Defiance and Defiance 2050 are dismissed from duty

    
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Clearly, Gamigo is cleaning house today. Shortly after announcing that the MMO publisher is shutting down Twin Saga, it also posted a farewell notice for one of former developer Trion Worlds’ most notable titles: Defiance.

Actually, it’s sunsetting both Defiance and Defiance 2050, the semi-reboot that came out in mid-2018: “Today we come to you with hearts heavy with sadness as we announce that Defiance and Defiance 2050 will officially cease all operations on April 29th, 2021. This decision was not an easy one to make. We concluded that both games could no longer sustain themselves.”

Until Defiance goes dark, its in-game store is heavily discounted and several events are planned to take place. Gamigo also gave out codes to encourage players to migrate to Trove and ArcheAge.

Defiance was famously part of a “transmedia synergy” cross-promotional effort with the three-season Syfy TV series that ran from 2013 to 2015. The Xbox 360 version of Defiance was shuttered back in April of last year, but there had been hope that the PC editions would continue.

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Trion Worlds and now Gamigo did everything you could POSSIBLY do wrong with managing what was actually a pretty decent game.

We all know about the weird cross-media thing with SyFy channel and that train wreck. I’m just talking about the game itself.

They went free to play and then made it easier to get powerful by spending cash (some call that pay to win, but since the game wasn’t much head to head I’m not sure how you “won” anything).

Then they rolled out the 2050 variant but kept the original, which clearly split an already small player base.

This was TEXTBOOK on “how to f’up your game.” And now it’s done. Too bad. It was a decent game.

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Spriggen 1337

Gamigo should repurpose the marvel hero assets/ bring the game back they got from the trion transaction with gazillion as there’s no real gud marvel mmo and avengers bombed hard…. Marvel heroes Omega + Nintendo switch = money for 2+ years 5+ if they put in dev time

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John Kiser

Disney pulled the plug there so unless disney says it is okay they can’t do anything.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Well, fuck. Another MMO I liked bites the dust

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SmiteDoctor

Such generosity, discounted store items on a game where your purchases will just be temporary; people will be chomping at the bit to spend money on that!

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Richard de Leon III

agreed, wouldve been nice if it was all free so that both games could get a great send off. Maybe gamigo is afraid enough people would come back and riot to save the game (wishful thinking on my part).

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Arktouros

Defiance at launch is probably my go to example of how a developer can mismanage their game title.

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Richard de Leon III

For me it was Anarchy online…gods that was almost as bad as Anthems debut….

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Jack Pipsam

It’s sad for Defiance, but I don’t really understand why Defiance 2050 also has to be killed at the same time.
They could have done what people assumed would happen and force players from one to the other, then just funnel everything into the one game to support, unless the player number on the 2050 might have been actually worse.

I suppose Secret World Legend never really worked in the long run, hmm. Seems harsh though not to even try and see if smooching all the players into one to work, then again Gamigo might have never actually wanted Defiance, but it ended up just coming along for the ride, like Microsoft and Bleeding Edge.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

From most accounts, the original had the larger player base. Many of us did not like some of the changes in 2050, despite the fact that the base game was a copy of the original, and none if our achievements carried over. Heck, not all of our stuff carried over. I’m sad because I really enjoyed Defiance, and thought that one if the few things Trion did well was the crossover content. SyFy completely botched it on their end. I am surprised that it lasted this long though, it was in trouble even before Trion went kaput.

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jimthomasUS

Sadness. Defiance plus Fallen Earth was a mmorpg I would’ve played.

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Bruno Brito

If FE had the mechanics of Defiance, it would be the best MMO to ever exist.

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ThePeon25

Im surprised Twin saga and Defiance been alive for so long don´t get me wrong I enjoyed both but it´s Gamigo we are talking about we just need to look at AA and see how they handled it.

Im surprised Fiesta, Grand Fantasia and Rift was not axed at the same time. Also Aura kingdom is that game still that popular ?

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Greaterdivinity

This was always the depressingly inevitable outcome. I imagine Rift isn’t too far behind, sadly. Trove and AA will probably keep on chugging for a quite a while, though I’m not sure how much of a future Atlas Reactor has.

gamigo is living up to their disappointing reputation of where games to live out their maintenance years before being unceremoniously closed down : /

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Leiloni

Gamigo must be such a depressing place to work.

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squid

Ahh, Defiance… Not a terrible game for a TPSMMO, but it launched about a year before it was ready (thanks to that ‘transmedia synergy’ that locked the game launch to the show debut), suffered as a bad PC port of a so-so console game, and was riddled with bugs that took months longer to fix (those that got fixed) than they should have. Bugs that somehow made a reappearance years later in the D2050 release and never got fixed.

Still, I enjoyed it while it lasted.