Defiance - the MMO that was also a pretty good sci-fi show - is getting another new lease of life from developer Trion Worlds.
Syfy's tie-in with the new online game is a bold move, but is the show itself playing it too safe?
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Massively-multiplayer shooter Defiance is now available as a free-to-play experience on Xbox 360.
Trion's sci-fi MMO game Defiance - the game that tied into a Syfy television series - is now free-to-play on PC.
Sci-fi massively multiplayer online game Defiance goes free-to-play this summer, Trion Worlds has announced.
Syfy telly show Defiance will return for a second, 13-episode series in 2014.
It's been a hit for the network, attracting nearly 4 million viewers for its premiere and the second largest 18-49-year-old premiere audience the network has ever had, Syfy said in a press release (via Deadline).
Our Dan Whitehead reviewed the Defiance TV pilot and found a show that was competent but safe. He was left scratching his head about how this character-driven series would interact with the Defiance game, the Trion MMO.
Defiance has contradiction built into its bones. A game that is also a TV show. A console shooter that is also an MMORPG. It's a game of rare ambition, eager to be all things at once. A game that would be a giant leap forwards, if only it could tie its shoelaces first.
Defiance has problems. Played in the first few days after launch, it was a roulette wheel of sudden disconnections, intrusive downtime and near-constant server lag. To its credit, developer Trion Worlds has pulled out all the stops to get the game functional and only a week later it's already much more stable. But it's not fixed.
This remains a game suffering death by a thousand bugs. Players, enemies and scenery pop in and out of existence. The frame-rate hops up and down like a kangaroo on Red Bull. Sometimes your head or your gun disappears for 10 seconds after a cut-scene. Chat functions are all over the place. Sometimes a mission will require you to drive a vehicle, except the vehicle won't move. Sometimes the mission prompt simply doesn't appear, or it does appear and nothing happens. Inevitably you play it in a state of paranoia, waiting for the next calamity and hoping it won't be one that requires you to quit out and start over.
The brilliant BioShock Infinite has held its place atop the UK all-formats chart for a second week running, despite a strong launch for sci-fi shooter Defiance.
Editor's note: Our review of Defiance, the game, released last week, is currently underway; as with all massively multiplayer games, we only review from public servers after launch, and take our time. In the meantime, here's a look at the first episode of the TV show that ties in with it, due to hit screens next week.
There have been lots of claims made on behalf of Defiance, the "transmedia" collaboration between online game developer Trion Worlds and TV's Syfy channel. This, apparently, will not only be the game to bring massively multiplayer gaming to consoles, but a crossover breakthrough for both games and television, bringing the two media together in an event that will change everything.
That, appropriately enough, is how Defiance the TV show begins as well. At the start of the feature-length pilot episode, we see a young boy gazing up in awe as a vast alien spaceship breaks through the clouds over Earth. Two worlds are being brought together and change is inevitable.
MMO shooter Defiance launches globally on 2nd April, Trion Worlds has announced.
To coincide with the launch Trion released a new live action trailer, below.
Defiance launches on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It's described as a "transmedia experience" in that it ties in with the Defiance TV show, which debuts on Syfy on 15th April.
Multi-platform MMO Defiance will open its doors to its first public beta event later this month.
PC players can sample the sci-fi shooter from 18th January, 4pm UK time until 20th January, 5am UK time.
The weekend event, snappily titled Advanced Mission Beta 1, sees entrants let loose on a futuristic San Francisco bay area. You play as ark hunters, mercenary treasure seekers trying to nab alien technology.
The nicest thing you can say about Defiance is that it achieves one of the most elusive and difficult challenges in the games business and makes it look relatively easy. Here it is, that fabled beast, a creature so rare and endangered it's almost mythical: the server-based, massively multiplayer console game.
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The chief unique selling point of Defiance was announced long before the title or any other details about this massively multiplayer action game were.
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End of Nations and Syfy - the two other MMOs being made by Trion Worlds - will launch "when they're done". Trion has learnt from Rift that good things come to those who wait.
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