Gamigo is sunsetting classic Defiance – on the Xbox 360 – next month

    
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Gamigo is sunsetting classic Defiance – on the Xbox 360 – next month

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.

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Andrew Clear

Was it backwards compat for the xbox one? If not, they should’ve just called MS and begged them to focus on making it backwards compat…lol. Might’ve saved it on the xbox.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I’m surprised that it has managed to make it this far, and still can’t figure out how they are keeping both versions of the game running otherwise. I really enjoyed the classic version on PC and probably will revisit again in the future. The Xbox 360 version always had a lot of issues with stability and such, practically right out if the gate.

What would disappoint me if I was playing this version, however, is that they are only transferring to the 2050 version of the game. A lot of us Classic players despise that version. I would much rather go to the PC or PS3 version of classic rather than move to 2050. And their system for transferring from Classic to 2050 was a hot mess and woefully inadequate the first time around, do can’t imagine it being any different now.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Defiance was an interesting experiment. Too bad it didn’t quite work out. Show went down hill after the first season, unfortunately. Never played the game. I’m actually kinda surprised the game is still around at all.

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sophiskiai

I’m actually surprised they’ve kept both versions running simultaneously on so many platforms this long! Would be interested to see how many active players the original still has compared to the cash-grab reissue.

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johnd212

Not really bad news … I mean XBOX 360 version?? I think it’s a badge of loyalty they kept that version running this long into the next Gen. I wish these articles weren’t always written as doom and gloom… seems to me they should be congratulated for keeping it on this long.

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Sorenthaz

Surprised they’re still keeping 2050 up tbh.

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Jack Pipsam

If they can rework it so it’s cross play, even at least across Xbox One/PS4, that might save them some hosting money if they can do it from less resources to share.

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Jack Pipsam

Sad for those who played it, but not entirely surprising I suppose. Whatever playerbase it would have had must have only been slowly decreasing since they never made the game part of the backwards compatibility program for Xbox One.

The ability to transfer some stuff over to the 2050 is certainly a nice gesture, but it seems that it’s not entirely a comprehensive progressive transfer if the FAQ comments on the thread are to be believed.

Interesting they mention the PS3 version is staying for now, I can’t imagine it has that long to live after the 360 version in reality.

I wonder, with this gone, is there any MMOs left on the Xbox 360 still active? I suppose Destiny if you count that is keeping their 360 servers up for now.

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Pepperzine

Then it was the tiny but widely loved Atlas Reactor

Tiny and widely sound contradictory in this context.

That aside, I can’t blame Gamigo for these sunsets. I think the blame squarely lands on Trion and their poor management. If Trion had maintained these titles in a sustainable state then Gamigo would not have to shutter them. I am actually surprised how long Gamigo has kept these under-performers (who have been neglected prior to acquisition) running.

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Connor

“but due to old technical systems, it became impossible to properly sustain the game”

It was never possible to properly sustain the game. Defiance on the old consoles, especially the Xbox360, was a dumpster fire of rusty parts barely held together with chewing gum and prayers. Every single time I checked in on the forums for the 360 version it was full of nothing but complaints about unstable, crashing servers, broken content, etc.

Defiance is like a yard sale at a burning building where the home is already engulfed in flame and is starting to burn the items on sale, so instead of putting the fire out the homeowner (Previously Trion now Gamigo) decides to mark up the remaining items on sale and puts up a sign stating that luxuries like walking and breathing will now be charged ala carte. If Trion had cared enough to pull the boiling pot of oil off of the stove six years ago this all might have been avoided.