Defiance: TV show axed, MMO still going strong

It lasted longer than we expected, but US channel SyFy has declared it will not produce a fourth season of the MMO tie-in tv series Defiance. The MMO of the same name, developed by Trion Worlds, will continue regardless.

Released in 2013, Defiance was a twin-pronged attack on transmedia. The tv series starred Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas and Julie Benz, and told the story of the future town of Defiance, located near modern-day St Louis. In this post-apocalyptic town, humans and aliens coexist (with varying levels of comfort). The game, set in the same world, dropped players into the San Francisco Bay area and enlisted them as “Ark Hunters”, searching the world for alien technology (and fighting off anyone else who wanted to stake a claim).

In a statement released to Variety, a SyFy spokesperson explained:

‘Defiance’ was a truly groundbreaking series, delivering an immersive, cross-platform experience that transcended the television screen in a way that viewers had never seen before. We are incredibly proud of the work of the extraordinary cast, writers, artists and designers — and especially showrunner Kevin Murphy — who together brought the rich world of ‘Defiance’ to life over its three season arc.

Unfortunately for Defiance, it enjoyed solid numbers on debut in 2013, but viewers dropped off over the next two seasons, leading to its inevitable demise.

The game, on the other hand, is still enjoying decent success, following its jump to free-to-play in June 2014. Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman explains the game will continue “exactly as before”.

The show has always been a fantastic and interesting partner, but the two were always meant to be able to stand on their own, which is why the show was primarily set in St. Louis and the game in the SF Bay Area.

Defiance the game is still free to play, and available on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. We’re guessing more than a few things have changed between then and know, but if you would like to know more, here’s Mythor’s review!

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