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Defiance receiving five DLC packs this year, Patch 1.020 coming this month

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Five DLC releases are planned for massively multiplayer online game Defiance this year, with major Patch 1.020 update expected this month, Trion Worlds announced today.

Each DLC release will include a free component, a paid component and a store update.The first DLC pack, tentatively called Enter the Castithan, will include the following for $10:

- Access to play the Castithan Species

- Access to a new Story Mission Line with new Battle Arena Game Mode

- Access to the new Castithan Battle Arenas

- Castithan Charge Blade & Ceremonial Mask as a reward from Story Mission Line

- A unique version of the Raptor, a new 4 player truck of doom

- A unique Castithan version of an outfit

- A Charge Weapons Starter Pack

- Access to New Pursuits

- New Xbox and PS3 Trophies and Achievements

The free component of Enter the Castithan will include:

- Access to the new Charge Weapons Class and Castithan Blades

- Access to Sieges, a new Open World Game Mode

- Access to the new Monolith Major Arkfall

- Access to a new PvP Map - Military Academy

- Join a friend into the Battle Arenas Game Mode

- Duel your friends and neighbors in the Duels Game Mode

- Enemies, lockboxes, and events can drop Charge Weapons

- Select a new voice for you character

- Multitude of game improvements from UI to content

The first DLC pack will also add new items and customizations to the store, such as new Castithan Blade color tint mods; Charge Weapons can now have a chance to be in Lockboxes; more versions of the new four player Raptor truck; and character customization changes will now include appearance, name or "everything change."

According to the game's official blog, the TV Tie-in or Patch 1.020 is expected to roll out this month and will feature bug fixes and TV Tie-ins.

"One of which will utilize a new open world game mode called Sieges," executive producer Nathan Richardsson wrote in the post. "Details are obviously slim, but it's a crossover event so that should give you an indication of what this game mode entails in future DLCs."