What is Dungeon Defenders: Awakened?
Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is a brand-new, cooperative, tower defense action RPG that recaptures the soul of the original Dungeon Defenders.
Here at Chromatic Games, we all agree — let's go back to the roots of what made the original Dungeon Defenders so amazing!
We're taking the core gameplay of the original Dungeon Defenders, its amazing content, its physics-bending charm, and we're mixing all of them together in a brand-new game set after the events of Dungeon Defenders II.
Travel back in time to when and where it all began: with the four young heroes banding together in their parents' castle — only this time, they face a time-altering menace who could reshape the past, present, and future of Dungeon Defenders.
With upgraded visuals, updated mechanics, and locations both new and old, this is the awakening of the franchise we feel it deserves.
(After this, it's onto our dream game, Dungeon Defenders: Dating Simulator, but one step at a time, folks.)
As much as we love the first game, though, Dungeon Defenders released nearly 8 years ago. There’s been a ton of fantastic innovations in game design since then. Combat, movement, user interfaces — we believe we can improve these in this new game experience, so we've asked ourselves:
“If a new version of Dungeon Defenders released in 202X, what would that look like? How would that feel? How do we modernize the formula while keeping the charm and staying true to the original?
Defenders, how doth we design a dope game for thee?”
Our answer – Dungeon Defenders: Awakened
Creating a uniquely nostalgic, charming, and modern experience is our top priority. But how do we get there? With YOUR help, of course! We want you to be involved in the Chromatic development process, and we want to make this game for you, OUR MOST VALIANT DEFENDERS.
- UNREAL ENGINE 4: WE CURRENT GEN NOW, DEFENDERS! This opens up the possibility for unparalleled visuals, cross-platform support and faster development!
- FOUR PLAYER SPLIT SCREEN LOCAL MULTIPLAYER: This needs no description!
- FOUR PLAYER ONLINE/OFFLINE MULTIPLAYER: Strategize and defend together!
- NINTENDO SWITCH: Not only released on PC, but also Nintendo! Joy-Cons! Motion controls! Portability! Huzzah!
- NEW STORY: Travel back in time as our young Apprentice, Squire, Huntress and Monk thwart the Old Ones’ latest scheme!
- NEW BOSSES: Sharpen your blades and magi-fy your staves, you’re going to need it!
- NEW MAPS: Your journey will take you to new areas in the world of Etheria.
- IMPROVED ATTACKS: Slashing, slamming and shooting animations that pack a punch!
- BUTTERY SMOOTH MOVEMENT: Slide and glide with great finesse as you defeat the hordes you doth protest! WE RHYME GEN NOW!
- BEAUTIFUL USER INTERFACES: Be in awe of ALL the menus!
- VISUAL FIDELITY++: Think Dungeon Defenders II, but on steroids.
- STAT IMPROVEMENTS: Understand how gear affects your gameplay with greater clarity!
- VASTLY BETTER INVENTORY: Organization never looked so good!
- GAMEPAD ACTUALLY BEING GREAT: A more responsive and modernized control scheme that also takes full advantage of the Nintendo Switch.
- ACCESS INVENTORY ANYWHERE: The power of the Forge is in your pocket!
- TACTICAL MAP OVERHAUL: Get all the information you need to be a legendary tactician!
- TWITCH INTEGRATION: With a seamless chat overlay and the ability to vote on game-changing mutators, Twitch viewers will influence the fate of streamers and potentially spawn their doom.
- BETTER CHAT FUNCTIONALITY: Communicate strategies on slaying the armies that await!
- TONS OF QUALITY OF LIFE: Mini-map improvements, mana acquisition, lane wisps, multi-hero experience — there’s so much quality of life it’ll affect you IRL!
- AND SO MUCH MORE! (NEW HEROES? TOWERS? PLEDGE NOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!)
This is just the beginning. We want to make sure this feels like Dungeon Defenders, except in a greater way than before! The goal is to recreate what made the original such an epic adventure, while giving it that modern polish and cranking it up to 11.
Don’t be mistaken — this isn’t all. There’s so much more we want to do to make this a legendary experience for you, our Ultimate Defenders, but we need your help!
We’re not looking to stretch, we’re looking to FLEX! We’re a small team of people who will conjure the best possible adventure with even the minimum amount, but there are certain goals that could summon forth this beast’s final form. Here’s what we want to do, with even more over-the-top additions revealed as we climb higher and higher!
We’re setting our sights higher than Sky City, which is what Dungeon Defenders is about — achieving victory against impossible odds!
Chromatic Games is a brand-new game studio with a passion for making indie games.
We now own the rights to the Dungeon Defenders franchise, and we're so grateful to be the new stewards of the franchise. We've brought on key members from the original Dungeon Defenders and Dungeon Defenders II teams to help lead the charge! We treat our employees right, and we want to make games the right way.
Completely self-funded, Chromatic will make kickass games that YOU want to play. No pay walls, no free-to-play — just pure, unadulterated fun. We’re a giga-blast of fresh energy to the Dungeon Defenders franchise, and we hope you’ll join us as a backer on this new journey together!
Chromatic’s goal is for our team to remain independent and to be able to maintain a “player first” mentality.
Kickstarting Dungeon Defenders: Awakened allows us to maintain our creative freedom, add extra features into the mix, and provide additional updates and content to the game. But it goes well beyond this!
Backing Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is how YOU get involved! As a backer, you will become a prestigious member of the Chromatic development team.
Your input, taken in aggregate along with your fellow backers, will help shape the game.
We’ve heard you shouting from the Ramparts. We want to give you what you’ve asked for and more.
You, our faithful Defenders, are an amazing community who's been with the franchise through thick and thin. We want to blow your minds so hard you’ll feel like your face was melted from going toe-to-toe with an Old One!
Alright, maybe not that hard, but we're driven to make the best Dungeon Defenders yet. We want to make something you’ll never forget.
Let's stand together to awaken the franchise, Defenders. Together we can achieve the impossible.
Together, we are Dungeon Defenders!
Fall in line, Defenders of Etheria! Take part in exclusive backer only forum discussions, polls, contests, and surveys with an exclusive access granting forum title! What’s that? You also want exclusive, backer only forum icons to prominently display your status? You got it! It’s all about those bragging rights! Want to show off in game as well? We’ve got you covered with an exclusive in game title. Etheria will forever be in your debt!
The Gunwitch has succumbed to the temptations of the Oldest One! The Corrupted Gunwitch skin in Dungeon Defenders II is an exclusive reward for our backers.
Defenders have had a huge part in shaping the world of Etheria and this time we want our biggest fans to help us help create the ultimate Dungeon Defenders: Awakened experience. You will play the game early before release, find crazy bugs, engage with developers, and give us critical feedback across surveys and private beta discussions.
This is it. It’s time to return to Etheria and defend the castle one last time! Want a hassle free way to play Dungeon Defenders: Awakened? Download the game immediately upon release and rush to the front lines! You will receive a digital download code to download and play the full release version of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened!
Distinguish yourself from amongst your peers with an exclusive backer-only Dungeon Defenders: Awakened supporter role in the official Dungeon Defenders Discord server community. You will also get access to a private early supporters channel so you can chill and chat with your fellow early Defenders and the game’s developers.
A return to Etheria would not be complete without a little pet buddy at your side and few pets are as small and deadly as the Giraffe on a Treadmill! Running endlessly day and night without purpose or reason, this tiny giraffe never sleeps and never stops! An exclusive unique breed of this little giraffe is ready for pickup for our early supporters.
Check out a small preview now! Relive the soothing melodies of Etheria, the thumping beat of invading war drums, and the epic clash of battling armies! The sounds and music of Etheria can be yours with a digital download code for the official Dungeon Defenders: Awakened soundtrack, composed by the amazing Afshin Cohen. Replay the Etherian musical experience any time!
When defending Etheria against countless hordes of evil it can be a little tricky to stand out. Not any more! Don these exclusive backer-only skins and defend Etheria best dressed to impress! Show-off your early support for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened with a unique backer-only exclusive skin each for the Squire, Monk, Huntress, and the Apprentice heroes!
Have you mastered the basics? Want the best builds and the best loot? We have you covered! We’ve collected the best tips and strategies for all of the maps, loot, and heroes in the game and you can have and know it all with a download code for this exclusive backer-only strategy guide for Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. Written by designers of the game (that’s us!).
The land of living legends is a wonderful and colorful place. We’ve captured the beautiful world of Etheria in the Dungeon Defenders: Awakened official artbook. Cast your eyes over amazing vistas, daring brave heroes, and vicious enemies! Available as a digital download code exclusively for backers.
The ultimate real life armor piece with a +100 stat in Looking Awesome! A super comfortable t-shirt with an exclusive and awesome Dungeon Defenders: Awakened design that is only available for early backers that prefer a bit of real life flair!
You are awesome. You really are. As a big thank you to our early supporters we want to put you into the heart of our game. Have your name recorded forever in the history books of Etheria with your name appearing on the official credits roll of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened as a special Kickstarter backer.
Only the Etherian elite and famous know about the secret VIP room at the tavern, and only a smaller number get access. Escape the hustle and bustle of the tavern crowds with your own private area. This super secret room is the best place to chill, relax, and plan your defenses. Entry is strictly limited to early Dungeon Defenders: Awakened VIP supporters!
You want an autograph? How about three? Five? Fine, have the whole team! Celebrate the return to Etheria with a special Dungeon Defenders: Awakened large printed celebratory poster. Not just any kick-ass poster either, we’ve scribbled all over it! Each poster is lovingly hand-signed by each of the passionate team of developers working on the game.
Bring a touch of class and wealth to Etheria! Prepare for Awakened in Dungeon Defenders II with four solid gold Gilded skins for the Monk, Squire, Huntress and the Apprentice. These exclusive bling-tastic skins are only available to backers!
Special Enemies will kick your ass. They will interrupt your defenses and push heroes to their breaking points. Even the bravest defenders will ultimately scream the names of their enemies in anger and despair - and you get to name one of these major badasses. Does that Ogre look more like a Michael or a George? Is xxManaGrindr67xx a good name? YOU decide!
Loot is life in Etheria. You need loot, you want loot, you love loot. Dungeon Defenders: Awakened contains many sweet, shiny armor pieces to help the heroes of Etheria. You get the chance to choose a name for one of the armor pieces. This is your loot. Your own armor piece. Claim the name of a piece of armor and define one of the key tools that will help defend the realm!
Loot is life in Etheria. You need loot, you want loot, you love loot. Dungeon Defenders: Awakened contains many sweet, shiny weapons to help the heroes of Etheria. You get the chance to choose a name for one of these weapons. This is your loot. Your own weapon. Claim the name of a weapon and define one of the key tools that will help defend the realm!
Live like royalty! Want to live like a king? Solid gold blingin' walls! Tables adorned with extravagant gems and priceless jewelry! Transform the tavern with your incredible wealth into a gaudy, golden palace fit for only the wealthiest of Etherian nobility! An exclusive option lets you toggle between the regular tavern and a phat loot palace of wealth!
Only the greatest of heroes have earned the recognition to be engraved on the Tablet of Legends. These guys are the real deal. Max level, capped stats! The living legends of Etheria! The tablet, viewable by all players of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened in the private tavern, records the deeds of the heroic early supporters so that all shall know them.
The corruption of the Crystalline Dimension has infected the heroes of Dungeon Defenders II! Prepare for Awakened with an exclusive set of skins for the Monk, Squire, Apprentice and Huntress in Dungeon Defenders II.
Want to be in a video game? Of course you do! Become a citizen of Etheria inside the Dungeon Defenders: Awakened game! We will take a photo or image of you and draw you in a custom Defender Defenders style and hang your picture inside the game world for other players to see when playing. You will be a living part of our game world. We will also print out the drawing and send it to you as a high quality keepsake and special thanks.
Sit down and tuck into a delicious lunch with us. Food and good times go together like goblins and ballistas, so come shoot the breeze over quality food with us. Just remember to leave room for dessert! You and up to one friend of your choosing (Owe a best friend? Want to impress dad?) are invited to wine and dine with the developers of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. You will need to make your own travel arrangements but lunch is on us!
Do you want to make something cool? We will take your idea and make it happen. Do you have an idea for an awesome sword? A cool hat? A bangin’ bow? Take loot to the next level! We will take your idea and make it into a real in-game asset. The real deal, full 3D! No experience or artistic skill are required - if you can explain your idea to us then we can translate it into the game and make it awesome for you!
Take a deep dive into the world of Dungeon Defenders: Awakened at the home of Chromatic Games by spending a day at the studio amongs the game’s design team. Get a hands-on early look at new content and give feedback in person with this exclusive access. You will need to make your own travel arrangements but our doors are open just for you.
When Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is finally ready to launch we are going to throw a fantastic party to celebrate the game. We want you to come party with us! You and a friend (always remember mom!) are invited to a private launch party at the Chromatic Games studio, we’ll help cover the travel for you and treat you like the Etherian hero we know you are! Celebrate the official release of the game at an exclusive party with the developers!
Travel expenses up to $800 will be provided.
What’s in a name? Most players will come up with unique and cool names for their heroes (shoutout to MonkLord99!) but there are many more players out there that just want to roll with the defaults. The default could be YOU. Hundreds and thousands of players could be using a hero with your name on it! Add your name to the list of potential hero names all players see when creating a brand new hero in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened.
Work with our Creative and Art Directors to fashion a custom skin for a hero of your choice! You can choose to have it be exclusive to you, or decide if players can earn it in-game. Choose the slickest, sickest, or goofiest skin you can imagine! It's up to you!
Risks and challenges
Video games are complex and expensive projects, but Dungeon Defenders: Awakened has been planned out with the current fundraising goal in mind. If we push past that, there's a chance that the original target date could be adjusted after considering the total available funds for the project. We'll do our best to hire additional team members and accurately evolve our original plan to stick as closely to the original launch window as possible.
Most importantly, we can't wait to make this next Dungeon Defenders title with you!
So please support Dungeon Defenders: Awakened, get involved with the community, spread the news of our new game and studio, and join us on our epic quest!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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