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[Preview] Defiance: They Got Borderlands in My MMO!

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,596MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Trion Worlds recently invited the press corps to come to San Francisco to check out Defiance, the ambitious MMO being developed in conjunction with the Syfy Network. We've got a hands on report from that event as well as a first-ever game play video. Don't miss it!

Jumping into the gameplay, we were given the chance to create characters and take some of Defiance's gameplay modes for a spin.  Character creation was relatively robust for such an early build of the game, offering the two races of Human and Irathient, four Ark Hunter "Origins," which unlock special abilities for your character from the get-go, and several cosmetic customization options.  I chose to be an Irathient, because aliens.  I then picked the Survivalist Origin, rather than the other three of Machinist, Outlaw, and Soldier, so that I could toy around with the Cloak stealth ability.

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Defiance: They Got Borderlands in My MMO!

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  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,274Member Uncommon

    Hmmm. 

     

    Hmmmm. I need to see what it feels like.

  • apocolusterapocoluster newport news, VAPosts: 1,321Member Uncommon
      Ill give the game an honest try but Im really excited about the show...

    No matter how cynical you become, its never enough to keep up - Lily Tomlin

  • drtack1drtack1 jacksonville, FLPosts: 253Member

    Sweet! Looks fun to me! This is a project that has gone undermy radar, but looks fun. So this game is going to play side by side with the tv show? When does the tv show air?

    It is funny because I LOVED Tabula Rasa and was so sad when it closed but now the horizions look like they have some games coming out to my taste (This and Firefall) 

    I will be keeping an eye on this =)

  • RyowulfRyowulf Greensburg, PAPosts: 668Member
    Looks interesting
  • SlickShoesSlickShoes EdinburghPosts: 1,037Member Uncommon
    I guess the cross platform will exclude the xbox? so far microsoft have been reluctant to do anything like that. Currently the games that have cross platform play are PS3/PC, I think maybe shadowrun on 360 and windows was cross platform multiplayer?

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  • RimmersmanRimmersman MonacoPosts: 885Member
    Looks good but i'm more into The Otherlands MMO, especially me being a avid Tad fan.

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  • apocolusterapocoluster newport news, VAPosts: 1,321Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by drtack1

    Sweet! Looks fun to me! This is a project that has gone undermy radar, but looks fun. So this game is going to play side by side with the tv show? When does the tv show air?

    It is funny because I LOVED Tabula Rasa and was so sad when it closed but now the horizions look like they have some games coming out to my taste (This and Firefall) 

    I will be keeping an eye on this =)

    Last I heard the show airs spring 2013..but Syfy is working with Trion hand in hand..and they will hold the show off if the game gets a delay ( dont quote me, im just gessing).  Very ambitious..and I miss TR too  :)..but to play TR and then pause for an hour to watch a show on the off chance that my character is mentioned in background info..too cool.

    No matter how cynical you become, its never enough to keep up - Lily Tomlin

  • KabaalKabaal Edinburgh, ScotlandPosts: 3,012Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by drtack1

    Sweet! Looks fun to me! This is a project that has gone undermy radar, but looks fun. So this game is going to play side by side with the tv show? When does the tv show air?

    It is funny because I LOVED Tabula Rasa and was so sad when it closed but now the horizions look like they have some games coming out to my taste (This and Firefall) 

    I will be keeping an eye on this =)

    The first episode airs on April 15th http://www.tvrage.com/shows/id-30724

  • ThorkuneThorkune Eastern, KYPosts: 1,828Member Uncommon
    Looks really good.
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,523Member Uncommon

    The game and the show both launch in April - I found the game engine amazing, it's Trion's own engine, but the build I played at Pax is dated to what was demoed here.

    Also minor correction, Defiance is actually developed by Trion's San Diego studio, you mention Redwood City, which is the Rift dev studio.

    this is the most anticipated game for me personally, the first 15 min I played it I knew this game will be the next major MMORPG. You have to have that super responsive and scalable engine like WoW has to be any serious competition, and Defiance has it.

    Now the hard part is developing the game into a fun an entertaining world, I think Trion will pull it off.

     Oh I am also going to watching the show, but I am a lot more interested in the game - has PvE, open world PvP, dungeons, and bad ass huge aliens - I am in :)

     

  • CaldrinCaldrin CwmbranPosts: 4,533Member Uncommon

    I dont like the look of the combat so far.. but i like the idea.

     

    I shall probally check it out..

  • VannorVannor YorkshirePosts: 2,970Member Uncommon
    So I decided to randomly watch this video while bored and have gone from 0% interest in this game to looking forward to release.
  • Pythagoras2012Pythagoras2012 PaulistaPosts: 10Member
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,523Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Vannor
    So I decided to randomly watch this video while bored and have gone from 0% interest in this game to looking forward to release.

    The videos do not do it justice - you can't get the feel of how open the world feels and just zooming and jumping hills on your ATV is fun in itself.

    the only game at Pax that left me wanting more and I kept thinking about it after the show, and that is very rare for me as I've been playing MMORPGs since UO back in 99, so I know I am very jaded at this point.

    ill be playing the PC version as I prefer higher resolutions and higher textures, plus I am still,not that good at the controller play, but keyboard and mouse feel like an extension of my hands at this point :)

  • ColdrenColdren Nowhereville, TNPosts: 456Member Uncommon
    Glad you cited Tabula Rasa. Other than that, this does look pretty good.
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKPosts: 8,523Member Uncommon

    I hope we get to see some dungeon play, that's something I am pretty interested in.

    ego upgrade thing is me to me - I guess that's level up basically, and the soldier skill tree was visible in the video, looks like quite a few skills.

    tabula rasa - as flawed as it was I loved that game, if I could I'd love to play some TR now.

  • VorthanionVorthanion Laguna Vista, TXPosts: 2,117Member Uncommon
    At least you don't have to worry about stupid friendly fire like Planetside 2, gawd what a terrible game mechanic.

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  • BadSpockBadSpock Somewhere, MIPosts: 7,974Member

    Borderlands style MMO would be pretty damned awesome - especially with a Halo-esque alien feel to it.

    I like the sounds of that, and respect Trion for their level of polish and quick turn around in content and patches/fixes.

    Definitely on my radar.

    And my #1 interest?

    Xbox 360 play - I have been waiting for a MMO to play on my 360 for 7 years. FFXI just didn't cut it for me.

  • moosecatlolmoosecatlol Boring, TXPosts: 1,171Member Uncommon

    Uh, how is this anything like borderlands? God that's worse than IGN's "It's like Skyrim with guns!"

    Anyways, it's a slightly modified Geo-Mod 2.5 engine, I'd expect that graphically speaking you should be fine with a Geforce 260.

     

    Seriously though, "Borderlands MMO" is possibly the dumbest thing I've heard all week!

  • BenrixBenrix petal, MSPosts: 3Member
    I'm interested, but the price point needs to be low (less than $10/mo.) for me to really get in and stick with it. I played Rift for a while, but the price was a bit too much for me.
  • NephaeriusNephaerius Baltimore, MDPosts: 1,539Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Benrix
    I'm interested, but the price point needs to be low (less than $10/mo.) for me to really get in and stick with it. I played Rift for a while, but the price was a bit too much for me.

    IMO there won't be a sub.  The fact that the game will be on 360 in addition to PC limits their optioins.  It probably won't go F2P since it's not an in-house Microsoft project.  So far the only F2P game on 360 is Happy Wars which MS published.  So that leaves the buy to play option.

    Steam: Neph

  • YalexyYalexy BerlinPosts: 1,053Member Uncommon

    Seriously, this is nothing like Borderlands.

    Borderlands is what it is, because of it's black humor, sarcasm and violence, allthough I hate the fact that BL2 doesn't have as much bloodsplatter as the first one had.

  • BoognisheBoognishe Fort Myers, FLPosts: 83Member
    Looks pretty cool.
  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,204Member Uncommon

    We'll see.  I wish the author could have played on the PC version.  I'm sure Trion is trying to push how great it works on the console, but how great will it work on the console and the PC.  That remains to be seen.

    It's worth watching though and if it is B2P that would be a huge plus.

  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common

    I prefer strategy to twitch so a shooter holds little interest to me, but this will be a very interesting release.

     

    Certainly looks high quality, and its potentially an untapped market.  Trion advertises significantly better than SoE so it will be the first of its type that most people hear about.  Dont see it being a hit among the MMORPG market but it could very well be the start of a new market.

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