The Making of Defense Grid 2

For the past two years I’ve been reporting on the making of Hidden Path Entertainment’s Defense Grid 2 for Polygon. You can read all 10 installments of my reporting there.

You can also now pre-order my book, The Making of Defense Grid 2: The Complete Story Behind the Game at Gumroad.

The book will have expanded interviews and additional chapters. It’s a great read for anyone interested in how video games get made.

The complete blurb is below. The book will be out in December 2014.


THE MAKING OF DEFENSE GRID 2 brings you behind-the-scenes of the creation of a modern video game.

Over nearly two years and hundreds of hours of interviews, veteran video game journalist Russ Pitts (Polygon, Kotaku, Joystiq, IGN, Digital Trends, US Gamer, The Escapist) has been given total access to every stage of development, and dives deep into the technological innovation, creative artistry and hard-nosed business that combine over weeks, months and years to make a game.

From moments of startling inspiration to times of crushing stress, the author has been present for every aspect of production — major milestones, critical beta tests and sometimes contentious design meetings.

THE MAKING OF DEFENSE GRID 2 is based on the article series written by Pitts for, with expanded interviews and never-before-seen material. The result is a look unlike any other into the hidden world of game development and the high stakes gamble of making games.