Big news from Trion Worlds today – post-apocalyptic cyberwestern MMO Defiance is going free-to-play. Starting June 4th on PC and mid-July for Xbox 360/PS3, you’ll be able to download the game’s client and enjoy the Bay Area storyline and original end-game content in full – all for free! (The developers are also throwing in the promise of future missions, for the same price tag.)
If you’re a frontier pioneer who’s forked out for a boxed copy of Defiance, or paid for subscriptions, don’t worry. Trion has you covered, promising to treat you “like the wasteland kings and queens you are”.
You’ll be glad to hear that all Defiance owners (existing badland adventurers such as yourselves) will enjoy more of everything than the greenhorns emerging from dropships and taking their first shaky footsteps in the Bay Area. You’ll continue to enjoy more character slots, loadouts, ark keycode capacity, and inventory slots than free-to-play accounts. For those looking to expand what they already have, we’ll even be offering increases to these limits.
There will still be the opportunity to spend money on the game, if you so wish. Gamers who hand over real-world cash will be labelled “Paradise Patrons”, who get a stack of cool stuff, too:
- Boosts to skill, XP, scrip, salvage, and reputation gain rates that stack with boosts available in the store.
- 10% store-wide discount on boosts, costumes, lock boxes – all of it!
- A daily grab bag of two-hour boosts.
- Arkforge from Daily and Weekly Ark Hunter Bonus Lock Boxes. (Playing on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3? Be sure to link your account to get this bonus!)
Don’t want to pay? Don’t worry! Trion explains that its free-to-play policy is simply “No tricks, no traps”, so the new F2P Defiance will not include pay-to-win content where real-world money is necessary to progress.