Dungeon Defenders dev announces cross-platform shooter Monster Madness Online


Dungeon Defenders developer Trendy Entertainment and its new indie subsidiary Nom Nom Games announced a new cross-platform, RPG-like shooter called Monster Madness Online today. The free-to-play game places combatants in the shoes of one of four minors in Suburbia City, which has been overrun by invading Martians whose powerful Monster Tokens apparently don't affect the kids of the town.

Monster Madness Online is billed as the first 3D action game to use Mozilla's asm.js technology, which enables Nom Nom Games to take advantage of a higher level of JavaScript development. This offers developers the ability to insert physics, 3D graphics, multiplayer networking, advanced animation and other beefier game elements into their browser-based projects without the use of a proprietary plugin.

Trendy Entertainment Co-Founder and CTO Jeremy Stieglitz explained the developer's use of asm.js in a separate trailer, found after the break. The game is expected to fully launch in May 2014 for PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS and any web browser of choice. An online, pre-alpha PvP version of Monster Madness Online is available to try out now on the game's website.
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NOM NOM GAMES ANNOUNCES THE IMMINENT INVASION OF MONSTER MADNESS ONLINE

From The Creator of 'Dungeon Defenders' Arises a New Adventure Featuring Seamless Cross-Platform Gameplay in F2P Action RPG Shooter

Gainesville, FL – December 12, 2013 – Nom Nom Games, a newly formed indie subsidiary of Trendy Entertainment, today unveiled its first studio project, Monster Madness Online. Developed by the masterminds behind Dungeon Defenders, this new F2P Action RPG Shooter set in the Monster Madness universe sees the return of four high school slackers who demonstrate exceptional monster-bashing skills.

Developed for cross-platform gameplay across PC, Mac, Android, Linux and iOS, Monster Madness Online is also optimized for Web Browsers and is the first game to utilize "asm.js" technology pioneered by Mozilla where the game's code is optimized for Javascript to run directly in the Web Browser without any plugin or signup requirement.

The full game release is slated for May 2014, but players can jump into the fray now - December 19, 2013 to help test the cross-platform service technology via the pre-alpha, multiplayer PvP at www.monstermadness.com (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Web Browser only).

The citizens of Suburbia City were caught totally unprepared for the Martian invasion! Harnessing the mystical power of Monster Tokens, evil extraterrestrials sucked all of the town's adult inhabitants into the Void, paving the way for the Invasion's second phase, a new Monster onslaught intended to weaken the Earth's remaining defenses. What these atrocious aliens didn't reckon on, however, was the Monster Tokens' inability to affect anyone under 18.

Saved from another hellish day at High School ("Go Wildcats!"), our four heroes - Zack Fowler (the Nerd), Andy Gomez (the Skater dude), Jennifer Sweeney (the Cheerleader), and Carrie Rosenberg (the Goth) - are ready to take back their town from the interlopers. It's time to team up, gear out, craft some weapons, and get hunting!

Monster Madness Online provides a frictionless online browser gaming experience by being the first game to utilize Mozilla's "asm.js" where the game's code is optimized for Javascript compiler to run directly in the Web Browser without any plugin or signup requirement. This is made possible by cutting edge Mozilla-pioneered technologies that combine to make the browser a high-end gaming platform, extending the reach of Monster Madness Online to hundreds of millions of players regardless of operating system.

Read more about the experience developing with this exceptional technology in Nom Nom Games' director Jeremy Stieglitz's blog post HERE.

For in-depth Monster Madness Online information, please visit www.monstermadness.com, 'Like' the game on Facebook, and follow the development team @MonMadOnline.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.