They’ve Gone Rogue!
At GDC, I got to check out one game that was a complete surprise. All I knew about this mystery title was that it was developed by Chromatic Games, the folks behind the massively successful Dungeon Defenders series. So wouldn’t you know it, the new game is set in the same universe, but with a bold new vision. Not only is this game an indie, but it’s also a rogue-lite. Which is why it’s simply called Dungeon Defenders: Going Rogue.
I got to spend a good time with Augi Lye from Chromatic Games, and he told me a lot about not only the new game, but the direction of the team. Chromatic Games is now employee owned, instead of a big corporate entity. While some may see that as a step down, I see it as a massive upgrade. Now they’re focused on making games that are fun first, and worrying about profit second. And as such, they’re now focused on the indie market.
While Dungeon Defenders: Going Rogue is a new game, that doesn’t mean everything is totally different. You still protect your crystals, form powerful towers and face off against devastating enemies. There’s also a progression system to unlock new items, a shop and a forge, and even passive ability runes to upgrade your arsenal. You can play the game in multiplayer co-op with up to 4 people, and at launch, the game will feature 4 distinct classes – Apprentice, Huntress, Monk and Squire. Fret not, more will be added later.
Best of all, however, is the simple fact that Dungeon Defenders: Going Rogue just launched on Steam Early Access today! If you’re more of a console fan, rest assured that the game will eventually be coming to the following consoles – Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Series X|S. So you know, pretty much everything.
What’s that, don’t want to wait to play the game? Well, you’re in luck. From today until April 3rd, there’s a Speedrun contest happening for Going Rogue. All you have to do is videotape your best times in single player mode and send in your entries to get qualified. 5 lucky players will share the prize, a pot worth $10K! That’s all pretty exciting.
Fans of rogue and Chromatic Games have a lot to be excited about today. Be sure and check out Dungeon Defenders: Going Rogue on Steam. And stay tuned to HPP for more promising indie games.