Developer Hidden Path recently announced that they will now be offering pre-orders via Steam for Defense Grid 2 release this fall. From our time talking with the developers themselves at E3 this past June, they have us very interested in what will come from this Tower Defense co-op title.
The main incentive to pre-order Defense Grid 2 on Steam is a 10% off discount from the launch price ($25 originally) and immediate access to the beta (unfortunately, the beta is only available for Windows users at this time). Additionally, if more people preorder the game, new incentive tiers will be offered in the future (such as the original Defense Grid digital art book or a free copy of the Containment expansion to Defense Grid: The Awakening)
If preordering isn't your thing, there will be a special edition of Defense Grid 2 available later on that includes all the previously mentioned pre-order incentive items, as well as an exclusive digital Defense Grid 2 art book and the e-book, The Making of Defense Grid 2: The Complete Story Behind the Game, by Russ Pitts ($30 originally). Certainly, there is a lot to choose from when purchasing this game.
What is Defense Grid 2 all about, you might ask? Well, it does have many elements from other Tower Defense games, but it also has lots of beautiful 3D graphics and quite a few mechanics that fans of the genre will certainly enjoy. As waves of enemy aliens come rushing in, the player's job is (of course) to defend their key structure, the Core. By constructing various towers, players can route the enemy and slow them down enough to allow the defensive structures to get their hits in. If the enemy does reach the Core, they will attempt to return back to their spawn point with the structures' pieces. Luckily, your defensives structures will be able to regain these Core pieces and restore the structure if the enemies holding them are killed in transit.
There are two different co-op modes that players can choose to play in: Defense, where players must split their resources to survive, or Doubles, where all resources are shared. Either one poses their own unique set of obstacles and forces players to work together to build the best defenses possible. Be sure to check out our hands-on co-op impressions for our take on them!