Defiance, and open world shooter MMO developed by Trion Worlds (who also created RIFT), is currently getting some behind-closed-doors demos at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, but the game itself wasn’t the big news – the big news is that the game will also tie in simultaneously with a TV series on Syfy.
Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet transformed by decades of conflict. The game combines the intense action of a “AAA” console shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart weaves the rich tapestry of the world into a series with the scope, characters, 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.
On the television side, the Defiance series, to be produced by Universal Cable Productions, will be penned by Rockne S. O’Bannon, a legendary sci-fi TV writer best-known for his work on Warehouse 13, Alien Nation, seaQuest DSV, and Farscape.
The game will be available for the PC, Xbox 360®, and PlayStation® 3. Release dates are not yet available, but more information will be released at the official web site when available.