Just a few days before PAX East, I was shocked to find out that a lot of indie companies were announcing brand new games and that Trendy Entertainment was one of them. A direct sequel to their current game, Dungeon Defenders 2 sees the heroes of the first outing return more grown up and within an entirely new genre.

The announcement of Dungeon Defenders 2 presents it as a  third person Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA). I am fearful of this, only because I am not a huge fan of MOBA style games. To sit and have to play for 60 minutes just to beat one match whilst having pure venom spit at you because you are a “noob” is simply not my idea of a good time. The only one I do enjoy is SMNC, but I’ve never had anyone yell at me because I wasn’t clicking enough in that one like I have other MOBA’s, so you can understand my hesitation with the new direction Trendy Entertainment are taking.

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They are, however, aiming  to make the MOBA better and their plans to keep each match under 25 minutes and do away with the complicated item buying system definitely sound like improvements to me. Item buying is in the game, but they are all consumables that only give you an advantage for as long as you can stay alive. Deciding when to risk buying the items and going for the kills and when to save your money is key to victory, and with the winning team receiving loot that improves their character for all future matches it is a skill you’ll want to acquire quickly. At the end of the match, the winners will be treated to some loot that will help make their character better in future matches.

This was the mode they were showing off, and despite being slaughtered by the other team I had a great time with it. It felt like the heroes had grown up and were eager to show off their skills. The countess ruthlessly slaughtered me every chance she got, but I ended up taking out the spider princess – one of their newer, more experimental characters. All in all, with tight controls, and interesting spells it was a lot of fun to play.

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Dungeon Defenders 2 will also have the classic cooperative tower defense game that we all fell in love with. Sadly, they didn’t have it showing at the show because it still is in pre-alpha, but the screenshot above looks absolutely beautiful for pre alpha-graphics if you ask me. The difference between the games, they will have 24 different heroes to chose from for both modes. You see most of them in the trailer, which leaves the mind to wonder how some of them become heroes.

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If you want to get your hands on Dungeon Defenders 2 early, head on over to their website and sign up for the beta. Mind you, the beta is focusing on the competitive MOBA aspects of the game but it will give you a taste for what’s coming.

Enjoy my interview with Phil Asher above, watch the trailer below and then be sure to keep it here at Just Press Start for more PAX East Impressions.