Product Update - Valve
- Added the mini-games and tools back to the Community console.
- Added controller support for Big Picture mode to all areas of the Community console.
- Fixed 4 of top crashes reported by users.
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.
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!
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.
Jul 10, 2012
Product Update - Valve
Defense Grid update
- NEW: Support for Touchscreen enabled PC’s, 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 we’ll be updating the game with new content over the next five weeks. This week, we’ve 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. We’ll 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
Product Update - Valve
- Added a “Rank” column back to the Mission Selection screen. The Score and Rank column will toggle between each other every 5 seconds.
- Fixed a bug with the UI selection sound effect playing multiple times simultaneously.
- Added more variety for a number of the AI’s random interjections regarding power cores, aliens, and a few other situtations.
- Added the ability to turn vsync on/off by going to Help & Options > Settings > Video. Default is On.
- Added a console application to update the medal’s in a user’s profile from that user’s entries on the leaderboards.
1. From the Main Menu, click on the Console button.
2. When prompted to login, type “guest” (without quotes) and press enter.
3. At the command prompt, type “medals_from_leaderboards” (without quotes) and press enter.
4. Follow the instructions printed on the screen.
5. Let the app run for a few moments.
6. When it’s done, you can exit the Console by pressing the “Back” button at the bottom of the screen.
7. Play more Defense Grid!
Product Update - Valve
- Fixed Supreme Strategist can now be earned.
- Fixed Temporal Tower modifications from the Command Decision map will no longer carry over to other maps.
Product Update - Valve
New free Defense Grid Community Challenge Update released:

- Mission Selection UI has been simplified, you can now see all medals for all modes at a glance
- New Fully Loaded game mode added: All towers and all upgrades are available (suggested by community member Salmusco)
- New Frozen Core game mode added: Cores do not float back to the housing
- New Shredder game mode added: The aliens keep coming. And you don’t earn interest.
- New Balanced Build game mode added: You need to build one of each tower type before you can build a second of the same type
- 32 new missions added with leaderboards
- Fully Loaded missions added to all early levels up to and including Center of Power (except for Out of Fuel)
- Frozen Core missions added to Ancient Research, Long Descent, Out of Fuel, Guardian’s Fall, Crossed Signals, Waste Disposal, and Last Stand
- Shredder missions added to Ancient Research, Flight Plan, Cold Storage, Guardian’s Fall, Center of Power, Standing Order, Crossed Signals, Turnabout, and Lockdown
- Balanced Build missions added to Cold Storage, Standing Order and Lockdown
- Out of Bullets missions added to Turnabout and Lockdown
- Fix: voice over volume control affects more audio lines than before
- Prepared for more content ahead
- Fix: Top of the Class achievement now able to be earned and description changed to reflect the new level names and requirements
- Fix: Few and Proud achievement clarify requirements needed
- Fix: Splash screens are skippable again
- Fix: Borderlands levels Entanglement and Infiltration let you build towers again
- Fix: No more purple textures when playing You Monster level in a low-res graphics level
Product Update - Valve
  • Defense Grid now supports Steam Cloud! Your local profiles will be automatically merged with whatever is in the cloud
  • Splash screens can be skipped by pressing ‘esc’, ‘space’, or ‘enter’
  • Leaderboard UI has been cleaned up and simplified
  • There is now a UI setting to switch the behavior of the fast forward button between “press and hold” and “toggle on/off”
  • All modes of all levels are now unlocked by default
  • Shortcut keys added for building towers, selling, and upgrading
    • 1 : build Gun tower without UI
    • 2 : build Inferno tower without UI
    • 3 : build Laser tower without UI
    • 4 : build Temporal tower without UI
    • 5 : build Meteor tower without UI
    • 6 : build Cannon tower without UI
    • 7 : build Tesla tower without UI
    • 8 : build Missile tower without UI
    • 9 : build Concussion tower without UI
    • 10 : build Command tower without UI
    • U : upgrade without UI
    • Shift-U : sell without UI
  • Cleaned up ARG content
    • Voice over volume slider now affects GLaDOS in the CHAS levels
    • Console remains in, but passwords have been removed
    • Potatoes are now gone
  • Tesla tower now does 2x damage vs. shields
  • Fixed a crash with the new leaderboards
  • Prepared for summer camp

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