The cold winds from the west are here, bringing Dungeon Defenders II: Drakenfrost with them to Steam and PlayStation 4, with Xbox coming later today! We put out a Dev Log showcasing some of the work that’s gone into the update, as well as a Dev Stream debuting some of the goodness coming. In this patch preview, we’ll be talking about those systems a little more in-depth to hold you over until the Update Notes are released. Let’s get to it!
Drakenfrost KeepDrakenfrost Keep has recently been re-discovered by members of the intrepid Etherian Explorer’s Guild. The Explorers were guided to its location by a tattered scroll discovered in the Mages Council Library. The scroll alluded to an ancient sealing ritual used by the early Council to seal away the powerful Generals, commanders of the armies of the Old Ones. The scroll detailed the Keep’s location with cryptic hints about “requiring the ultimate sacrifice” to seal away evil’s essence into “a vessel unlike the Eternia Crystals”.
This is the newest map to Dungeon Defenders II. Some old school Dungeon Defenders fans will notice a lot of similarities to the Royal Gardens map, but don’t get comfortable, as there is a lot more danger to this map to take on. We’ll touch on this map more overtime, we’re excited to see the different builds that arise to take on the challenges that wait.
Drakenfrost Keep is available in a new Adventure that includes Drakenfrost Resort (previously known as the Hotspring Map) AND in Expeditions.
Winterfest is Here
Head to Town or your Private Tavern to take part in Winterfest! Visiting everyday gives the opportunity to take a present from the giant festive tree located next to the Scavenger in Town, and next to your vault in the Private Tavern. This tree contains one of three gifts:
- Epic Gift
- Contains one of four holiday themed weapons for the Squire, Apprentice, Monk, and Huntress.
- Mythical Gift
- Contains one of four holiday themed weapons for the Squire,
- Apprentice, Monk, and Huntress.
- One regular Defender Pack
- One random Shard container (1 Shard)
- Legendary Gift
- Contains one of four holiday themed weapons for the Squire, Apprentice, Monk, and Huntress.
- One Mythical Defender Pack
- One random Shard Pack (5 Shards)
In order to obtain the items, approach the tree and hit the appropriate button that appears to receive your wonderful gift! The weapons that come from these gifts ARE tradeable, and follow the same rules as any other tradeable item (they cannot be traded if they are upgraded in anyway). These items also scale to your champion score up until the Chaos VII 6/10 upgrade level.
For the season of Winterfest there’s also a pretty amazing sale going on. Inventory bags are going to be 50% off and the Material Vault is ~33% off. The Material Vault now holds 9,999 instead of 999 for each slot, and it also includes both new reroll materials, these changes are applied to currently owned Material Vaults as well. Supplies aren’t limited, but this sale isn’t going to last forever!
Winterfest is going to be on for quite a while, lasting past December. This gives you plenty of chances to get all four weapons and some nice Shards and Defender packs along the way! Oh, and of course, don’t eat the yellow snow.
Elemental Combos received a lot of attention in the Drakenfrost Update. We spent a lot of time making all the debuffs in the game more uniform so that they all applied the same effect. For instance, all oils now work the same, previously some slowed certain mobs, some didn’t. Oh also, ALL water damage now drenches, including water mods (both chips and servos)! This is our first phase on improving this system, something a lot of Defenders have asked for a very long time. We’re only able to add this system because of our Diminishing Returns system.
This is a new system that we’re adding to the game, something that is a staple in a lot of different types of RPGs. A lot of players really LOVED the Weapon Manufacturer’s Mod “Shocking Revelation”, it brought a really awesome stun and a good chunk of damage with it, and a lot of Defenders immediately set off to get it. Eventually we had to nerf it a little bit to bring it in line with other Mods, but we loved the allure it provided for players.
If we wanted to do anything further with Mods like this, we needed to implement a system that didn’t make stun crowd controls negate all future content and negate any future Mods/features that weren't a stun with a different color (because anything less would not be as good). Enter Diminishing Returns. This system allows you to crowd control enemies, but after using it back to back the effect loses its strength. After a short while of not being affected by crowd control effects, enemies are able to be crowd controlled again at 100% efficacy. We’re able to buff up blockades during this update as well, and potentially give them even further functionality in additional updates!
We’re going to be very responsive to feedback on this, but it allows us to do a lot of cool stuff in the future. That means new Mods, any new heroes, and MUCH more we can’t talk about just quite yet can now have a lot of epic moments and crazy amounts of power without worrying about it not being as cool as strong as a 100% stun up time or so strong that it disables every enemy that has existed, currently exists, or will ever exists. This opens up the doors for some amazing things!
Previously we talked about Mods receiving changes in phases. In Phase I we more than doubled the drop rate of 10/10 Mods, as well as buffing all 6/10, 7/10, 8/10, and 9/10 drop rates. This means that 1/10, 2/10, 3/10, 4/10, and 5/10 Mod drop rates were lowered.
We promised a Phase II with this update, and we are delivering! Perfect 10/10 Mod drops before the update on average appeared within about 4 hours of active gameplay. We’ve received a lot of great feedback from players enjoying this change. However, it really stinks to be an outlier and it take a very long time to get a 10/10. The first change of Phase II is that it now on average takes about 10 hours of average play to get a GUARANTEED 10/10 Mod. If you play with more players, because you’re seeing more Mods, the amount of time this take drops significantly, taking almost half of the listed times.
Mod Rerolls are available in the following areas:
- Drakenfrost Maps drop 2 Reroll Materials
- Drakenfrost Maps drop in the following amounts
- Floors 28-35 drop 1 Reroll Material on Drakenfrost Resort
- Floors 35-59 drop 1 Reroll Material on ALL maps, and 2 Reroll Materials on Drakenfrost Resort
- Floors 60+ drop 2 Reroll Materials on ALL maps, and 3 Reroll Materials on Drakenfrost Resort.
We provided ways to farm them outright for the Defender who may want to take it easy in Chaos VII, or while progressing so even as you’re climbing Onslaught you’re able to take part in this new material and are even rewarded for taking on harder challenges.
These are things we’ve had in the works for a long time. This portion of the update has A LOT of quality of life improvements that get you out of your inventory faster and into the action. The changes include:
- Auto Sort
- Auto sorting now sorts your bags by actually moving all the items, previously provided a visual update only.
- The sorting goes by item type and Gear Score, but is a big update to the previous system.
- Shard Sorting
- Shard sorting logic has been updated. It now prioritizes the following.
- Sorts by Defense Shards first, and then by Hero shards
- After sorting between the two types, Shards are sorted alphabetically.
- Mod Sorting
- On the “Filter By” tab, the right most tab in the inventory, there is a new icon for Mods. This filters your best Mods first. This makes long play sessions easy and quick to check if there are any of those GLORIOUS 10/10’s just sitting in your bags.
- Numbers on the bottom right correspond to what the highest Mod quality is on the item.
- Numbers are white intentionally to make it easier for colorblind players to see what the number is.
- Mod Inspect
- By holding down Shift, you can now see the highest Mod quality of an item in the bottom right.
General ChangesVicinity Targeting
This is a new way to interact with players. This allows you to target other players, keep them targeted, and choose to do a variety of things: invite them to party, inspect their shop, and more interactions when Communities are implemented.Material Vault Changes
We received a bunch of feedback regarding the Material Vault. Previously it allowed you to store 999 of specific materials in each slot. Now you are able to store 9,999 IN EACH SLOT! That’s not all, the Material Vault now also has spots for the Primary Reroll Material and the Mod Reroll Material. So much space for activities!Social Menus
There's been a social menu added next to your abilities and towers on the main HUD. This brings a bunch of quick functionality when interacting with others!Enemy Spawning
We took additional passes at enemies getting stuck in spawn, but also fixed a big issue where enemies were going underground for a while and coming out of the ground later on in their path, bypassing blockades. We’re going to be keeping a vigilant eye on this, so please provide feedback on this if you see anything!Console Voice Chat
We have now provided an option that allows you to disable voice chat in social hubs, Console player rejoice! You can now opt in to hear all the great music choices of your fellow Defenders. And by great, we mean potentially terrible. It’s usually terrible.Victory Chests
Tired of waiting for your legendary loot to come out of that chest as you’re playing with other Defenders and getting so much more? Well that wait has been significantly reduced. When you open the Victory Chest, all your loot comes shooting out all at once. When playing with three other Defenders it looks like a legendary shotgun explosion.
Oh, and before we forget, if you don’t open your Victory Chest before moving on, all the items inside are sent to your inventory. If your inventory is full, then it goes to the Scavenger. Never miss out on Victory Chest loot again!
This is a feature that we’re also wanting a lot of feedback on. We’re releasing it initially on Steam, almost as a beta test of the feature. It’s a system that allows up to 30 people to be in a structured group, and you can be in 5 Communities at a time. These groups can talk to each other regardless of where you are using the chat system, invite one another to groups, and more. We’re wanting to build even more off this system, but it’s something you’ll have to get your hands on and see.
Communities are coming later in this patch after we've given it a little more polish.
Balance ChangesAbyss Lord
- Health scaling increased to 600, was previously 430.
- Skeletal Orc
- DU cost lowered to 35, was previously 40.
- Arcane Barrier
- No longer allows enemies to pass through it while exploding.
- Frost Power
- Defense Power scaling changed to (9 + 1 per level) from (10 + 2 per level). Max gilded is now 33%, previously was 58%
- World Tree
- DU Cost lowered to 25, was previously 30.
- Maw of the Earthdrake
- Defense Unit costs reduced to 50 DU, previously was 60 DU.
- Defense Health Scaling increased to 300, previously was 200.
- Fissure of Embermount
- Adjusted overlap to match that of similar towers (Flame Aura, Weapon Manufacturer, etc.)
- Viper’s Fang
- Upgrading the Viper’s Fang now allows you to bubble up to 5 enemies.
- Training Dummy
- DU Cost lowered to 25, was previously 30.
- Fixed an issue where the first bag in an inventory would visually not load.
- Fixed an issue when selling items that other items would be put in their place.
- Fixed an issue with Dryad’s Angry Nimbus that caused it to target enemies within the spawner.
- Fixed an issue with Dryad’s Hornet’s Nest not dealing elemental damage when using an elemental mod.
- Fixed a VFX issue when killing Betsy while she was breathing fire.
- Fixed an issue where Floor 40 Onslaught flairs were labeled with the wrong floor to attain them.
- Fixed an issue where Replay From Wave refunded Level 1 Tower mana if they were upgraded.
- Fixed an issue with gamepad focus moving when buying the last item from a shop.
- Fixed focus issues with Pet Stat reroll UI for gamepad.
- Fixed an issue with the Initiate, Gunwitch, and Huntress’s stat changes via various Ascension talents.
- Fixed an issue with Favorable Winds mod proccing off any kills, not just primary attack kills.
- Fixed an issue with the amount of XP given from Drakenfrost Resort in Expeditions.
- Fixed an issue with the Dark Arts Arcane Barrier not displaying properly.
- Adjusted tool tips for items on the ground when using 4K settings.
- Fixed an issue on Xbox where Defenders would get stuck on the main menu.
- Adjusted the Vanguard’s collision so that it better matches his shield.
- Fixed an issue in Assault on the Throne Room where destroyed subcores would not spawn enemies.
- Fixed an issue with Ancient Life Steal only healing for 5% when at 5+ points.
- Adjusted the difficulty of Forest Crossroads and Wyvern Den.
- Fixed an issue with UI layering issues when purchasing or creating a hero.
- Forest Ambush now has less amount of kobolds blowing up your lanes.’
- Fixed an issue with the My Deck button going gray after deleting a hero.
- Betsy’s overall damage reduced.
- All Adventures difficulty lowered across the board.
- Fixed a visual issue with the Harpy’s blinking animation
- Fixed an issue where EV2’s Buffer Chip worked on other heroes.
- If chat is gray, deleting your ini will fix it and give you colors.
- Keybindings were reset with this update because of Communities being added.
- On PlayStation 4, when in-game and quitting to the main menu, you may run into issues logging back in. Just restart the game and you should get back in.
- The following Elemental Effects' durations are not working the correct length: Onsen Bath, Maelstrom, Water Chip/Servo, Freezing Rain, and Drenching Strikes.
There’s a lot we’re experimenting with in this update to make the future of Dungeon Defenders II as great as possible. We’re welcoming all the feedback that you can provide on it, but of course make sure it’s constructive, it’s the best way to ensure we can make the best changes as fast as possible.
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The entire team has had a blast making this content, we cannot wait for all of you to get your hands on our next update. Stay tuned for more info soon!
The Dungeon Defenders II Team