Defiance

PS3, XB360, PC / Action / Release: Apr 2, 2013 / ESRB: RP-T+

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Defiance 'Castithan' pack coming August 20

Defiance 'Castithan' pack coming August 20

The first expansion for Defiance has been given a date. The "Castithan Charge Pack" will hit PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on August 20 for $9.99, or as part of the season pass subscription.

Read more: Paid DLC coming alongside free update »

"I grabbed it when it was on sale at some point and I had some GMG credit. It's not bad, but ..."
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Trion Worlds shuts down San Diego office

Trion Worlds shuts down San Diego office

MMO developer Trion Worlds continues to reorganize. After gutting its Defiance team earlier this year, the company has announced that it is now shutting down its San Diego office.

"The day to day operations of Defiance will be moved to our Redwood City studio where it can be managed alongside Rift and our other in development titles including ArcheAge and End of Nations," a company spokesperson said.

Read more: 'new strategy' coming from new CEO »

"they are doing the localization for the western version of the game, its made in korea"
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Defiance launches free three-day trial

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Defiance launches free three-day trial

Because buying an MMORPG without having played it is a baffling and awful idea, publisher Trion Worlds has launched a three-day trial for the PC edition of the TV tie-in MMO Defiance.

Read more: All progress carries over, of course »

"The game really needs some hooks to keep people playing. I felt like I've exhausted anything ..."
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Defiance contest to put in-game character in Syfy show

Defiance contest to put in-game character in Syfy show

The Syfy show Defiance has been renewed for a second season, which means updates for the game will continue as well. While those TV types prepare and package up a fresh set of episodes, Trion is holding a contest to put an in-game character in the show. Yes, your avatar can enjoy the same fame and adoration as Sharknado.

Read more: Show writers to flesh out fan character stories »

"Yeah, they seem similar so i didn't want to burn out, plus i suspect that the future games will ..."
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Trion Worlds hit with more layoffs, Defiance team impacted

Trion Worlds hit with more layoffs, Defiance team impacted

Trion Worlds has undergone yet another round of layoffs, a new report confirms. This follows layoffs in December, which largely affected the Rift team. According to sources speaking to IGN, "mostly Defiance support staff and dev staff" and "teams that provide generic responsibilities and services" have been let go.

It's unclear how many people were let go, but the report says that the bulk of the layoffs affect Trion's San Diego studio, where Defiance was developed.

Read more: Rift unaffected by layoffs »

"New content? maybe they should fix all the bugs in this game.. i get the same feeling as i had ..."
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Defiance first DLC pack detailed, show renewed for second season

Defiance first DLC pack detailed, show renewed for second season

Defiance, SyFy's ambitious TV show and video game hybrid, is continuing to pick up steam. The show has been picked up for a second season, while the game's first downloadable content has been revealed, assuring that both the game and show will continue into the foreseeable future.

Read more: Free and paid components in each DLC »

"I am giving the show the benefit of the doubt at the moment but It isn't really impressing me so ..."
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Defiance review: MMO meets sandbox

Defiance review: MMO meets sandbox

"So...what am I supposed to be doing?"

More than any other thought, this was the phrase that echoed through my mind during just about every moment of Defiance when I wasn't actively pursuing a quest. It's an MMO, but it doesn't include most of the tropes we've come to expect from the genre. Namely: a goal. In place of traditional elements like social interaction and leveling, we get a shooter sandbox that is extremely laissez faire about what you do with your time. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on what kind of player you are.

Read more: Lots of weapons and ammo »

"Rift...so awesome. Best MMO out. Defiance...hmmm...seems boring but I'll give it a lot more ..."
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Trion explains Defiance DLC plans, server issues

Trion explains Defiance DLC plans, server issues

Trion Worlds has already promised five downloadable content packs for Defiance, bundled as a Season Pass for $40. But since the game is an MMO at heart, it has to make some allowances for every player. A new blog entry explains where the free ends and the paid content begins, and offers some frank admissions about its server stability.

Read more: TV content and features free, races are paid »

"I spent $36 on it and have enjoyed it so far. Will get my $1ph worth fo sho!"
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Final Defiance beta to include Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 users

Final Defiance beta to include Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 users

The open-world shooter Defiance is expected to launch on April 2, and Trion Worlds is planning to put the game through its paces one last time with its final beta on March 22. It will be the third beta for PC players, but the first for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users.

Read more: Invitations go out next week »

"How is this open world shooter different from other open world shooters?"
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Defiance preview: enter the badlands

Defiance preview: enter the badlands

If it takes ambition to make an open-world game like Defiance, it takes a certain level of craziness to develop both a television show and a massively multiplayer game at the same time, especially when that game is targeting all major platforms. Even more so if you intend for them to premiere within weeks of each other. It's a credit to both SyFy and Trion Worlds that they appear to be on the verge of pulling off the launch of their respective parts of this multimedia experiment, both of which were on hand at a press event this week in San Francisco.

To get the background out of the way, the Defiance universe takes place in the year 2046, decades after a fleet of Votan ships entered Earth's orbit, with the aliens apparently thinking that our planet was ripe with emigration potential. After a lengthy period of negotiations, all of the ships in orbit were mysteriously destroyed, raining destruction on the Earth. The world was scarred and terraformed by the technology in the ships, and humanity and the Votan started a devastating war.

Read more: Sifting through Arkfalls »

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Defiance promises at least five DLC add-ons, bundled together for $40

Defiance promises at least five DLC add-ons, bundled together for $40

Trion Worlds' upcoming MMO-ish persistent world shooter Defiance promises "no subscription required" to play. But, online games aren't cheap to sustain, and it should come as no surprise that there will be much more content to pay for beyond the game's standard $60 entry fee.

Read more: Five packs, $10 each »

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Defiance coming April 2, another beta February 8-10

Defiance coming April 2, another beta February 8-10

The open-world shooter (and TV marketing tie-in) Defiance has set a release date of April 2, to pave the way for the SyFy show debut on April 15. It will launch globally on that date for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, but if you want to give it a go-round early, you can try to get in on the next beta test.

Read more: 'Advanced Mission Beta' starts February 8 »

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Defiance special editions announced

Defiance special editions announced

The first Defiance beta ran its course a few days ago, and if it convinced you to get the game you might want to pay a little extra for some bonuses. Trion Worlds has unveiled two physical special editions, one digital special edition, and some pre-order goodies for the free-to-play title.

Read more: Ranging from $60 to $150 »

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Defiance beta starts January 18

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Defiance beta starts January 18

Trion Worlds' MMO shooter Defiance is getting ready to kick off its first beta test later this month. The "Advanced Mission Beta 1" will run January 18-20, and feature a tutorial and a handful of maps and modes to get players (and the developers) primed for its April launch.

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Defiance preview

Defiance preview

"Defy everything you know about conventional storytelling." I can't recall the number of hyperbolic statements I overheard at a recent preview event for Trion Worlds' next MMO, Defiance. The word "revolutionary" was thrown around quite a bit, and as with any self-proclaimed revolution, I was skeptical.

Unfortunately for this jaded writer, Defiance is revolutionary. The upcoming MMO shooter developed by Trion Worlds isn't a game "based on" or "inspired" by Syfy's upcoming new show--it's being built as an integral part of transmedia story. While many properties have attempted convergence between cinema and gaming, the persistent world of Defiance offers an opportunity to create something genuinely new.

Read more: Will 'fun enough' be good enough? »

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