Defiance players itching to give the game’s reinvention as Defiance 2050 a spin are going to get that chance in April.
“We’re thrilled to announce that the Defiance 2050 closed beta test runs April 20 to 22 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC,” the studio posted. “Team up with players in co-op events to explore this partially terraformed world and accomplish compelling story missions or battle it out against fellow Ark Hunters in fast-paced PvP combat.”
It sounds as if testers will be playing the Assault class specifically during this leg of the beta. Signups are on the official site.
Trion announced the console-friendly reboot back in February; the MMORPG studio has since promised it won’t abandon the original game and can’t support full crossplay but will credit classic Defiance players in the new title.
Don’t twiddle your thumbs and sigh with impatience that Defiance 2050 hasn’t arrived yet; get active in Defiance right now, thanks to its Armistice event.
Armistice is actually four events in one, running from now through April 9th. Players can engage in Hulker Hell, Neo Votanis Freebooters, New Frontier Harvest, and Outbreak activities while earning purified gulanite (that sounds important) from Arkfall drops. There are also a few new pursuits to, er, pursue.
Even better, Trion Worlds is handing out a seven-day patron pass for anyone who logs into the game between April 2nd and 9th. That should keep you busy for a couple of weeks, at least!
Here is something kind of neat: Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman sitting down with NBC’s Press:Here to talk about video game violence and game ratings. Hartsman came on the program in response to the US administration’s claims that video games are too violent and one of the causes of school violence.
“There are contraindicators of video game play and actual real-world committing violence,” Hartsman said. “I think that at the end of the day, studying actual facts will lead us in a much better direction.”
Other members of the panel said that this is a small distraction for the White House and that it will quickly move on from using video games as a scapegoat for recent school shootings.
With MMOs such as Trove
already inhabiting both the PC and console space, it seems not unreasonable to wonder if Trion Worlds has any plans on growing RIFT’s
audience by bringing that title to PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
Unfortunately, the answer to this line of questioning is “no.”
“We have no current plans to move RIFT to console,” the studio said on Twitter. “It would be a herculean effort.”
While that seems to be a pretty firm closed door in that direction, at least RIFT has enjoyed a burst of popularity through its new Prime progression server. Speaking of Prime, the team announced that it will be increasing the rather meager quest XP rewards on the progression server with this Wednesday’s update.
If you’re playing Defiance right now, you probably want to know that you still get something out of it. Sure, you might be having fun, but will any of your progress matter? The short answer is yes, thanks to the Valor system. For each pursuit (which is Defiance-speak for “achievements”) you earn, you’ll earn another chunk of Valor for when Defiance 2050 goes live, allowing you to purchase cosmetic gear.
What if you already have all of the pursuits available in the game? Well, then you’ll earn lots of Valor. Also, a new batch of pursuits is getting rolled out on March 9th (e.g., today) to give you something new to do, which means you’ll get even more Valor to transfer over. Account-wide unlocks like special titles and character slots will also carry over automatically, with developers asking for feedback about special rewards to bring into the revamped game; check out the full rundown for more details.
We were all pretty stunned when Trion announced Defiance 2050 last week, and indeed, we fired off a round of questions almost immediately. Trion’s answered our questions today, including those about what’s going on with the original game (spoilers: It’s not being abandoned). Read on for the details!
Massively OP: The big question is what’s happening to original Defiance itself? Will it continue on in any way? Maintenance mode, or will it continue to see updates and holidays?
Trion: Definitely! Original Defiance will continue to receive event updates, and players can continue to login and play. We’re even working on a new Valor rewards system for people who jump in and play the game before Defiance 2050 launches, which we’ll have more information about very soon.
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cruise into a wild week jam-packed with updates and a full-fledged MMO reboot on top of everything else. It’s all they can do to hang on to the bucking bronco of news without being flung off into side topics, but they’ll do their best!
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Still scratching your head a bit about the Defiance 2050 surprise announcement yesterday? We all are. Fortunately, we do have a bit more information about what’s going on with the new version of the game, thanks to a new FAQ, feature rundown, and a producer’s letter explaining a little bit more.
First and foremost, the big news you were waiting to hear about: No, players are not going to be able to transfer characters straight over from the original Defiance. Players will retain some of their progress, and accumulating Valor on the existing version of the game will lead to further rewards in Defiance 2050, so you can still unlock some things. You also can let go of any notions about new cross-platform play; the game will still be locked by its three platforms.
Players can, however, enjoy a game that’s been built from the ground up as a free-to-play system with improved graphics, new gameplay systems, and various other improvements. Check out the FAQ for more information, or read through the producer’s letter for a clearer portrait of how we wound up here.
Welp, now we know what Trion Worlds has been working on: Defiance is getting a sequel, launching for PC, Xbox One, and PS4 this summer. The MMORPG studio says Defiance 2050 is a “completely from-the-ground-up recreation of Defiance” that “overhauls the exciting story and groundbreaking gameplay of the original, reimagining the San Francisco-based sci-fi shooter experience for current gaming hardware.”
“Defiance 2050 recreates the original game from the ground up to be representative of the current generation of consoles. From updated textures to improved resolutions and framerates, Defiance 2050 is a marked improvement over the original Defiance. Defiance 2050 is more than just a simple graphical remaster, as the game’s systems have gotten major improvements to create the definitive version of the game. Today’s consoles and PCs enable the dev team to implement features and upgrades that fans of the game have been clamoring for, while advancements in hardware allow for action on an even larger scale than before, with more players able to take to the battlefield in white-knuckled combat.”
It’s not entirely clear just yet what’s happening to original-flavor Defiance itself (we’re reaching out to Trion about that right now and will update when we have more info). Beta signups are live on the official site right now, and we’ve got the announcement trailers down below too.
Is your Valentine’s day about love, friendship, or free candy from mom? In MMORPGs, it’s about questing, murder, and free loot! So, yeah, kinda the same. Enjoy Massively OP’s guide to this very pink not-a-holiday across the MMORPG genre – and some not-quite-MMOs too!
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Wakfu, Fortnite, Astroneer, Old School RuneScape, Overwatch, Pokemon Go, Lineage 2 Revolution, PUBG, Defiance, Battlerite, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!
You know the lockbox thing is reaching saturation when there are so many things to cover we have to resort to a roundup. Nevertheless, for those of you who want to stay on top of developments and arguments, here we go.
Polygon has an explainer piece up on Destiny 2’s Eververse fallout and why everyone is still rioting over the game’s monetization. Of note for this discussion is the publication’s note that if Destiny 2 is hell-bent on having lootboxes, it ought to adopt Overwatch’s lootboxes, as they’re relatively tame and haven’t produced a Reddit in full meltdown.
Gamasutra has a roundup of MMO developer quotes from studios that believe they’re doing lockboxes “elegantly,” including Trion (for Defiance), PWE (for Star Trek Online), Wargaming (for World of Warships). In this particularly case, that means either being easily accessible through in-game play (not just in the cash shop), making lockbox drops tradeable to other players, creating systems of accruing lockbox rewards, or offering a choice of lootbox type.
It’s that time of year again where the airwaves of certain radio stations are clogged with the same songs from the 1950s, television broadcasts are filled with specials about the nature of giving, and dozens of people exclaim that Die Hard is a holiday film due to its timeframe. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and whatever you celebrate, you cannot retreat into your favorite MMO without seeing plenty of red suits, white trim, and all sorts of associated antics.
So, where will you hang your gaming hat this year? Probably in much the same place as usual, but if you’re curious about which games are running which events, we have you covered with our roundup just below.