Upcoming dungeon genre-blender Dungeon Defenders isn't just coming to PlayStation 3: it's on the way to Windows and devices running iOS and Android, too. Developer Trendy Entertainment has just announced at Game Developers' Conference that all four platforms will be fully cross-compatible, meaning gamers on PS3, Windows, iPhone and Android will be able to raid dungeons together.
Company co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz is understandably proud of his team's achievement, an industry first according to the press release.
We’re doing things now that we’ve dreamed about doing for years. The industry is inevitably moving towards platform-agnostic interconnectivity for multiplayer and anytime/anywhere access to in-game content. Companies have trained us to expect such access with our music, our photos and any online media, pretty much everything. It's only natural for us to give gamers the ability to play Dungeon Defenders online, anywhere they want, whatever their platforms of choice.
As well as Android, iOS and Windows devices, the game was also used to demonstrate Sony's Next Generation Portable, potentially even spelling cross-platform support for the upcoming platform in future.
For more information, read our exclusive Dungeon Defenders interview and stay tuned to Movemodo for more.
TRENDY TO SHOW OFF DUNGEON DEFENDERS CROSS-PLATFORM PLAY AT GDC
Developer of the smash hit, Unreal-powered iOS/Android game to demo and discuss in panel PS3, PC, Android & iOS cross-platform play at GDC 2011!
Twain Harte, California – March 2, 2011 – Reverb Publishing and Trendy Entertainment today announced that Dungeon Defenders will be shown on the floor at Game Developers Conference 2011, demoing true four-player cross-platform multiplayer across the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows-based PCs, iOS and Android devices—a first for this industry.
“We’re doing things now that we’ve dreamed about doing for years,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, COO and co-founder of Trendy Entertainment. “The industry is inevitably moving towards platform-agnostic interconnectivity for multiplayer and anytime/anywhere access to in-game content. Companies have trained us to expect such access with our music, our photos and any online media, pretty much everything. It's only natural for us to give gamers the ability to play Dungeon Defenders online, anywhere they want, whatever their platforms of choice."
Reverb and Trendy will host demos at GameSpy Technology’s booth (914 in the Moscone center South Hall) during GDC. Trendy will also appear during the Conference Session – “Breaking the Cross Platform Multiplayer Barrier”, Thursday, March 3 @ 1:30 p.m., Esplanade Room #310
Hailed by fans and critics for gorgeous graphics and deep gameplay, the Dungeon Defenders series debuted earlier this year with Dungeon Defenders: First Wave, the only iOS title besides Infinity Blade to use Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 and the only Unreal based Android game. Dungeon Defenders recently took a bow at Sony’s unveil of the Next Generation Portable during its announcement event in Tokyo, where Epic’s Tim Sweeney used Dungeon Defenders to show off Epic’s tech running on the NGP. It was most recently announced at the Sony Ericsson press conference during Mobile World Congress that Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave would come to Sony’s Xperia PLAY as a two month exclusive. The full version of Dungeon Defenders will arrive on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network later this year.
Dungeon Defenders utilizes many of GameSpy Technology’s cross-platform online services, which includes multiplayer matchmaking and deep player data tracking. Additionally, Trendy Entertainment is among the first studios to take advantage of GameSpy Open, GameSpy’s newly announced initiative to make all of its services available to start-up and independent developers for free.
About Conference Session – “Breaking the Cross Platform Multiplayer Barrier” - Trendy Entertainment’s Dungeon Defenders not only delivered a hugely fun blend of tower defense and dungeon crawling it did so by boldly busting down a nagging barrier to fun in the gaming space: cross-platform online play. Using GameSpy Technologys multiplatform online services, the developer managed to enable matchmaking, buddy lists and more across the Android, iOS, PC and PS3 platforms uniting fans of their game wherever they chose to play. In this unique session, Trendy and GameSpy Technology will share key learning from their efforts to deliver this much-longed-for, rarely delivered gaming experience.