E3 2018: Defiance 2050 reboot launches on PC and console July 10th

    
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We’ve got an official launch date for the new Defiance, folks: Trion announced this morning that Defiance 2050 will hit all three major platforms on July 10th, pursuant to an open beta that’ll run from June 22nd through 25th and preorders that open up on the 19th. Yes, that preorder founder package comes with a three-day headstart.

“The original Defiance revolutionized the sci-fi open-world shooter, seamlessly blending third-person gunplay, fast-paced action, dynamic world events, and cooperative gameplay. In the Defiance universe players take on the role of Ark Hunters, mercenaries battling their way across the post-apocalyptic landscapes of a ruined earth, using alien tech and advanced weaponry to carve out their fortune. Defiance 2050 is the definitive Defiance experience, focused on bringing the game into the next generation. In addition to taking advantage of modern hardware to improve the original game’s visuals, Defiance 2050 also makes major updates to Defiance’s systems, streamlining and modernizing them for today’s shooter audience.”

The console-friendly sequel to the 2013 “transmedia synergy” TV-show-linked Defiance, Defiance 2050 popped up on our radar in February when Trion surprised everyone by announcing its plans for a reboot. The company has previously vowed not to abandon the original game once its younger, shinier, more crossplatformy sibling is up and running. We came away from both our hands-on at GDC and our stream during the closed beta feeling pretty comfortable with the transition. Stay tuned for more following our meeting with Trion at E3!

Source: Official site, press release
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xpsync

I loved the show, and tbh i enjoyed the game for some odd reason. Was thinking of checking this out at launch, i still might, but reading over and over again it’s the same as before, meh, i dunno.

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Zariarn

The only great benefit to this small upgrade is that they can play it on PS4 and possibly add new content. I love the game but it needs some more content.

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Nordavind

It still isn’t the game I’m looking for. Too similar to the original, and they kept many of the bad parts and removed some of the good ones.

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Randy Savage

I’ll give it a chance but given Trion’s declining track record over the years, I’m not holding out much hope.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah it’s like even their good ideas get screwed up. Rift Prime is basically an excuse to resell a bunch of old mounts/cosmetics for exorbitant prices. :/

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Zariarn

I disagree. It’s the trend for nostalgia progression servers. EQ 1 and 2 and now WoW have jumped on the same bandwagon. Lots of people liked the original RIFT. Why not provide that for those players? oh my, heaven forbid they want to make money. They must be the only game company in the world that wants to make money…..said no one ever.

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Pepperzine

As an original RIFT player my opinion of Rift Prime is that it is not close enough to vanilla to satisfy my nostalgia itch. The major factors that guide my opinion is the soul tree not being vanilla (and therefore not properly balanced for the content, and the main reason I won’t touch it), the exp rates, limited time server, and LFR. IMO they should have went straight up vanilla instead of this Prime business but Prime was a lazy way of trying to catch the eye of that crowd.

On a related note, none of my friends (myself included) who used to play had any interest in paying a sub for the game as it has additional monetization injected into it that wasn’t in the original (i.e. a cash shop).

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Sorenthaz

What irks me is that I don’t really mind the alterations, but I dislike the existence of a cash shop that is trying to resell me mounts I own on normal Rift. Basically all of my various rewards from stuff like my ‘Disposable Hero’ and ‘Detective’ titles to my Collector Edition bonuses and promotional Ghost Hellbug mount are missing, and Trion goes “btw you can buy these mounts again for 2,500 gems. Old is new, woo!”

It’s like what the hell is Trion thinking outside of obviously trying to sucker people into paying for stuff they already own on non-Prime Rift? The mounts are purely cosmetic in nature and scale to whatever your mount speed is, so idfk why they wouldn’t let them transfer over. So they instead sell them on this server which we still don’t know whether or not it’ll be temporary, and… it’s just such a badly scummy tactic to pull. Really pisses me off that they want to try and entice people to buy things they already paid for or earned in the past, as if long-term players are suddenly not valued in Rift Prime.

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Zariarn

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t everything in the Prime cash shop attainable in game?

But as I said before, most Subscription MMOs now have cash shops. I do see your point regarding if you already own it on Regular RIFT. If I was on prime, I doubt I would even open the cash shop.

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Sorenthaz

I don’t think so? Stuff like the Collector’s Edition mount and Carnival of the Ascended mounts were up in the cash shop.

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Zariarn

I’ve always loved how they do the soul trees. They give a lot of options and PVE balance is just fine IMO. I don’t pvp so I couldn’t tell ya if its affected or not. Like I mentioned before, I play on regular servers, so I’m not affected either way.

On the note of sub and cash shop. To be quite honest, most sub games have a cash shop now. WoW, FF14, SWoTOR, EVE, and various others. You’re not going to find many games that have a Sub only option. Its kinda the norm now.