Monday, April 15, 2013

The MMO Time Warp

Defiance begins airing tonight on SyFy (It’s still SciFi, I don’t care what they say). For those who don’t know, or don’t remember, about this time last year I made a post about this TV show that had a game tie-in. But it’s not like usual video games. This is an MMO action/RPG set roughly 30 years in the future after aliens attempt to take over Earth. The game centers in San Fransisco while the TV show will be based in St. Louis.

This is actually a project that began 5 years ago so Trion, the game developer (Rift) had time to create the final product. 7 different alien races needed to be conceptualized and ready to go long before the first script was ever written for the TV show. That’s an immense amount of pressure to 1 success and 2 not jack up timeline consistencies.

The plan is to still have the game integrated with the show. While it will start out small, eventually players, and possibly their avatars, will influence the direction of the script. The game has been out for 2 weeks now, and weekly missions coinciding with the show will start after tonight’s episode. My copy…is still in the mail, but I’ll get it eventually! I’m curious to try it out and see what happens. I picked up the PS3 version. People can play across platforms on the 360, PS3, and PC (another bonus, about time someone listened to FFXI’s logic).


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