New Defense Grid Cast Members, Beta Updates and More
Defense Grid: Containment development is accelerating at the office as we work to get all our content into the game and prepare to break for a holiday. Before we take a break, we want to share the latest and greatest with you about Defense Grid: Containment.
New Cast Members!
You can see in the pictures below from our Monday recording sessions that not only are we adding two new characters to the Defense Grid universe in Defense Grid: Containment, but they’re voiced by AMAZING actors. Fletcher is back and voiced by the inimitable Jim Ward. But are you ready for this? The new characters are voiced by none other than Ming-Na Wen (you've seen her on ER, heard her as Mulan, and will watch her in Joss Whedan’s upcoming show S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Alan Tudyk (Wash from Firefly! Also in Suburgatory, Ice Age and Wreck-It Ralph).
We couldn't be more excited! With voice talent like this we decided to squeeze more story lines of dialogue into Defense Grid: Containment (157 story lines) than there were in the entire original game (135 story lines) or even in You Monster (118 story lines), so expect a new story adventure that bridges us to the future of Defense Grid in addition to the 8 new levels of play.
Minutes ago we updated your beta build one more time. First off, by popular internal demand (the folks want you to see the cool stuff that is coming), we've added the mission images as they'll be in the final product. Consider that a teaser on how the levels will look and what you'll see when the final art is in. We've adjusted the story script on a level or two based on statistics we've collected from your play, and you'll see that some of the lighting changes that have been applied to the final levels have leaked over into some of the placeholder levels - this affects level 4 more than any other - but don't worry, that's temporary until the new art appears in a few weeks. One other side effect of developing both for final and for beta is that many of the scripts now have pauses in them for the final dialogue that was recorded this week, so you'll get some unusually long delays at the end of some levels where talking would otherwise be taking place. You can fast forward through those wait times and accumulate interest during that time too!
One More Bonus!
In addition to an update on the DG:Containment beta, we're about to give you a early preview of the new free DLC that we'll also be shipping: the Community Levels that you have voted on! You'll soon be receiving another email with another Steam key, and when you enter in that Steam key, you'll get access to four levels designed by the community and with a thin art layer / varnish applied by our team. Keep an eye out for this upcoming Steam key in your email.
Again, thank you so much for being a Defense Grid backer. We're excited to be bringing you Defense Grid: Containment and we're looking forward to unveiling the finished product to you after the new year.
Thanks so much!
The Hidden Path Team