Trendy Entertainment have been working hard and long on Dungeon Defenders II, that at least partially have been alpha funded through their "Defense Council" where people have been able to buy pre-alpha access in order to help the developers shape and test the game. That effort is going to be kicked up a notch via Steam Early Access from December 5.
"With over six million Dungeon Defenders players across PC, Console & Mobile, we're thrilled to be able to offer them the chance to play Dungeon Defenders II," said Darrell Rodriguez, CEO of Trendy Entertainment. "At Trendy, we believe the best games are made in a partnership with their communities. For the last 12 months we've been quietly developing Dungeon Defenders II with a limited group of community members we call the Defense Counsel, and we are incredibly proud of our joint accomplishments. Now the time has come to bring the game to Steam and open it up a whole new channel of feedback through Early Access."
Early Access will include the entire first area of the game with four playable heroes.
"This past year we've spent most of our time innovating and improving upon the core Action Tower Defense gameplay Dungeon Defenders is famous for, working with our Defense Council to create something fans both new and old will enjoy," said Brad Logston, Senior Producer of the Dungeon Defenders franchise. "The most exciting thing for us? The feedback we've received has been overwhelmingly positive, with some saying we've reached a quality bar above what they expect from an Early Access game. This has meant so much to us, and as we work past pre-alpha, we're eager for new players to join us to help make the best Dungeon Defenders game possible."
In addition to showing exclusive footage of the game at the 2014 Gaming Awards (successor to VGA/VGX) Trendy will also make a "special announcement about the future of the franchise".