Berlin-based independent developer Happy Tuesday is excited to announce today that the competitive multiplayer update to their smash hit tower-defense-action-RPG hybrid game, Hero Defense – Haunted Island, is now available for download on Steam.

Players of Hero Defense – Haunted Island can take each other on in a fast-paced, highly-competitive synchronous 1v1 multiplayer mode where a keen eye and strategy comes into play. Each player must arm their five heroes with the appropriate skills and runes to best the opposing player, smartly maneuvering heroes to optimal locations on the map to combat waves of enemy creeps in order to protect their own barriers, and acquire magical orbs for additional offensive capabilities. Whoever eliminates their wave of undead creeps first can strategically dismantle their opponent’s defense though Punishments – the ability to customize the enemy’s upcoming creep wave, either via stat boosts or by swapping them for a different creep type entirely bested only by a specific hero. It’s each player’s goal to overwhelm their opponents by taking advantage of their vulnerabilities so that creeps can destroy their opponent’s barricade.

Hero Defense – Haunted Island’ s multiplayer update adds three new maps (with a total of eight maps planned for when the game leaves Steam’s Early Access program later this summer).

Today also brings the first Multiplayer Season to Hero Defense – Haunted Island, a week-long event where players can compete in ranked matches to claim the title of ultimate champion. Multiplayer Seasons will be held each and every week, and progress will be reset at the end of the season preceding the next.

“After a week of closed beta testing with our beloved community members, multiplayer is now available,” said Karsten Härle, CEO of Happy Tuesday. “We’ve worked long and hard to innovate on classic Tower Defense mechanics, and I think players of Hero Defense will be quite surprised how competitive we’ve made this mode. I look forward to their reactions!”

Hero Defense – Haunted Island is available now for purchase on Steam and the Humble Store for $14.99 / €14.99 / £10.99.

“Overall, Haunted Island is a very refreshing entry into the “Defense” genre, and one that I truly enjoyed my time with.”
4.5/5 – Angry Centaur Gaming

“Hero Defense: Haunted Island это самый динамичный и нелинейный Tower Defense из числа тех, что я имел возможность попробовать.”
90% – Blast Games

About This Game
Hero Defense – Haunted Island offers the player five unique heroes that battle their way through various arenas to defeat Count Necrosis.

In order to destroy the world’s most powerful vampire, a team of slayers must impale, slash, tear and burn through legions of undead hell-bent on world domination.
Hero Defense – Haunted Island challenges fans from MOBAs, RPGs and Tower Defense games to strategically manoeuvre their upgradeable heroes to destroy hordes of sinister creeps.

Players customize their heroes through a deep RPG layer featuring upgradeable weapons and rich character skill trees.

A long lasting multiplayer experience gives enthusiasts the possibility to dominate the worldwide ladder for loot and precious runes.

◾Modify weapons by collecting and socketing powerful runes
◾Customize rune builds for devastating combos and skill-synergies
◾Build hero shrines to empower your characters during battle
◾Gain XP to access and level up each hero’s individual skill tree
◾Gather loot and equip spells that freeze, burn and poison the undead
◾Rebuild your town and unlock new buildings
◾Liberate your island, assemble your team and enjoy hours of a narrated story
◾Replay procedurally generated enemies and daily challenges
◾Succeed over bosses that possess special abilities
◾Kill creeps fast to punish the enemy in an innovative mix of MOBA and Tower Defense
◾Battle other players in ranked or unranked matches
◾Defeat opponents with strategies or brute force to earn unique runes