First Look at Defiance
One of the highlights of E3 this year, at least for me, was in a small
room in the Trion Worlds booth. After its success with Rift
they've certainly gained the eyes and ears of the media. As it's
shaping up the new title, Defiance,
will be ensure that attention stays locked on Trion Worlds.
The team has partnered up with the Syfy network to create an MMO shooter that shares a world with an upcoming television show on the Syfy network. The game and show will share personalities, events, and on occasion, locations. We were also told that players who play through specific parts of the game and somehow impact its dynamic world could even end up becoming a part of the lore within the television series, having their character names written into the show's script.
As has come to be expected from shooters, the game will offer traditional power ups such as stealth and speed abilities. However, all of this will take place in a persistent, online, seamless world. There are no zone lines or loading screens, and the world is open for you to explore.
But what does Trion Worlds mean by "persistent?" The world evolves around you. Based on your actions as well as those by other players the world itself can shift whether you're online or offline. If you log off in a wooded area that seems quiet at the time, you could end up logging back in with a new population of NPCs to greet you. This adds exceptional value to the game as you will never have the same experience twice, even if you're playing an alternate character starting off in the same area you've played before.
|Concept artwork for Defiance.|
To Trion Worlds, the game's atmosphere is comparable to Halo, Red Dead Redemption, and Borderlands, taking elements of each of those games and rolling it into its unique flavor of shooter. The added bonus here is by taking that approach the team hopes to add a level of accessibility that will make it a snap for any player who's had even limited experience in various shooters and other games to get into the game, involved and on their way to adventure.
Now, enter Rift's persuasion. Events known as Arkfalls will take place throughout the world in a somewhat random order. This event happens when a piece of space debris falls to earth which contains valuable technology or equipment. These Arkfalls are so valuable, in fact, that players will find themselves competing against other alien forces to get to it first. From what we saw, it was hard not to see these Arkfalls as a Death Rift in TW's flagship: Rift. The mechanics looked similar, but that can be a welcome feature for many gamers.
We'll be keeping a close eye on Defiance to see how it all unfolds over the next months and/or years. There is no estimated date for release or beta.