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Defiance gets first major update, includes fixes for launch issues

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Trion Worlds released the first major update today for Defiance, fixing a number of bugs and problems players encountered when the game launched last week, according to the patch notes.

Players have been reporting server crashes, game crashes, lag and in some cases an inability to patch the game. The patch notes list improvements in server and client stability and area voice chat. Text chat will now display for a longer period of time and both voice and text chat channels can be independently muted. The extraction timer has been upped to give players more time to revive each other and main missions are now replayable after you've completed them.

The notes also cite "general polish and bug fixes" for a score of different missions, including side missions. Bugs with characters that caused them to run or dive-roll in place and execute a ladder-climbing animation when there was no ladder present have also been rectified.

Individual weapons, armor, loot, vehicles and the user interface have also undergone numerous tweaks. A full list detailing these fixes is available on the Defiance forums.

Earlier this week executive producer Nathan Richardsson apologized for the launch day issues, stating the developer would continue to deploy fixes and address game and server crashes.

"Again, our apologies," he wrote. "After five years of creating this, it saddens us and frustrates us that you aren't getting the great experience we strived to create. The upside is that it makes us quite determined to get you there."

Defiance launched on April 2 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.