Hidden Path Entertainment
, developer of the popular tower defense game Defense Grid: The Awakening
, has teamed up with publisher 505 Games
to finally make its dream of Defense Grid 2
a reality. Both partners seem pleased with the match.
According to Jeff Pobst, project lead for DGT:
505 Games has partnered with us at Hidden Path and is providing a great opportunity for next-generation console players to experience our vision of the definitive tower defense experience. We’re so excited to work on a game we love and bring it to additional platforms with such a like-minded publishing partner.
Ian Howe, president of 505 Games, feels likewise:
Our goal at 505 is to be a publishing partner that lets studios retain their creative independence and that is exactly how we intend to partner with Hidden Path in order to bring DG2 to market. Hidden Path is the perfect partner, they are experienced industry veterans developing a top-quality tower defense game that we both cannot wait to get into gamers’ hands.
In the follow-up to the original Defense Grid
that came out in 2008, the world is again being attacked by aliens. The basic mechanics appear similar, as well, based on the brief video provided. The look of the game, however, is astoundingly improved. It's amazing the difference six years can make, as evidenced by the following collection of screens and concept art.
New features have been added to the game per player feedback and requests.
Gamers will battle to protect their power cores on multiple locations throughout DG2. They’ll have new and familiar towers at their disposal as they beat back both new and established threats. Hidden Path Entertainment is happy to announce the addition of both cooperative and competitive multiplayer game modes as well as user created content support.
Hidden Path has endeavored to get this game made for quite a long while. They ran a successful Kickstarter Campaign in 2010, but they achieved the bare minimum of what they needed, far short of the stretch goal of a million dollars required to create a full sequel. Thus the search began for a partner that would provide funding while allowing them to remain true to their vision of what they wanted the game to be. If the brief video we have is anything to go by, however, the results of their long search appear to be coming along swimmingly.
A first look at early DG2 development. This early alpha footage shows some of the new features in DG2 including a new graphical engine, a new type of tower, new aliens, and a dynamic environment feature that can add to your buildable space during gameplay. More coming later around new multiplayer and user created content features.Defense Grid 2
doesn't have a set release date yet, but it's expected sometime this year for the Xbox One. As soon as we hear more, we'll let you know.