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Defiance producers getting the hang of things for season 2

"It took us a while to understand how long everything took and how to coordinate it well. Which is normal for a show, but we just had so many moving parts that it took us a while," said Michael Nankin, the co-executive producer and director of the television show, in an interview with Polygon at New York Comic Con this past weekend. According to Nankin, the makers of the series employ a person whose sole job is to handle the crossover with Trion Worlds' Defiance game. They would have weekly meetings to figure out the details of the collaboration, but "it's become less frequent now in the second season, because like everything else, we've kind of learned how to do it," said Nankin. A major part of the connection between the series and the game is that the story runs in real time, so...

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Defiance DLC trailer introduces Dark Matter Arkfall events

A new trailer for Defiance focuses on the new Dark Matter Arkfalls developer Trion added to its MMO shooter. According to the official community site, there are two types of new Arkfall events, Major and Minor. Minor events last for up to 20 minutes and might pit players against waves of Dark Matter enemies or task them with destroying an Arkfall core. Major events, on the other hand, might last as long as an hour. The official post mentions only one Major event, a multi-stage battle in which players must contend with both Dark Matter waves and an Arkfall core before taking on the Monolith itself. Players who participate in Arkfall events will get rewards like money, XP and Keycodes as well as Lockboxes for defeating the Monolith. These new events were added to the game alongside...

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Defiance in-game 'The Plague' event starts today, special missions next week

The Plague, an in-game event for Trion Worlds' MMO shooter and TV show hybrid Defiance, begins today, bringing a number of free content updates to the title, the developer announced earlier this morning. The Plague tasks players with discovering a cure for an illness that has ravaged the already-ravaged coast of San Francisco. Ark Hunters can participate in a new game mode called "The Plague Sieges," respond to eight new dynamic missions, complete two new Pursuits to boost their Ego ratings, unearth a new data recorder and participate in a week-long mission series which begins June 10. That mission series wraps up June 17 when a new episode of the Defiance TV show airs, in which the residents of the titular town hear about the plague's devastating effects. Check out a trailer above...

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Speed Run: Bethesda, Defiance, Platinum Games, Respawn

It's a teasy kind of Tuesday. Bestheda shared an enigmatic Vine clip teasing something new, Xbox 360 and PC servers for MMO Defiance are still offline after a problem with the game's latest patch and Respawn Entertainment filed a trademark for something called "Titan," which may or may not be its in-the-works sci-fi shooter. Polygon also got a chance to chat with former Capcom producer and current Platinum Games president Tatsuya Minami about his personal past and Platinum's future. Bethesda teases upcoming reveal with vintage music, barbed wire Defiance Xbox 360 and PC servers taken offline to fix game-breaking error in latest patch The president and future of Platinum Games Respawn Entertainment files trademark for Titan

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Defiance narrative trailer introduces us to the world of the Ark Hunters

A new trailer out for Trion Worlds' near-future MMO Defiance introduces us to the mysterious alien Arks and the player characters who want to plunder them. The alien Votans came to Earth to settle, believing it to be uninhabited, but were met with mistrust and hostility from the humans already living here. Fighting broke out, but the worst of the destruction accompanied the fall of the Votans' Ark ships. The fall of the Arks led to terraforming of the Earth's surface, transforming it into a hostile environment. However, the Arks were full of advanced Votan technology, and the goal of the player Ark Hunters is to investigate the wrecked hulks for alien riches. Defiance launched earlier this month for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Its companion TV series premiered yesterday on...

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TV show companion to Defiance MMO premieres, watch it here

Defiance, the television half of an ambitious transmedia project between Syfy Network and MMO maker Trion Worlds, made its TV premiere last night. Set in a ruined St. Louis, Missouri several decades after aliens encounter Earth in 2013, Defiance portrays an uneasy truce between humans and aliens eking out a struggle in an environment rendered significantly harsher by war. The first episode is embedded above with Hulu; non-US viewers can check out the first 14 minutes via the SyFy website. The MMO half of Defiance launched on Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PC earlier this month. Polygon previously took a look behind the scenes of both parts of Defiance last November.

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Defiance launch trailer celebrates its own variety

The launch trailer for Trion World's massively-multiplayer online shooter, Defiance, is a montage celebrating the game's wide variety of characters, monsters and weaponry. The game takes place in San Francisco, 35 years in the future and is tied-in with an upcoming SyFy series of the same name. A Defiance season pass is available and will grant players with the first five content packs. Content packs include new alien species, additional missions, vehicles and weapons, along with a Hellbug combat cap and Lock Box for use in-game. The season pass costs $39.99 and content packs will be available separately for $9.99. Read our interview with the game's creative lead Bill Trost and directing producer of the Defiance Syfy series, Michael Nankinas. Defiance comes out today for Xbox 360, P...

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Defiance video introduces the Ninety-Niners

One of the many enemy groups in Defiance is the Ninety-Niners, the focus of a new video released today by publisher Trion Worlds. The Ninety-Niners are "crazed cyborgs," miners who gave up their humanity to augment their bodies in ways that would help them scour the Earth for minerals and other precious commodities. When they were human, they ran the Muir Union Mining Company. Their cybernetic enhancements give them superhuman strength, and they're fiercely territorial beings — so be careful when you're traipsing through Ninety-Niner country. Defiance, a first-person shooter MMO that is tied into a Syfy television series of the same name, launches April 2 on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, two weeks before the series premiere. For more details, check out our preview from...

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Defiance: Ark Hunter Chronicles episode 2 is about the hunt

Episode 2 of the Defiance: Ark Hunter Chronicles series, "Born to Hunt," introduces two wild characters ready for the thrill of a hunt. "These two are exactly what I'm looking for," the episode's narrator says. "Skilled. Resourceful. Strategic. But then, not everyone is born to hunt." Defiance, the video game tie-in to the upcoming SyFy show of the same name, is a massively multiplayer online shooter. The story takes place in a futuristic San Francisco, where alien terraforming has drastically changed Earth. The first episode, "New Freedom," premiered last week. The game will launch for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation April 2, while the TV series will premiere on the SyFy Channel April 15. Defiance is available for pre-order now. Check out our behind-the-scenes look at the show...

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Defiance multiplayer trailer highlights chaotic PvP action

The latest trailer for Trion Worlds' MMO Defiance highlights the PvP action players can expect from the title, including the use of all-terrain vehicles, quad bikes and heavy weapons. The trailer features what looks like a capture the base multiplayer mode, as well as a lightning gun, grenade launcher, Gatling gun and many more. Defiance, which is set in future San Francisco, is a tie-in with the upcoming series of the same name. The MMO is scheduled to launch April 2 for Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. Defiance will premiere on the Syfy Channel on April 15.

Defiance Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 04/02/2013
    • Publisher Syfy Games
    • Developer Trion Worlds
    • Score 6.5
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 04/02/2013
    • Publisher Syfy Games
    • Developer Trion Worlds
    • Score 5.0
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 04/02/2013
    • Publisher Syfy Games
    • Developer Trion Worlds
    • Score 5.0
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