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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squid

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.