Well this is sort of embarassing. As the prime source for co-op gaming, you'd think we'd have a beat on things like this, but Defiance just sort of snuck up on us. We've seen it on display at numerous shows like E3 and PAX, but just never paid much attention. Sure most MMOs are natively cooperative in nature, but Defiance is doing something different - it's bringing the genre across the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, the PC and even...onto TV. The latest trailer for the game showcases some insane co-op play where dozens upon dozens of players are working together to take out giant creatures in dynamic world events influenced not only by the community, but by the TV show, which is also influenced by the game. Got that?
At its core, Defiance is a 3rd person shooter with plenty of RPG elements. Let's look at the co-op trailer and see some of the chaotic action.
Holy crap. Giant mutant creatures? Check. Dozens of players? Check. Lots of explosions? Check. Vehicles? Check. Meteors? Check. Pew-Pew? Check. Ok, I'll play that.
The world of Defiance is set in a futuristic San Francisco Bay Area that's been ravaged by terraforming after an alien race tries to colonize on our planet. Along with this (peaceful) race comes the not so peaceful aspects - and the game world is constantly changing as meteors carrying hostile creatures crash into the area. While the show of Defiance actually takes place in St. Louis and the game takes place in San Francisco, there will be bridge elements between the two. All this is a great opportunity to bring up our PAX interview with one of the actor's from the show.
There's an upcoming beta event for Defiance on PC starting January 18th. You can sign up over on the official site. Right now the game is slated for a late April release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. We've got our eyes firmly affixed to this one now.