Remember Defiance? The massively multiplayer shooter which launched last year along side the sci-fi TV show of the same name? If you do and you spent full price on the game at launch, you might have mixed feelings about the latest news from Defiance developers Trion Worlds.
On June 4 Defiance will be going free-to-play on PC, with the same happening to the PlayStation 3 version on July 15. There’s also plans for the Xbox 360 version to become free-to-play too but with the Xbox Live subscription in place, it’s taking a little longer for Trion Worlds to figure out. The reason for the dramatic change is due to the games reliance on co-operative play during missions which brings players of all levels together to fight a singular, or a group, of enemies.
“Anyone who has played the game in great depth has seen that the game is better when there are a lot of other people around,” Trick Dempsey, the game’s creative director, said in an interview with Polygon. “This change provides everyone with lots of other people to play with in a massive co-operative experience.”
During the interview Dempsey revealed that Trion Worlds had always planned to take Defiance to a free-to-play model and that those who purchased the game at lauch, or early adopters as they’re being called, will receive special treatment after the change this Summer. That special treatment will come in the form of a 30-day Paradise Patron Pass and a hefty grant of 1000 Arkforge per account. Players will also get additional character slots, loadouts, ark keycode capacity and inventory slots.
The free-to-play switch will coincide with the second season of Defiance which airs on June 19 in the US and Trion are hoping that the second season will encourage more users to join the online world of Defiance. “As we head toward Season 2 of the Defiance television show, we expect that many new fans will want to join the world of Defiance, and having a system that allows them to experience the Defiance universe for free is good for everyone.”