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6:30 PM on 01.03.2013

Trion Worlds opens sign-ups for Defiance beta

Trion Worlds has a lot to prove with Defiance, its massively multiplayer online shooter which also happens to be an upcoming television show on SyFy. The studio will be running a brief "Advanced Mission Beta 1" this month, gi...

Jordan Devore



Going all in: Defiance is Syfy and Trion's biggest gamble photo
Going all in: Defiance is Syfy and Trion's biggest gamble
by Allistair Pinsof

[For a glimpse at Defiance (the game) and its new PvP modes, check out our recent preview and return here for a look at the TV series. Also, MEBTWK]

“Four years ago, both we and Syfy knew we were going to do this, but we were like, ‘How the hell are we going to do this?’”

Rob Hill, senior producer at Trion Worlds, is standing on the terrace of the Park Hyatt hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The sky is overcast and the air is freezing. This was supposed to be Defiance’s big coming out party, but it’s starting to feel like a reminder that winter is coming. That time of year when TV productions in Toronto come to a halt and game designers work more than sleep to make a spring release happen. One can say, Defiance is getting it from both ends.

Depending on who you ask, Defiance is a desperate grasp at keeping science-fiction relevant or a glimpse at the future of the genre. One thing that can’t be argued is that Defiance is the most ambitious project that both Syfy and Trion Worlds have undertaken.

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Preview: Defiance photo
Preview: Defiance
by Allistair Pinsof

The wasteland of Fallout may be impressive in terms of scale and detail, but I always feel a bit lonely in it. Defiance is such a world, but it’s one constantly shared with other players. At any time, your clan may show up and help out on a mission or you may come across a 100+ player competitive match in the middle of a map.

Defiance is an MMO but it’s one unlike any other, though it suffers from some familiar problems in its current state.

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Preview: End of Nations is still free, and still fun photo
Preview: End of Nations is still free, and still fun
by Abel Girmay

When I first saw End of Nations last year, I was one part intrigued, one part skeptical, and all together hoping that the promise of a massively multiplayer real-time strategy game would pan out.

Since then, we at Destructoid have seen End of Nations a number of times, and then some. This go around, there was nothing new shown per se, just a few additions to existing mechanics. But what was on display here continues to impress.

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9:00 PM on 09.05.2012

Rift: Storm Legion dated, pre-order bonuses detailed

Trion Worlds has announced that Rift's first expansion, Storm Legion, will be launching on the same day in North America and Europe: November 13, 2012. I'm not playing the game, and frankly, I don't know how many of you are ...

Jordan Devore

8:30 PM on 08.09.2012

Defiance developer diary explains what the game is about

Trion Worlds has released a new developer diary where they talk all about what makes their upcoming shooter MMO Defiance tick. Jayson shed quite a bit of light on the game at Comic-Con last month, but Trion went into the fin...

Brett Zeidler

4:30 PM on 08.07.2012

Trion Worlds announces Gamescom plans

It looks like Trion Worlds' has a fair amount to show off at Gamescom, which is impending. During the conference, which takes place in Cologne between the 16th and 19th, Trion will be showing "Storm Legion" for Rift to consum...

Fraser Brown

6:30 PM on 08.01.2012

Get clued up on Rift's Storm Legion

Trion Worlds has released a bunch of new lore for their upcoming Rift expansion, "Storm Legion". Infinity Gates, God Engines, Blood Storms, it all sounds like nonsense to me. I suppose there are only so many things you can ca...

Fraser Brown

1:00 AM on 07.26.2012

Trion wants you to come back to Rift for a few days

MMOs are like needy ex-lovers. Not content to fondly remember the good times and simply move on, they always want you to come back. In this case the ex is Rift. Trion are inviting old players, who have at least one level 20 c...

Fraser Brown



Ten things to know about Defiance photo
Ten things to know about Defiance
by Jayson Napolitano

Defiance is SyFy and Trion Worlds’ venture that breaks new ground by simultaneously developing a television series and videogame within the same universe, and even sharing a few characters between the two. We were only given a sneak peek of the television series here at San Diego Comic-Con with a brief trailer, but we were able to spend a lot of time with the Trion Worlds-developed MMO, speaking with Nick Beliaff, vice president of development, and Ron Hill, senior producer, about the game.

We gathered a lot of information about the game’s intriguing story, San Francisco and Bay Area setting, dynamic in-game events, music, and gameplay. If you’re interested in this game or are looking for more details about the world of Defiance, check this out in conjunction with our hands-on preview from a couple months back.

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4:30 PM on 07.03.2012

Closed beta event for End of Nations set for July 20

The first closed beta event for End of Nations will take place starting on Friday, July 20th at 12:01am Eastern and last through Sunday, July 22nd at 11:59pm Eastern. That ought to give you plenty of time to sign yourself up...

Jordan Devore



E3: Gorgeous free-to-play shooting all over your Warface photo
E3: Gorgeous free-to-play shooting all over your Warface
by Ryan Perez

To say that a lot of free-to-play games were at the show this year would be an understatement. Though they weren't all of the same genre, I saw a holy God crap-ton of F2P titles everywhere.

This model is spreading like a wildfire, and seems to be the payment plan of choice when it comes to online multiplayer PC titles. The appeal of micro-transactions to games that feature a continuous supply of content is irrefutable, and it's safe to assume that fun is indeed becoming free, in this industry that has, more or less, made fun its sole source of appeal.

And now, after seeing the beautiful Warface, it's safe to say that "quality" is no longer a large concern for the free-to-play market. This game is not only the best-looking F2P game thus far, but it was also one of the most visually appealing titles at the show.

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E3: End of Nations combines the old in new ways photo
E3: End of Nations combines the old in new ways
by Allistair Pinsof

You had me at RTS, but lost me at MMORTS. What’s that? You’re made by ex-Westwood Studios members and heavily inspired by Relic Studios’ output? Okay, you have my attentions again, End of Nations.

End of Nations is an ambitious RTS game that combines the persistent world, factions, and character customization of MMOs with the resource capturing and tactics of an RTS game (think "Company of Heroescraft"). You can read more about the ins-and-outs of the game in our previous coverage. I’ll focus on what’s new at E3 here and my impressions of the game.

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E3: Storm Legion gives Rift more land, more adventures photo
E3: Storm Legion gives Rift more land, more adventures
by Allistair Pinsof

15 months and nine major patches later, Trion Worlds is looking to expand the real estate of Rift. With the addition of two new continents, Dusken and Brevane, the player space of the popular MMORPG has been tripled.

Trion Worlds said this is more of a necessity then a luxury, since it used so much of the game's current land mass in quests attached to recent patches. Storm Legion is going to bring some quests and unique additions of its own, as well, though it may take much longer than 15 months to fill up its enormous islands. The expansion will launch with seven new dungeons, three new raids, a new Chronicle (solo player instance), dimensions, and new enemies spread across the two continents.

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6:00 PM on 06.01.2012

Rift expansion Storm Legion adds two continents and more

To accompany this morning's trailer for Rift: Storm Legion, we've got more details on this next major step for Trion World's MMO. Due out later this fall, Storm Legion will add two new continents, an expansion of the Ascended...

Jordan Devore

10:00 AM on 06.01.2012

End of Nations gets a color commentary treatment

A new trailer for Petrogylph Games' End of Nations has been released this morning, which features gameplay footage from a battle over an Austrailian uranium mine, accompanied by a pair of commentators performing in the ...

Conrad Zimmerman