Dungeon Defenders is one of the best tower defense games ever, and one of the first to successfully find the right balance between the tower building aspects and RPG action, while also including amazingly rewarding co-op play and user-generated content. It’s immensely replayable and charming, so much so, that it made EA’s Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare look woefully unimpressive and disappointingly limited in comparison, despite the latter’s big branding and powerful game engine.
Needless to say, the idea of a sequel had us excited from the get-go and as of this weekend, Dungeon Defenders 2 is available on Steam Early Access. In addition to PC though, Dungeon Defenders 2 is coming exclusively to PS4, an announcement made in conjunction with the PlayStation Experience event celebrating the 20th anniversary in Las Vegas this weekend.
Development on the PS4 version includes an interface catered to controllers, something the devs at Trendy Entertainment are currently working on. Those features will be available to PC players as well.
We still have a ton of work to do, but we’re excited to finally be bringing Dungeon Defenders back to a console. We’ve just completed our first controller pass (it needs a bunch of work!) and are exciting to dig into some other features, like local co-op and a controller-based UI. And yes, all of those features will also be coming to the PC version!
Keep in mind, that exclusivity is just through 2015 when the full version of DD2 will release. Expect it to expand to Xbox and other platforms after the contract time runs out. As for why it’s coming to PS4 first, it comes down to Sony being a better partner for indie devs (the usual story) and being more supportive of the free-to-play model.
“Sony has been really good to work with for free-to-play games… We think it’s a good time to do it too. Free-to-play games weren’t really a feature of last-generation consoles, so we’re really excited to see that people can pick up this game for free on PS4 and start playing.”
Free-to-play games can be intensely problematic when they break gameplay balance or let players buy an advantage but Philip Asher from the Trendy development team tells Gamespot that they are taking an “ethical” approach where that won’t be an issue.
“The term we use is ethical monetization, so nothing you buy will give you a gameplay advantage.”
He continued, explaining that their future plans for the game are something that are “more possible” on PS4, which could have something to do with monetization or something to do with their hardware.
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