But first and foremost, Dungeon Rampage is now available on three different platforms. However, that won't stop players from dungeon romping together in real time regardless of where from. "You won't even necessarily know," Rebel GM Mike Goslin points out. "You'll just get matched with [players] who are at that node regardless, and then if you make friends with them they'll just show up in your friends list regardless of whether they're on Facebook, DungeonRampage.com or on Kongregate."
"We think you get the best of both worlds. It's really powerful. You have the problem in synchronous [play] where, if your friends don't happen to be online, there's not much you can do," Goslin says. "So, we want to take advantage of the asynchronous, so you're always able to do something. Plus, we'll match you up with people that you don't know and perhaps you enjoy playing with them. You'll establish friendships."
Skins are one thing, however, and Rebel knows it has to bring more to keep its players' attention. Say hello to the Pyromancer, the first new hero to hit Dungeon Rampage post-launch. A fiery rendition of the Wizard, this spell caster is possessed by a flaming demon that, when players activate his Dungeon Buster, bursts forth and engulfs the battlefield in flames.
Speaking of new attack types, one of the major upcoming changes to Dungeon Rampage will be a soup to nuts overhaul of the RPG's weapon system. Soon, weapons found and purchased in the game will have what Goslin calls "modifiers", unique attributes that not only give visual effects, but change the way that a given class plays. For instance, one Berserker blade will both set enemies on fire and knock them back, while another will crack the ground and increase players' chance for critical strikes.
To compound upon the depth, enemies will soon be weak and resistant to different weapon types, slowly teaching players how to tackle each arena in the quest to dethrone Lord Dinglepuss. The first step toward that goal will soon arrive in Dungeon Rampage through an assault on that jerk's posh castle grounds. Today, you can do just that on Facebook, Kongregate and DungeonRampage .com, but tomorrow (figuratively, of course) you might get to play elsewhere.
Rebel Entertainment is by no means messing around when it comes to its social game debut. The company has placed a massive bet on an audience that's yet to prove itself in a big way on Facebook. Now, the hope is for the 800,000 players that agree to spread the word--these gigantic updates might do the trick.
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