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Trion announces new multiplatform MMO

Trion announces new multiplatform MMO

Rift developer Trion has announced a new MMO, Defiance, as a joint project with SyFy.

Rift developer Trion has announced a new MMO, Defiance, which it is working on as part of a collaboration with SyFy that will involve a new TV series of the same name.

The Defiance MMO will be an open-world game shooter for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The plot focuses on a future-Earth ravaged by past wars and where humans and aliens have only started to peacefully co-exist.

Trion is promising a smooth blend of the shooter and MMO genres, with the 'intense action of an AAA console shooter' coupled with the structure and scope of an MMO.

The MMO and TV series are planned to tie-in to each other, evolving over time and influencing each other as they progress, though neither company has explained the details or extent of this evolution.

The Defiance TV series is being created by Universal Cable Productions and the script is being penned by FarScape scribe Rockne S. O'Bannon.

No release date has yet been announced for either project, so there's still plenty of time to let us know your thoughts in the forums.

You can check out other news from the show via our E3 2011 News hub.

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kosch 8th June 2011, 13:11 Quote
Rift rocks!
mi1ez 8th June 2011, 13:19 Quote
Hold on, what...
Peacefully co-exist?!
freemmorpg 8th June 2011, 13:55 Quote
I still like RIFT
Picarro 8th June 2011, 15:21 Quote
This sounds really cool but as all other MMO's without a blue Blizzard logo it will fail miserably :(
Phalanx 8th June 2011, 15:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
This sounds really cool but as all other MMO's without a blue Blizzard logo it will fail miserably :(

That's highly silly to say. Rift is going strong, as are loads of other MMOs. You don't need millions of subscribers to make something successful.
FelixTech 8th June 2011, 16:25 Quote
I think historically 'a smooth blend of the shooter and MMO genres' never quite comes out as a good cocktail.
Kiytan 8th June 2011, 17:20 Quote
this has a lot of good elements in it. Rift is a solid (if a little dull) MMO, and Farscape was ****ing awesome. (still no idea how Rockne is pronounced). I do like the overall idea of having a tv show and MMO concurrently

Having said that, I can't help but feel it will suck. Also, how will cross-platform play work? (if it works at all) and without it being VERY open (like eve and such) I don't really see how it could have much of an influence of the show.

(and seriously 3 MMO's for trion, thats a hell of a lot of work going on)
Eiffie 8th June 2011, 18:34 Quote
That picture gives me memories of resistance 2 and homefront, i guess the golden gate bridge is the place to be when the crap hits the fan.
SMIFFYDUDE 8th June 2011, 20:28 Quote
LOL @ ..."humans and aliens have only started to peacefully co-exist". Then, 'intense action of an AAA console shooter'

So not peaceful then.
ssj12 8th June 2011, 20:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
LOL @ ..."humans and aliens have only started to peacefully co-exist". Then, 'intense action of an AAA console shooter'

So not peaceful then.

Sounds along the lines of Mass Effect. Its a similar viewpoint story wise.
.//TuNdRa 8th June 2011, 22:14 Quote
I suspect it may be something like Hellgate: London used to be (Shame I never got to get in on that) still; executed correctly it should be a good idea.
2bdetermine 9th June 2011, 05:25 Quote
Rift had a decent graphic, bad music and dull combat system etc.

AoC is the only current MMO worth playing.
Scirocco 9th June 2011, 06:07 Quote
I'm enjoying Rift and would take a look at another Trion offering. As far as being "boring," to each their own. Many people are finding WoW quite boring and little challenge. Rift is just getting started.
rogerrabbits 9th June 2011, 08:04 Quote
Hmm I thought the combat system is the best thing about Rift! Best MMORPG combat I've ever played. I get so much satisfaction playing it with my Mage and Rogue. My Mage has crowd control, great damage and damage over time, heals, and lots of utility, so it's very involving to play. I love building up the charge and then unleashing a big powerful stream of healing or damage or whatever. And then my Rogue is more straightforward but I like that I can interrupt spells, stealth and open fights with a powerful attack, and build up the combo points to then unleash. I have tactics where I can spend the combo points in 4 distinct different ways that help me but I need to pick the right one at the right moment. It's amazing..

I agree the music isn't great though. Age of Conan I got bored with in one month. Combat was original which I liked, but it was just frantic button mashing combat. I much prefer Rift where there is more thought about what you do.
DriftCarl 9th June 2011, 08:41 Quote
what happens when syfy cancel the TV show after 13 episodes like they seem to do with all good sci-fi tv shows recently.
kosch 9th June 2011, 12:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
what happens when syfy cancel the TV show after 13 episodes like they seem to do with all good sci-fi tv shows recently.

Good point!
TWeaK 10th June 2011, 23:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by kosch
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
what happens when syfy cancel the TV show after 13 episodes like they seem to do with all good sci-fi tv shows recently.

Good point!

Worse than that: what about all the players from Europe and elsewhere in the world who won't be able to see the show until a few months after it's aired in the States?
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