Defiance Offers Facts And Screenshots

One of the more unusual announcements from E3 was that of Defiance, a cross-platform MMO, that is also a cross-media project incorporating a TV show alongside the game. It’s being developed by Trion Worlds (of Rift) and the television channel SyFy. Anyway, it turns out that the game is “set in a futuristic San Francisco Bay Area”, and will be a mission-based third-person shooter, in which you can play as human or alien races. I’ve posted the full fact-o-thing and screenshots below. Click for full size.

Defiance Fact Sheet
On a future Earth ravaged by aliens and 50 years of global war, a civilization emerges that rejects the old ways to forge a new destiny in a wild frontier. Can the connection between a lawman trying to keep his town safe and a new kind of gold rush in San Francisco hold the only hope for a better future?

Defiance is the first multi-platform shooter MMO which, in a ground-breaking entertainment experience, interconnects with a global television program on Syfy, cable’s premier imagination based entertainment channel. It is being developed for the PC, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

In Defiance players and viewers are introduced to a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet ravaged by decades of conflict. The game combines the intense action of a shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence each other and evolve together over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.

The creative forces behind Defiance have worked on the top online games of the past decade, including RIFT, Everquest, and World of Warcraft.

An Adventure For The Masses – Intense third-person shooter gameplay focused on story-driven missions designed to be played solo or with other live players in the world around you.

A Massive, Persistent World – Fully realized, persistent open world (no loading screens between zones) set in a futuristic San Francisco Bay Area, supporting tens of thousands of simultaneous live players.

Customize Your Character – Custom character creation, where you can play as a human or alien, modify your appearance, select different specializations, and become a unique citizen of the world.

Player Progression Evolved – Console-native shooter with a multitude of weapons, armors, and special abilities that evolve with experience.

Unending Gameplay – With missions, emergencies, and endless exploration opportunities across a giant game world, Defiance is the genre-changing title that is sure to keep players engaged for years.


  1. Snesso says:

    I’ve always wanted to play a decent Shooter MMO… lets hope the guys at Trion doesnt mess it up

    • Peter Radiator Full Pig says:

      The guys at SyFy will. Its what the do. Its their thing. Their raison d’etre and all those sort of phrases.

    • Protagoras says:

      ^ +1

      SyFy is honestly one of the worst channels I’ve had the displeasure of watching, especially when they ruin perfectly good IPs.

    • Daiv says:

      SyFy acts like it is run by Cave Johnson.

      Innovation? Quality? Pah, these cost money. Someone get me the internet on the telephone, i need a title for a blockbuster so i want to know what the most popular words are with 18-24 males. In fact, you make the call, that’s what I pay you for. Well, no more. You’re fired. Get out. But before you go, tell Caroline to make that call. Maybe zombie ninjas or something, or a ninja five hundred feet tall – or all of them! We’ll call it Zombie MegaNinja! Tell Caroline to forget making that call, I’m doing genius here! And then get out! You’re still fired.

    • Sam Crisp says:

      My only experience with SyFy is a game they published called de Blob 2, which I found wonderful and innovative. Granted, I have never watched the television station before.

  2. Jajusha says:

    Those creepers remind me of sacrifice.

  3. misterk says:

    I can’t read that press release. My brain keeps giving up and dying midway through.

  4. Mayjori says:

    I start getting skeptical whenever a word like “console-native” is used……

  5. mda says:

    Digging the art style! Would be happy to play it just to explore the world :)

    If it has enjoyable mechanics too it might be my first mmo in years.

  6. karry says:

    So its the third game with this name. Where did imagination go…oh, wait, its an MMO, that explains it.

  7. Yargh says:

    I can see this being full of clowns trying increasingly daft antics in the hope of getting a part in the show for their avatars.

  8. Protagoras says:

    While the concept looks nice, I’m really quite pessimistic as to being able to realize it properly, due to:

    a. Syfy being a shit channel, especially since dropping the actual “science fiction” to go with a name that sounds closer to a STD.

    b. While rift is a nice game, the devs didn’t really follow through on the whole “changeable world” schtick they were pushing. Add the fact that the show has to be filmed in advance/script written, no mention of a single shard, and the fact that most places don’t have the Syfy channel, and I doubt we’ll be seeing much player based change/impact/choice, atleast not in a meaningful form.

    Not that its a bad thing – I love pretending to be Ash in Pokemon and catching the Pokemons he caught. But its a different thing to what they’re peddling.

  9. 0p8 says:

    i really hope this is good…..and if it is i might sub for the first time in yeeeeears.

  10. FalseMyrmidon says:

    It’s not cross-platform it’s multi-platform. The E3 demonstration was cross-platform for some unknown reason even though the actual game won’t be.

  11. Josh Brandt says:

    A futuristic Bay Area? Have you been to San Francisco lately? Those screenshots look pretty much like the Tenderloin today.

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      There are mature redwood trees growing in the Tenderloin now?

  12. squareking says:

    Can’t say I really like this new art style for Firefa–