Dungeon Defenders - [TE] Lawlta
Greeting Defenders!! We know the wait has been quite long but you dont have to wait any longer. The Tavern Expansion has arrived! Thank you for your patience and feedback this past year as we worked through it all. Please read the note below

  • New Tavern Expansion : First floor expanded, All new second floor,
  • Diamond Forge, Exterior Space, More combat dummies, Expanded
  • Ultimate Defender Room with New Juke Box
  • New Challenge Map - Temple of Polybius with new weapon rewards
  • New Campaign/Survival Map - Temple of Water with new weapon rewards and pet reward
  • New Intermediate Campaing/Survival Map - Dread Dungeon with new accessory reward
  • New Steam achievements and tavern trophies for Moonbase, Buccaneer Bay, and Temple of Water
  • New tavern trophies for Embermount

Quality of Life Improvements
  • Added Hero Info button back to ESC screen
  • Added Box to Enter Mana in Trade (ex 5.0b will add 5 billion)
  • Max Hero limit raised to 40
  • Max tavern limit doubled to 180
  • Tavern: Items Dropped by Host Hidden in private rooms should be hidden from guests making private rooms.. private.
  • Tavern: Item Recovery added to the void, if something escapes reality, it’ll re-appear by the first floor forge!
  • Item upgrade count now visible in trade under Item Info
  • Added count of items contained within Folders in Inventory
  • Remove items from shop even when Inventory is full
  • Auto lock all items going into inventory except when picking up off the floor
  • Sped up Summoner casting in tavern
  • Wheel o Fortuna Damage All percentage reported on the tavern dummy
  • Added animations to Anamorphic Ember
  • Spider and DEWs should now find you anywhere on the map if you there is a path
  • Stuck Enemies should now die
  • Fixed missing ceiling in Glitterhelm and performed a texture art pass to make Glitterhelm live up to its name.
  • Added Santa bracers to Winter Wonderland and Silent Night
  • Add new mask and cufflinks to Temple of Love
  • New Santa accessory cosmetic set bonus
  • New Valentine accessory cosmetic set bonus for male and female
  • Added shields to count towards cosmetic set bonus
  • Holding down survival wave increase/decrease buttons now works
  • Colorized circle component on dropped equipment to match particle beams
  • Updated beam toggle to cycle through beams and circles underneath items.
  • Added profile save event after rewarded equipment
  • Fusion Rod base damage display is now the same as all other staves. Now you can compare base damage 1:1 with existing staves (Classic, bloodshot, etc). DPS is exactly the same
  • Removed TV monitor to improve tavern performance, especially when in other player’s taverns with the new tavern.
  • Improved network performance on Temple of Love for clients
  • Hit T when hovering over an item in the itembox to add to Trade
  • Hit O to toggle Enemy Wave Billboards on minimap
  • Hit P to toggle Towers on minimap
  • All heroes drop mana in a nice pile like the summoner
  • Added Boss Rush countdown shortening switch
  • Reduced Silent Night countdown to 15
  • Allow purchases from Tavern Keeper even when item box is full
  • Fast menu transitions enabled by default
  • Added Harbinger spawn notification

Option Menu Updates
  • Reordered options to put them under appropriate sections
  • Change Voice tab to Sound
  • Added Display CD portal
  • Added Display Cosmetic Set Bonus
  • Added Tower Upgrades Displayed
  • Added Significant Digits Displayed
  • Added Tower Transparency options

Balance Updates
  • Boosted DST projectile speed and damage as well as added new enemies to targeting system. from Djinns => Wyverns => Mages TO Djinns => Wyverns => Sharken => Copter => Mages
  • Adjust Gold Enemy Buff as fixed increase of 200% on NM and Insane, 100% for Hard, 50% for Medium and Easy
  • Buffed Tinker’s Lab Blasters on NM to be better than Insane
  • Buffed Tinker’s Lab Mega Chicken stats around 30 points on NM
  • Buffed Eternian staff to be closer in damage to Classic Standard
  • Buffed Winter Wonderland weapon damage to lower part of high tier weapons
  • Reduced Phoenix charge attack vertical damage
  • Reduced Copter spawn rate during Phoenix boss fight
  • Buffed Fenix and Ember pony to be closer or little better than seahorse due to challenge of farming
  • Removed Map exclusive accessories from Lab Assault (ie CD, ToL, GTH, WW/SN and Palantir)
  • Buffed Spooktacular 2 accs to Lab Assault levels
  • Revert Hyper Rifle elemental damage halving due to 2 projectiles.
  • Ember Accessories ult cap is 600 instead of previous 500.
  • Reduced small coal requirement to make a small diamond from 88 to 44

Bug Fixes
  • Possible fix for trade glitch where both players lose their items
  • Fixed max upgrade count not shown in trade on item info
  • Fix for armor being removed more than weapons (weapons were rated higher in quality)
  • Fixed Talay and Moonbase survival start waves
  • Fixed EST traps on Assault maps not damaging
  • Fixed Hero Info Screen tower stat overlap so numbers aren’t hidden
  • Sealed off Tavern Defense secret room so players cant fall out of the map there
  • Fixed not being able to build on left bridge in Tavern Defense
  • Fixed Tavern Defense Snowman not attacking
  • Fixed Imp stat prediction
  • Fixed gobler shield handle positioning
  • Commented out K key binding to killme command
  • Fixed opacity scaling
  • Fix for items removed during build phase
  • Evil Hero bosses on Winter Wonderland and Silent Night no longer despawn after 2.5 minutes
  • Fixed Tower Wars Spider Queen health overflow causing them to never act or be able to take damage
  • Fixed spelling of "marshmallows" on Anamorphic Ember
  • Fixed AFK shop bug that crash the game for some players
  • Fix to mitigate wave skipping
  • Fixed Battle Droid not weakening enemies
  • Fix for Phoenix killing itself
  • Towers should now move with vertical moving platforms in ToW
  • Fix to Allow Jester to get Apprentice weapons as rewards
  • Fix for unintended increase in leather armor on survivals
  • Fixed hats being backwards on Super Legendary Huntress
  • Fix mana from chests going under the floor
  • Fix for Mistymire survival weapon drop rate to be in line with other Shard maps
  • Fix for 60% of random elements rolling Lightning
  • Fixed moon pet to spawn with tiered level requirements. Max level requirement bumped down to ult90 to line up better with other pets.
  • Fix for Embermount boost pad to activate every time.
  • Fix for damage numbers disappearing above 5mil
  • Fix for excessive mana on the ground in Moonbase NMHC Survival
  • Fix for AFK shop not allowing players to buy anything if host has too many items in item box
PC Gamer

Alan Wilson, vice president of Tripwire Interactive, tells me his studio probably wouldn’t exist without the Make Something Unreal Tournament that Nvidia and Epic Games hosted in the early 2000s. "I’d say it’s 99 percent certain," he says.In 2003 he and his roughly 60-person team were the rock stars of the Unreal Tournament modding scene, having successfully and breathtakingly transformed sci-fi arena shooter Unreal Tournament 2003 into Red Orchestra, the brutally realistic shooter set in World War II’s Eastern Front. Is it possible everyone involved could have used the experience to launch individual careers at big game studios? Of course. It happens with mods all the time. But only Epic Games’ support—and the award of a then-outrageously expensive Unreal game engine license—could have transformed the whole team into the studio we now know for Killing Floor, Red Orchestra 2, and Rising Storm 2.

You’ve probably heard this story before. Hell, we’ve told it ourselves. But the lesser known backstory is that Tripwire was only one of the successful indie studios that grew out of the Unreal Tournament modding scene and the the Make Something Unreal competition. Compared to the more familiar tale of major studios or publishers buying the rights to a mod and then turning it into DotA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the Unreal Tournament modding scene stands out for having created fully fledged studios. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say the indie scene we know today wouldn't be the same without it.

The many children of Unreal Tournament

Notably, Tripwire’s other hit Killing Floor grew out of the modding scene for Unreal Tournament 2004. But beyond Tripwire, there’s Coffee Stain Studios, best known for the oddball Goat Simulator—itself a creation of the Unreal Engine—but who also created the stunning first-person tower defense game Sanctum as a mod for UT3. There’s Sjoerd De Jong’s Teotl Studios, known for The Ball and The Solus Project, and New Zealand’s Digital Confectioners, who successfully launched shark survival game Depth, itself once an Unreal Tournament mod, on Steam. 

The Unreal modding scene created a perfect storm we haven t really seen since.

Still others followed the "adoption" model like DotA and Counter-Strike, including the team behind Alien Swarm, an Unreal Tournament 2004 mod that was picked up by Valve and released as a new game in 2010. Psyonix didn't directly emerge from the Unreal Tournament modding scene, but as Gamasutra reported in 2015, its hit Rocket League ultimately has its roots in a mod founder Dave Hagewood made for UT2003.With a list like that, it’s tempting to wonder if many moderns games don’t allow extensive modding out of fear it could create too much competition. Epic, though, has long encouraged this kind of creativity. Unreal Tournament led to the founding of so many studios in part because Epic allowed its modders almost total freedom with its Unreal Engine in an age when "modding" often meant swapping weapon skins and making theme levels. Combining active support and encouragement from Epic itself with a large, enthusiastic modding community centered around a single popular series where it was relatively easy to make a name for oneself, the scene created a perfect storm we haven’t really seen since. 

Alien Swarm was originally an Unreal Tournament 2004 mod.

An engine of creation

Hearing early Unreal Tournament modders talk about the freedom of the Unreal Engine sounds almost like hearing tales of religious conversion. More than a decade later, there’s still a note of reverence in the words of Sjoerd De Jong, founder of Teotl Studios (and, these days, the European evangelist for the Unreal Engine), as he speaks about his first experiences with Unreal. "It was 'What You See Is What You Get' in 1998, and way ahead of other tools when it came out," he says. "It was a revolution in terms of game dev tools. Unreal (and consequently Unreal Tournament I) was the first game that was able to blend different light colors together, it was able to display lighting directly in the viewport in the editor, it had a procedural texture generator and editor, it had volumetric fog, it had superb reflective surface support, it had dynamic lighting. And so on."

Anton Westbergh of Coffee Stain Studios had the same thoughts about it years later in 2009 when he was working on the original mod form of Sanctum. "Sanctum was a first-person shooter and a tower defense game, so we had to find an engine that allowed our team to get cranking quickly and since we were very visually driven, the potential and power of the Unreal Engine was appealing," he says. "It was easy to get up and going, and make something that looked great." 

Sanctum, Coffee Stain's first-person tower defense game.

The road to Red Orchestra

The team that would become Tripwire was among the converted. Early in the 2000s, they dabbled in the mysteries of the engines used by Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Battlefield 1942 for their ambitious project, but cast them aside once they discovered Unreal.

Like, buy a $10 copy of UT2K, and you're creating real games stuff

Alan Wilson, VP of Tripwire Interactive

"In terms of graphics, the Unreal engine is one of the best on the market," modder Antarian said in an interview with IGN at the time. "Its ability to support massive maps and models with huge poly counts and texture sizes allows us to make some truly stunning environments."

So liberating was Unreal Tournament 2003 as a modding platform that there’s barely a trace of it in the original Red Orchestra mod. Here instead was a game with "real-world" iron sights rather than crosshairs and grenades that damage from a distance, all set in the bleak eastern front of World War II where Nazis clashed with Russians amid ruins held up more by luck than gravity.Red Orchestra transcended modding. Gaming had really seen nothing like it until then, and elements of it made their way into shooters that followed. The effort made Tripwire a proper studio almost by default. But Sjoerd De Jong discovered the Unreal Tournament modding scene came with other benefits besides providing a blank canvas. The business of promoting his mods, he notes, translated into the business of running a studio. 

Red Orchestra was initially going to be a stealth game.

"Modding taught me a whole number of things that I otherwise wouldn't have easily mastered, I think," he says, describing his process of envisioning, developing, testing, and marketing his more than 50 popular maps and seeking out reviewers for them. "It taught me to deliver and get stuff done. It taught me to work with what I have (the game), and then be creative with those building blocks. It taught me about limitations in general, because modding is all about working within an existing game."

People looking for a career tend to be more focused on going with indie game dev than with modding nowadays

Sjoerd De Jong, founder of Teotl Studios

But at the heart of it all was always the accessibility of the Unreal Engine. "Like, buy a $10 copy of UT2K, and you're creating real games stuff," Wilson tells me. "Now you have the whole Unreal Engine (and others) completely free to use. We give talks at schools and colleges and always hammer home this point: this stuff is completely free to you to pick up."Epic’s commitment to this type of creative freedom was so potent that in 2004 it partnered with Nvidia to kick off the first Make Something Unreal contest, which was aimed at granting $1 million to modders who produced the best work so they could advance their careers in game development. Few projects like it had been seen before or even since.That first year, Tripwire’s Red Orchestra won the award for "Best First-Person Shooter" handily. As it turned out though, the $1 million prize really amounted to around $50,000, as most of the prize money was wrapped up in licensing. But it opened many doors that would have been closed otherwise. "It gave us exposure, publicity, feedback, experience, and an engine license we couldn't have afforded on our own at that time," Wilson says of Tripwire’s win. 

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, released earlier this year.

Anton Westbergh’s team won fourth place in both the Best FPS Mod and Educational categories with Sanctum in the 2009 MSU competition, and he discovered cash prizes weren't the only benefit of winning. "It gave the team a big morale boost," Westbergh says. "Without the success in the competition, I'm not sure Coffee Stain would have been around."

Four Make Something Unreal competitions were held in all, but there hasn’t been one since 2013. That’s partly because in 2015 Epic simply started giving out grants to anyone who created something with the Unreal engine that impressed them.

Yet Tripwire, for its part, hasn’t forgotten the role the contest played in its own creation, and to that end it’s currently hosting its own contest to encourage modding for its game Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, which it’s running in partnership with Antimatter Games. On January 15 of next year, the lucky first-place winner will receive a $27,500 top prize. "Anything that helps focus the creativity of all these community content creators is worthwhile," he tells me. 

The changing face of modding

So why haven’t we seen another wave of successful indie studios growing out of a specific game’s modding community? In De Jong’s view, the conditions are no longer the same. "People looking for a career tend to be more focused on going with indie game dev than with modding nowadays," he says. "A shame, I think."

He points out that fewer games support modding, and that there’s now a larger focus on business models like free-to-play that don’t play as nicely with mods. For that matter, he says, modding is simply less prestigious. There’s less demand, and great mods aren’t as frequently in the news. 

Speaking of maps everyone played, here's Facing Worlds updated for the 21st century.

"I remember when I was making levels back in the days we had lots of community sites, and each of them had a Level of the Week, Level of the Month, and so forth section on their front page," he says. "The content was pushed forward, and most gamers too within the Half-Life/Quake/Unreal communities back then played custom levels and mods very often. Nowadays that isn't the case anymore."

Wilson scoffs at the idea, saying that "the floodgates opened a decade ago and it hasn’t really slowed up yet." He points to other games that started out as mods like DayZ and PUBG, and reminds me that Tripwire's own Killing Floor and the Red Orchestra franchise allow for content creation.

Epic, fittingly enough, played a major role in this shift to indie game creation when it opened Unreal Engine 4 to everyone—license-free—in 2015. All Epic asked was a 5 percent royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. You don’t have to look far to find the fruits of this development, which extend to everything from blockbusters like Gears of War 4 to the quiet Myst-like Obduction or the long-awaited Shenmue 3. 

Shenmue 3 is being made in Unreal Engine 4.

All the same, though, the associated freedom makes the fight to the top so much harder. Modding communities in the busy early days gave hopeful developers an already-large and enthusiastic community. Standing out was comparatively easy, thanks in part to the developer attention De Jong described.

Nowadays, though you may be starting with the Unreal engine at your command, you’re starting from scratch with everything else. That means not only does your game have to be good, it also has to rise through cluttered spaces like YouTube, Reddit, and Twitter, all while wrestling with the Kickstarters and Patreons and other precarious means of gaining funding. Compared to the glory days of Unreal Tournament modding, it’s work that’s done in comparative isolation.

Were the old days better? That’s not an easy claim to make, considering that we’re smack in the middle of a golden age of indie gaming.But I do believe the path from mod to studio was slightly better then, bolstered as it was by well-meaning publishers and developers, a gaming community that loved mods more and was more tightly focused on specific games, and competitions hosted by big-name manufacturers and studios that gave modders high-profile venues to showcase their greatness. Fittingly, it was a bit like a tournament, and one that unfolded in an arena where fans could cheer on the favorites they’d come to love.The modern approach feels more like shouting in a crowd, hoping your voice will be heard among the hundreds of thousands around you. Compared to the wonderful alchemy allowed by Unreal Tournament and Epic in the last decade, success in those conditions feels almost unreal.

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Dungeon Defenders II is officially out of Early Access and free-to-play on Xbox One, PC & PS4! With this major milestone in our game’s history, we’re releasing Update 1.0.

Update 1.0 focuses on our New Player Experience. This update fixes a ton of bugs, adds a lot of polish, introduces more quality-of-life changes, improves our early-game experience, and gets new players through Campaign and deep into Chaos. After today, we’re spinning up on features and changes you’ve been asking for (Endless Mode says hi).

We’ve been in Early Access for more than two years. With more than 60+ updates, Dungeon Defenders II has grown up before our very eyes. It’s been exciting and, quite frankly, a little unnerving to develop a game with you watching every step of the way. Our growth and improvement is because of your support, your feedback and the dedicated members of our team who went above and beyond to drive our game forward. We’re proud of where Dungeon Defenders II is today, but launch is just the beginning. With your support, Dungeon Defenders II is only going to get bigger and better!

Here are the notes for Update 1.0:

Xbox One Version Available Now!
Brewed in secrecy, the Xbox One version is finally here! We’re also pleased to announce that the Xbox One version, at launch, is completely caught up to our PC & PS4 versions!

The Initiate
Come on and SLAM!

The Initiate is our first gender-swap hero. This powerful Chi-wielding warrior is the gender swap of our bald friend, the Monk. She uses the same defenses as the Monk, but she comes with a suite of new abilities:
  • Chi Stomp: A powerful slam that can be activated in mid-air!
  • Crippling Chi Wave: The Initiate builds up a glowing ball of Chi and launches it at her enemies, which damages and debuffs any enemies hit!
  • Talisman of Empowerment: The Initiate places a talisman on the ground that temporarily boosts the power of nearby defenses!

The Initiate is available at a lower Gem and Defender Medal price than other heroes. And don’t worry: The Barbarian will have his time to shine soon.

Updated Tutorials
Play our all new Tutorial map and check out our new Tutorial videos with the new How To Play Menu! The new videos and map cover a variety of helpful hints, tips, and tricks that will aid in your defense of Etheria!

Updated Story and Campaign
Etheria has never felt so alive! Play through the updated story in our revamped Campaign experience and stave off the Old Ones advance. Prepare for new threats and twists that will appear. Make sure to keep an eye out during Build Phase!

New Summary Screen & Score System
At the end of each map, whether you win or lose, there’s a new summary screen that will score you based on your performance. Our new scoring system includes many different modifiers and bonuses to help you tweak your builds and get higher and higher on your personal mental leaderboard. Shortly after the release of score, we’ll add some form of score tracking for players to see!

Updated HUD & Health Bars
We’ve updated a number of our Heads-Up Display elements to make the UI cleaner while providing more information. The biggest change is the addition of hero deck hotkeys above the Health Bar. Now you can easily see which hero is in which hero deck slot hotkey, which is especially handy if you’re the kind of player who constantly rotates heroes in and out of your Hero Deck!

New Tower Skins
Check out the all new Bit Crush Dryad, Woodland Apprentice, and Hypno Abyss Lord Tower Skins! (Time for an Abyss Lord/Monk defensive DANCE PARTY! Unce unce unce #hype)

New Shard Icons
We’ve added new iconography for some of the most popular Shards in the game. We’ll continue to improve on our Shard icons after launch!
  • Channel - Icon Type Change
  • Inspiration - Icon Type Change
  • Hero Critical Strike - Minor Border Change
  • Life Leech - Icon Type Change
  • Speed Boost - Icon Type Change
  • Superconductor - Icon Type Change
  • Construction - Icon Type Change
  • Explosive Guard - Icon Type Change
  • Defensive Critical Damage - Minor Border Change
  • Destruction - Minor Border Change
  • Fortification - Minor Border Change
  • Deadly Strikes - Icon Type Change
  • Panic Fire - Icon Type Change
  • Press Your Luck - Icon Type Change

Incursions & Legendary Weapons
As part of our New Player Experience, we’ve introduced Incursions into Chaos! The goal of our Incursions is to provide variety and progression milestones as players progress through Chaos.

Each Chaos tier will now have its own unique Incursions. After completing an Incursion, you’ll unlock unique Legendary weapons at the Wayfarer! The Wayfarer will forge these unique weapons based on your highest powered hero. The Wayfarer will sell these weapons for Defender Medals, so be sure to sell those Souls4Gold when the update comes out!

As for long-term gameplay variety in our endgame, we have a number of interesting changes and features we’re going to add post-launch. Stay tuned!

New Weapons
In addition to the Wayfarer weapons, we’ve added many new weapon models to the game across many of our different heroes. Go forth and get that sweet new loot!

PS4 Optimization
This update improves PS4 framerate, especially when a lot of enemies are on-screen at once. This is just the first of our optimization updates for the PS4 -- shortly after launch, we have a litany of other changes that should improve framerate even more!

Quality of Life
  • Added a new Minimum Ascension Level host option.
  • Added the ability to rename your heroes for free in the Inventory.
  • Added controller sensitivity option on PC.
  • Revamped range indicator decals for visibility.
  • Now you can play and access everything on PC with a controller, including the Options Menu!
  • Added the names of defenses under relic slots.
  • Added Server Region display to the Main Menu.
  • Improved the Flamethrower Tower’s visual effects.
  • Added a minimap and NPC blips to the Heroes Marketplace.
  • Improved player name display with proper capitalization!
  • Added a “Hold <blank> to rotate tower” for PC controller users.
  • Improved and unified the look of many different UIs.
  • Updated the first quest in the game to have smarter text and a better UI.
  • Victory chests show up on all minimaps.
  • The War Table in the Private Tavern should now default to Private Games. Such private. Many seekrits.
  • Updated the game icon to the Squire’s Head. This was the most important change of all.

Core Health
  • Increased the core health in Chaos to protect against enemies one-shotting the core.

  • Ballista - Black Arrow damage increased from 50% to 60%.
  • Cannonball - Stun Fire proc increased to 25% and stun duration from 2.4 to 3.0 seconds.
  • Cannonball - Heavy Cannonball damage increased from 950% to 1250%.
  • Earthshatter - Earth Toss proc chance increased from 35% to 100%. Knockup duration increased slightly.
  • Fire for Effect chance increased from 25% to 45%
  • Flame Aura - Encroaching Flames proc chance increased from 25% to 30% and damage increased from 40% to 60%.
  • Skeletal Archer - Explosive Arrows proc chance increased from 15% to 30% and damage increased from 110% to 450%.
  • Snakes on a Plane - Proc chance increased from every 5 seconds to every 3 seconds and damage increased from 525% to 3000%.
  • Enduring Bubble - Levels increased from 8 to 10. Buff duration decreased from +5 seconds to +2 seconds.
  • Lateral Blast - Damage increased from 725% to 2250%.
  • Mega Rock - Proc chance increased from every 10 volleys to every 5 volleys. Damage increased from 1150% to 4000%.
  • Frosty Proton Node - Proc chance increased from 5% to 25%, duration decreased from 5 to 2 seconds.
  • Gunwitch’s Hunting Blind Tower damage unchanged from 0% to 0%.

Betsy Weapons
  • Betsy weapons now have their shards locked in a shard slot to mimic their old, pre-shard passive effects.
  • Apprentice and Huntress Betsy Weapons have had updated firing rates and damage to better match our new balanced solutions.
  • Updated Betsy’s Empowered Lightning Shard description to make more sense.

Bug Fixesss
  • Fixed another magical Proton beam crash. Huzzah!
  • Fixed an issue with an endless black screen after multiple loading screens.
  • Hero Information and Currency indicators should no longer overlap.
  • Improved fullscreen and windowed game display modes.
  • Fixed another Siege Roller stuck issue.
  • Power Transfer Shard functions when equipped to Boost Aura now.
  • “Speeds” are now “Orbs” again.
  • “Skulls” are now “Marks” again. We have no idea how that happened.
  • This also means the Orb and Mark filters work again!
  • Abyss Lord’s Abyss Stones are now able to crit.
  • This update fixes a bug where multiplayer enemy health scaling was scaling higher than intended. Per-player enemy health scaling is now +25% rather than +50%. Go forth and defend with friends!
  • Fixed an issue where you could not drop a Shard onto a bag icon.
  • Shard Packs and Shards should go through the proper auto-collect flow now.
  • Fixed a text pop up at a really high Ascension level.
  • Jumping and using the right click dash on the Lavamancer should work properly now while dashing around the map. No more randomly hitting invisible walls! HOORAY!
  • The Ogres on the Forest Ambush Incursion thought it’d be really cool to just T-pose for fun. We set them straight.
  • The crosshair reticle should now turn the correct colors when targeting allies and other things in game. It will be colors other than red now! ADDITIONAL HOORAYS.
  • Updated several error message text to make more sense.
  • The resolution selector in the Options Menu is now scrollable with scroll wheels.
  • The World Tree now properly gets destroyed during the Victory animation if it’s too close to the Victory Chests.
  • Updated the description on the Shadowflame Dagger.
  • Updated the consumable tooltip to use the new UI.
  • Combined Power - Serpent’s Coil beams will now attack training dummies.
  • Updated the error text if there are no marked targets for Arcane Volley.
  • Gunwitch’s Snipe Critical Damage Shard no longer applies to all elemental damage.
  • Fixed the Level 50 Level Up Pop Up to show Level 50 instead of “Level 0”.
  • Renamed the default hero names to their classes. Squire is now “Squire.” Monk is now “Monk.” Barbarian is now “Pete.”
  • Fixed a challenge display issue where it would render completed challenges twice in the UI.
  • Flame Aura properly calculates crit damage and chance into its inspected DPS number.
  • Fixed a matchmaking issue where if Player 2 declines, then Player 1 gets an “Unknown Error.”
  • Fiery Brimstone Shard now only works for the Abyss Lord as originally designed and fixed the critical damage scaling on the procs from 100% to 12% where it should be.
  • Unequipping items will go through the auto-collect flow and go to the bags that they should be.
  • Fixed an issue where swapping to EV2 Mark III was causing a rogue torso to display.
  • Fixed Drakken’s eyes and mouths to be glowing properly.
  • Added a notification that a party request has been sent to another player.
  • The “Could not authenticate with Steam… try again?” pop up was missing some buttons. We gave them back.
  • Fixed a crash if you had selected Exit on a menu screen while an immediate message was being displayed.
  • Mystic’s Dark Torment damage over time critical effect is no longer scaling inversely with hero damage.
  • Fixed a billboard issue on Siege of the Throne Room.
  • Fixed an area where Kobolds could get stuck in the Ruins.
  • G4T0’s facial animations have been restored! Beep boop. Bloop.
  • Fixed a boost aura description typo. “Precentage” is right… right?
  • Fixed small lighting issues on the Dryad Hornet’s Nest and Slime Pit.
  • Monk’s alternate attack is no longer blocked by towers.
  • Fixed the wyvern death animation.
  • The Weapon Filter on the Filter By… bag no longer has defense stat options.
  • Fixed a spot on Dragonfall Plaza where the Dryad could exit the map.
  • Fixed several small issues with tower damage challenges.

Known Issues
  • No “Press G to End Match” message is displayed after beating wave 4 on Airship Battle. This is only a visual problem and G still functions correctly.
  • Glaive of Storms isn’t currently purchasable in the wayfarer shop. It still unlocks and drops from the Power Surge Incursion.
  • Glaive of Storms’ unique shard is missing its icon.
Community Announcements - ..
So it has been 4 years since the first Q.U.B.E. game was released and 2 years since The Director's Cut version. Our lips are sealed but there may be something in the works!

Keep an eye on the official Q.U.B.E. website and Twitter/Facebook page for more details!

Official Website: Qube-game.com
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The TG team
Community Announcements - [TrendyEnt] iamisom

This update and message is brought to you by the Community Development Team. The CDT is a group of volunteer community members dedicated to bringing new content and experiences to Dungeon Defenders!

The Rising Phoenix update is here! Time to grab some snacks, sit down and enjoy yet another free update made possible by you, the community. The CDT would like to thank you for your help with testing and providing feedback to make this release happen. We hope you enjoy! (And if you're interested in helping the CDT with the next update, or if you have a suggestion of what the CDT should do next, let us know in the CDT forums!)

New Content
  • Steam Trading Cards, Wallpapers, Emoticons, Badges
  • Embermount Volcano campaign map with Poenix Boss
  • Embermount Tavern Theme
  • Steam Achievement and Phoenix feather plaque when beating Embermount
  • New enemy - The Harbinger
  • 4 New weapons (1 for each class)
  • 3 new pets in Embermount Survival
  • 3 New accessories for Embermount - Brooch, Mask and Bracers
  • Story line cut scenes for Embermount
  • Moon Pet added to Moonbase Survival
  • Cosmetic Accessory Set Bonuses: Crystal, Embermount and Palantir (based on hat, mask and bracers)
  • News page updated

  • Items rated as transcendent or above have a particle beam showing over the item to make picking them out of the pile easier. Beam only shown on items not filtered from the minimap by quality
  • Added toggle key (b) for particle beams
  • Updated minimap colors for ult+ and ult++ (orange and red respectively)
  • Electric aura’s can damage the tavern dummy
  • The highest damage dealt to a target by chained proximity mines will be dealt instead of the first to deal the damage
  • Maximum starting wave is now set per map (24 on 25 wave maps, 28 on 30 wave maps, 32 on 35 wave maps, 36 on 40 wave maps)
  • Camera rotation is locked when in top down placement mode (building / repairing / upgrading)
  • New Setting - Can move while building (disables movement while in top down placement)
  • New Setting -Enable tower dynamic lighting (significant performance benefits when disabled.) Affects traps and projectile towers (most notably inferno traps and fireball towers) Requires restarting DD after enabling to take effect. Disabling requires a new tower of that type to be built.
  • Cursor placed relative to the hero in the placement casting state
  • Removed slight frame rate dependency from many damaging towers. All projectile towers, Lightning Tower, Slice’n Dice, and Proton Beam. Every point in tower rate counts. There are no breakpoints.
  • New item comparison calculation for armour and accessories
  • Items can be renamed when at their maximum upgrade level at the cost of one upgrade
  • Item naming character limit has been increased to 36
  • Added a report issue button to the pause menu
  • Palantir, Greater Turkey Hunt, CD, Temple of Love, Winter Wonderland, and Silent Night accessory multipliers now match those awarded by lab assault
  • Moonbase now has a survival mode
  • Added confirmation message when hitting 42 on Moonbase DDR machine
  • Initiate Enemy Drain ability, Spider Minion web, and Wheel of Fortuna buff/debuff enemies resistance factor applied to the training dummy
  • Jester’s Move Tower and Wheel abilities can be used in the tavern
  • Trap/Aura selection priority is identical for repairing. Selection will be based only on current health percentage.
  • Trap/Aura upgrade priority favours traps when upgrades are equal, otherwise whichever tower has the least upgrades.
  • Instant upgrade will favour towers that can be upgraded over repairing towers that are at their maximum upgrade level.
  • Traps and auras can overlap spawns and show a warning when doing so
  • BucBay - Repositioned the hero spawn points to face the main crystal and open area instead of the dead end.
  • Golding an enemy (by Djinn / Wheel) increases its power by a percentage so the power boost scales into higher level games
  • Djinn ability casting durations depend on difficulty (enemy gold beam and tower desummon). That is to say, buffing/desummoning takes more time on a lower difficulty
  • Summoner minions can move sensibly over short distances with no pathfinding mesh present (ie. when placed on walls, they won’t always jump off before moving along)
  • On Nightmare difficulty, the 50% of loot that was not receiving wave/difficulty multipliers has been replaced with fully scaled items
  • Party Popper tower animation scaling reduced so it doesn’t spaz out with only a few points in tower rate
  • EV beam collision is now much more consistent between pre/post placement
  • Armour vs. weapon comparison skewed more in favour of armour to bias the drop removal priority
  • Traps on uneven terrain can now trigger on any walking enemy inside its radius
  • Slow ogre spawns on some maps on NM difficulty are much improved in many cases
  • Armour type drops rates boosted by 25% for random equipment drops.
  • Character health over 1 million is displayed using the high value format to 4 significant figures (eg. 1.234 M) to prevent the health value running off screen
  • Excess equipment removal function has been rewritten. Fixed an unconfirmed issue which removed many more items than intended under some circumstances, and it is much faster.
  • Excess mana removal function rewritten. Introduced a biasing system to keep tokens with a larger value around for longer. Large tokens will still be deleted eventually. This is not a bug, but a design decision that was made to prevent players waiting until the end of the round to collect mana and not being significantly penalised for doing so.
  • Multiple upgrades can be applied to an item in a single click when using “pro mode”. No key down - 1 upgrade per click. Shift down - Applies up to 9 upgrades per click. Ctrl down - Applies up to 50 upgrades per click
  • Predicted stat value will account for the number of upgrades to be applied
  • Invasion shows the current phase number in the UI
  • Inferno trap damage and attack rate updates for (de-)buffs in real time

Balance Updates
  • Slice’N Dice and Lightning Tower - Higher damage output. Damage per tick now increases with the attack rate stat so that damage output continues to scale into lategame (including buffs and debuffs). Scaling revised to account for this.
  • Bowling Ball Tower - Faster attacks. Animation time exponent increased from 0.8 to 1.0 (significant increase in high end attack rate). Bowling ball tower damage had fallen well behind at high levels due to it’s below average animation duration scaling. Increasing the scaling exponent to 1.0 brought the damage up to comparable levels and makes it easier to compare across towers for future changes.
  • Magic Missile Tower - More powerful attacks. Damage scaling exponent increased from 1.105 to 1.15. Single target towers need to do more damage than multi target towers. The MMT wasn’t, so it gets a small buff.
  • Darkness, Inferno, and Gas traps - Base charges increased to 3 from 1/2/2.
  • Ethereal Spike Trap - Base charges increased from 2 to 4. Attack radius now scales with trigger radius so it can always hit the enemy that triggered the trap. Damage now scales much, much faster
  • Proximity Mine Trap - Base charges increased from 2 to 4
  • Mana Bomb and Purity Bomb - Significant increase in damage scaling. Blocked in assault challenges due to combination of absurdly high damage and long range

Bug Fixes
  • Possible fix to lock down hero info and equipment info UI istances to help prevent future chances of item stealing
  • Fixed Diamonds spawn
  • Fixed level 60 armor dropping on low difficulties
  • Fixed flying enemies not correctly triggering traps
  • Fixed Pure Strategy on Embermount and Buccaneer Bay
  • Proton beams and inferno traps with high attack rates now deal damage every tick. Multiple proton beams can also damage the same target because of this fix
  • Public games being played on a different version no longer visible in matchmaking
  • Items with all negative stats no longer show as an upgrade if no equipment is present to compare to
  • Large aura’s (>18 units in radius) are always picked up immediately when entering upgrade/repair/sell casting modes
  • Fix lightning tower not being able to chain off an enemy if it kills it in the same tick
  • Fix for semi-random interval between first and second shot after reloading a gun
  • Fix for other heroes banked mana being displayed incorrectly in the pause menu
  • Fixed ghost pillars in Hall of Court
  • Palantir no longer warns of fish wyverns
  • Old One’s belly crystal can be attacked by all weapons
  • Instant upgrade will no longer attempt to repair towers that have health above the normal repair threshold
  • Fixed south west doors on Buccaneer Bay that wouldn’t animate on wave start..
  • Fixed unintended increase in high level armor dropping
  • Fixed Ogres dropped by Goblin Copters damaging crystals in CD and WW.
  • Fixed Djinn casting time being accelerated by ensnare auras
    Enemies set to golden state don’t retrigger the Wave 10 and Wave 20 survival difficulty spikes
  • Prevented any item spawning with negative damage, upgrades, or ammunition (observed as 1/1 upgrades, 10 damage, or 1 ammunition spawning too frequently)
  • Summoner minion collision on client games now matches the host (no more rising out of defences)
  • Phase shifted summoner can no longer be killed by explosive attacks exceeding 100,000 damage
  • Fix apprentice / squire / huntress weapons spawning with incorrect (high) quality ratings
  • Fix items with 8 negative stats being evaluated as godly
  • Fix double multiplication bug causing items in the tavern shop to show up with much higher than intended prices
  • Mix mode skeletons will now always timeout if they get stuck in an unrevived state
  • Moonbase gravity is not dependant on frame rate
  • Tavern XP bonus doesn’t award a “score”
  • In Local/Open game modes, having the mod missions selected will not lock out the Shards and Lost quests buttons
  • Loot multiplier scaling now increases with every wave of a map (integer division…)
  • Fix stretched Squire masks
  • Fix for wyverns, djinn, and goblin copter pathfinding logic stalling and appearing stuck. Fixes the infamous CD wyvern along with almost every other stuckage for these three enemy types
  • Fix floating damage numbers disappearing offscreen when attack rates continuously exceed 10 times per second
  • Fix health decay rate for proton beam depending on the attack rate
  • Possible fix for goblin copters forgetting to drop their ogre when the drop zone is reached
  • Possible fix for DEW / Spider targeting when there are no targetable players on larger maps
  • Jester “Move Tower” ability now uses the same placement rules as when the tower is being built.
  • Fix map name not being visible to clients in the tavern in some circumstances
  • Fix accented ‘U’ in Uber maps being incorrectly formatted and not showing as an accented ‘U’
  • Fix projectile speed multipliers on Moonbase Quietus reward being unexpectedly low
  • Fix issue preventing item particle effects showing up correctly while dropped on the floor (to be used for new items)
  • Fix weapons equipped to the series EV not always hiding all particle effects correctly
  • Fix map selection UI jumping to Deeper Well if a player joins the game when looking at the Lost Quests maps
  • (Partial) Fix for repair/upgrade auto selection finding a tower out of range
  • Fix for minimap quality filter breaking for qualities above Ultimate
Community Announcements - [TrendyEnt] iamisom

A message from the Community Development Team:

Greetings, Defenders! I know many of you have been wondering when the second CDT Update 2 is coming out.

We are happy to announce the release date has been set for this Thursday, August 4th! Look for the full patch notes when the update comes out. Thanks for helping us work through the beta, and we look forward to the release with you!
Community Announcements - SquidInABox
Some bug fixes for the most common problems that aren't hardware or driver related.

  • 4k Resolutions supported in Video Settings.
  • Optimized Trigger Area in Hold mode.
  • All Ingame Music should now peak at the same volume.
  • "Needs More Gun" Achievement should now unlock reliably.
  • "Stop Touching Me!" description now matches unlock conditions.
  • You now have an option to launch the game in Windowed mode.

I've also changed how the Redists are handled to use Steams newer system. This is the first time I've used this system so I'm not sure what issues it may have. Hopefully none. The one thing to keep an eye out for is if you have to agree to a UDK EULA when starting the game. In theory this shouldn't happen but if it does please let me know.
Community Announcements - [TW]Doormatmike
After years of hard work the spiritual successor of The Ball is now out on Steam. The Solus Project - http://store.steampowered.com/app/313630/ - is a single player exploration adventure with survival elements. The adventure is set on a mysterious planet and continues on the ending of The Ball.

Survive through exploration, and unlock the mysteries of Gliese-6143-C. The Solus Project offers you a massive and deeply immersive atmospheric world to unravel through its rich story.

Owners of The Ball can buy The Solus Project with a discount through the bundle!
Community Announcements - sjoerd
After Unmechanical a few years back we started working on the massive singleplayer adventure game The Solus Project.

The entire 12+ hour adventure is now out! After 3 short months in Early Access the entire game is now released.

All content, final and ready for you to explore!

It took us exactly 1073 days to build the game and we hope that with your support we are able to carry on building more stranger and atmospheric underground worlds like The Ball, Unmechanical, and now The Solus Project. Thanks!

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