuing Investigation
  • Launcher Issues: Improved in Multiple Patches; Continuing Investigation
  • Linux Issues: Improved in Multiples Patches; Continuing Investigation
  • Missing Rewards for Maps: In Progress
  • DD1 Content: In Progress
  • Server Stability: In Progress
  • Challenge XP: Investigating
  • Waiting for Match Timer Solution: Investigating
  • Challenge Rewards: Investigating
  • Offline Mode: Investigating
  • Mixed Mode: Investigating
  • Hardcore Mode: Investigating
  • Barbarian: Investigating
  • Rotating Map Rewards: Investigating
  • User Interface: Investigating

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September 18

Hotfix 4.3 Details


  • Implemented solutions to help fix ongoing lag issues. This is an ongoing investigation. If you are still experiencing lag issues, please let us know.
    • Fix 1: Increased network throughput to avoid saturation.
    • Fix 2: Changed auras to do more damage but to tick less often. (NOTE: We’ve tried to remain as close to 1:1 with the previous way auras operated as possible.)

Playverse Updates:
  • Updated to the newest version of Steam
  • Added a first pass of Steam Friends integration to the game. Now you can invite and join your friends using Steam. Please test this feature and let us know how it works for you.

Keep an eye on our blog today for our newest Dev Discussion post, which addresses some of your biggest feedback since Content Update 1!

Also, we have a question from Live Producer Ben Craven: “The current implementation of Steam Friends does not automatically add you to a player’s party when you join their game. So, if you join a friend’s private tavern and they enter a mission, you will not transition with them. Would you prefer to automatically join a player’s party when you join their game, so if they transition sessions you will transition with them?”

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About This Game

Dungeon Defenders Eternity is the definitive version of the hit tower defense action RPG! Slice, shoot and pulverize your enemies, or build defenses to do the dirty work for you. Grab three friends and build a team of heroes from twelve different classes, each with their own defenses and abilities. Then embark on an adventure to defend Etheria from the Old Ones’ army!

Eternity boasts all new missions, new features, a rebalanced endgame, secure online play (no more hacking!), along with a wide selection of content from the original game. Now is the perfect time to experience Dungeon Defenders and its expansions the way they were meant to be played!

Key Features

  • Defend with towers
  • Four-player online co-op
  • Ground-breaking story about a group of children who try to save the world
  • Level up 12 different hero classes
  • Argue about which hero is the best on our forums
  • Kill an Ogre with a chainsaw sword
  • Fight a gigantic dragon (Spoiler!)
  • Put some wings on your heroes and dye their clothes pink -- because you can
  • Look up the best map builds online; pass this knowledge off as your own
  • What's New

    New Content:
    • 4 campaign missions including Embermount Volcano with an all new Boss Fight and cinematics
    • A new challenge mission
    • A new community made mission (Moonbase)
    • Visible armor system with 56 new armor pieces
    • 10 combat consumables (throw grenades, summon lightning storms, instantly heal your defenses, and more)
    • Amulets that let you find and equip unique hero abilities
    New Features:
    • Secure dedicated servers for anti-hacking protection
    • Dyes that allow you to customize costumes and visible armor
    • Crafting system to create and modify high tier items from blueprints
    • Pet hatching and growth system, with activatable abilities
    • Dashing and manteling systems for better mobility
    • Weapon swapping between two weapon sets
    • Community tavern, where you can talk and trade with up to 16 other players before starting a mission
    • Quickmatch feature where you can quickly join a mission with other players (optional)
    • Cross-Platform play with PC, Mac, Linux, and Mobile all playing on the same servers
    • One Dungeon Defenders account, with your progression accessible from any account. Playing on supported Android devices requires purchasing the game on Google Play.
    • 34 new equipable emotes (not included with purchase of base game)
    Rebalanced Gameplay:
    • Rebalanced missions for shorter match times, less farming, and more interesting enemy clusters
    • Rebalanced stat system, so increasing stat points in the end game has a larger effect
    • Rebalanced, instanced loot system that drops less loot at higher quality
    • A revised Survival Mode, with shorter play times.
    • A revised Hardcore Mode with better rewards and perma-death
    • A revised User Interface

    What's Returning

    Our favorite Dungeon Defenders content:
    • All 12 Dungeon Defenders heroes
    • All 12 original Dungeon Defenders campaign missions and challenge missions
    • All 5 Quest for the Lost Eternity Shards campaign missions and 7 challenge missions
    • 5 bonus missions (Glitterhelm, Karathiki, Tavern Siege, City In The Cliffs, Tinkerer’s Lab)
    • 2 community made missions (Akatit Jungle, Palantir)
    • 22 original Dungeon Defenders hero costumes (found in your item box and equippable as a costume item)

    Coming Soon: Begin Your Dungeon Defenders II Experience!

    Check out the Tavern’s new Hall of Triumphs where you can unlock unique items, titles and pets for Dungeon Defenders II!

    Important Notes:

    • Dungeon Defenders Eternity is rebuilt from the ground up for security, so you will not be able to continue your previous Dungeon Defenders saves.
    • Dungeon Defenders Eternity requires an internet connection.
    • Dungeon Defenders Eternity requires you to create a playverse account.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 Ghz Dual-Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with Shader Model 3 support, 256 MB video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound device
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is required to play.
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2Ghz Dual-Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card with Shader Model 3 support, 512 MB video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible sound device
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is required to play.
    • OS: OS X version Lion 10.7, or later.
    • Processor: 1.3 GHz Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL 2.1 / Shader Model 3 capable graphics card with 256 MB video RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is required to play.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is required to play.
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2 GHz CPU
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2400 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600, equivalent or greater
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is required to play.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is required to play.
Helpful customer reviews
1,696 of 2,475 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
This game is absolute garbage, its an insult and offensive. Its a mobile version of Dungeon Defenders that is ported to pc. It should have a disclaimer on the page saying so, but instead it misleads with info about new features, but doesnt tell you what it really is. . . a mobile app. It also has a cash shop, which just ♥♥♥♥es me off even more. I own the original and a bit of the dlc, and i never minded most of the dlc or prices on it, but this is misleading and offensive. TERRIBLE play by trendy.
Posted: July 22
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1,394 of 2,030 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
((Instead of reading my rant, just head over to this amazing guide http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=290092757http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=290092757 to see a good comparison of DD1 and this.))

No single player, no cards, no workshop, no split screen, in game real money store, and ten other loads of all ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Don't buy or you'll regret it.

Edit: Ohhh, looks like they're trying to back themselves out, finally removed "Single-player" tag from the game.

MORE edits: Now they're adding single player and private games, I mean I thought this was a finished product, not an early-access, shouldn't it just have been in the game to begin with? May as well mark my review as "constantly in development".

More editsv2: Private games are in, just from a few minutes into it, I'm already displeased, what with a huge latency issue in the game, makes it dramatically worse when you're just moving around, and then suddenly get shoved back half a second later. They seem crazy about keeping the game "secure", but at woof cost? Though the new equipment system is fun to play around with, but I had trouble paying attention to it, what with hundreds of other new things going on, it's just too much too quickly. Still siding with DD1 over this currently.
Posted: July 22
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553 of 828 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Time to review this with a Pros and Cons list...


1. Public Tavern = People everywhere whining and asking things like, "How do you play?" and "Why does this game suck so much?" And there is always a hoard around the forge and tavern-keep that makes walking around hard.

2. Requires constant internet connection = All file are on their servers, not your computer. This means if your internet goes out, you can't do a thing. And it means long wait screens while it downloads the map you just tried to enter. If you have slow internet or frequent outages, this game is not for you.

3. Summoner = The Summoner no longer uses his own pool of Defense Unit points (Minion Units). Instead, he draws from the same DU as everyone else. This makes him a character that is now a builder like any other except that he can't attack. Two pets doesn't really make up for this and minions are not good at being the only thing on the field. He is most pointless now that he costs other builders their points.

4. Costumes = Completely pointless. Armor is visible and that cannot be turned off. So what you look like under all the cool little helmets and masks and shields seems almost pointless by the end of even the first level.

5. Eternia Crystals = The crystal is now no longer customizable. Only look it has is the default look. Sad. Really, really sad.

6. In Game Store = Yes, there is a store in the game that costs real money. Yes, it is just for cosmetic items when you are playing on Steam. Yes, it still stinks. In-game stores that use real money on a game you already paid real money to buy is dumb. It's tied on annoying level with Release-Day DLCs for me. I already gave you money to buy the game and now it's "Oh, wait, you wanted the entire game? That'll be an extra $20."

7. Perma-Death = Perma-Death in Hardcore??? Why? Just why? Never playing that mode.

8. Two friend systems = o.O If you play on Steam, please note that there are two social systems in the game: Steam and Playverse. This gets confusing fast... "Wait, I just added that person, how do I have a friend request from them. Oh, this is Steam that is Playverse." "Why aren't they showing up in my friends or this group?..." Etc.

9. Tooltips = There are none. Happy button-guessing folks!

10. Tutorial = My sister had not a clue what to do as a first time player and I had to show her everything. A tutorial to do that would have been really nice...

11. No Split-screen = I used this all the time on the old game and I have actually already missed it. Please patch it in.

12. Box System = They made it worse. I didn't know that was even possible. It's like an apps touchsreen now with a bad PC overlay on it.


1. Single or Multiplayer Missions = I can play with random people or just my friends. A welcome early patch that was really, really needed. Works great now.

2. Visible Armor = This is awesome. Sure, for most of the game you will look like you covered yourself in hotglue and rolled around in a junkyard... But once you hit max and get a real set of armor that all matches: You will look awesome.

3. Dyes = They now sell dyes of different colors at the Tavern-keep's place. And most items have 5 to 6 dye slots for colors on it you can change. Yes, for people who like micromanaging every little detail of your character (aka: people like me), this is awesome. They are low in price so you can change colors a lot. :)

4. Pet hatching = You get eggs and weight for them to hatch as you run around and do things. AKA: Pokemon eggs. It is actually quite fun to see what will pop out of each egg. Awesome system.

5. Coins = MANA IS NO LONGER MONEY!!! You no longer have to try and use Mana for everything and worry about lost Mana all over the map. Gold coins enemies drop last longer than Mana and you don't have to feel bad burning through thousands of Mana a battle in the later stages with you skills.

6. All DLCs built in = ...need I even say why this is nice and awesome?

7. Dashing = You can dash! ...four times... ...than your meter needs to recharge over-time...

8. Two weapon slots = Switch out to a different weapon quickly when they are resistant to your main one. Very, very nice.

9. Graphics = Slow to load, but once they do, they are awesome!

10. Fun = The first Dungeon Defender was fun, this one is fun. They are the same game though.

11. Co-Op Awesomeness = Grab a few friends and go to town. Just plain more fun with more friends.

12. Loot system = Fewer drops of better quality? Individual loot? Both very nice.


This really just seems to be you paying money to help them test PlayVerse...

Not seeing enough new content here to warrant a re-release of the same game. I guess the balancing issues and hacking are reasons they are saying that this came out, but I see no real reason to buy this if you own the original with all DLCs. Dungeon Defenders (Original version) was and is a great game... Stick to it if you own it. Though if you don't own it, this might be a great one to pick up.

Only reason I like this game over the original? You can put shiny armor on and dye it a bunch of different ways.
Posted: July 25
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1,040 of 1,614 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
I'm sorry but this really wasn't necessary. I can't even play a game by my self if I wanted to. I don't see steam achievements. The new UI isn't really better. Not impressed.
Posted: July 22
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222 of 339 people (65%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
I'll try to give you an indepth review of what to expect from Dungeon Defenders Eternity, as for those who are too lazy to read it all...
TL;DR version: Not worth the pricetag for those of us who already played the original with a bunch of DLC, somewhat steep for new players.

{Startup} The first change you'll notice is a new launcher that can get you playing with only 25% of the game downloaded, this will however cause the game to stream textures while you play and on a slow connection that will take quite some time. The whole reason it exists is because there were complaints that the original DD had so many small updates that required big downloads too often, instead of breaking the resource packs down into smaller chunks and only releasing substantial updates the devs somehow thought this system would be better but if anything it has so far caused far more problems than it solved.
{Accounts} You'll need to make a new account on an external service to go with this game, while this is understandable it initially had a lot of ridiculous restrictions on names, most of these have been lifted and profiles can thankfully be renamed but don't expect to be able to use any interesting characters.
{Joining the Tavern} Forget about privacy, this tavern is packed with people so if you're the social type it's great but if you wanted a peaceful tavern that didn't choke your internet connection with useless data and annoying goofballs then you're out of luck. First time players will spawn as a random placeholder character, figuring out how to create your own (like you should have been able to do before joining) takes a bit of poking around if you're unfamiliar with the game but just talk to the only adult in sight.
{Starting a game} The default way to play is with random strangers that hit the wrong button when they wanted to play solo, just like you most likely did, don't worry they'll usually disconnect as soon as they see you. To play solo you need to hit the button to the right, you'll remember it next time. If you downloaded the textures everything will look exactly like the old DD did, if not then you'll haveto wait for some time and then it looks exactly like the old DD did.
{Content} Almost every item you see is recycled and old news but some functions are very different and quite good: Items are far more random so even if you play an "Easy" round of "Survival" on the first map you have a shot at some reasonable loot from all across the old game, good stuff is just uncommon. Higher grade stuff still requires you to take on real challenges but now you have a fair way of getting powerful enough to get to that point. Leveling up your gear now requires a different currency, not mana as in the old DD but instead Gold will drop randomly from slain enemies.
{Gameplay} Since the game is "always online" as an anti cheat measure you need a very good internet connection to play reliably once you get to high enemy spawning, less than 100mbit is probably not going to be a good experience. The biggest other change I've seen so far is how "Survival" works, instead of waves it now has a one hour timer that starts counting down once you activate the crystal. Beware that once the timer reaches zero you have a new timer that will shove you back into the cramped tavern so be ready to loot fast or you could miss out on some nice gear!

{Summary} All in all the game is nicely rebalanced in almost all aspects compared to the original, the main drawback for old players however still remain that almost everything is the same old junk you've seen a thousand times. The anti cheat measures and external downloader for textures are honestly not even close to good solutions, players who had too slow internet connection to keep the old game up to date will just feel the new pains of streaming and online play. All in all this game should at most cost about half of what it does, it's a moneygrab while DD2 is lurking in the shadows soon ready to strike.

Additional edit: Had trouble playing on my main PC because the game does not support setting Anti Aliasing manually using Nvidias control panel, this info was released moments after I checked "known issues" and as such I was unaware of it for a long time. Since I've meanwhile used my laptop to play I have absolutely confirmed that less than 100mbit is not good for any situation with a high enemy count (my laptop is only on 50mbit wireless) so that further proves the external downloader for textures is a very unwise solution since the game is completely unenjoyable for anyone who doesn't have a good enough internet conection to get almost instantly downloaded updates using Steams own service. Summoners have been altered to have their minions counted purely as defence units and compared to a Countess I'd say a Summoner is now mostly dead weight. I'll probably continue to play a bit to see if any significant changes occur and find out if summoners can become useful at high levels, though it does not look good so far. Oh and armor is visible now, did you notice? I barely did. Still barely do except for the helmets.
Posted: July 26
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