Saturday, August 28, 2010

Gallery: Dungeon Defenders

To quote Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in Godfather III: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in again...".

Case in point, Trendy Games' spectacular-looking Dungeon Defenders, which promises to bring a blend of Tower Defense-style strategy and hack 'n slash Action/RPG combat bliss to PSN and XBLA this fall. I thought I was all done with Tower Defense games after the last dozen or so I played and here comes DD, winking and looking all sassy in that Unreal 3 engine-powered skirt. Damn...

Developed by Trendy Entertainment using Epic Games’ award-winning Unreal Engine 3, Dungeon Defenders throws action-RPG and tower defense gameplay into the proverbial blender to create a seamless mix of leveling, looting and high-action territorial combat for casual and core players alike.

“We’ve worked with the Trendy team members on numerous games in the past and couldn’t be happier about launching the publishing side of our business with such a strong partner,” said Doug Kennedy, general manager of Reverb Communications.

“Dungeon Defenders turns the tower defense genre on its head and adds a degree of depth seldom seen in a digital title,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, development director of Trendy Entertainment. “There is meaty character leveling and customization, awesome loot drops and plenty of team-oriented defensive strategy to manage, but then you have this action-packed wave-based standoff that gets continually more intense. It’s as deep as it is instantly fun.”

Dungeon Defenders features a lovingly-rendered watercolor art style and allows up to 4 players, online or locally, to take one of four distinct classes into fierce battle against ever-increasing waves of baddies and bosses across 15 arenas and multiple modes.
Dungeon Defenders will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and Windows-based PCs on Steam, Impulse, & GamersGate this fall.

As you can see from the screen shots, the game has a great cartoon art style (looking like sort of a more refined Torchlight) and from the looks of that character screen, you'll be able to outfit your heroes in all manner of cool gear. As great as the game looks, I'm hoping Trendy has plans to bring DD to either the PSP or DS (and maybe the 3DS) at some point. As much as I love my console chase 'n chops, I really need to get off my ass and leave the house every once in a while. Anyway, more on DD as it gets closer to launch - stay tuned...

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