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Defense Grid set the standard for tower defense games and now we're giving you the power to make Defense Grid 2 real for everyone.
6,291 backers pledged $271,726 to help bring this project to life.

DG2 Beta Begins!

Posted by Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer (Creator)


Early Beta Backers have all been emailed with their DG2 beta key and with an introduction to the DG2 beta experience. The rest of the backers will get to follow soon. The beta has begun!

In this first beta week or two, we’ll just expose players to a couple of levels in the game and allow them to play single player mode on them. It isn’t much yet, but more will be coming. The maps available are used in levels 14 and 15 of the game, but the alien and tower availability scripts on these levels are not the final game experiences, so don’t worry too much about any spoilers. You won’t hear any of the game’s story or any new voice acting in the beta, so again, you should be able to play worry and spoiler free once you're in.

There are many more details, and we'll share them with you soon.  The beta is here and is coming.  We're excited to have you join.

The Hidden Path Team

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    1. Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer Creator on

      A new beta build just went out a couple hours ago. We added a couple of challenge modes, and most importantly revamped the scoring system. Give it another try and see what you think!


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      phobiandarkmoon on

      Played through both levels and I love the graphical upgrades - it feels very slick and the boost towers add a lot of strategy to what I've seen. The score system feels pretty opaque at the moment - it took a while to notice that I got increments of money every so often rather than for killing small aliens, and that you only get the points for a wave once all aliens in it are defeated, so those are probably areas to focus on for the tutorial/early sections of the game. Hope that helps!

    3. Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer Creator on

      Hi J,

      Yes, a score formula update should be coming soon. We have been trying it prior to the beta going live, but it wasn't ready in time and we'll see if it addresses some of the problems both of us have observed.


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      J Durrant on

      Played the levels again, it seems that we receive scrap for wiping out an entire wave now independently of how the aliens are killed. If that is the case my entire previous comment can be disregarded.

    5. Nelson Tavares on

      Wishing I'd backed for $50 right about now ;) You guys have been wonderful with updates for the entire duration of the project(s).

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      J Durrant on


      I’ve played through the first two levels you've released to us, thank you for that :)
      I’m guessing from what I can see that we’ll have options to other super weapons than the laser; will any of these give scrap? Because, if they don’t, I don’t see myself using them very often. I only ever used the laser in DG1 when I calculated that I needed to build an additional tower to deal with a very small part of a wave and that I would lose more scrap in reduced interest than the alien was worth.
      This was a very small amount of the time! It seems a waste to have an entire mechanic that is almost never used.
      Seeing as score seems to be taking a larger import in this version - tracking in real time seems an odd choice as the only thing I seem to be able to do to increase my score is to kill the aliens while spending the minimum scrap (which I am trying to do anyway so I get more scrap from increased interest), some explanation as to what I can do to increase my score would be nice. Could the super weapons reduce score while giving resources as normal instead? This effectively creates additional difficult levels organically.

    7. Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer Creator on


      Controller support is in there - the Steam controller is currently the default. Use "-controller xbox" in the set launch options area of the general tab on the defense grid 2 properties dialogue box


    8. Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer Creator on

      Hi Rene,

      It was a term used in the tiers. If you were a backer in the following reward amounts, you got "early" access to our betas.

      $50, $55, $60, $75, $80, $95, $100, $110 and tiers above.


    9. Rene Rivers on

      What is considered an early backer? I backed on July 10, 2012.

    10. Ed130 The Vanguard on

      Got it, sent it, and Jo has beaten it.

      From the email replies:

      Wow, now thats a lucky coincidence.

      I even played 2 matches of DG1 today for nostalgia sake. Gun and Laser tower for life.

      20:12 (5 minutes ago)

      to me
      Already beat it :P

      I guess they right now balance is all over the place... I hope they put controller support soon.

    11. Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer Creator on

      @Laurent - not for a while, we're doing beta testing on PC for now. Other platforms may come into play later, but nothing has been decided on that yet (though they will launch in the Fall as well)

      @Ed130 Cool to see. Yes, keys coming your way.

    12. Laurent Krantz on

      Will the beta also be available on Mac?

    13. Ed130 The Vanguard on

      The webcomic Nerf Now mentioned that they were waiting for DG2 in the latest comic comments,

      I'm only a $150 backer (who activated their beta key already, derp.) but I was wondering if I could get another beta key to give to Jo or something along those lines.

    14. Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer Creator on

      Happy to send them your way, messaging you now. If other early backers want extra beta passes, let us know.

    15. Mathew Schaffer on

      "two extra copies of all digital game content developed (that's all past and funded game content for you and two friends)."

      That's from the backer details. Am I misunderstanding something?

    16. Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer Creator on

      It wasn't the way we were thinking about it, but if it is something you want, email us and we'll be happy to provide them.

    17. Mathew Schaffer on

      For those of us that did the three-pack backer level, shouldn't we get three beta codes instead of one?

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      Awesome news! Here's hoping the beta goes great!

      I hadn't heard about flyers not making it into DG2, but I'm sure you'll make an amazing game and find all sorts of other ways to challenge us. :)

    19. Cirsphe on

      Wow! Great, I can't wait! Thanks again for all the hard work!

    20. Hidden Path Entertainment, AMD & Razer Creator on

      We'll have a new surprise that we think is more fun than the flyer. We'll see what you think. :)

    21. Cirsphe on

      Sad to see that fliers won't be making a return in DG2. I really enjoyed the difficulty they added to the first game.