The ambitious sci-fi series Defiance might’ve been axed after three seasons, but that doesn’t mean the connected universe MMORPG video game will be calling it quits.
Both the game and television series were conceived as a shared universe that would spread across both the television series and video game world. It was a very cool concept, with events in the show affecting the game in real time (and vice versa) and characters shifting back and forth between both mediums.
Despite the fact that Syfy (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) has decided not to move forward with a fourth season, the game’s developer, Trion Worlds, has confirmed to Polygon that “the game will continue exactly as before.” Apparently, as part of the deal to co-develop the franchise on both mediums, Trion retained the intellectual property rights to the video game. So, TV show or not, the game remains safe. For now, at least.
Scott Hartsman, CEO of developer Trion Worlds, said: “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.”
Are you bummed the show is on the chopping block? Have you been playing the game?