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Bloons TD 6 has been in development for a long time. Below is a list of information leading to its overall development.

Timeline of Events before initial releaseEdit

23 February 2010Edit

Ninja Kiwi registers the btd6.com domain via GoDaddy.[1]

29 March 2017Edit

Ninja Kiwi publishes the first Bloons TD 6 announcement on PRLog, which states the initial goal of a 2017 release date, and features the first image of the Bloons TD 6 logo. [2]


PRLog announcement


Ninja Kiwi Announces Bloons TD 6 in Development

Huge New Game in the Chart-Topping Series Coming to Smartphones and Tablets

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - March 29, 2017 - PRLog -- Ninja Kiwi Limited, an industry leading independent mobile games developer and publisher, confirmed today that it was hard at work on Bloons® TD 6 for the iTunes App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store. The team has not announced a launch date, as the immense scale and strategic depth of the game require an extensive balance and test period, but their goal is to release the game in 2017.

The game's precursor, Bloons TD 5, has been an app store phenomenon since its release in November 2012, remaining in the top 25 ranks of US app store paid charts throughout its life and recently returning to the #1 position on the US Google Play top overall paid apps and #3 US iTunes top overall paid apps. Attracting an impressive 9.3 million downloads as a paid mobile game, Bloons TD 5 has maintained a consistent 4.5 out of 5 star quality rating across the nearly 50 major content updates released to date.

Bloons TD 6 will maintain the series' captivating balance of family friendly visual style and challenging, skill based strategic play, but Ninja Kiwi is not currently releasing any information about new towers, new abilities, or new game modes. Consistent with the previous improvements from game to game, the company has said that their intention is to knock it out of the park, as Bloons TD 6 is designed to be more awesome in every way than its top selling predecessor.



27 October 2017Edit

A post on the Ninja Kiwi blog states that the release of Bloons TD6 was delayed to 2018, citing the want to avoid a "rushed game". The post includes an image of a Dart Monkey.


What's Up At Ninja Kiwi? - 27 October, 2017


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Dart Monkey-0
We are hard at work on a BTD Battles mobile update, we're looking into what development time/resources we can swing towards SAS4 mobile/Steam (no ETA) and Bloons TD 6 is looking to be feature complete before the offices close down in December. With that we have some sad but encouraging news: BTD6 will be released next year. Putting the game together in a stable, fun and freakishly awesome package is our main priority. BTD5 is a lot to live up to and we don't want to let you or ourselves down with a rushed game. We will start releasing information and media about BTD6 to show it off a little, but it's ready when it's ready and here's a cheeky Dart Monkey modelling a dart to prove it.

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23 November 2017Edit

HayleyBelleNK, an administrator of the Ninja Kiwi Forums, makes a post reiterating the delay to 2018.[3] It features the silhouette of Quincy.


Bloons TD 6 Update


NewMonkeyBTD6
Hey all,

We thought it was time for an update on Bloons TD 6. In short we're now looking at a 2018 release. We can't say when but we do know we have a fair way to go before delivering the quality bar that our loyal (and patient) fans deserve.

BTW, Quincy says 'Hi.'



15 April 2018Edit

BTD6 teaser 1
The Bloons TD 6 Facebook account publishes an image of a corkboard, which depicts information concerning the Alchemist Monkey.


Analysis
File:BTD6 teaser 1 snip article.jpg The greyscale article on the left is of Michał Sędziwój, the Polish alchemist who discovered oxygen using saltpeter. [4]
File:BTD6 teaser 1 snip formula.jpg The skeletal formula depicts isoprene in polymer with gold (composite rubber/gold), which can be used to produce nanoscale structures, or sheets. This material is weaker to punctures than just polyisoprene (normal rubber).[5]
File:BTD6 teaser 1 snip pop.jpg A bloon giving off bubbles of gas while popping to reveal the bloon underneath, hinting at a dissolving agent.
File:BTD6 teaser 1 snip censor.jpg A censored description of the tower, which reads "Harnessing powers of █████e and magic, splashes bloons with ████, also ████ various ██████ with different effects." (highlight text to reveal).
File:BTD6 teaser 1 snip notes.jpg A blotted note with three points.
File:BTD6 teaser 1 snip notes 1.jpg (1) Projectile?
File:BTD6 teaser 1 snip notes 2.jpg (2)
File:BTD6 teaser 1 snip notes 3.jpg (3) __Unstable__ (concerning)


16 April 2018Edit

BTD6 teaser 2
BTD6 teaser 3
The Bloons TD 6 Facebook account updates their cover photo to a new image of the Bloons TD 6 logo, and updates their profile picture to an image depicting a group of bloons, where notably a new purple bloon with a blue outline appears.


Analysis

Aside from the purple bloon mentioned eariler, there is really not much to see.


19 April 2018Edit

BTD6 teaser 4
The Bloons TD 6 Facebook account publishes an image of a file, which depicts information concerning a monkey appearing to control the weather and plants, hinting at Obyn Greenfoot and/or the druid monkey.


Analysis

Solving the substitution cipher yields the following potential results (highlight text to reveal).

Note at the top: A Guardian of te Forest and a Warrior of Nature

Enemy of Bloons

Paper sheet: Creates a blast of torns for each attack.

Upgrades can call forth ██████ of the ██████ storm or ████.

Photo note: Spirit Forest



24 April 2018Edit

BTD6 teaser 5
The Bloons TD 6 Facebook account publishes a collage of surveillance photos primarily depicting Quincy.


Analysis

Aside from the obivous Quincy "screenshots", we can see the following:

A tape that says "HERO (A)".

Numbers at the top, which which can be converted to text: "son of quincy"


1 May 2018Edit

BTD6 teaser 6

The sixth teaser, showing some actual gameplay.

The Bloons TD 6 Facebook account publishes greyscale images of gameplay, the 3D model and texture of the Ice Monkey in Photoshop, and a photo of Unity 3D.

Analysis

There are some towers on the gameplay image. These towers are:

The track appears to be an altered version of Monkey Lane.


9 May 2018Edit

BTD6 teaser 7

The seventh teaser.

There are images of Gwendolin on the track. These images are presented as "footage" in the same manner as previous trailers.
Analysis

One of the tracks appears to be the same as the track seen the Archer Monkey teasers.


16 May 2018Edit

A teaser roundup has been published on Ninja Kiwi's YouTube channel, showing everything they have published so far. In addition, the teaser has also been promoted via the Bloons TD Battles Mobile news menu. The teaser can be seen right here.

21 May 2018Edit

Striker Jones

The eight teaser, a "hero bio" for what may be a new tower.

The Bloons TD6 Facebook group has posted an image which showcases a brief bio of the hero Striker Jones, which includes details about his abilities and attacks as well as a few pictures of him on various tracks.
Analysis

The bio features two pictures of what appear to be Striker Jones's artwork. The grayscaled picture depicts him carrying a rocket launcher, while the more polished, colorized picture shows him with a bazooka; it could be that his design has been changed during development, or an upgraded version.

As for Jones's bio, it is said that he's knowledgeable in long range combat and uses his skills to increase the power of explosives. This implies that his main function may be to increase the popping power of any tower that uses explosives. Additionally, the bio says he has two Activated Abilities, the Concussive Shell and Artillery Command.


25 May 2018Edit

A short gameplay demo is released, showing the new 3D models for the Sniper Monkey, Dart Monkey, and Monkey Sub. There also appears to be a new feature of landscape obstructions. There are various tracks shown, but most of them are just variations of BTD5 tracks. One of the tracks was previously shown in the Quincy teaser. The tracks in this teaser were revealed to be Hedge, Spice Islands, and Streambed, respectively.

This teaser is the first teaser to display the interface of the actual game.



Analysis

Based on the blurred tower menu, it appears that Boomerang Thrower, Bomb Tower, Tack Shooter, and Ice Tower will almost certainly make reappearance in the game. Several other unknown towers also appear in the towers menu.


30 May 2018Edit

Bloons Tower Defense 6 is released on Google Play. However, it cannot be played until June 14.

On the App Store, the app is available for pre-ordering at the cost of $4.99 USD. In addition, the Facebook pages in Bloons TD Battles and Ninja Kiwi have promoted BTD6's post about the pre-releases. Based on the initial App Store release, it is expected to be fully released on June, 14 2018.

In addition, the official website is open.


App Store description on first day of release

Smash Hit Tower Defense Game The Bloons are back and better than ever! Get ready for a massive 3D tower defense game designed to give you hours and hours of the best strategy gaming available.

Craft your perfect defense from a combination of awesome monkey towers, upgrades, Heroes, and activated abilities, then pop every last Bloon that comes your way!

ALL NEW 3D BLOONS TD

  • Vibrant new monkey animations and upgrade skins
  • Intense visual effects
  • 20 original maps, some with 3D objects that can block line of sight

EPIC MONKEY TOWER UPGRADES

  • 19 powerful monkey towers, including 2 all new monkeys - Druid and Alchemist!
  • 3 upgrade paths - all monkey towers now have 3 amazing paths to choose between
  • Tier 5 upgrades - top upgrades so powerful only one monkey can have them

HEROES!

  • Each game, place one of these unique and powerful monkeys with 20 signature upgrades
  • Two bloon-shredding activated abilities per Hero
  • Craft new gameplay strategies around each Hero's powers and synergies

DEEP MONKEY KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM

  • Over 100 meta-upgrades that buff individual monkey towers or monkey groups
  • Adds late game power so you can win more maps and reach higher freeplay rounds

MORE AWESOMENESS

  • Play anywhere - single player offline works even when your wifi doesn't!
  • New Bloons - tricky new bloon types like Purple, Fortified, and the relentless B.A.D.
  • New game modes added to each game difficulty, like Restricted Monkeys, Double Health MOABs, and the brutal CHIMPS rules
  • Widescreen support for iPhone X - fast access Powers menu available on iPhone X only!

And there's heaps more! We packed as much content and polish into this game as possible, and we'll continue to add new features, content, and challenges in regular updates. We truly respect your time and support, and we hope Bloons TD 6 will be the best strategy game you've ever played. If it's not, please contact us at support@ninjakiwi.com and tell us what we can do better! Now those bloons aren't going to pop themselves... sharpen your darts and go play Bloons TD 6!

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Best experienced on iPhone 7 or above, or on iPad mini 4 or above

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Analysis

The App Store description has confirmed a wide number of aspects of the game, thanks to how it has allowed pre-releases.

Many bloon types have been confirmed. Every Bloon type in BTD5 plus DDTs have been confirmed. It is also shown that many of the BTD5 towers will make a return in the new game.

Along these is special Tier-5 towers where only one tower may be upgraded to per game. In addition, there are now three upgrade paths per tower.


7 June 2018Edit

Ninja Kiwi posted a video showcasing the abilities of the Alchemist Monkey, one of the two new towers making their debut in BTD6. https://t.co/gOlRXqSyNS

Info on the list of confirmed towers is also revealed in the Ninja Kiwi Discord.


Discord Chat

(Spiro 💉🎈 is Rohan)

AlextheTroller - Today at 8:03 PM

are banana farms gonna be annoying to collect like in btd5?


Spibo 💉🎈 - Today at 8:03 PM

only if you want them to be but yes they are gonna be


K1d_5h31d0n - Today at 8:06 PM

What will come of Mortars, Dartlings, Engineers, and Chippers? I imagine they'd be added in updates.


Spibo 💉🎈 - Today at 8:06 PM

Chipper is gone for good but the others are unknown


T-07 Days - Today at 8:11 PM

What will become of the Dartling/Mortar/Engineer?


Spibo 💉🎈 - Today at 8:12 PM

They aren't finished, but they've been worked on.

Will probably be updated in at some point

but, wait and see :shrug:



This confirms that on initial release, every tower from BTD5, excluding the Mortar Monkey, Dartling Gun, Monkey Engineer, and Bloonchipper will be returning. The Mortar Monkey, Dartling Gun, and Monkey Engineer are likely to return in updates to the game, but the Bloonchipper will not see a return. Additionally, the Druid and Alchemist will be added as new towers.

9 June 2018Edit

Ninja Kiwi releases copies of the game to notable YouTubers to showcase before the official release. However, they are not allowed to show the fifth-tier upgrades until June 12th, when they would be allowed to showcase one fifth-tier upgrade per day(source?). In addition, in the Ninja Kiwi Forums, the BTD6 subforum has opened, further confirming BTD6's full release coming soon.

13 June 2018Edit

Bloons Tower Defense 6 becomes available worldwide to iOS and Android.

ReferencesEdit

  1. GoDaddy WHOIS info
  2. PRLog - Ninja Kiwi Announces Bloons TD 6 in Development
  3. Bloons TD 6 Update
  4. The 16th Century Alchemist Who Discovered Oxygen
  5. Figure 5.4, Pai, Riyanka. Interaction of gold nanoparticles with synthetic and biological polymers. Retrieved from [1]
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