The experience is made possible through GameSpy's online tools, suggesting that cross-platform multiplayer will not only become a reality, but a common feature down the line. Trendy utilized GameSpy Open, a new program that enables start-up and indie developers to use the company's online tools for free.
Trendy and GameSpy plan to showcase a demonstration of the cross-platform experience at GDC later this week. Dungeon Defenders is currently available on iOS and Android; PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are planned for release later this year.
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.
For more details, visit http://schedule.gdconf.com/session/12484
Eligible Passes: Audio Pass, Main Conference Pass, Summits and Tutorials Pass, All Access Pass
For all the goods on Dungeon Defenders, be sure to check out www.dungeondefenders.com.
ABOUT REVERB PUBLISHING:
Reverb Communications, Inc. provides a combination of public relations, marketing and business development programs, creating customized communications campaigns that directly contribute to a client's bottom line. Reverb specializes in launching videogames on all platforms including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Wii, PC, Facebook and iPhone. The agency has worked on recognizable brands like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, The Beatles: Rock Band, Star Trek Online, ZEN Pinball, iSamJackson, Dragonica Online and many more. In spring 2010, Reverb Communications announced the extension of its integrated public relations, sales and marketing services to offer digital publishing services to smaller and mid-level developers.
For more information about Reverb Communications, please visit: www.reverbinc.com.
ABOUT TRENDY ENTERTAINMENT:
Trendy Entertainment is an independent Florida studio focused on rapid, low-cost development
of broad-demographic games for digital distribution. It is composed of the co-founders of Artificial StudiosInc. and former directors of Ignition Entertainment, who have together released numerous titles for PC,Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 system, including Monster Madness and CellFactor. For more information,please visit http://trendyent.com/