I was hoping this was a Defiance thread. I loves me some Defiance
For what it's worth, I'm a big fan of cross media stuff. Some of the Halo books are really good, though some are terrible so it can be hard to do properly. The main for me is that the extended universe introduced in the other thing (be it books, web based minigames, animated film or whatever else) shouldn't be necessary to understand the games - the game should be self-contained.
I'm not entirely sure that's the case for the likes of Halo 4 and the Halo books about the Forerunners. Heck, they even made the use of Halo Waypoint mandatory to watch all the videos you unlock in the game! In most cases though, other media is just a bonus.
Which brings me to Defiance, which is something intended to be cross media from day one. The game and the TV show both take place in different places, but it's a shared universe so characters come and go between them. Some of the main characters start off in the game, then go off to the show. The alien races are all humanoid for obvious budgetary reasons, but also because they realised at the conceptual stage it'd create balance issues to have a major variation - imagine an MMO with a race of oddjob's from Goldeneye
Should be interesting to see how it goes, even if it fails.
Edited by DFawkes at 21:29:46 10-02-2013
Kirby is the man! Even if he wasn't, he'd just ingest and become one.