Trendy Entertainment won't be waiting until Dungeon Defenders 2 is finished to bring it to PlayStation 4. Today they announced that a pre-alpha build of the game will be released on PS4 on September 29th.
Philip Asher, marketing director at Trendy, said on PlayStation.Blog that the PS4 version of DD2 will have some features not seen in the current PC build but still has a long way to go before it's done:
For this version we’re shipping two of our favorite Dungeon Defenders features for the first time in the sequel — controller support (obviously) and two-player local co-op. We can’t wait for you to get your hands, literally, on these and let us know what you think.
Dungeon Defenders 2 is a cross between an action RPG and tower defense games. Players choose between characters with different abilities and team up with up to three friends to stop waves of enemies. They can fight on the front lines and create fortifications to do the job for them. Players can also acquire pets that can assist them on the battlefield.
They've got a fair amount of in-game content implemented on the PC version already. Players can use four heroes and play matches across 13 different maps. There are 18 enemy types in the game currently and one boss. There are also hundreds of items to find and equip.
The full version of Dungeon Defenders 2 will be free-to-play, with optional cash purchases. However, Asher says that you'll need to buy one of three cash bundles to play the early access version on PS4:
There will be three bundles available on the 29th. These will contain gems, Hero accessories, skins, additional Hero slots, and more. These bundles will be identical to the ones currently available on PC ($14.99, $24.99, $74.99), and will launch with an additional discount for PlayStation Plus members!
Early Access is all the rage on PC these days. Some of the top-selling games on Steam over the past few years such as DayZ, Rust and ARK: Survival Evolved were released to players in alpha form. Early access lets players try out these games well before their "official" launch and get all future patches for no additional charge. The downside, though, is that they're paying for an game with missing or incomplete features. There's also no guarantee that the developers will eventually add everything on their to-do list to the game.
With Early Access becoming so popular on PC, it was only a matter of time before it spread to consoles. Sony hinted last year that in-development games could be playable on PS4.