Defiance Passes One Million Users in One Month

Defiance Passes One Million Users in One Month

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Players of Trion Worlds' latest MMO have killed over 500 million hellbugs.

Just one month after launch, Trion Worlds' futuristic MMO Defiance has one million registered users. The multiplatform shooter, which is a companion to the Syfy TV show of the same name, launched on April 2 after being in development for five years. In addition to its million players, Defiance has seen 500 million hellbugs killed as gamers drove 50 million virtual miles on ATVs and fought on one million Arkfalls in under five weeks.

As for the television show, Defiance was the Syfy network's most-watched scripted premiere in seven years. Defiance premiered on April 15, and over two million people have watched the three episodes that have aired thus far; the next episode airs on May 6.

Though reviews for Defiance were average, calling the MMO "generic" (among other things), that clearly hasn't stopped gamers from taking a chance in the alien-filled apocalypse. According to Trion's Nathan Richardsson, this is "just the beginning of a truly unique entertainment experience." It's much too soon to call either the game or TV show a complete success, but at the very least, it appears that Defiance is off to a good start.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

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I thought the show was pretty meh (and too much shaky cam) but the game works well enough.

Defiance Passes One Million Users in One Month

....like a kidney stone.

5 years developement and shitty ai plus horrid updaters and clear "stay away until they patched it" messages from reviewers seemed to have missed a million players.

rhizhim:

Defiance Passes One Million Users in One Month

....like a kidney stone.

5 years developement and shitty ai plus horrid updaters and clear "stay away until they patched it" messages from reviewers seemed to have missed a million players.

There will always be an audience for bad games.

I'm just surprised it's this big.

Zachary Amaranth:

rhizhim:

Defiance Passes One Million Users in One Month

....like a kidney stone.

5 years developement and shitty ai plus horrid updaters and clear "stay away until they patched it" messages from reviewers seemed to have missed a million players.

There will always be an audience for bad games.

I'm just surprised it's this big.

Wasn't there something about the game influencing the TV series? Perhaps the sheer novelty of that appeals to people.

Uh, 3 posts in and 2 people are already lambasting the game. Funny. Have the two of you actually played the game or just watched some reviews? Maybe TB's "very first impressions"? Is the AI good? What exactly are you expecting out of it?

The game is relatively stable, its actually fun, you can play in group or solo, though playing solo actually requires alot more tactical play, you have to actually use cover and stuff like "the high ground" and "range". Enemies dodge your shots, use cover or require at least specific methods of dealing with them.

Aint gonna claim the game is perfect, it isnt. But i fail to see how people can go around claiming its bad. Especially those who havent even bothered actually playing it.

While I guess that is an achivement but isn't it normally the number of players register after release is usually higher than like (like 2 or 3)? I guess we shall see how long until the decline starts.

As for the television show, Defiance was the Syfy network's most-watched scripted premiere in seven years. Defiance premiered on April 15, and over two million people have watched the three episodes that have aired thus far; the next episode airs on May 6.

So that would mean....say maybe 2 seasons before it gets axed for more wrestling or some kind of paranormal reality show?

One of the first fps mmos out there. THe fps mmo niche is ready for the taking

You know what, even though the game looks a bit generic in places, and the show hasnt exactly set my world on fire, I'm hoping that with the success they seem to be having so far, it allows them to take more risks and be willing to invest more money into the franchise to really turn it into something interesting.

DVS BSTrD:
I thought the show was pretty meh (and too much shaky cam) but the game works well enough.

which is surprising, usually SyFy [note, not SciFi, the vastly superior channel that SyFy replaced] shows/movies are beyond horrible to the point they reach the so bad its good category, then rocket passed it into "this must be a spoof of SciFi movies, but I dont think the producers told anyone that."

still though, in a world without Farscape, Stargate, or Battlestar Galactica/Caprica, its nice to have a new show to watch while waiting for new Dr. Who episodes.

OT: Regretably I have Defiance, and while playing through the missions were fun [the fact some missions are 'open' to other players passing by, leaving the ability to jump in and save some random persons ass and be the Big Damn Hero's for the five minutes], thats it, once you beat the final mission quest thing, there is little to offer players besides hunting Ark Falls and doing PvP.

When it first launched I thought they would add more missions as the tv series progressed, but so far there is nothing other than new challenges.

Really hope the 'free' DLC they claim is in the works adds more quest lines, or else I think Defiance: The Show: The Game will close before Defiance: Based on the game based on the show.

also, pointless class system is pointless.

I thought the game was sub par. It works, no doubt about it, theres nothing wrong there. But its just boring. Atleast the show is okay.

I need more out of my MMOs than combat these days. I am glad people enjoy it though and I wish them all the success in the world.

kailus13:

Wasn't there something about the game influencing the TV series? Perhaps the sheer novelty of that appeals to people.

I think it only works the other way around, but I could be wrong.

Isn't it subscription based? 1,000,000 is a wonderful number for a first month, but how many will renew their subs? Because I think that's the real question here.

Falterfire:
Isn't it subscription based? 1,000,000 is a wonderful number for a first month, but how many will renew their subs? Because I think that's the real question here.

I believe it's buy to play like Guild Wars 2 is

Bleidd Whitefalcon:

Falterfire:
Isn't it subscription based? 1,000,000 is a wonderful number for a first month, but how many will renew their subs? Because I think that's the real question here.

I believe it's buy to play like Guild Wars 2 is

I think you're right. I had it confused with Darkfall: Unholy Wars. (Another one of them shootery type MMOs that released recently)

A-D.:
Uh, 3 posts in and 2 people are already lambasting the game. Funny. Have the two of you actually played the game or just watched some reviews? Maybe TB's "very first impressions"? Is the AI good? What exactly are you expecting out of it?

The game is relatively stable, its actually fun, you can play in group or solo, though playing solo actually requires alot more tactical play, you have to actually use cover and stuff like "the high ground" and "range". Enemies dodge your shots, use cover or require at least specific methods of dealing with them.

Aint gonna claim the game is perfect, it isnt. But i fail to see how people can go around claiming its bad. Especially those who havent even bothered actually playing it.

Well put. While I wouldn't say it's a great game, Defiance still plays fairly well and can be quite interesting. It's almost akin to DC Universe Online, not a spectacular, world changing game in any way what-so-ever, but it definitely has an appeal to it. Also, I found the show to be pretty decent and entertaining enough to keep watching it. It's no Firefly/insert relatively well received sci-fi show, but it still has it's own flavour.

It'll be another month before it passes one million users in the other direction.

 

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