17 April 2013
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The Q&A starts in just a few moments, running from 1:00 PM-9:00 PM EST. Presented by Raptr, the Q&A session will feature the game’s executive producer and VP of development Nathan Richardson and community manager Lance James. The pair will be tackling anything related to the media tie-in project between Syfy and Trion Worlds. A topic Lore Hound covered at length previously.
Participation is encouraged with prizes! The top 5 questions will earn PC Digital Deluxe copies of Defiance. More of a lurker? Readers commenting are eligible for two copies. You can participate now, with the session beginning in just a few moments.
Defiance, the game, launched on April 2 with many issues, especially for the console releases. Defiance, the TV show, smashed records for Syfy and in general on April 15. You can catch Defiance on Hulu Plus if you missed it.
12 April 2013
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Launch issues are nothing new to MMOG players. From server stability to lag to loot lag, any veteran of at least one launch can chew your ear offer with hilarious or frustrating misfires. Trion Worlds and its open-world MMO shooter Defiance was no different. Not it’s only problem by any means, but perhaps the most glaring was Defiance getting caught in the mud of console MMOGs.
The Xbox Live server cluster was just an unknown variable largely outside Trion’s control causing massive headaches. Other issue included the more typical headaches, server and client stability, queues, bugs, such as missing exclusive items, balances and the required hotfixes, server restarts and patches to fix them.
Trion Worlds has taken the issues in stride, providing timely feedback to its community and promising a major patch before the launch of the synergistic TV show debut on April 15. That massive bug-busting patch is now live, but not before Nathan Richardsson, the title’s Executive Producer, announced a compensation package for all current players. The suffering you’ve experience is being bought with an exclusive title and 1-week boosts to everything.
Not too shabby as the game hasn’t been out even two weeks yet.
2 April 2013
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All the beta testing, marketing promotions and ark codes be damned. The day of reckoning is upon us. Today, April 2, marks the day that the media synergy intellectual property of Defiance has truly kicked off. The interactive aspect, that is the open-world shooter from Trion Worlds, is now live and fully playable.
If you’re currently waiting for the download, servers to free up or even stuck at work – start getting a headache – we’ve plenty of Defiance coverage to help with the anticipation. From a collection of interviews to details on Ark codes to trailers to Syfy and Trion Worlds working together. It’s all after the cut.
Don’t forget, Defiance – that’d be the TV show – debuts on April 15 at 9:00 PM EST. Continue Reading
11 March 2013
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Customization in video games, RPG or MMOGs in particular, isn’t an unexpected feature. Gamers are used to designing their character, acquiring a variety of flashy loot, and, nowadays, being able to make changes on formerly permanent decisions. Defiance players can expect the expected, donning themselves in a variety of gear, facial selects and the like. But as the latest trailer for the open world shooter points out there’s another aspect Trion Worlds hope players fall for, weapon modification.
The ‘Unique Weapon and Modifications Trailer’ follows the standard Defiance drop, providing little in the way on concrete details. The flash production does showcase the wide variety of weaponry available and hints at how it can be tweaked to personal preferences. While not in the range of the “bazillion” options of Borderlands 2, Defiance will offer players “thousands of options” at launch.
Defiance servers goes live April 2 and premieres on Syfy on April 15. Hit the cut to catch the short trailer. Continue Reading
4 March 2013
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Over the weekend, the freshman entry from Trion Worlds entered its second year as a premium MMORPG. RIFT, a fantasy MMORPG rocking a classless system filled with dynamic content, launched in March 2011 to a solid reception. Since this time, Trion Worlds has met an aggressive content schedule, releasing a myriad of patches large and small and an entire expansion, Storm Legion. On March 1, the title turned two and received a new content patch, Carnival of the Ascended – Patch v2.2, to celebrate.
There’s a smorgasbord of activities for players of any type of dedication, from mini-games to games of skill to simple collections, spread across Storm Legion zones. There’s also the excitement of randomized PvP scenarios. The patch brings core (non-seasonal) content as well, including the addition of Tier 3 Planar Attunement, and hard modes of Endless Eclipse and Frozen Tempest.
Past and present players can rekindle their relationships during the anniversary’s free weekend, March 21-25, which coincides with the 20% increase to various statistics – XP, Favor, Prestige, etc – that runs from March 21 until April 4. Not to mention PAX East! Coincidence?
You can read the full breakdown of the Carnival of the Ascended here. Be sure to hit the jump for the Second Anniversary trailer. Interested in seeing what you missed in the preceding 24 months? Massively’s Karen Bryan has you covered. Continue Reading
13 February 2013
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Don’t worry, Trion Worlds latest video for Defiance is detailing the NPC raiders, not us players. In the latest Enemy Intel Video, Trion Worlds details the fearsome group of scavengers known as Raiders, a inter-species horde of lawless opportunist. Preying on small, backwater towns, the drug-addicted unwashed hordes are slavers, rapers and pillagers.
Thankfully, the new video gives would-be Ark Hunters much needed intel on exactly how to deal with the various Raider types they’ll come across. Hit em where it hurts, but be weary of their incredible firepower, recklessness in battle and ability to overrun with numbers. Of course, allowing them to cluster could be used to one’s advantage.
Check out the minute long introduction to the cannon fodder of the open-world MMO/TV shooter after the cut.
31 January 2013
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The marketing for Defiance is in full giddy-up mode. The open-world shooter and TV/video game hybrid from Trion Worlds, with Syfy handling the TV shenanigans, will be launching April 2, 2013. That’s 13 days ahead of the show’s debut on Syfy on April 15. But there’s so much to do before then!
First off, you’ll probably want to take a look at the brand-spanking new live action trailer. This flesh-filled trailer is for the game, not the TV show, which is set in St. Louis. The trailer features the post-apocalyptic settings, clothing, vehicles and weaponry we can expect. Heck, even a dynamic event. Not to mention a healthy dose of xenophobia and action. You can catch the 5+ minute trailer it in its HD glory after the cut.
If you can wait that long, then you’ll be happy to know that Advanced Mission Beta 2 launches on Friday, February 8 at 8:00 AM PST and run until Sunday, February 10 at 9:00 PM PST. Beta participants will be trouncing around San Francisco making full use of the new Arkfall code reward system.
Yeap, in-game rewards before it’s even launched. Myll Erik, the Defiance Community Manager, has also updated the forum with an official pre-order FAQ. Continue Reading
22 January 2013
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April is fast approaching and you should be excited. Not just for the ridiculousness that the video game industry delivers to us at the start of the month, but because science fiction will be returning to the airwaves of Syfy by way of Defiance. The hybrid TV show/MMOG debuts on April 15, to be followed by the launch of the MMO shooter sometime in April.
Trion Worlds began beta testing in earnest this past weekend. The follow-up? Pre-ordering time. Fans of MMO shooters have one of five options currently available to them for the pay-to-play title. Those that like putting their mitts on something real can pre-order a Gamestop Exclusive Ultimate edition for $149.99. The major additions for the tidy sum are an exclusive messenger bag, the Pale Wars Ronin in-game title, a Lock Box, DLC Season Pass and 1200 Bits (in-game currency). If those perks don’t interest you, a more routine Collector’s Edition is available in digital or physical forms for $99.99, or a base copy of the game for $59.99. As you might expect, the physical forms include a few perks over their digital counterparts.
Every pre-order type will score the Iron Demon in-game title, a 3-day XP boost, a weapon and Outlander outfit and the coveted guaranteed beta invite.
Normally a sucker for Collector’s Editions, I’ve been swapping games too often to make such a steep investment worth it. Especially for a title without a subscription fee.
Console pre-orders remain unavailable.