California-based studio Trion Worlds has announced the launch of Defiance™, the groundbreaking futuristic online open world shooter for the Xbox 360®, the PlayStation®3 and Windows PC. The Defiance universe will expand even further on April 15th, with the premiere of Syfy Network’s Defiance series, which is shot in Toronto. This unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and massive multiplayer online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist on both platforms.
“We’re incredibly proud that after five years of development, we are bringing this ambitious project to life,” said Nathan Richardsson, VP of Development for Trion and Executive Producer of Defiance. “The game launch is just the beginning of a truly unique entertainment experience and, in a couple weeks’ time, you’ll be able to tune into Syfy to see the story unfold, the characters develop, and realize transmedia entertainment unlike ever before.”
In Defiance, thousands of players, who take on the role of an Ark Hunter, scour a transformed Earth in search of valuable alien technology. Each Ark Hunter can play to its strength, customizing special abilities as well as upgrading a huge variety of both modern and alien weaponry at its disposal. Players can hunt alone or with others as they engage in massive co-op boss battles and fierce multiplayer combat known as Shadow War, in addition to taking on dynamic missions in campaign mode while exploring this constantly evolving world.
Digital copies of Defiance can be purchased online, and both digital and physical copies of the game are available at all major video game retailers. Standard Editions start at USD $59.99. Premium bundles, including the digital Deluxe Edition for PC and physical Collector’s Edition for console and PC, are available for USD $99.99. A limited run Ultimate Edition is also available for console and PC for USD $149.99, and includes a season pass, all Standard and Collector’s editions items and an exclusive Hellbug figurine. Digital PC customers who have already bought a digital Standard Edition can upgrade to the digital Deluxe Edition for $39.99.
About The TV Series:
Defiance is a visionary enterprise in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion’s multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the human and alien survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.
Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Mia Kirshner (Kenya) and Fionnula Flanagan (Nicky). The cast also features Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr, Justin Rains as Quentin McCawley, Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley, Dewshane Williams as Tommy and Peter MacNeill as Clancy.
The pilot is directed by Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) and written/executive produced by Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape), Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica; Hellcats) & Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica). Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.
The first-rate production team also includes visual effects supervisor Gary Hutzel (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), alien language and culture consultant David J. Peterson (Game of Thrones), music supervisor Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica), writers David Weddle and Bradley Thompson (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica) and three-time Oscar-winning costume supervisor Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland, Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Edward Scissorhands).