Trion Worlds has gained over a quarter of a million players for its two games RIFT and Defiance. The company's stellar week was highlighted by the re-release of RIFT as a free-to-play offering on Steam and its participation in the marathon for charity for children known as Extra Life.
RIFT had a particularily exceptional week, gaining its highest single day increase of new users. Trion Worlds also garnered the most fundraising for the Extra Life charity, raising a whopping $63,000 for children's hospitals. The public's reaction to the Extra Life marathon was immense; Defiance's creative lead Trick Dempsey was astounded:
While developer Trion Worlds has seen notable success with their 2011 fantasy game RIFT, their most recent release Defiance has had a rough time. Despite the counterpart television show being renewed for a second season, up to 80% of the Defiance development team was laid off earlier this year. After the cuts, there was great speculation about the amount of content the sci-fi action MMO would receive. With the first DLC pack released in late August, it has been a long time since the game received notable content. Fortunately on October 28, Trion announced plans for a second DLC pack, Arkbreaker.
For a limited time, you can receive a Ghost Hellbug mount, Votan Fragger weapon transmog, and $5 in RIFT Store Credits when you purchase and register a physical copy of Defiance! This offer applies to Standard and Collector's Edition boxed copies of Defiance on PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3, and is valid while supplies last.
Do you fancy fighting off alien hordes in the charred, terraformed ruins of a post apocalyptic San Francisco? Trion wants to make it easier for you to do just that.
In a press release today, Trion announced that PC players can sign up for Defiance and, upon account completion, receive a free 72 hour taster of their MMOTPS--Third Person Shooter.
Attention all Arc Hunters! Today Defiance has announced the beginning of its "Recruit-a-Friend" campaign and is offering players some pretty nice loot for bringing their friends on board the Defiance train.
In the Castithan Charge Pack--release window not yet confirmed, other than "soon"--Arkfalls will receive some added variety in the form of a large robotic enemy that players will have only seen a version of, and not interacted with, near the Golden Gate Bridge in the current storyline.
While attacking the Dark Matter Monolith, a slightly smaller droid compared to the one already in game, players will have to contend with multiple enemies and objectives in an impressive, chaotic swarm of connecting events.
A night spent playing Defiance is always fun, but when you combine it with three friends a night spent playing Defiance becomes a thrilling experience you’re left wanting to repeat.
From co-op maps to arkfall chases, the action is a rollercoaster ride of endorphin saturation. I just love how this game encourages teamwork while also supporting solo play. Not only that, but it’s a game you can enjoy at your leisure.
Anyone who hasn't made the plunge into the world of Defiance can catch up over the Memorial Day weekend. Lasting through 1:00pm PDT on Sunday, May 26th, players will be able to try out Defiance through Steam without having to pay the standard box price.
To top off the deal, Defiance will be on sale for those who want to buy the game and keep on playing after the free weekend is over. This sale includes 30% off both the standard and Digital Deluxe Editions as well as a sale on Bits, the in-game currency for Defiance.
Those who haven't been keeping up on the TV show will then have a chance to catch up on Monday, May 27th. From 4-11pm, SyFy will be hosting a marathon of the first six episodes (all episodes released to date). These episodes, as well as a season-to-date recap, will also be available for viewing throughout the weekend on the SyFy website.
Matt "Mattsta" Adams