Defiance is the new original series from Syfy that, for the first time in TV history, has a video game that supplements and extends the adventure. The Defiance universe is set on an Earth that was terraformed by an event known as the “Arkfall”, in which the Votan Ark fleet exploded in space, unleashing their terraforming technology haphazardly upon the planet as the Arks fell, causing the biosphere and geographical structure to change entirely. The Arkfall happened seven years into the “Pale Wars”, a global conflict between the Votan alien races and humans, and eventually led to an armistice as both sides had nearly fought to exhaustion.
The show picks up after the events of the Arkfall and offers up a rich story, with an excellent cast of diverse characters, great special effects, and a stellar setting in which to present these wonderful elements; while the game offers all the action from a third-person action shooter combined with the openness, customization, challenges, and competitiveness of an MMO. As stated earlier, the two mediums will be integrated, with the first instance set to happen just around the corner.
The show and game look promising, with the game recently reaching 1 million users, and the show looking to hold a steady viewer ship, opening to 2.7 million viewers and maintaining an average of about 2.4 million viewers after 3 episodes.
Defiance is out now for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and is rated M for blood, drug references, sexual themes, strong language, and violence.
Watch – Defiance every Monday at 9/8c on Syfy.