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Defiance live action trailer covers post-war Earth and giant alien crabs

It’s a Tuesday and it’s nearly 10am, which means it’s ludicrous ambition o’clock. In a clear punt to upstage both Dust 514’s CCP and Planetside 2’s SOE, Trion Worlds are developing this thing which is MMO and third-person shooter and sci-fi TV drama, all at once. That last part isn’t creative license on my part, either - an actual, thirteen-part SyFy series will accompany the game’s release this summer (that soon?).

Perhaps ‘live action trailer’ carries entirely the wrong sort of connotations. It might be better to say, in fact, that one corner of Defiance’s intricate multimedia plan has been unveiled to us.

Defiance is a refugee camp-cum-frontier boomtown, formed in the aftermath of a desperate and pointless alien war which has seen the Earth scorched. The inhabitants of this trailer aren’t in Defiance, though. Their situation looks rather more precarious:

Men wave guns. A lady’s electronic eye powers on. Rockets light up the sky. An ambush happens. Big old crabs spring from the ground.

Similar things happened in last week’s in-game Defiance trailer - although that was a bit shootier, as games are wont to be. We’ve a lot more left to see before April’s release date, but what’s your take on it thus far?

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5 Years ago

I'm hopeful for this. I'm certain Trion Worlds can pull off a great game, but I'm VERY worried about the tv show part of the equation.

As we all know, SyFy sucks. HARD. They seem to hate games - look at Red Faction Origins. A well made (especially by their standards) game adaptation that was well received critically and got good ratings... so of course they didn't order it to series. And they screwed over THQ again with their "SyFy Kids" label that was plastered all over De Blob 2, but never materialized, so that game didn't get a lot of the promotion THQ was counting on.

Even if you take games out of the equation, they're a horrible channel who can't even put up a functional schedule, opting instead to put out one or two shows a weeknight and filling the rest of their sched' with the worst reality tv and tv movies imaginable. They're awful. They haven't even attempted "hard sci-fi" since Battlestar Galactica, and now they're trying to pull off a project like this!?!

Everything I've seen looks great though, admittedly, but I'm just worried. I don't even care if the tv show and game actually "connect" in any meaningful way - they share the same universe, and that's fine. I just want both to be good.

I'm definitely anticipating this though. *crossing my fingers*