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As Seen On PC: Defiance Beta Begins This Month

Games and TV haven’t exactly had the best relationship over the years. Nor have games and movies, or books, or pretty much anything that’s not games. I’ve wondered for quite a while, though, whether transmedia’s series of spectacular face-plants has been due to fundamental incompatibility between mediums or a simple lack of meaningful collaboration. Defiance – with its frequent, meticulously planned crossovers – might be able to answer that question. But honestly, if the game’s not any good, why should anyone care about what the tiny people who live inside their televisions do or say? Naturally, then, Defiance’s upcoming beta events are of interest. You can scope out its vision of an alien-overrun Wild West future San Francisco and maybe help make it better. A little. Details after the break.

Trion plans to hold a series of beta weekends in the coming weeks, and the first one’s just about to crash into our PC gaming master society and change the world as we know it. Or just, you know, last for a couple of days. It kicks off on January 18th and focuses on the MMO’s early goings.

“Part treasure hunter, part mercenary, ark hunters are genetically enhanced operatives who are fearless and lethal, dedicated in their mission to recover valuable alien technology and sell it to the highest bidder. Players who participate in Advanced Mission Beta 1 will have full access to the tutorial, the expansive terraformed terrain of Mt. Tam, the Waterfront competitive multiplayer map, and the fierce Shadow War open world competitive multiplayer and Arkfall massive co-op boss battles.”

You can go sign up over in yonder link pastures, if you’re feeling so inclined. Otherwise, you can just do nothing. Nothing at all. Ever again.

Or, if you don’t view lack of interest in an MMO beta as reason for a nihilistic conclusion to all of your daily functions, here are a couple trailers. One’s for the game, and the other’s for the TV show. But WHICH ONE IS WHICH? (Hint: it’s really not that hard.)

Hm, the show looks like Firefly if it fell into a silly nose and giant eyeball bin, but the game definitely gives off a Rift-but-with-guns vibe. For now, I’m intrigued, but doubtful of their ability to really sync up in terms of tone and atmosphere. Still though, fingers crossed for something special. It all kicks off in April. Will you be tuning in?

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