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Defiance finally free-to-play for Xbox 360 Gold subscribers (not yet for PS3 players)

by: Randy -
More On: Defiance

Defiance is still unprecedented. Defiance the game and Defiance the SyFy TV show had a (near) simultaneous launch in early April 2013. The show feeds plot points to the game, making it the first major network television program and video game to do so—at least to my knowledge.

That didn't matter much, however, because critics from both sides gave them an overwhelming meh. Average TV meets average game.

I hope developer Trion ramped up its server capacity, however, because the game just went free-to-play on Xbox 360 for Gold subscribers. It's about time, too. It launched a year and a half ago, which is a lifetime for video games, but it's two lifetimes for a C- video game. It's unlikely Trion made back the money it spent developing Defiance over a five-year period (from 2008–2013).

If you already bought Defiance, then you've earned yourself some extras:

  • 30-Day Paradise Patron Pass
  • Grant of 1,000 Arkforge
  • Character Slots Base: 4
  • Loadouts Base: 5
  • Ark Keycode Base: 75
  • Inventory Slots Base: 70

I'm downloading the hours' worth of patches for Defiance as we speak. Starting from a place of middling expectations, I'll see if Defiance holds my attention longer than the 360's other third-person online shooter, Warface.

Defiance had a full retail launch on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on April 2, 2013. It went free-to-play on PC in early April 2014. It missed its July 2014 conversion for 360 and PS3, but here we are now with the 360's free-to-play launch. The PS3 free-to-play conversion is still in the works.

Defiance now Free to Play on Xbox 360!



Lock and load, ark hunters: Defiance® is now Free-to-Play on Xbox 360 for all Xbox Live Gold members! Prepare for a surge of arkfalls, hellbugs, and hulkers to sweep across consoles near you.
Just visit the Games Marketplace on your console to download Defiance for free and play today.
Make sure to link your account to receive in-game loot and bonuses, and prepare for massive battles as new recruits join seasoned vets fighting for fame and fortune across the New Frontier!

Already Own Defiance?
Everyone with a physical copy of Defiance for Xbox 360 (and a linked account) will receive special perks and bonuses as part of the switch! Owners' rewards include:
30-Day Paradise Patron Pass
Grant of 1000 Arkforge
Character Slots Base: 4
Loadouts Base: 5
Ark Keycode Base: 75
Inventory Slots Base: 70
Happy Hunting!
The Defiance Team