Defiance release date set for April 2

Trion's open-world MMO shooter will release ahead of accompanying TV series debut.

Experimental third-person transmedia-stuffed shooter Defiance will release worldwide on April 2, publisher Trion has announced.

The open-world online title will launch on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, The accompanying Defiance TV show, which pledges to change its storyline based on what people get up to in the game, will kick off April 15 on US network Syfy.

To accompany the announcement Trion also released its full-length Join the Fight live action trailer, which shows the game's Ark Hunters fighting some enormous antagonistic crustaceans, known as Hellbugs, in Defiance's slightly-apocalyptic universe.

Defiance is set in the San Francisco Bay Area in a futuristic time period where Earth been dramatically changed by alien terraforming, whereas the TV series will take place in St. Louis.

Trion announced a series of layoffs in December 2012, but said that its 2013 titles-- Defiance, End of Nations and Crytek's Warface-- would be unaffected.

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Nightsider2169
Nightsider2169

Defiance is amazing.  It's beautifully written, masterfully executed, and the story is engaging... Very rare by today's standards.

Each alien race has its own life, language and culture. The feel around the hybrid world is unlike any other. Defiance has familiar aspects yes, but for the most part, it's truly unique and VERY enthralling.

Playing the game AND watching the show engages you more than any other story to date and makes you truly feel like you're part of the world.


HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who loves stellar visuals blended with fantastic story telling.

ernelson1976
ernelson1976

"The accompanying Defiance TV show, which pledges to change its storyline based on what people get up to in the game..."

Okay, with that the last bit of tepid interest in all this just got flushed down the toilet. Syfy's writing is shaky enough without letting gamers dictate what they're going to do. :/

dah_master
dah_master

I'm confused... I thought this game was supposed to be free to play?

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

Cant wait to get my hands on a copy of this game it seems really interesting and i would like to see how the show comes out as well

geff22
geff22

Very excited for this mmo to come out, from just playing the closed beta and stress tests I have high hopes.  They have a great story to build off of and the game play is extremely fun, since cannot say to much due to EULA best way to describe it is Open world PvE like Tabula Rasa had mixed with some open world PvP plus instances and BG's.  But twenty times more refined already for a beta. 

As well since its Trion I have high expectation of a smooth launch just like Rift had, they did it once they can do it again.  I believe next beta is in February so apply on the site now for a chance to get in, first come first serve.

tgwolf
tgwolf

As bad as mmo's get, mmo shooters just sound like taking all the worst parts of mmo's and making them worse and then shoving them to the fore...I will never understand making a shooter an mmo, this is just gouging shooter-players even without a fee.

anigmha
anigmha

Is this pay once to play or does it use a subscription model?

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Fun game that I am looking forward to playing. The gameplay is well made and action packed, the kind of gameplay MMO's should have. The story is interesting, if seemingly inconsequential, so I think that the TV show tie in will help the game out quite a bit. That is, of course, if the TV show doesn't get cancelled. I enjoyed the first beta, so I am looking forward to see what they do with it. My only fear is lack of end game content, but that will hopefully be remedied by continuous content based on the direction of the show.

USAPATRIOT21
USAPATRIOT21

I have never played a good MMO in my life because combat is usually miserable but I'm hoping this changes the playing field.

TrueGB
TrueGB

It's interesting to see the show affected by events in the game, but what happens if hackers alter the game to extremes? I'll bet anything the producers of the show will completely ignore what happens in the game for the sake of the show's health and that's a good thing.

Deathfish69165
Deathfish69165

Why even bring up the lay-offs? It's unrelated.  They've posted a few times that it was post-thining of the Rift Stormlegion team after the expansion released.  This is no different than other games that do the same thing after a major title/expansion releases and most of the artists, programmers, and what have you no longer have anything to do with the product after it launched.  Blizzard's done it many times, but I don't see it posted under every article related to Heart of the Storm.  I smell biased and trying to add disdain to an otherwise good announcement.


Anyways, glad to hear that the game is launching a few weeks before the show.  That gives some time to get into the Universe before watching it.

KC_Hokie
KC_Hokie

Can't wait for this one1

Nightsider2169
Nightsider2169

@ernelson1976  1st off, Syfy had nothing to do with writing this show... 2nd, the game doesnt effect the show nearly as much as the show effects the game.


It's a truly unique and fantastic concept.

Nightsider2169
Nightsider2169

@tgwolf REALLY???  If Mass Effect, FallOut, Uncharted, Borderlands, or Bioshock made an MMO people would buy it like crack.

The fact that you dont realize how massive the scale of this kind of game is shows your lack of knowledge in overall gaming genres.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

@tgwolf So, your idea of a good MMO is what then? I don't see how shooters can't be MMO's. And Defiance plays great. It's exciting to play, fun, and active. No auto-attack BS. The gameplay seems to have been actually crafted well and this sure as hell beats the 100's of cookie cutter MMO's currently out there.

yoooomannnn
yoooomannnn

Yeah, who would ever want to play a shooter with and against thousands of players.  And who would ever want to play an MMO that doesn't use hotkeys.

Terrible ideas.  /sarcasm

cdog21
cdog21

@Pierce_Sparrow 

I'm mostly worried about the TV show. It seems really ambitious for Syfy, since they seem to be on a reality show kick.

Nightsider2169
Nightsider2169

@USAPATRIOT21 Never played a good MMO in your life??? What do you live in a bubble????

EverQuest is STILL rated the best MMO of all time, EverQuest 2 was the most anticipated new MMO and has won dozens of awards, DC Universe Online has BY FAR the most unique fighting system and gaming dynamics. And Defiance, is the most original and innovative game to come out to date, MMO or otherwise.


Crawl out from under your rock and see what fresh air smells like.

Nightsider2169
Nightsider2169

@TrueGB Alot of people are always so quick to jump to the "Hacker" scenario lol... Hacckers are alot rarely than people think... Your average hacker cant even get into these systems and the ones who can arent gonna waste their time on some digital currency or something stupid like that lol.

geff22
geff22

@Nintendo_Ownes7 @anigmha @Pierce_Sparrow 

Yep it appears they are following the Guild Wars 2 idea of buy to play and cash shop for cosmetics etc.  But no cash shop to transfer tokens or bought currency to in game currency like GW2.