Defiance renewed for second season

SyFy orders 13 additional episodes to air in 2014; game adding five new DLC packs.

SyFy has renewed postapocalyptic alien TV show Defiance for a second season. Thirteen additional episodes have been ordered and will air in 2014.

The news comes just four episodes into the show's record-breaking first season.

Not only will Defiance the TV show live on, but the game is also set to grow. Developer Trion Worlds announced this week that five downloadable content updates are coming to the game in 2013, the first of which will introduce the Castithan species.

This $10 update will allow gamers to play as the Castithan species and will unlock a new story mission line and a new Battle Arena game mode. The update also brings a new four-player "truck of doom," as well as new pursuits and a Charge Weapons starter pack.

New Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 achievements and trophies are also up for grabs in the content. For a full rundown of content and features included with the Castithan expansion, check out the post on the game's website.

Gamers who don't wish to pay $10 for the Castithan expansion will still receive new content via an update. It will add access to a new open-world game mode called Sieges, as well as a player-versus-player map titled Military Academy, among other things. Check out the full post for more.

Defiance launched in April and has seen over 1 million registrations to date.

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jasongm
jasongm

Am i the only one that feels we got burnt from this series? I was expecting something similar to that of the live action trailer they produced (which was awesome btw) or maybe that ark hunter chronicles story. The show is very corny and most of the characters and end music for each episode seems out of place and lack character depth and interest. Hope the producers and writers  take a lot of fan feed back for season 2.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

Have no fear Trion is here!!!! I trust in Trion to throw fast updates at this game like they do in Rift!!!

daviz88
daviz88

mediocre TV series & game, one will think there have gotten the message.

sirscarecrow
sirscarecrow

Eddie Makuch, you are by far my most favorite editor at gamespot. Keep up the good work man.

Caldrin
Caldrin

Loving the show at the moment.. Its good to have a new sci-fi show to get into. Probally one of the better shows to come out of the sci-fi channel..


I picked up the game very cheap on the PC and its average.. nothing special but its nice to get a bit more lore in the universe on the TV series. I can only play for like 30 mins before getting untterly bored of doing the crappy missions.. go here kill those, collect that yadda yadda.. combat mechanics are very basic as well its basically stand still shoot everything until your shield starts to make a noise.. go for cover wait for it ro recover then start shooting again and thats it.. Still like i said its nice to get more lore on the show and it does pass the time.


guitarist1980
guitarist1980

The show itself is pretty mediocre but I really enjoy the game. It has charm to it, I dont know how long it will hold my attention but it was definitely worth the money I paid for it.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

I've watched every episode of this show so far, and it flat out SUCKS! The effects are ok, but the characters and plot and acting are all pretty aweful. Bring back Firefly. Or Battlestar Galactica, or Stargate, or Star Trek. Or create something at least semi-decent. Or put a little effort into Defiance.  Sorry, it's terrible.  I love the game/show idea, but it's just poorly executed.

Fionn99
Fionn99

I watched the pilot and I can say this series is pretty rough on the quality.. they need to do a lot of work to make this show viable.


cloud75x
cloud75x

Loving these comments where people watched 10min of the pilot and made an evaluation of the show. lol

TerminalError
TerminalError

Is the tv show actually any good? 

Haven't watched any...

bobbo888
bobbo888

I think the game is pretty decent for a free to play open world shooter/rpg. I find the tv show to be better than the game. Idk why everyone thinks the characters are so bland. I love the concept of the series.

oflow
oflow

good for trion now they need to actually make the show better

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Is it me, or does the red-headed alien chick look like Joanna Dark in Perfect Dark Zero? 

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Received the Defiance game as a gift. Played it for a few hours and thought it was really fun. Then after a few Arkfall's and monotonous questing, things started getting boring. Driving over purple flowery hills, hearing the same AI voice over and over and over and over drove me insane. Running for scrounge for ammo every 15 seconds, I lost hope. Currently I am recovering, swimming in a lava pool to burn off the stench of boredom.

Gen007
Gen007

Show seems average to below average so far. It only was renewed because theres a game attached to it imo. They had to give at least a 2nd season to try and keep the game alive as well. Would have been really bad for it to have been cancelled so soon to the games release.

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

just watched epi 3&4 holly crap this show sucks...Just random boring stor and characters

ccanfield1
ccanfield1

I feel like the show would have been much more interesting if it was about the 40 years prior. I would much rather see when the aliens arrived and the war that ensued. I think they crammed too much into the shows pilot and they should do more with character development. So far I really have no investment in any of the characters. I hope the show gets better as it goes along. 

As for the game, because of the mixed reviews, I am waiting for it to go on sale before I get it.

monstachruck
monstachruck

I thought the game was pretty mediocre, but I didn't play it much- it seems like most of the IGN critics had a similar reaction at first, but it grew on them after time, so maybe my assessment is unfair.  

The show seems like a pretty typical sy-fi production.  I kinda think the show was made specifically to give all the rejects on "Face-Off" a job :/

tankbrain
tankbrain

I wish they never signed it for another season just wasted space, such a useless TV show..... They are trying way to hard.... introducing 50 characters in the first episode makes it very hard to watch or even care about the story....

kerrman
kerrman

I'm loving the show, so this is great news! Even better because I've been on the fence over the game, but if it will be supported into next year then I may be sold.

Marshydude1
Marshydude1

I own the game and have done from day one. It has a few problems but there not game breaking. This game is loads of fun and will keep you coming back for more its a console mmo and new content is always being added which for £45.00 is well worth the money. There is no sub for this game. You can unlock everything in this game for FREE there is a store but buying things early will not I repeat will not give you the advantage overe other players. For me buying early is stupid your not making the most out of the game ok so u have to grind to get your stuff but its a fun grind. And please tell me a game you don't have to grind on to unlock better things. So people if your in any doubt about getting this game go get it you won't be disappointed.

Goldrock
Goldrock

not a bad game for a shooter/mmo hybrid not my kind of game though.


tsunami2311
tsunami2311

After all the money scifi dropped into this before it even launched , I should hope so, it the show and game failed, they would of shot the selves.


They show is good, I dont think it will last as long as say Stargate:SG1 Infact none of there shows have ever come close to lasting that long not even the spin offs. Cant comment on the game as. as its another shooter type game and I hate them

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

eh cool but the game got old fast lack of character customization lack of things to do run here shoot there 

Doomerang
Doomerang

Gamespot is making it sound like the five DLC packs were just announced only now, when Defiance had already announced them via a season pack at the game's release. this article has nothing ot do with the game at all newswise.

Prats1993
Prats1993

Fuckin terrible show. I feel sorry for those who bought the game.

tionmedon
tionmedon

my kid will b glad 2 hear this ...................

cgobeil
cgobeil

If only they had the budget to reach this TV series and MMO's potential, it would have been great.

Col_Kilgore
Col_Kilgore

Another example of a terrible show being renewed. It will probably be cancelled in the second season. Pretty sure it will be. Wonder what will happen to the game. 

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Love the show, kinda meh on the game though.  It was fun at first, but it doesn't have much depth to it, IMO.

starduke
starduke

I'm really enjoying the show so far. It's one of the few new TV shows I actually like. Glad to hear it's getting season two.

CyhortI82
CyhortI82

I'm legit shocked. Big budget sci fi shows usually get axed really fast on SyFy.

Dasim64
Dasim64

I think it's funny how the aliens can always be ugly as hell but there's always that one alien chick that's super cute. It's like Marilyn in The Munsters. 

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

I'm enjoying the TV series so far and look forward to a new episode every Monday. Glad to see a second season coming. Wish the game was more like the TV series though. I would've liked it more if the game at least had an extensive city or two that could act as a social hub for the game. As it stands, people are pretty spread out on the servers. Would've preferred the side-missions being given by NPCs throught said cities instead of being random radio bursts out in the middle of nowhere. Also would like more activity in the world from  NPCs, both good guys and bad guys. Things like caravans that are set on a timer like Arkfalls, but rarer and harder to find.

Overall, the games addictive and enjoyable enough, but I'm hoping the DLC adds more lore and physical content than just a few superficial side-missions and a skin-swap Casthitan character to play as.

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

I enjoy the show. The game is decent enough if you get it for under 30 bucks.

Auriken
Auriken

What baffles me the most about the people complaining about this show is that they're all surprised that a show called Defiance is based in and around Defiance. All I can think is "Not shit, Sherlock." This information was freely available to everyone before the pilot aired. If people had taken the few minutes required to do some research, they would have known the premise of the show months in advance.

I really don't care about opinions from people who don't put in basic effort to know what they're getting into.

Lostboy1224
Lostboy1224

enjoying the PS3 version so far.  Its not game of the year by any stretch, but it has its moments where its fun.  I'm glad they are sticking with the show so they can keep expanding on the game and hopefully can improve in both.  Not every show can be Game of Thrones right out of the gate.

leimonides
leimonides

Nice - I'm glad that thus concept will keep going ahead. As with a lot of sentiment found in the comments, there is some potential there for something at least decent; It's not the best show, but not the worst show either. It's entertaining enough to stay with it; for me, anyway.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

defiance is awesome , cant stop playing it !

Wraith3
Wraith3

WHAT? I couldn't even watch 30 mins. of the first show. It's horrible. SyFy stop wasting money and just give us another good Stargate show!

xchiefmegadethx
xchiefmegadethx

I liked the 1st epi. But 2nd was horrible, kept going to stupid blonde albino aliens and them talking about shit that was just boring. Turned me right off the show kind off. ill watch next couple of epis. Hopefully it turns around

vasilakis141
vasilakis141

This show is so meh...but yet better than Revolution and Falling skies. Still its full of two dimensional idiotic characters, doing ...suprise-stupid things, without a single drop of logic. I dont understand, how the networks cant produce a decent sci-fi, only mediocore stuff, full of stupidity. 

Fans of scienci ficton should chack Orphan Black. It is far above average (still not amazing, but good) unlike Defeiance.

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

I was really looking forward to this show at first then when it finally came out i just kept hoping it would get better, sadly it never did. Its just endless back and forth between characters i couldnt care less about in a place that i couldnt care less about.

Things wouldve been much more interesting if it was all about the main guy (dont even rememver his name lmao) and his daughter moving from place to place getting into trouble, sorta like the old Knight Rider imo.