Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Defiance Gains A Web Series Called: Ark Hunter Chronicles

It comes to no surprise that Defiance now has its own web series which debuted on Youtube recently.

The first episode follows 2 of the Ark Hunters in Defiance. There's no news about approximately how many episodes will be released but players can be certain the chronicles are set to familiarize players with the game.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Determining the Success of Trion's Defiance

There's been a lot of talk circling Trion's ambitious move in merging TV show and video game together. Being the first of its kind, Defiance will merge the two in order to create a one-of-a-kind experience to gamers. It's not all about gaming but it's about following the TV series which can reveal more about the game.

Let's take a look at the concept art for Defiance:

This is a concept art of the city. As you can see the city is located within an enclosed valley shrouded in mist and foliage. The city continues to flourish with people---humans, Castithans, Irathients, Votans and more. Like any other city, the city continues to bustle even if amongst the alien vs human conflicts.

In the TV series, the producers and cast try to link the TV show and the game together seamlessly. But what happens if the TV series turned into a flop? Would it effect the overall environment of the game?

In an interview with Trion Worlds' Rob Hill, GamerZines asked this very question. The response received was thoughtful:

“Well, it’ll effect it in the fact that the show is free advertising for us and we’re really excited about the crossover elements, but we’re to very a real extent developing the game alone. The game has to survive on its own and it has to be a good game, regardless of the show being around or not,” explained the senior producer of Defiance: The Game.
“We intentionally built the game so that you didn’t have to do both, because we’re not going to get everybody who watches the show to play the game and vice versa. We know this and Syfy knows this, but what you do get is a deeper understanding of what is happening in the universe, the characters which cross back and forth and the species that get introduced; all that kind of stuff. We didn’t want to alienate either side, if somebody doesn’t like to play games or watch science-fiction on television, we don’t want to cut those people off.”

So in conclusion from the interview, it's safe to say both teams are focusing directly on the game rather than the hyped up TV show itself. The writers for the Defiance TV show are the same writers which wrote Syfy's own Battlestar Galactica. Trion is planning to invest a substantial amount of money into the TV show and especially it's FX. So in theory, the show is expected to be a hit.

All that's left to do is introduce a plot who can stand alone long enough without the help of the MMO. If Trion can pull it off, then Defiance will not be considered just another mmo waiting to be flamed by disappointed sci-fi fans.

For skeptics and enthusiasts alike, the game is now going into it's second closed beta. You can try your hand at playing a EGO enhanced Ark Hunter and unravel more of the story within the game.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Defiance MMO Rolls Into 2nd Closed Beta

Defiance has officially entered into it's closed beta phase. Right now players can head over to the website and join the fight for survival. The closed beta is free to join.

This is the game's second close beta which includes the opening of Von Bach Industries, a company which will play a major role in the game and the TV series. VBI is the industry that recruits Ark Hunters to seek lost and advance technologies from Arkfalls. Ark Hunters are people implanted with EGO, Environmental Guardian Online which modifies the human DNA to interact with artificial intelligence, identify threats or use their EGO powers.

The date of the next beta or "advance mission beta 3" will be helped during 22-24 March 13 as seen in defianceguide.com

The event is only for PC only.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Defiance MMO to be Distributed by Namco in EU

The release date of Defiance, the sci-fi mmo is inching closer and closer for the month of February. While news about the game is scarce at best, this is a new addition to news surrounding Defiance.

According to a news post on Joystiq, Defiance MMO will be distributed in the EU by Namco Bandai. Namco Bandai is known for top-notch quality games which include Tekken, for example. Other than distributing the game for European markets across a digitally or via a physical platform, Namco has undertaken the task of distributing the game in other regions as well. These regions include: Europe, South Africa, Middle-East, Australia, and New Zealand.

For the US release, Trion Worlds is solely responsible for handling the game.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What is Defiance MMO?

Defiance is a third-person action/shooter MMO game developed and published by Trion Worlds.

What is Defiance MMO? This is a game which takes place in a terraformed Earth; animals and plants have gone extinct with a couple exception of small patches of foliage scattered around the terrain. The plot is set around San Francisco Bay. Humans remained on Earth but soon Earth will gain new immigrants: the Votans. These are the aliens which travel through space in order to find a new home.

The landing of the Votans did not sit well with the residents; instead of living peacefully side-by-side, friction arose between the two.

While trying to live with the aliens, much of San Francisco Bay has yet to be explored with the recovery of lost alien technology fallen from the sky; these events are called Arkfalls. Arkfalls are events in the game where alien space ships fall from the sky and players (humans, aliens, friendlies and foes) compete for the alien technology in order to survive on Earth.

Unlike any other MMO released, Trion Worlds developed Defiance along with producing the show on Syfy with the same name. The game and the series will go hand-in-hand and characters from the game are expected to make an appearance in the series. The game's launch date is set in stone on April 2 and the live action TV series will debut on Syfy on April 15.

The game is featured to be action packed and engaging. As of the moment, the game is accepting beta applications for its first beta weekend designated for February 8-10. To know more about Defiance, this article here might help you to understand 10 important features about the game.