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Trion launches Defiance contest to get player's likeness into the Syfy TV show (update)

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Defiance is a game deeply tied to the Syfy television series of the same name, and a new contest is the biggest crossover yet between the two: A player will end up in the show.

Defiance developer Trion Worlds launched the "Most Wanted" contest yesterday. It's a skill-based competition: the winner will be the ark hunter who racks up the highest rate of Ark Salvage earned per hour during their time played. To be eligible, players must complete two Pursuits, "Most Wanted: Rogues Gallery" and "Most Wanted: Competitor." The contest runs on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC versions of the game for two weeks, from 3 a.m. ET on April 29 through 2:59 a.m. ET on May 13.

The winner won't have a walk-on role in the live-action series; instead, the TV show's artists will render his or her real-life likeness into a "special place in an upcoming episode," said Trion in a press release announcing the contest. The studio also promised that this contest is the first of many planned crossover events between the game and series.

Update: A Trion Worlds representative clarified a miscommunication in the press release — the winner's real-life likeness, not that of his or her in-game character, will be put into the Defiance TV show. We've updated the story above to reflect this.