Ever since the Trion Worlds buyout by Gamigo back in 2018, we’ve been holding our breath just waiting for Gamigo to slowly cut the underperforming MMOs from the roster of games it had purchased. RIFT Prime came first, last June, though RIFT itself lives on. Then it was the tiny but widely loved Atlas Reactor. Now, it’s Defiance – part of Defiance, anyway – as apparently Gamigo’s decided to axe the Xbox 360 servers for the classic Defiance MMO. It does appear that the PC version of the original Defiance, as well as the entirety of Defiance 2050, will continue on.
“Today we’re announcing that after many years of epic battles, we’re closing Xbox 360 as a platform for Defiance 2013. This was not an easy decision for our Team, but due to old technical systems, it became impossible to properly sustain the game. Undoubtedly this will cause disappointment amongst many of you – which we understand – but we’re also making it easy to continue your adventure on Defiance 2050 seamlessly.”
How seamlessly? That depends on you: Gamigo’s allowing players to link their accounts and essentially transfer a large list of gear, outfits, titles, and vehicles, as well as granting valor commendations in 2050 based on the state of each player’s classic account. You’ve got a few weeks to get that sorted, as the servers go down on May 25th, 2020.
MOP columnist Tyler Edwards previously penned a piece on the game, mourning its wasted potential.