Television network Syfy has cancelled Defiance after three seasons. But while the story of sheriff Joshua Nolan and the alien-inhabited town of Defiance stops here, the MMO from Trion Worlds – which is interwoven into the show’s plot – will continue on.
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Talking to Polygon, Trion Worlds’ CEO Scott Hartsman explained that “Defiance is Trion’s IP and the game will continue exactly as before. The show has always been a fantastic and interesting partner, but the two were always meant to be able to stand on their own, which is why the show was primarily set in St. Louis and the game in the SF Bay Area.”
Hartsman wishes the show a “fond farewell”.
Defiance was created as a ‘transmedia’ project, meaning that the show and game were part of a whole package, and storylines in one would impact the other. The game launched in spring 2013, with the show premiering in mid-April. Both the game and show received fairly middling reviews, but have happily continued to soldier on. The series finale of the show pulled in 1.925 million viewers, meaning it’s had pretty consistent viewership over its three seasons.
So while the show may be off the air, those who happily embraced the two sides of Defiance can continue to explore the world through Trion’s MMO. Perhaps if you loved the show but never tried the game, now is the time to dive in and continue scratching the Defiance itch. It is free-to-play after all, so there’s no harm in trying.