PSA: Dungeon Defenders is free on Xbox Live

Those itching to cast spells, hack away at enemies and level up will be happy to learn that co-op action RPG Dungeon Defenders is free on Xbox Live for Gold subscribers through the end of the month, March 31. The Trendy Entertainment-developed tower defense game took the place of Civilization Revolution in this month's Games with Gold program offerings, first launching on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in October 2011 and receiving four DLC packs in the time since.

Microsoft's Phil Spencer recently addressed concerns related to the Games with Gold program and the comparisons to Sony's PlayStation Plus program that it frequently receives. Spencer said the business for Microsoft's two-free-games-per-month service is "fundamentally different" from PS Plus, and stressed that players are able to keep the free games they download after their Xbox Live premium subscriptions run out.

Trendy Entertainment announced a sequel to Dungeon Defenders in March 2013, which is still scheduled to launch this spring, according to the game's website. The developer also revealed cross-platform online shooter Monster Madness Online in December.
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FREE GAME ALERT -- DUNGEON DEFENDERS IS NOW FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ON XBOX LIVE

Dig Into One of the Most Popular Xbox Live Digital Games and Extend the Experience with Four Add-on Packs

Twain Harte, CA – March 17, 2014 – D3Publisher together with Reverb Publishing is proud to announce that the loot-raiding, spell-casting, level-crazy hit Dungeon Defenders is now available free on Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft starting today, March 16, through Monday, March 31, as part of the Games with Gold program for Xbox 360. The downloadable title brims with hundreds of hours of 3D tower defense mayhem and offers even more depth, replay value, and action-RPG fun with its four, mega-size DLC packs.

Dungeon Defenders brings together all the best elements of tower defense and RPG progression in a fully 3D environment with 15 unique maps in which players take the role of one of four heroes defending the Eternity Crystal -- an ancient artifact containing an old evil. Players can download the game for free from the Xbox Live Games Store and load up on the DLC now.

The four Dungeon Defenders DLC packs feature:

Quest for the Eternal Shards (Part 1: Mistymire Forest): A new campaign and challenge mission that puts players and their fellow heroes on a quest to recover the long-lost fairies from the fog-shrouded bogs of Mistymire. Rare and powerful items await those who can brave the hazards of the forest!

Buy it HERE: marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Mistymire-Forest/b19aab5c-5015-4e30-be4e-91609b58b4bf
Quest for the Eternal Shards (Part 2, Morrago): Prepare to venture outside into the realms of Etheria in The Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards. Explore the desert city of Morrago and experience new missions, story cinematics, enemies, and more. This DLC pack contains:

"The Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards Part 2" Campaign Mission
War of the Djinn: Challenge Mission
"Oasis" PvP Battleground
Djinn Enemy
Genie King Boss
10 brand-new themed weapons
One brand-new Pet with special abilities
Buy it HERE: marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/The-Quest-for-the-Lost-Eternia-Shards-Part-2/3e55a8a7-eace-4574-92de-edd21c20fa10
Quest for the Eternal Shards (Part 3, Aquanos): Prepare to venture outside into the realms of Etheria in The Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards! Experience new missions, cinematics, enemies, and more: This DLC pack contains:

"The Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards Part 3" Campaign Mission
"Riddle of the Deep" Challenge Mission
"Shipwreck Graveyard" PvP Battleground
Sharken Enemy
Kraken Boss
10 brand-new water themed weapons
Buy it HERE: marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/The-Quest-for-the-Lost-Eternia-Shards-Part-3/5d4a6736-57ba-4554-b383-de341f956e83
Quest for the Eternal Shards (Part 4, Sky City): Prepare to venture outside the realms of Etheria in The Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards! Journey above the clouds to Sky City and experience new missions, story cinematics, enemies, and more: This DLC pack contains:

"The Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards Part 4" Campaign Mission
"Crystalline Dimension" Campaign Mission
"Boss Rush" Challenge Mission
Goblin Copter Enemy
Boss: Goblin Battlecruiser
Boss: Old One
Buy it HERE: marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/The-Quest-for-the-Lost-Eternia-Shards-Part-4/aef56c2f-cd5e-42f1-a5c2-cc55216f8b30
Tower defense fans and RPG nuts alike will find themselves enthralled by the depth of the character progression. Each class has a slew of towers and skills in their arsenal with 90 levels worth of stat building with all four DLC packs. All this makes for a chaotic, fun romp of a time in expertly crafted dungeons full of monsters attacking from every angle.

Rated T for Teen, Dungeon Defenders is now available as a free download on Xbox Live. For more information, please visit www.dungeondefenders.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.