Trion is trying to bring Defiance up to date on modern consoles

Most of you probably think of Defiance as “that game that used to tie into a TV show and is probably on borrowed time.” Yet a recent interview with the team reveals that the game is actually doing a lot better than you might expect. The team behind the game is reporting around 120k average monthly users, and they’re hard at work trying to deliver an upgraded version of the game that takes advantage of current-generation console hardware on the PlayStation 4.

The big goal is finding out what the game’s current playerbase wants and see if major long-term upgrades like this are something that would actually improve the experience for players; behind the scenes, it’s felt that there’s a good core game already in existence, so there’s not much desire to shake things up too severely or go the sequel route. It’s a fascinating interview all around, although it’s possible that the biggest surprise is that the game appears to be still humming along despite the loss of its vaunted transmedia synergy.

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Jack Pipsam

A quick & dirty way to be allowing the Xbox 360 version to be backwards compatible on Xbox One.

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teppic

The game barely works as it is (e.g. regularly going out of phase in the middle of fights and finding yourself solo surrounded by 100 enemies), and hasn’t had any real updates since it launched. But since the TV series ended the IP is dead, so it’s no doubt extremely cheap to keep milking this cow until it’s totally dead. Those numbers are bullshit, though.

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Zariarn

The Ark Invasions are always hopping. I’ve always enjoyed the story lines in the game. I hope they expand more and create bigger landmasses.

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Aiun Tanks

An engine update sure wouldn’t go astray. I remember looking to Defiance as my long-sought Tabula Rasa replacement (Narrator: It wasn’t), but was just turned off by how beholden to lag it was (because why the fuck would non-Americans wanna play an MMO, right? Those idiots!), and how light/floaty/insubstantial/unresponsive it felt.

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Brother Maynard

reporting around 120k average monthly users

I’m smelling another Trion PR BS, of the usual “hey, intern, come up with any large-but-remotely-believable figure; 1 million would be pushing it” category. Unverifiable claims from notorious industry sleazebags.

Their steamcharts numbers are 1/4 – 1/2 of those of SWL – Funcom would be issuing press releases every single day if they had 100k+ players… And with the large number of much better action games available on consoles than this one, I’m going to call this another of Trion’s pathetic attempts to get more people to play their games before it’s too late for the company.

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Zariarn

Glyph is the primary client for all of Trions games. Not Steam. No, I’m not some stupid white knight garbage like a lot around here call it.

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John Bagnoli

I haven’t played in a long time but the game is quite fun. Kudos to it!

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squidgod2000

They’re going to turn it into a battle royale game. I guaran-fucking-tee it.

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Knox Harrington

The game is fun for what it is. There was never much to it, and even less so now that the show is gone, but it’s a decent Third Person Shooter, which is rare, and there are always events to grind. The grind doesn’t even feel like a grind. You’re really just roaming around shooting stuff. There doesn’t seem to be any greater point beyond that. I’ll gladly play it on the PS4 because the experience does seem to lend itself better to a console environment. Good mindless fun is best enjoyed on the couch, much like how the PS4 saved Diablo 3 for me. I’ll never be able to play D3 on the computer again thanks to the console port.

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CasualSlacks

People underestimate the fun of a dynamic (though predictable), open world shooting gallery. I remember the first time I played it was after coming off a night shift at 6am and I just followed the herd shooting aliens and crap until 10am. I’m getting a lot of the same thing from Destiny 2 now.

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Mark

Sounds like a good idea, and I wish they would also link the servers like FFXIV (I wish all cross-console games did this). It’s a fun little game.

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Grave Knight

Pst, update your network code so the game doesn’t lag like you’re on 56k and the servers have to be reset every 10 minutes.

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Lucky Jinx

Maybe pull the plug on this one and reallocate resources to Rift in order to somewhat justify the bloodsuckage of players.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m a little surprised. While I knew Defiance somehow still had a playerbase, and one worthy enough to keep the game running, I didn’t think it was enough (whether in number or whale money) to push it forward. And well, I’ve been mostly correct, as I don’t hear much about big updates. 120k ‘monthly active users’ might include anyone giving it a minute of demo, but that’s still… surprisingly good sounding. ‘Most Likely Trion Game to Shut Down’ has moved from Defiance to Devilian.

I think they will (relatively) quietly shutter the last gen Defiance, but only after current gen is out, so 2018-2019. And include account migration. Which… is fair? The game will be half a decade old and the console gen is a decade old.

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Grave Knight

Sad part is Devilian is pretty fun. But that bag space and the amount of stuff they throw at you. Either you got to pay or you have to run off to bank/vendor after every fight just so you have space to pick stuff up.

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Greaterdivinity

The player number is truly shocking, especially given the minimal support the game has received for years.

I’m down with this though, if they can find the budget to invest in updating the game. It needs some serious love on the visual front if it wants to compete on current-gen (and not look janky on PC) as well as a lot of fixes/improvements, not to mention some additional content that isn’t just open world events in the tiny game-world.

Interesting that they’re kinda “reviving” the game after so long, though.

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Malcolm Swoboda

If they update the PC quality and prove they can do any substantial content update and not be blatantly P2W (good luck on the last point), they got my attention again, and maybe my money. That’s a few big requirements though :)

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teppic

It’s Trion, it’ll get more pay to win until it’s dead, not less. The last time I played it they’d already moved progression pretty much entirely to lootboxes.

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Denice J. Cook

Wow, good to know! I bought this on Steam before it went F2P and it got lost in the shuffle. I need to log in there.

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Connor

I’m impressed that Defiance manages to retain that level of active customers, every time I try to get back into the game it just feels…busted. The game still seems ravaged by lag and persistent bugs and I hear nothing but complaints about how poorly the console servers are performing.

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A Dad Supreme

We were also told that the game will most likely continue to be free-to-play with all the updates being free as well. Furthermore, purchasable materials could benefit the players in progressing through parts of the game, but all of the content can be accessed by playing the game even though the free model.

Well it’s good to see Trion learned their lesson and are taking a different approach than what they did with Rift becau… oh.

… wait.

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Mikey's Bored

I actually logged onto it a couple of weeks ago, for the first time in a couple of years, and I was surprised to see how active and alive it was. It appears to be doing very well!

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squidgod2000

It was always a pretty solid game—the major failures were the interface, lack of social functionality and technical issues. They were also constrained by the show (which clearly had precedence over the game), lack of post-release funding/development (at one point the person in charge of lore was trying and failing to fix chat and the UI…pretty sure he was later put in charge of development), and some questionable choices regarding expansions (remember the whole Canadian Samurai thing?).

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