Defiance

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SyFy Holding Defiance Memorial Day Marathon

Get caught up on all the episodes of Defiance as SyFy will be holding a six-episode marathon on Memorial Day.

See below for full details.

New epsiodes of Defiance return June 3rd.

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Press Release

 

SIT BACK AND REWIND OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WITH DEFIANCE™

Experience the game for free with a PC trial on Steam, and watch the show from the beginning on Syfy!

 

May 23, 2013—Trion Worlds and Syfy today announced a joint promotion for the critically acclaimed TV Show and online game, Defiance™. Fans interested in catching up on the series can do so throughout Memorial Day weekend as the first six episodes will air back-to-back on Saturday, May 25th from 4 – 11:00 p.m. ET on Syfy. All six episodes, and a season-to-date feature recap, will be available on Video on Demand (VOD) and for online viewing on Syfy.com throughout the weekend. In conjunction with the television replay, Trion will offer the opportunity for players who have not previously experienced the early TV tie-in game content to jump in-game and play alongside lead characters Nolan and Irisa in the early episodic content.

Gamers who have yet to explore the open world shooter can try it on PC for free on Steam from May 23rd at 10:00am PDT to May 26th at 1:00 p.m. PDT. Steam is also offering a weekend long sale on Defiance for those whose thirst for alien technology and open world action isn’t satisfied by the trial. Both the Standard Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition will be 30% off.  In addition, Steam will also be running a sale on “Bits,” the in-game currency for Defiance, during which customers will get more “Bits” for their money.

Other retailers will also be running sales across all platforms during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Note: If players have previously completed the Nolan and Irisa missions, these missions will not be available during this Rewind Weekend.

Defiance is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on Defiance, please visit www.Defiance.com.

About Defiance

In Defiance, players embark on a journey into a futuristic online open world shooter where the survival of Earth relies on their skills as an Ark Hunter, as they level up in massive co-op battles and fierce multiplayer combat. Players can also hunt alone while improving skills and unlocking powerful modern and alien weaponry that is essential for survival in the constantly evolving online world. Defiance invites gamers to explore vast landscapes on a variety of vehicles while leading the charge in huge co-op battles. Immerse yourself in the world of Defianceas the game impacts, and is impacted by, the Defiance TV series on Syfy. 

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Defiance “Brothers In Arms” Previews Plus First 4 Minutes (Season 1 Episode 6)

SyFy sent over some previews to the next episode of Defiance, “Brothers In Arms.”

In addition the first 4 minutes to episode 6 is available as well.

Defiance—Airs Mondays at 9/8c.

Brothers In Arms – Sneak Peek

SUMMARY: An old war buddy of Nolan’s comes to town chasing after an arms dealer, who quickly becomes a dangerous threat to Defiance.

When Are Amanda & Nolan Going to Hook Up Already? – Interview Clip

SUMMARY: Julie Benz & Grant Bowler let you know when Amanda & Nolan will finally mix things up.

Shooting the Shtako: Episode 5, Part 1 – Interview Clip

SUMMARY: Kevin Murphy (EP) sits down with Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa) and discusses Episode 5.

VFX Before & After: Episode 5 – Behind the Scenes Clip

SUMMARY: Get a glimpse behind the scenes of Episode 5.

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SyFy’s Defiance Sees First Crossover Character Into Gaming World

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SyFy announced that tonight will see the first crossover character for its new hit show Defiance with the word of gaming.

Irathient Rynn is the first character from Defiance that will make her way into the MMO video game, also launching the game’s new “Hellbug Season.”

See all the details below.

 

Press Release

 

DEFIANCE’S GROUNDBREAKING TRANSMEDIA INNOVATION CONTINUES AS A CHARACTER FROM SYFY’S HIT SERIES CROSSES OVER INTO THE GAME

 

All-New Episode of Defiance Airs Tonight @ 9pm ET/PT on Syfy

 

NEW YORK – May 13, 2013 – Trouble begins immediately when Nolan and Amanda escort the dangerous Irathient Rynn to a Las Vegas prison on tonight’s all-new episode of Syfy’s hit series Defiance @ 9pm.  In an innovative approach to storytelling, Rynn’s character will enter the game world, letting loose all new Hellbug enemies on players. This kicks off the game’s “Hellbug Season,” as swarms of the alien monsters are unleashed across the Defiance world.  Players will have to defeat the Hellbugs and work together to stop Rynn.

An unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and Massive Multiplayer Online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist throughout a scripted drama series and a multiplatform MMO shooter. 

Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley) and Mia Kirshner (Kenya). 

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races.  In this unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.  Each week, viewers follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in the game, players experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate HousewivesCapricaHellcats), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape).  Scott Stewart (LegionPriest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin serves as supervising producer/director on the series.  Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions. 

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

About Trion Worlds

Trion Worlds is the leading publisher and developer of premium games for the connected era.  Powered by a breakthrough development and publishing platform, Trion is revolutionizing the way games are developed, played and sold. Trion’s world-class team delivers high-quality, dynamic and massively social games operated as live services across the biggest game genres and devices; including the critically acclaimed blockbuster, Rift™ and the highly-anticipated End of Nations™ and Defiance™. Trion is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., with offices in San Diego, Calif., Austin, Texas, and at Trion Worlds Europe in London, UK.

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SyFy Renews Defiance For Season Two

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7658:]]SyFy has announced that Defiance will return for Season Two.

The series is the first of its kind as it’s set in the world of television and gaming.

See below for more.

 

 

Press Release

 

SYFY RENEWS HIT SERIES DEFIANCE, PROMISING MORE ACTION AND INTRIGUE IN SEASON TWO

April 15 Premiere Second Largest Series in Network History

 

New York, NY – May 10, 2013 – Syfy has renewed its groundbreaking series Defiance, giving a 13-episode second season order to the critically acclaimed hit that has catapulted Syfy to the top cable drama spot in the time period among adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers for three consecutive Mondays.  Season two of Defiance, produced by Universal Cable Productions, will begin production in Toronto in August for a 2014 premiere, returning as the anchor of Syfy’s Powerful Monday’s block of primetime original series.

Redefining the transmedia experience, Defiance has distinguished itself with an unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, by creating the first-ever true convergence of television and online gaming.  To date, The Game has garnered more than 1 million registered accounts while making gaming history as the first online open world shooter to launch on three platforms simultaneously.  As the collaboration between show and game continue into a second season, players will have the opportunity to further influence the world of Defiance.

Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two andMichael Taylor serves as consulting producer.

“Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort.  We couldn’t ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds,” said Mark Stern, President of Original Content forSyfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”

Set in the near future, Defiance features an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races.  In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.  Each week, viewers follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in The Game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The audience for its April 15 premiere was the second largest series premiere in the network’s history among adults 18-49, making it the biggest in nearly nine years in that coveted demographic, based on Live +7 Data. The premiere also delivered almost 4 million viewers (3,834,000) and has quickly become Syfy’s highest-rated original series this year in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and total viewers.  It has also received unprecedented attention as a transmedia event in partnership with Trion Worlds’ MMO game.  Airing Mondays at 9pm, Defiance stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.

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Defiance “A Well Respected Man” Preview

SyFy has released a preview to the next episode of Defiance, “A Well Respected Man.”

About:

Kenya is kidnapped when she stumbles onto a drug ring in which Votans are draining humans of their adrenaline.

Defiance airs Monday nights at 9pm ET on SyFy.

About:

Set in the near future, “Defiance” introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races.  In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.  Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.
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Defiance “The Devil In the Dark” Preview & Episode 2 Deleted Scene

SyFy sent over a preview to the next episode of Defiance, “The Devil In The Dark,” as well as a deleted episode from last episode.

Defiance airs Mondays at 9pm ET.

 

The Devil in the Dark – Sneak Peek

SUMMARY: While investigating vicious Hellbug attacks, Nolan & Irisa realize they are tied to Irathient spirit raiders that have come into town. Meanwhile, Irisa starts experiencing strange visions. 

Episode 2 – Deleted Scene

SUMMARY: See Irisa’s first vision in this deleted scene from Episode 2.

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Defiance Review: Episode 2 “Down In the Ground Where the Dead Men Go” & Video Game

Erep Sitrep 2

By: John T.

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:7195:]]Welcome again to the Erep Sitrep (my little corner of Cosmic Book News) to discuss everything about DefianceThe first sitrep was rather lengthy so this week I promise to keep it on the shorter side now that all of the initial setup is out of the way.  Unfortunately, this will be less about differences and comparisons about the game and show than it will be just my opinion on how both have been going so far since, well, there really wasn’t anything linking the two this week.

In the game, the only thing after the prologue missions was a set of three pursuits for Episodes 1 and 2.  These had nothing to do with anything in the show and could have been any other weekly goals.  Yes, there was a celebration in the show, but it wasn’t for Armistice Day; it was for the city of Defiance and not the end of the Pale Wars.  The game itself saw a major patch last week and several smaller ones which has since done a lot to improve it.  All the credit goes to Trion as they are really trying to make everything work despite any complications set forth by SyFy.  Some sources have said Defiance was released almost four months ahead of when Trion would’ve liked, and I think that hurt the name since the two maintain such a close relationship.  Still, I feel that when the game is four months old we will see what it could have, and I plan to stick with it. 

An interesting side note is that on Trion’s Twitch.tv page, it isn’t listed as an MMO but an “Open World Third Person Shooter.”  Even the Steam Product Release calls it that.  They didn’t do much to dispel the idea that this wasn’t an MMO, and I think that also worked against them.  If it was indeed always meant to be more of a single player experience, that would explain many of the (if not most of) the problems the game initially had, and I hope for the game’s sake that everything works out.

As for the second episode of the show, where to begin with that?  If I had seen the show before playing the game I can say after only two episodes I may never have gotten involved with it.  At first it seemed alright, but the second episode washed that away for me and it wasn’t the actors or the locations or even the cars; for me this episode was spoiled by its writing.  Dramatic moments seemed wasted and poorly set up.  The actors’ lines seemed too rehearsed and the actions too predictable, yet personalities were inconsistent.  Nolan’s Daughter, for instance, goes from hating towns, not wanting to settle in, ready to leave Defiance to the hands of invaders, to a town girl standing with The Deputy, risking her life to save a man from being tortured.  In a single episode she has totally switched, and let’s not forget the clear romantic potential developing between her and The Deputy (frankly I don’t even find his name worth looking up). 

I really wish the show had some better writers, but sadly it seems all the talent (and money) went to the graphics and casting department.  Everyone fits their roles well in my opinion, but they can only do so much.  The best thing to come out of Monday’s episode was the first clue of how to get carried over from the game to the show.  It’s a step in the right direction as we head deeper into the world of Defiance and I can barely wait for the second season to see just how everything will develop; although I feel I will be making this statement a lot in the coming months: “Hopefully season 2 will be better,” will be my motto when it comes to Defiance.  Who knows, maybe it will end up surprising us all, but as for me and my clan, we remain mostly unimpressed.

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Watch 4 Minutes Of Tonight’s Defiance; Robot Combat League & Warehouse 13 Previews

SyFy sent over a clip from tonight’s episode of Defiance featuring the first 4 minutes.

Also check out previews to Robot Combat League and Warehouse 13.

 

Defiance—Airs Mondays at 9/8c. 

Down in the Ground Where The Dead Men Go – First Four Minutes Sneak Peek

SUMMARY: Tensions arise between Nolan and the Castithans in this exclusive look at the first 4 minutes of next week’s all-newDefiance.

Robot Combat League—Airs Tuesdays at 10/9c.

The Finals! – Next Episode Clip

SUMMARY: Crash vs. Steampunk for all the marbles as the Robot Combat League tournament reaches its thunderous conclusion! Who will emerge victorious?

Warehouse 13—Returns Monday, April 29 at 10/9c.  

Good & Evil – Promo Clip

SUMMARY: Can the Warehouse 13 team save Artie? See in Season 4.5 premiering Monday, April 29 at 10/9c.

Digital Press Tour – Interview Clip

SUMMARY: Check out this on-set talk with Eddie McClintock, Joanna Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Aaron Ashmore and Allison Scagliotti from the Warehouse 13 Digital Press Tour.

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Syfy Defiance Episode 2 Preview “Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go”

Below you can check out a preview for the second episode of Defiance on SyFy, “Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go.”

Be sure to check out our review of the MMO video game as well as episode one.

Defiance airs Mondays at 9pm ET on SyFy and is also available as a MMO video game.

About:

Rafe & Nolan search underground St. Louis while looking for an escaped convict. 

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Review: SyFy’s Defiance

ERep SitRep

By John T.

 

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Defiance is a new sci-fi TV show on Syfy, and there is also Defiance the game by Trion (Makers of Rift and End of Nations).  One of the main selling points of this first ever TV/Gaming enterprise is that they will each impact each other in some way.  For instance, the game has ‘Episode Missions’ that will change with each episode of the show and will only be available before the airing of next week’s episode.  The show is impacted by the game by supposedly offering actual players a chance at making an appearance in the show.

I would first like to begin with a list of some of the bad and good features of the game.  Why start with bad you ask?  I feel that ending on a bad note will leave a sour taste in your mouth; also if there is anything in “the bad” list that is a definite deal breaker, you won’t need to waste your time reading any further.  If you can get over the game’s fair number of hiccups then all the good stuff is just bonus for you. I would also add that my review/critique is being written from the PC version of the game and the HD version of the show.  Your playing/viewing experience may differ.

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Bad:

The Chat in Game is totally worthless.  Yeah it’s great for talking to a group of people around you, but at the time of this article’s composition there is NO “whisper,” “group” or “clan” chat option that I or my clan has discovered.  In other words, you need a headset with a microphone and vent/team speak or some other service in order to organize anything in game.

There is no quick way to switch your LoadoutsYes the game offers you various options for different loadouts (initially called 1,2,3 and so on), but there is no quick way to change between them in PvE yet.  On PC you have to hit L-click a number-L again mean while anything can come up and hit you because hitting L brings up the loadout menu which blocks the whole screen.  Sure, you can set up a macro (If your keyboard/mouse allows it) but with so many key options a quick change would have been nice.

Too many cheap ways to die.  Often times in the game several enemies will spawn with weapons that explode and knock you down.  This a problem especially for newer players because if you don’t know the controls very well or if you stop dodging and get hit even once, you will pretty much be dead.  Death in Defiance isn’t too punishing, though there is a self-revive that’s on a timer (which I haven’t seen any kind of countdown for in game yet) or an extraction option which moves you back to a checkpoint and takes some of your money.  Now nothing keeps these checkpoints safe so it is possible for enemies to camp out, you spawn right on them and die again.

All Characters start in the same area with no difference between starting class/race.  At character creation you are offered the option to play either Human or Irathient, which I’m assuming is to fit with the main characters (Nolan and Irisa) being of those races.  The show and game both feature more than that (8 if you count humans and more if you count the other subsections like the 99’ers as a separate race), but you can’t actually play them in game.  You also have a choice of four origins (Veteran, Outlaw, Machinist, and Survivalist), but they have no meaning in the game aside from starting weapons and outfit.  This makes the game feel rushed.  Even when WoW first came out, each race had its own area with separate starting quests and a lack of diversity at the start of Defiance kills the replay value of the game, which leads to my next point:

There is little or no reason to start a second character.  Since neither race nor class actually matters and you can learn any perk and skill with every character, there is no reason for someone to have more than one character.  Everyone starts the same and can learn anything, plus you can respec for in game money.  I can only hope that new content will come quickly in the form of level cap increases or end game content, otherwise, there’s not much to do once you max out a character.

At this time, your inventory can’t be separated out and there is no in game banking/auction system.  The inventory system in this game is messy at best.  My character’s inventory is over 50 pieces so when it’s full, finding anything is a chore.  Trion has said inventory fixes are coming, but when you have so many other MMO’s out there to draw ideas from, it is just another aspect of the game that feels rushed.  The game also lacks a separate place to hold items you might want to hang onto without being in your character’s pack and no auction system means everything you get has to be broken down, sold to vendors or deleted.

Alright that concludes the list of things I dislike in Defiance.  Now, onto the things I am impressed with.

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Good:

No more mob stealing!  That’s right, by making everyone in PvE essentially on the same team; everyone in the area gets credit for the kill.  No more trolls or camping mobs keeping you from finishing your quests.  Are you going to a quest area that someone already started?  You get bumped up for what they finished and then can help them finish and you get full credit too!  Sure, you could sit back and let them do it alone but all that does is waste your time because two of you can get it done quicker.  Loot is also very randomized and each person gets some, so no loot stealing on rolls, this is possibly the best PvE loot and questing system I’ve experienced in an MMO.

The stores have special sales.  Looking for a new gun or a cheap ride?  Explore the city, find the vendors and check their sales.  Special rides can be bought for 500 scrip (Some are normally 10K+ each) or various weapons and mods that aren’t normally available.  One great reason for people to explore is to collect all the vehicles.  Sales change every hour so you don’t have to wait very long to see the next great deal.

ArkfallsThese come in two sizes: small and large.  These events encourage community gathering and lead to many rewards including exp, scrip and items with “Large Arkfalls” giving more, of course.  They are comparable to “world boss” in other games, however they don’t get claimed when someone attacks them and anyone around can join in and at least get something.  There’s no need to try and gather 40+ people as you can be sure that many ark hunters will gather for an Arkfall.

All weapons and vehicles can be leveled.  Each class of weapon and vehicle can be leveled which gives your character new bonuses (for example +reload, or +Speed for cars.)  Plus, each weapon can gain experience which will give it certain new bonus features which adds lots of possibilities for each player to feel like the weapon is more their own as it is very likely to have two assault rifles with the same skins and names, but could still be very different.

Promise of future content on a regular basis.  If everything goes as planned, this game will see updates almost weekly as new episodes of the show come out with possibly bigger updates on the horizon as hinted at by the plot of the show or as Trion/Syfy see fit.  If this works out (and it’s a big undertaking!), it could make Defiance a really tough game to get sick of because you won’t have to wait a year or more to see new content.  There are also the small changes that will be made to the show based on player actions within the game which could also be cool to see.

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Ok, that concludes my information about the game and those lists are by no means complete, simply the ones that stood out for me.  There are more aspects to dislike about the game (especially on Xbox) and more to like in general, but it was just meant to be a broad overview before going into the common aspects between the show and game.  Since we only have the first episode to go on so far, there isn’t much to draw from and some of the points discussed could end up changing later on so here goes.

Cars: Cars are a big feature in the game.  There are several different types and colors with a clear deal having been struck with Dodge (the Challenger is at present the only normal car type in game.) However, in the show the cars seem poorly done.  The CGI is poor and the view from the windows seemed in some spots to be done by a moving background rather than any actual driving.  It reminded me of a movie I’d recently watched: North by Northwest.  As a selling point, the cars let the show down.

The players actions are never mentioned or given any credit: In fact the only tie so far between the game and the show that I could see was a five second segment in which you see an item you helped Nolan acquire in the game.  He rewards you with a nice gun and disappears, taking the much nicer item (One character offered you 90,000 scip for it).  Had there been anything else like “I wonder how that Arkhunter is doing back in San Fan?” to tie the whole thing together I think that would’ve made it more complete and in my opinion this just boils down to either bad writing or a lack of communication between Syfy and Trion as they didn’t fully know what the other was doing on release.

Defiance, the place, is not even in the game so far: I understand that it is the same ‘World’ between the game and the show, but the game could’ve been called “Aliens destroyed Earth,” or something equally not associated with the show and it would’ve meant the same thing to me.  The fact is after watching the first episode and putting over forty hours into the game, they could be two completely different entities with no connection.  Sure, I enjoy them both, but I don’t feel any synergy yet.  I’m afraid that little five second long segments (with little or no vocal acknowledgement given to the game) will be the norm.  Yes, they said some players might be included in some episodes, but how could they be seen, a person wearing makeup named ‘Scribbles69‘ would break the show.

In closing, I would have to say that so far both titles have met my expectations in that there seems to be almost no connection yet and if you had been thinking about buying the game (hoping for a big impact) I would hold off.  However, I find both at this point to be very enjoyable and I can really see potential for each to be really something great as long as they aren’t abandoned too early and Trion/Syfy both live up to some of what they’ve been saying.  We may have a while to wait as some predictions say the two won’t reach the peak of integration until at least the second season, so here’s hoping the show gets the numbers it needs to hold on at least that long.

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Three Clips For SyFy’s Defiance; Premiers Monday

SyFy’s new MMO/TV series, Defiance, premiers this Monday, April 15th, and below you can check out three clips.

The MMO video game is also now available as well as Defiance bridges the worlds of gaming and TV.

 

Defiance—Premieres Monday at 9/8c!

Building Defiance – Time-Lapsed Clip

SUMMARY: See a time-lapsed clip of the set of Defiance being built.

Defiance & Dodge at the NY Auto Show – Clip

SUMMARY: Check out the Dodge Charger used in Defiance at the New York Auto Show.

Making of Defiance – Clip

SUMMARY: Get a look behind the scenes of what went into the making of Defiance.

 

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SyFy Developing 10 New Sci-Fi Space Shows

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6787:]]Those who have been wondering where the sci-fi in SyFy has gone, wonder no more as the network is developing a slew of space-based shows.

In addition to the sci-fi MMO/TV show Defiance, which debuts this month, SyFy has plans for at least ten more cosmic shows on the network.

The shows are considered in development unless otherwise noted and may or may not get picked up for pilots.

Info comes via Deadline.

 

The previously announced Blake’s 7, base on the UK show of the same name.

Byran Fuller’s High Noon was ordered to pilot and is described as an imaginative, out-of-this-world series exploring what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the Moon’s resources and discover a new form of life.  Chaos erupts in a genuinely emotional, humorously thrilling and always unexpected fashion as the people of the Moon race to uncover this life form’s powerful secrets. 

Orion: In this space opera, an adventurous female relic hunter, tracks down valuable artifacts while trying to piece together her past.  Set amidst an intergalactic war pitting humans against a terrifying alien race, Orion must decide whether to use her abilities to save herself or commit to the cause and unearth long hidden artifacts that could free all of humanity from a horrible fate. 

Sojourn: The first detective ever in space is tasked with investigating a murder on a starship — headed to colonize another planet – and instead becomes embroiled in a vast conspiracy involving a mysterious terrible crime dating back to the original launch of the ship 50 years ago.

Clandestine: After a clan of bandits are nearly destroyed and left for dead by Coalition forces, they take refuge in the nearest safe haven, a derelict Coalition starship floating in space.  Once onboard, they masquerade as Coalition officers while continuing their criminal ways – until they stumble upon a shocking realization about the true nature of the Coalition. 

Infinity: When an alien armada is sighted in the region of Pluto, the Earth government turns to a young billionaire industrialist — who has the only ship ready for interstellar travel — to greet the aliens and avoid a catastrophe.  Powered by secret alien technology discovered on Earth in the 1960’s, the ship engages in a firefight that sends them spinning through a wormhole into an uncharted region of space.  Lost in the universe, the team struggles to survive as they encounter new planets and alien species, searching for a way back home. 

Silver Shields: When his father is slain by assassins connected to the government of the large nearby city of Pont Royal, farm boy Caymer journeys there to continue his father’s legacy as a member of the local police force — and to solve the mystery of his father’s death.  He discovers that his simple country view on life is at odds with the big city, filled with orcs and other magical creatures.

Shelter: A massive meteorite is headed toward Earth, forcing 30,000 hand-picked humans to live underground in a government funded shelter in order to start a new society.  What begins as a Utopia quickly succumbs to the old human faults and jealousies as certain members of society create alliances to gain favor and power.  Meanwhile things on the surface are not what they seem. Humans slowly realize that this event may have been fated and the survivors meant for a greater purpose in rebooting life on Earth. 

Mini-Series

Ringworld: Based on Larry Niven’s novel: a team of explorers travels to the farthest reaches of space to investigate a mind-blowing alien artifact called Ringworld, an artificial habitat the size of 1 million Earths. They discover the remnants of ancient advanced civilizations, mysteries that shed light on the origins of man and, most importantly, a possible salvation for a doomed Earth.

Childhood’s End: Based on Arthur C. Clarke’s novel: Follows a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival ends all war and turns the planet into a near-utopia. 

Plans are also underway for a series adapted from the 2010 supernatural Legion movie.

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SyFy Defiance MMO Now Available: Launch Trailer & Screen Shots

The new MMO Defiance is now available.

SyFy and Trion Worlds have teamed up to deliver a unique experience with Defiance as it takes place in both the world of gaming and TV.

The Defiance MMO launched today, and you can check out the new trailer below; the TV show on SyFy debuts April 15th.

Check out the Defiance launch trailer and find more details below.

 

Press Release

 

DEFIANCE LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE TODAY

Massive Online Shooter Opens the World of Defiance
Ahead of the Syfy Network TV Show Premiere
 
 
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – APRIL 2, 2013 – Trion Worlds, the leading publisher and developer of premium games for the connected era, is proud to announce the launch of Defiance™, the groundbreaking futuristic online open world shooter for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. The Defiance Universe expands even further on April 15th, with the premiere of Syfy Network’s Defiance series.

“We’re incredibly proud that after five years of development, we are bringing this ambitious project to life,” said Nathan Richardsson, VP of Development for Trion and Executive Producer of Defiance. “The game launch is just the beginning of a truly unique entertainment experience and, in a couple weeks’ time, you’ll be able to tune into Syfy to see the story unfold, the characters develop, and realize transmedia entertainment unlike ever before.”

In Defiance, thousands of players, who take on the role of an Ark Hunter, scour a transformed Earth in search of valuable alien technology. Each Ark Hunter can play to its strength, customizing special abilities as well as upgrading a huge variety of both modern and alien weaponry at its disposal. Players can hunt alone or with others as they engage in massive co-op boss battles and fierce multiplayer combat known as Shadow War, in addition to taking on dynamic missions in campaign mode while exploring this constantly evolving world.

Digital copies of Defiance can be purchased online at http://defiance.com/en and both digital and physical copies of the game are available at all major video game retailers. Standard Editions start at USD $59.99.  Premium bundles, including the digital Deluxe Edition for PC and physical Collector’s Edition for console and PC, are available for USD $99.99. A limited run Ultimate Edition is also available for console and PC for USD $149.99, and includes a season pass, all Standard and Collector’s editions items and an exclusive Hellbug figurine.

Digital PC customers who have already bought a digital Standard Edition can upgrade to the digital Deluxe Edition for $39.99.  Full details can be found on http://defiance.com/en.

 
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Watch First 14 Minutes Of SyFy’s Defiance Online

SyFy has provided the first 14 minutes to Defiance online for everybody to check out.

The new series is a first as it’s a cross-over between the world of gaming and TV.

Defiance premieres April 15 at 9/8c on Syfy.

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About:

In April of 2013, Syfy will present a revolution in storytelling: “Defiance,” an epic drama that will unfold as both an original series and a multi-platform video game.  An unprecedented collaboration between Syfy and Trion Worlds, “Defiance” is the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story.
 
The series’ luminous cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.
 
Set in the near future, “Defiance” introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races.  In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.  Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.
 
The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives,” “Caprica,” “Hellcats”), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Rockne O’Bannon (“Farscape”).  Scott Stewart (“Legion,” “Priest”) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as supervising producer/director on the series.  “Defiance” is produced by Universal Cable Productions.
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SyFy Kicks Off Spring Season With Defiance, Warehouse 13, Ghost Hunters, Battledogs and More

Press Release

SYFY LEAPS INTO SPRING WITH PREMIERE OF GROUND BREAKING TRANSMEDIA EVENT DEFIANCE

 

ALL-NEW SEASONS OF WAREHOUSE 13 AND GHOST HUNTERS SERIES PREMIERE OF DEEP SOUTH PARANORMAL

 

Merlin Series Finale May 31

 

NEW YORK – March 6, 2013 – Syfy will kick off the spring season with a powerhouse lineup of scripted and unscripted programming led by the groundbreaking transmedia event Defiance (April 15) and the Season 4.5 return of Warehouse 13 (April 29), as well as the debut of the new reality series Deep South Paranormal (April 10).

This spring will also mark the season finales of Stranded (April 3); Being Human (April 8); Lost Girl (April 22) and Robot Combat League (April 23), and the series farewell of Merlin (final five episodes air May 3-May 31).

Highlights of Syfy’s 2013 Spring Programming (All Times ET/PT):

APRIL

DEEP SOUTH PARANORMAL (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Wednesday, April 10 at 10 PM – Deep South Paranormal Research is a bayou-based team on a mission. Steeped in the rich history of their homeland, they want to unlock the ghostly mysteries that have baffled Southerners for years. They are a homegrown blend of Cajun, Creole and self-proclaimed rednecks who share a passion for this part of the country and the paranormal events that take place there. They take on anything from swamp apparitions and haunted plantation houses to Southern voodoo legends. Investigations during this six-episode season include Alabama’s Bear Creek Swamp, the Old Cahawba ghost town, Florida’s Manntown Cemetery and the Mont Helena Plantation in the Mississippi Delta, to name just a few. Deep South Paranormal is produced by BASE Productions. John Brenkus and Mickey Stern serve as executive producers.

DEFIANCE (NEW ORIGINAL SERIES)

Premieres Monday, April 15 at 9PM – Syfy’s highly-anticipated transmedia event Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story. The series’ luminous cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner. Set in the near future,Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives,” “Caprica,” “Hellcats”), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Rockne O’Bannon (“Farscape”). Scott Stewart (“Legion,” “Priest”) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as supervising producer/director on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

GHOST HUNTERS (SPRING PREMIERE)

Premieres Wednesday, April 17 at 9 PM – Amy Bruni’s back! Ghost Hunters kicks off six brand new episodes with the return of its old friend “Red,” as TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) founder Jason Hawes fondly calls her. Amy joins the team for her first investigation since going on maternity leave last year. In the spring premiere, TAPS is invited to Louisiana’s Shreveport Auditorium to investigate claims of paranormal activity at the famed venue where Elvis Presley played his first professional gig. Did the King of Rock ‘n Roll really leave the building or will TAPS find evidence that Elvis’ spirit is still performing for an audience of apparitions? Ghost Hunters is produced for Syfy by Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios (Dirty Jobs, The Ultimate Fighter, Top Shot). Piligian and Thomas Thayer, along with Mike Nichols and Alan David, serve as executive producers.

WAREHOUSE 13 (SEASON 4.5 PREMIERE)

Returns Monday, April 29 at 10PM – In the premiere episode “The Living and the Dead,” the series picks up on the stunning, mid-season cliffhanger. Artie (Saul Rubinek) has infected the Warehouse Team – and the world –with the Black Orchid Artifact’s deadly “Sweating Sickness.” If Pete (Eddie McClintock), Myka (Joanne Kelly), Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) and Steve (Aaron Ashmore) can’t reverse what Artie has done, the world will be engulfed by the deadliest pandemic since the Dark Ages. But the Team is already succumbing to the disease’s symptoms as they race to stop the artifact sickness — before it stops them.

Among the new Season 4.5 guest stars are Polly Walker (Caprica, Rome), who portrays Charlotte Dupres, a historian who may know more about the Warehouse than she lets on. Walker’s multi-episode arc begins in the premiere. Later in the season, Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave) joins the cast as Abigail Cho, a protégé of Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder). Returning Season 4.5 guest stars include Jaime Murray as H.G. Wells and Kate Mulgrew as Jane Lattimer. Warehouse 13 is produced for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions. Jack Kenny (The Book of Daniel) is executive producer and showrunner.

WEIRD OR WHAT? (NEW SERIES)

Premieres Tuesday, April 30 at 9PM – Hosted by William Shatner, each episode of Weird or What? contains three separate stories of the bizarre and unexplained. As the show unfolds, it weighs various supernatural and scientific theories that attempt to explain the story, and sometimes features tests conducted as proof of a theory’s plausibility. The show features strange occurrences such as aliens, ghosts, monsters and natural disasters.

BATTLEDOGS (NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE)

Premieres Saturday, April 6 at 9PM – When a werewolf virus threatens to decimate New York City – and the world — a rogue general uses the disease to create an army of super soldiers. Battledogs stars Dennis Haysbert, Craig Sheffer, Kate Vernon and Bill Duke.

STONADOS (NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE)

Premieres Saturday, April 27 at 9PM – Paul Johanssen. William B. Davis and Thea Gill star in this disaster movie about a freak weather system which hurls deadly boulders onto Boston.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

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SyFy Defiance: New TV Spot & Trailer Now Online

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SyFy released a new trailer as well as a new TV spot recently to their upcoming new MMO show, Defiance.

Defiance premiers Monday, April 15 at 9pm ET.

About:

In April of 2013, Syfy will present a revolution in storytelling: Defiance,” an epic drama that will unfold as both an original series and a multi-platform video game.  An unprecedented collaboration between Syfy and Trion Worlds, “Defiance” is the first-ever convergence of television and online gaming, featuring an interconnected world between the two mediums as they evolve together into one overall story.

The series’ luminous cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner.

Set in the near future, “Defiance” introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races.  In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly perse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.  Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area.

The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives,” “Caprica,” “Hellcats”), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Rockne O’Bannon (“Farscape”).  Scott Stewart (“Legion,” “Priest”) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin will serve as supervising producer/director on the series.  “Defiance” is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

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SyFy Defiance Full Comic-Con Trailer Now Online

SyFy has released the full trailer to their new upcoming MMO/TV show, Defiance.

The trailer was first revealed at the recent Comic-Con, with a reveal on last night’s episode of Face Off as well.

Defiance debuts April 2013.

About:

Defiance is a visionary enterprise in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion’s multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the human and alien survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.

Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Mia Kirshner (Kenya) and Fionnula Flanagan (Nicky).

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Syfy Digital Press Tour – Live! Defiance, Warehouse 13

Follow along live as the SyFy brings to you their digital press tour in real-time! Check out tweets, video and images from SyFy’s upcoming shows and more. (may take a minute to load) [<a href=”http://storify.com/syfy/2012-digital-press-tour” target=”_blank”>View the story “2012 Digital Press Tour” on Storify</a>]

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SyFy: Defiance Trailer: MMO Meets Television

SyFy sent over the following trailer to the new series, Defiance.

Coming soon to Syfy, Defiance is the innovative serial drama from the minds behind Battlestar Galactica and Farscape. Drifting through a terramorphed American landscape, the mysterious Nolan settles in a border town where aliens and humans fight against the fragility of peace. Tune in weekly as the citizens of Defiance thrive in this hostile world, and see how their struggles impact your war in the high-octane multi-platform MMO shooter from Trion Worlds!

Defiance premiers April 2013, from the minds behind Battlestar Galactica & Farscape, stars Grant Bowler (True Blood) and Julie Benz (Dexter), and will join the transmedia revolution as it unfolds a serial drama from the TV screen into the world of gaming.

For more visit http://defiance.com/en/series/

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SyFy Defiance and Warehouse 13 Season 4 Get Rumored Premiere Dates

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In what may be leaked documents from the SyFy channel, the premiere dates for Defiance and the second half of season 4 of Warehouse 13 have apparently become known.

TVWise posted two pdf’s that reveal the dates along with the show descriptions and synopsis.

Update to clear things up: The pilot for Defiance premiers on 4/15/2013 at 9pm. Warehouse 13 season 4 premiers 4/22/13 at 9pm ET, followed by the regular time slot for Defiance at 10pm.

Defiance, the new hybrid MMO/TV series on SyFy, looks to have a 9pm Monday, April 15th, 2013 2-hour pilot, with the show in its regular Monday time slot starting April 22nd at 10pm ET.

Here’s the Defiance description:

The first of its kind, Defiance is the quintessential media property created with Igniters in mind— sparking their imaginations while encouraging them to truly open their minds to what is possible.

Set on Earth thirty years in the future, Defiance is a story of courage and survival on a new frontier where humans and aliens must band together to defend their very existence. United they stand. Divided they fall. It’s do or die in the small town of Defiance.

Defiance is written by Emmy® Award Winner Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Ed) and stars Grant Bowler (True Blood), Julie Benz (Dexter) and Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13)

Regarding the second half of season 4 of Warehouse 13, we see it will have a April 22, 2013 premiere at 9pm Mondays.

Here’s the description for Warehouse 13:

Bigger secrets. Deeper conspiracies. America’s best-kept secret agents are back for another season of mysteries, as they continue to investigate– and protect– the powerful items hidden in the government’s supernatural storehouse, Warehouse 13.

In this season, the most powerful artifact yet will be revealed — and unleashed on the world with unprecedented consequences. Plus, the team will face an archenemy even they might not be able to defeat.

Stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, and Allison Scagliotti. Executive Produced by Jack Kenny (Titus, Caroline in the City), and written in part by Jane Espenson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica)