Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Defense Grid: The Awakening developer Hidden Path may have fell short of its Kickstarter dream of funding a sequel to the tower defense, but it did raise enough money to make new DLC. That expansion, Containment, is out now on PC for $4.99, bringing eight new maps with a new story, including voicework from Firefly’s Alan Tudyk.

Containment is available now from Steam. To celebrate the launch, the base game is 50% off, down to $4.99, and all the other DLC is 25% off.

Hidden Path hasn't given up on Defense Grid 2 even thought the Kickstarter fell short of that stretch goal, mind. "We're still working to close the funding gap between what we have and what we need in order to make that game, but we'll keep you updated as we work to make that game a reality," the dev said in a recent blog post.

Product Release - Valve
Defense Grid: Containment DLC, all new content for Defense Grid: The Awakening is Now Available on Steam!

Defense Grid: Containment is the all-new expansion to the award-winning tower defense game: Defense Grid: The Awakening. The Containment DLC provides players with many hours of new content including 8 new maps, a new story, two new characters (voiced by Firefly’s Alan Tudyk and E.R.’s Ming-Na Wen), and 32 new challenge modes. Containment’s story line picks up right where The Awakening left off, and leads the player on a new adventure that opens up exciting future possibilities as well.

Defense Grid: The Awakening is also releasing 4 new maps designed and chosen by community backers for free! The new maps can be accessed by registering your email from the Community Level Campaign in Defense Grid: The Awakening.

To celebrate the launch of the Containment DLC and Community Levels DLC, Defense Grid: The Awakening is 50% off and all previous DLC is 25% off!*

*Offer ends January 30th at 10AM Pacific Time
PC Gamer
Defense Grid: Containment

Hidden Path's Kickstarter campaign for Defense Grid 2 edged past its minimum goal of $250,000/£156,400 back in August, providing funds for Defense Grid: Containment, an expansion for the alien-annihilating tower defense original releasing January 23 for $5/£3.

Containment continues the story of Defense Grid: The Awakening right where it left off in eight new levels and 32 challenge modes. As before, you'll herd and zap columns of aliens wandering into your tower jungle, but as Awakening's increasingly elaborate map layouts proved, the task quickly turns into a challenging frenzy of resource management and effective emplacement patterns. It's also one of the few genres that continually reminds me how amazingly bad I am at micromanagement.

Hidden Path also chose four user-made maps as a bonus pack launching alongside Containment. Kickstarter donors received access to a private forum with the Level Previewer tool, which players can use to model and preview custom levels before submitting them to Hidden Path for consideration. The studio chose four of the most popular submissions for inclusion into Containment's Community Levels, which you can get by registering an account after January 23. It'd be nice if the Previewer took the final step and allowed mappers to publish their work independently of Hidden Path's approval, but the extra content never hurts.

As for Defense Grid 2, it's still well under construction despite missing its ideal funding mark of $1 million. Hidden Path looks determined to eventually hand a final product over to fans, saying, "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."
Oct 3, 2012
Product Update - Valve
- 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.
PC Gamer
Defense Grid 2 Concept Art

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.

Aug 13, 2012
Product Update - Valve
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 (, we’ve 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!
Aug 9, 2012
Product Update - Valve
Defense Grid update:
- FINAL WEEKLY UPDATE OF FIVE: To celebrate the LAST WEEK of the new Defense Grid 2 Kickstarter (, we’re 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, we’ve 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 “Guardian’s 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!
Community Announcements - pobst
Go to 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!
PC Gamer
PCG Podcast

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.

Download the MP3, subscribe, or find our older podcasts here.

Show notes:

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.

Jul 17, 2012
Product Update - Valve
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 we’ll 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.

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