Defiance (video game)

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Defiance
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Developer(s) Trion Worlds
Human Head Studios
Publisher(s) Trion Worlds
Engine Gamebryo 2.5 [1]
Havok [2]
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release
  • NA: April 2, 2013
  • EU: April 2, 2013
  • AU: April 11, 2013
Genre(s) Third-person shooter, action role-playing
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Defiance is a science fiction-themed persistent world massively multiplayer online third-person shooter developed by Trion Worlds. Defiance takes place on a terraformed Earth several decades into the future. It is a tie-in to the Syfy show of the same name. The game was released on April 2, 2013, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[3] It was also released on Steam.[4] The game went free-to-play on 4 June 2014 for PC,[5] 14 August 2014 for PS3[6] and 18 November 2014 for Xbox 360.[7]

Gameplay[edit]

Characters come from one of four Origins: Veterans, Outlaws, Machinists, or Survivalists.[8] Veterans are a group of soldiers who survived The Pale Wars, a massive conflict between humans and aliens. Outlaws are criminals who raid and destroy for fortunes. Machinists are scavengers, who recover alien technology to make profits and a living from it. Survivalists are humans or aliens who attempt to survive in the newly formed, hostile world. Besides initial starter weapon and also costume - this choice, similar to Race (Human, Irathient, and Castithan) {survival} has no consequence in the later game, with all weapons, abilities and costumes being equally accessible to all players beyond the tutorial area.

Players can choose to be either a Human or an "Irathient" (a humanoid alien species who are similar to humans), or the Castithan race if you have a particular DLC available.[9][10]

The Ark Hunters are injected with an EGO (Environmental Guardian Online), a symbiotic, neuro-muscular bionetic implant developed by Von Bach Industries, which helps players navigate the Bay Area and gives them access to unique abilities.[11][12]

Setting[edit]

The game takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area, 15 years after the devastating Pale Wars between Earth and a loose alliance of extraterrestrial races known as Votanis Collective. The Votans came to Earth seeking a new home after the destruction of their solar system, unaware that the planet was already inhabited. Friction between the new arrivals and Humanity led to war, during which the Votan's terraforming technology was unleashed. The Earth's surface was drastically altered as a result, introducing radical changes in topography, the extinction of plant and animal species, and the emergence of new species. Afterward, Humans and Votans were forced to live together. Player characters are enlisted as "Ark Hunters" by industrialist Karl Von Bach to search the Bay Area for advanced and expensive alien technology. Players also take part in side missions to earn cash or challenges in which they compete with other Ark Hunters.[11][13][14]

Development[edit]

Defiance had been in development since August 2008.[15] It started as a collaborative effort between Trion and Syfy to make a video game that ran alongside a television series. The publisher has reportedly spent more than $70 million during development.[16]

The game's business model was changed from a paid game to a free-to play game on May 1, 2014 so as to introduce the game to a broader audience. Trion Worlds also added that they would consider the possibility of developing a port for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One once the consoles have a large player base.[17]

In October 2015, Syfy announced that the Defiance show would be discontinued after the end of its third season, but Trion Worlds would continue to support the game after the show's cancellation.[18] On March 1, 2016, Trion announced the "Dark Metamorphosis" update for the game, which was publicized as Season Four of Defiance.[19]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 65.81% (PC)[23]
63.05% (360)[24]
57.86% (PS3)[25]
Metacritic 64/100 (PC)[20]
60/100 (360)[21]
59/100 (PS3)[22]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 6.5/10
GameTrailers 69/100
IGN 5.9/10

Defiance launched on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC on April 2, 2013.[26][27] It received mixed reviews from critics upon release.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gamebryo 2.5". giantbomb.com. 
  2. ^ "Havok’s physics engine to power new FPS game Defiance". siliconrepublic.com. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 23, 2012). "Syfy's 'Defiance' Commences Production in Toronto July 24". SyFy Press Release. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Defiance on Steam". Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Purchese, Robert (4 June 2014). "Defiance MMO now free-to-play on PC". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Hargreaves, Jim (14 August 2014). "Defiance now free-to-play on PS3". TheSixthAxis. Oscar Mike Media. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Defiance free-to-play launches on Xbox 360 tomorrow". TrionWorlds.com. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "It's time for our very first DEFIANCE live stream with the Trion dev and community teams! Today we'll be showing you some Shadow War action.". Trion Worlds Inc. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "E3 2012: Syfy Actor Grant Bowler Discusses Defiance TV Series and MMO Game". GamerLiveTV. June 12, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "It's the Friday Trion Worlds Livestream Extravaganza Spectacular! We're showing off RIFT, Warface, AND Defiance, all afternoon.". Trion Worlds Inc. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Von Bach Industries website". Trion Worlds Inc. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ "EGO – Defiance website". Trion Worlds Inc. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Defiance E3 Trailer – G4tv". G4 Media. May 31, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Missions – Defiance website". Trion Worlds Inc. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "riftgame – It's time for our very first DEFIANCE live stream with the Trion dev and community teams! Today we'll be showing you some Shadow War action". Twitch.tv. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Defiance is Borderlands: The MMO without the humor (review) | GamesBeat". Venturebeat.com. April 19, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ Makuch, Eddie (May 1, 2014). "Defiance going free-to-play on PC/Xbox 360/PS3, dev promises no "tricks or traps"". GameSpot. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  18. ^ Makuch, Eddie (October 17, 2015). "Defiance TV Show Canceled, But Game Will Live on "Exactly as Before"". GameSpot. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  19. ^ Dark Metamorphosis is Live in Defiance
  20. ^ "Defiance for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b "Defiance for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Defiance for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Defiance for PC". GameRankings. April 2, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Defiance for Xbox 360". GameRankings. April 2, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Defiance for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. April 2, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  26. ^ Darren C (April 2, 2013). "Defiance Review: A Small Step in the Right Direction". VGRevolution. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Review: Defiance". Hardcore Gamer. April 7, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 

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