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Update #59

Making Defense Grid 2: Fun, PAX East, Beta & Release Dates, and Art books too!

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Hi Team,

We've been working hard to get our Defense Grid 2 game features complete and make sure the core gameplay is the most fun it can possibly be. In fact, if you've been following the embedded reporting work of Russ Pitts at Polygon, he just released a new article a couple of days ago where he witnessed and recounts one of the many days where we are feverishly working to make sure this game lives up to your expectations. 

DG2 Leads Meeting via Polygon (Russ Pitts)
DG2 Leads Meeting via Polygon (Russ Pitts)

To see the sixth in-depth report on Making Defense Grid 2, click here 

To go to the index of all the reports in this unprecedented Polygon series, click here 

PAX East

Also – big news flash. For those of you attending PAX East in Boston on Sunday, April 13th, Polygon Journalist Russ Pitts and Hidden Path DG2 Executive Producer Jeff Pobst will be making a dual appearance on stage at 11am in the Condor Theatre. Jeff might talk about what it is like to have a reporter watching your every move (and mistake) while you develop a new game with no say whatsoever in what Russ writes. Meanwhile Russ might give you additional insight into that crazy cast of characters that you read about who are making the game. Is Lex Story really like that? Does John Daud really worry about the details so much? You'll also get the opportunity to ask questions, so if you want to know more about the making of Defense Grid 2, here's a great opportunity.

Now some more big news, this time on product dates!

Beta Date

As you know we had originally hoped to do a multiplayer and feature beta back in November, but due to the multiplayer engine status, some low level engine rework, and new Steam features that we are taking on, we have been delayed on doing a beta significantly. 

We've kept busy working on other things while waiting for the APIs needed, so development progress has been good, but we're now happy to report that we have made progress on all beta fronts and have received most of the APIs we were looking to get from our partners at Steam. With that work now back underway again, we're expecting to begin the Defense Grid 2 beta process in either late April or early May!  We're looking forward to seeing you online then.

Release Date

Also, by now you also have seen the news that we have partnered with 505 Games to release Defense Grid 2 as planned on Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux) and also now on Xbox One & PlayStation 4. This is being accomplished both by adding some additional members to the team, and by adding some additional time to the development process for the existing team. 

We plan on simultaneously shipping Defense Grid 2 on all the platforms above, and to do that, we're now targeting a release in Fall 2014 which means the game release will fall outside of our original planned window of being in the first half of this year, but will not be far behind that.

Art Books 

For those backers whose pledges included bound art books for the first series and the second series, we're happy to let you know that all of the hardcover art books for the first Defense Grid series have been printed, bound, and mailed out to their new owners! 

Thank you so much for your generous support of the Defense Grid franchise! The DG2 art books will follow sometime after the launch of DG2 once we've had time to pull all the art for DG2 together and get it in book ready form.  That process took much longer than expected on the first art book, so we'll see if we can utilize that experience to help us make the second one more quickly. 

For those backers whose pledges include the pdf file of the art book that was used to print the books, your email with the link to download the large pdf file will be sent out starting today. Keep an eye out as sometimes the emails from us end up in your spam filter or elsewhere deep inside the depths of your email clients.

So that’s news at this hour. We know you are waiting to play a great game, and we're working hard to get you that great game as soon as is possible. We also want it to go faster, but we know that it being fun and solid is the most important thing, and we're committed to getting you a great Defense Grid 2!

Thanks so much for your support!

The Hidden Path Team 


Update #58

The Making of Defense Grid 2: Part 5, When a Successful Game is a Failure

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Defense Grid 2 In-Game Screenshot from Polygon.com
Defense Grid 2 In-Game Screenshot from Polygon.com

Russ Pitts at Polygon has been following Defense Grid 2 throughout its development and now releases the fifth installment of his Making of Defense Grid 2 series.   You've inspired us to be extremely transparent during our development and working closely with Russ is a big part of that.

This article focuses on the business of making games, and also is the first to announce our new partnership with 505 Games in addition to Angel investor Steven Dengler. 

The new partnership means that Defense Grid 2 will now not only release on Steam (Windows, Mac, & Linux/Steambox), but also will be coming out for the Xbox One & PlayStation 4 as well. We're very excited to be building a great Defense Grid 2 that will ship on 5 platforms. 



Update #57

Defense Grid 2 - Community Update 2/10

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It's time for another Defense Grid 2 update! This week we introduce you to Kaboom, your info maven, and discuss what the DG team is currently working on.


Update #56

To Delay or Crunch: The Making of Defense Grid 2, Part Four

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Russ Pitts over at Polygon has been following Defense Grid 2 throughout its development. This is the fourth installment of his series, The Making of Defense Grid 2. 

"Hidden Path has left every door open. No meeting has been off limits. No team member 'unavailable.' And slowly, over the course of seven months, a clear picture has emerged of exactly how a video game is made and why that process is fraught with complexity."

You can read his full article here: http://bit.ly/1mxOT9V


Update #55

Defense Grid 2 January Update

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Here's a quick update on what the DG team is currently working on, and where Defense Grid 2 is currently at in development:

What is the Defense Grid team currently working on?

The DG2 team has been very busy! Some major features are in progress, and it’s been very exciting to see all the bits and pieces start coming together. Additions to our network play are coming along, which include Steam integration, matchmaking, and additional modes for players to choose from. The user created content tools and pipeline that players will be using is looking great, with just a little bit of work left to make the experience whole. Items and special weapons that give players a chance to have a more custom experience are also gaining momentum.

The Design team is working hard to create new levels that are fun and interesting, with mechanics and modes to enhance gameplay and offer new challenges to the player. Art has kept busy decorating the levels that design has been making, as well as creating visual effects, towers and mobs, and generally making the game look beautiful! All of the art is looking great thanks to recent tool improvements and graphics coding from the engineers.

Can you give us an update on Defense Grid 2?

Overall, Defense Grid is moving forward at a really good pace. In the short term, we are working hard to finalize the features we’d like players to be able to experience during our Beta release, and are excited to get feedback in those areas as well as for the game in general. Once we get the major features wrapped up, we can focus on tightening up level balance and visuals, as well as start bug fixing and really making the game the best it can be.


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