- Removed Kickstarter related features. - Added new Community button to the Main Menu. - Added a Weekly Challenge to the Community section. - The Kickstarter related mini-games are still playable through the Community button. - Video resolutions in Help & Options > Settings > Video now show aspect ratio instead of bits-per-pixel. - Bug fix: Unspawned aliens from Seekers and Turtles will now appropriately award bonus resources when destroyed within range of a Command tower. - Bug fix: Multimonitor setups are better supported now.
The Defense Grid 2 crowdfunding campaign has concluded just above (well, $21,000 above) its minimum goal of $250,000. That minimum was the target for funding of Defense Grid: Containment, an eight level expansion for the original game which is due out this December. That's now underway, but to fund the full sequel, with a new engine and 20-mission story, developer Hidden Path had hoped to reach $1,000,000.
Defense Grid fans and backers shouldn't pack up their turrets, though: according to Hidden Path, backers will still receive Defense Grid 2 when it's done. From the Kickstarter page:
"We'll need to do extra work on our end to earn or raise the remaining funds in order to complete DG2, but when we do, you'll still be a part of the team. Crossing $250,000 gets you DG:Containment this December, and DG2 when it is complete."
Without the seven Kickstarter digits Hidden Path was looking for, it isn't clear exactly how Defense Grid 2 will be funded. The FAQ suggests that the developer may even take on other projects to raise the necessary funds, but that in the end, "you will still get a code for DG2 when it is released." So it's not cancelled, which is good news for us and all the people below. Especially Chris Taylor. He's hurting.
Defense Grid update: - Thanks so much for your support!!! To celebrate the last 24 hours of the Defense Grid 2 Kickstarter crossing the minimum threshold (http://kickstarter.hiddenpath.com), weve updated the game with a special treat, and two new contests too! To view and enter the contests, go to the Contests button on the Main Menu. Enjoy!
NEW CONTEST: Play DG2 Hero and obtain at least 100,000 points!
NEW CONTEST: Play DG2 Hero and be one of the top 100 scores!
Defense Grid update: - FINAL WEEKLY UPDATE OF FIVE: To celebrate the LAST WEEK of the new Defense Grid 2 Kickstarter (http://kickstarter.hiddenpath.com), were updating the game with new content and contests. To view and enter the contests, go to the Contests button on the Main Menu. - This week, weve reset several leaderboards and introduced the new Defensylvania ASCII arcade game. We also have two new trivia questions about Defense Grid. - We have 10 AMD Radeon HD 6770 video cards to give away this week across the following contests good luck! - NEW CONTEST: Play, beat, and find all the secrets in the new minigame, Defensylvania! - NEW CONTEST: Beat the mode Story Reversed, in The Awakening map Guardians Fall. - NEW CONTEST: Beat the mode Frozen Core, in The Awakening map Waste Disposal. - NEW CONTEST: Beat the mode Story Challenge, in The Awakening map Lockdown. - NEW CONTEST: Beat the mode Super Grinder, in The Awakening map Last Stand. - NEW CONTEST: Two separate trivia questions!
Go to http://kickstarter.hiddenpath.com and it will direct you to a Kickstarter event underway where we're raising money for more Defense Grid content. We have special pledge rewards and all sorts of ideas for new Defense Grid material up to and including a full design for a sequel DG2! Come join us and help us make Defense Grid 2 a reality!
Graham, Tom Francis, Rich and Chris discuss Steam sales, the state of Kickstarter, Valve's Greenlight project, Dota 2 and more - including your questions from Twitter. Also featuring Graham's Steam press account hubris, Rich's need to be brilliant at everything, Tom's on again, off again relationship with Defence Grid and how Dota 2 made Chris realise that he's a bad person. On the subject of Dota, Tom Francis would like it known that he disagrees with the imaginary Tom Francis whose opinions Rich quoted in the last podcast.
"I said something along the lines of: it seems like if you get behind early on, you can never catch up because the enemies are too high level to kill, but it still takes you 45 minutes to lose. Which, if true, is bad design. There are lots of other reasons Dota 2 isn't my kind of thing, but the others are just a difference in taste."
Apologies to anyone offended by the views of imaginary Tom Francis. Blame Rich. He's brilliant at taking the blame.
We're aware of a few interference issues with the sound. Sorry about that, everyone - Graham was waving his phone around. We've managed to cut his yells of "woo, look at me, I've got a phone" out of the mix but unfortunately the interference itself is harder to isolate. We've all learned a very important lesson about phones.
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High Tea - the historical trading game that Tom mentions. Gravity Bone, the predecessor to Thirty Flights of Loving, is available on the Blendo Games website. Tom's write-up of the Steam Greenlight announcement. Our Tribes: Ascend showmatch. No, we are never going to stop linking to this.
Defense Grid update: - NEW: Added a scrolling marquee to the Main Menu and Mission Selection to individually thank all of our Kickstarter donors! - Added in some logging to track down leaderboard issues a few people have been having. - SECOND WEEKLY GAME UPDATE OF FIVE: To celebrate the new Defense Grid 2 Kickstarter well be updating the game with new content over the next four weeks. To view and enter the contests, go to the Contest button on the Main Menu. - NEW CONTEST: Play the new mode, Shredder, added to the Borderlands map Infiltration. - NEW CONTEST: Play the mode Fully Loaded, in The Awakening map Barrier to Entry. - NEW CONTEST: Play the Alien Breeder mini-game. - NEW CONTEST: Create your own Defense Grid fan trailer video. - NEW CONTEST: Create the most popular Defense Grid fan trailer video. - Cheat codes that may help in creating your fan trailer. While playing a level, each cheat code is entered on the keyboard and must be proceeded by = or 4. Then type one of the codes listed below. - happerdown = Enables/disables music playback. - hideui = Show/hide the user interface. - hidecursor = Show/hide the reticle in the center of the screen. - riotmod = Enter/exit free camera mode to let you fly around the level. The camera can ONLY be controlled by using a game pad. - Left thumbstick = Rotate the camera up/down/left/right. - Right thumbstick = Move the camera up/down/left/right. - Left shoulder button = Move the camera forward. - Right shoulder button = Move the camera backward. - The A and B buttons still function as normal to build and upgrade towers.
Defense Grid update - NEW: Support for Touchscreen enabled PCs, Tablets and Ultrabooks - developed in partnership with Intel New UI interface and icons for touch devices (tower selection bar, fast forward, system menu, etc.) Automatic switching between different input devices on the fly (mouse / keyboard, controller, touch) Multi-touch smooth zooming in and out without preset height levels Drag or tap and place to place towers New Interface setting for auto detect / touch disabled / touch only options
- FIRST WEEKLY GAME UPDATE OF FIVE: To celebrate the new Defense Grid 2 kickstarter well be updating the game with new content over the next five weeks. This week, weve made the following updates to the original Defense Grid: NEW: Contests button on Main Menu. You can win great prizes from AMD and Razer including Radeon HD 6770 video cards this week. Well have weekly giveaways for players who play different maps and modes of the game, new mini-games, and much more. The new DG2 Kickstarter button on the main menu gives you more info on the DG2 Kickstarter event and takes you directly to the kickstarter page
Add Defense Grid: the Awakening developers Hidden Path to the pile of game creators diving into the scrum for a piece of the Kickstarter pie. They're looking to raise a full million as a stretch goal, but have milestones at every quarter-mil that will allow them to deliver at least part of the DG2 experience. They've also partnered with AMD to give away up to 565 Radeon HD graphics cards to contributors above the $225 line, which is certainly a unique incentive for PC gamers.
At the $250 level, there are 265 HD 6770s available, which are going for about $125 on newegg at the moment. Bump up to the $325 tier, and you could own one of 300 HD 6870s, which are about $180 on their own. Other reward tiers include Razer Naga Hex gaming mice, and the usual t-shirts and unique physical editions we've come to expect.
This particular fundraiser is tiered. If it can raise $250,000, Hidden Path will release a new, 8 level expansion for Defense Grid: The Awakening. At $500,000, they build a new engine, remaster all of the old levels in it, and add multiplayer support. $750,000 will get us a level editor, release on more platforms (Mac, Linux, etc.), and some more multiplayer features. $1 million is the final goal, allowing the development of a full sequel with a new campaign, new aliens, and new towers.
There are still 34 days left to back this one, but some of the tiers have limited quantity "early bird" bonuses, that get you more stuff for less money. So if you want the best value, you may want to back sooner rather than later.