Trion reboots Defiance as Defiance 2050, launching on PC and console this summer

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 DefianceDefiance 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.

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Ark Hunters Rejoice! Defiance 2050 Launches Summer 2018

The future of Defiance is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Redwood City, CA – February 27, 2018 – Trion Worlds is thrilled to reveal the next title set in the Defiance universe! A reimagined sci-fi shooter experience for current gaming hardware, Defiance 2050 takes the exciting story and groundbreaking gameplay of the original game, and gives it a major overhaul. Defiance 2050 launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this summer.

Twenty years have passed since the catastrophic Arkfall event left millions of Votans dead and Earth terraformed into a nearly unrecognizable post-apocalyptic landscape. In Defiance 2050’s version of San Francisco, players are transported to a dynamic open world where they can explore and fight in skirmishes and story-driven missions on an epic scale. Players will engage in massive cooperative battles with their friends, utilize hundreds of distinct weapons and skills, and take on huge alien threats as they explore transformed futuristic environments.

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.

“Defiance 2050 has been created with the original game’s community in mind,” said Matt Pettit, the Producer of Defiance 2050. “The team has been listening to feedback and taking some helpful cues from fans to really create the Defiance experience that people have wanted for a long time. Defiance 2050 marks a shift for the game that goes beyond the change from the year 2046 to 2050, and we are absolutely thrilled to hear what people think of it.”

Prior to launch, Defiance 2050 will be entering a closed beta period that interested players can sign up for and receive more information on in the coming months. Player feedback is essential, so fans are encouraged to sign up and offer insight on the game prior to its launch.

Defiance 2050 will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC summer 2018. For more information on the game and to sign up for information on the upcoming closed beta, please visit www.defiance2050.com, and for more information on Trion Worlds, please visit www.trionworlds.com.

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Jonny Sage

nope

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A Tonberry's Tears

Maybe.

I really like the show. A lot. It’s one of my favorite shows ever, and the world-building is the big reason why. The game had none of that; it’s one of the worst MMOs I’ve ever played, and I’ve played some stinkers. I have very low expectations for Defiance 2050, but I really can’t help but have high hopes.

Give us something to do other than shoot shit. Give us a camera that works. Let us put our goddamn guns away (literally, you can’t in that game). Hell, there’s literally no support for roleplayers in Defiance, and when you’ve got something so story-driven, that seems like a huge waste.

Hell, they could just put the show’s story and setting onto a game that’s otherwise just Warframe. That’d be fine.

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Necromonger

Out of my own respect i wont touch this game even if its game of the year.

Trion can drop to the floor and rot in hell.

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MrNude

I was super impressed with TRION when they started out. I loved the way they handled the RIFT open beta, and took ownership of issues. Fast forward to the current state of things, and just look at Archeage. That game could have been ridiculously amazing in the US. Granted it would have had to be a far different game than it is in Korea, but could have made massive amounts of money. Then they let TRION publish it…. They along with Bungie, and EA are on my “if you want it wait 3 weeks, and if you still want it, wait 3 more” purchasing plan.

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Castagere Shaikura

I lasted 4 hours in this game before i uninstalled it. To me it was one of the most unfun mmo’s i ever played. Only tried it because i liked the tv show.

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ernost

Same here. I intended on ‘playing it for the story’ but couldn’t manage even that.

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Jack Pipsam

The original had all the buzz at the time due to the whole TRANSMEDIA SYNERGY stuff, but I feel like nobody cares now.

Nothing wrong with doing a rebranding or even something SWL style, but I cannot help but feel this will be a flash-in-the-pan and people will go back to nobody caring… only they spent a lot doing it.

Well… hopefully it works out for them,

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squid

Defiance 2050 is also being built from the ground up as a complete free-to-play experience

Translation:

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teppic

Original had tons of lootboxes. This must be next generation lootboxes.

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Afro Thunder

I had fun with the original game for as long as the show was on mostly. The game got old fast, the bugs and devs made me hate it. Trick Dempsey or w/e was a real winner…

That said, i’m not too sure why they would reboot this. Maybe like others have said, the recent FPS mmos might have them believing people want to play this…

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squid

I liked it, but they launched early due to the show, gutted the staff post-“launch” even though the game wasn’t finished, and made some bad decisions (Canadian samurai bad guys; making the lore guy lead developer; lockboxes; frequently rebalanced currency grinds).

Working through the story was a good experience, but the ‘endgame’ was crap. Shadow wars was cool tho, when you could get enough people.

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Brother Maynard

Will the reworked game also feature hilarious blogs by inept game producers, spewing out posts about their hard work and how they’re getting all the tech guys and engineers to fix the issues for good (this time, definitely), all the while the servers keep crashing, the game is riddled with bugs and exploits and every update messes up the game even more than it was?

And then the same game producer gets fired a day or two after posting his most enthusiastic blog about the hard work they’re doing for the players (a pure fantasy, obviously)? Followed a couple of weeks later by epic and legendary drops added to lootboxes, instead of focusing on fixing the game? While people who basically finished the whole game through normal gameplay 1-3 weeks after it launched were wondering ‘is this it?’

Can we please have the client side damage calculations again? I really want to see events topped by a single guy doing 9,999,999,999 damage. Not to mention the beautiful PvP matches with aimbots, speedhacks and whatnot, since your brilliant game devs prefer to handle the trivial stuff like movement, sight or damage exclusively client-side…

One thing can’t be denied though – being a part of the Defiance launch (albeit only for 2 months – I wasn’t hardcore enough to take that crap any longer) was a hilarious experience that today would probably equal the SWBF2 fiasco. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this round – it’s Trion, I know I won’t be let down!

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kgptzac

Sounds like your hilarious experience would make a good comical TV show!

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Antiseptic

Trion needed to do this out of necessity when they knew Devilian was not going to last them too far past 2017. If it weren’t for that Windows 10 showstopper starting around October, they might have tried to milk that one a little longer.

Defiance was in no better shape but at least they developed that internally. Shutting down another one of their games would not have looked good though.

So what do you do? Put some fresh lipstick on a pig with new marketing and hope a sufficient number of people who still don’t know how horrible Trion is, to take the bait. I mean there are many out there who have never heard of Trion and that is who they want to tap into.

For existing diehards, it will be taken as a new lease on life for the game (but they should know Trion by now, prepare to be milked in some fashion).

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Alex Hyer

This sounds like a way to take something that may have a small niche audience, and put Lockboxes into it to milk them.

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Brother Maynard

Perhaps you’ve never played Defiance – this was one of the first games with extremely heavy emphasis on lockboxes from almost the first day. Including P2W boxes that were added a month after release or something like that…

The only way for Trion to outdo what’s already in Defiance would be to make into a single giant lockbox and remove the actual game.

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Crowe

Like Rift?