The gang over at Trendy Entertainment has finally unleashed the long-anticipated “Second Wave” update for its wildly popular cross-platform RPG / tower defense game, Dungeon Defenders, bringing the game to PC and both PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The new version also makes use of GameSpy Technology’s multiplayer services to fold both PC and PS3 players into its co-op multiplayer community. Players on both platforms can now join players on iOS and Android devices in online games, ensuring that people new to the game have a massive, built-in community to play against.
Dungeon Defenders, which Trendy initially released on iOS in December of 2010, has blazed trails from day 1. The first game to bring Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 to the Android platform, it also enabled players to join co-op multiplayer sessions across both iOS and Android platforms. Trendy always envisioned adding players on new platforms to the overall multiplayer mix as it released the game in new places. You can learn more about how Trendy approached the challenge of building cross-platform multiplayer into the game in our case study on the title, or by watching our panel discussion with Trendy at PAX Dev 2011 over at the GameSpy Technology YouTube channel.
The strategy has paid off handsomely for both the game and its community; since launching on its new platforms, the community has expanded dramatically in size, and the game has continued to win plaudits from publications like Destructoid (which scored the game a 9.5 / 10 in its recent review) to Joystiq, which commented that the game, “… gets damned near everything exactly right.”
Still curious? Check out the official Dungeon Defenders launch trailer below. The game is available for purchase now on PC (Direct2Drive, Steam), the PSN Store, Xbox Live, Apple’s iTunes App Store, and the Android Marketplace. PC players can also find a demo of the game now on FilePlanet.