In a post on the game's community website
, Trion Worlds has announced that last year's sci-fi MMO Defiance
would be going free-to-play, starting in June on PC, before moving to consoles in July.
The change in payment model will come as the second season of the tie-in Syfy series airs as a way of encouraging new players into the fold. To reward existing players who shelled out for the original game, these veterans will get a payment of 1,000 Arkforge that can be used for upgrading and adjusting weapon mastery, power rating and rarity. They'll also receive a 30 day pass as a Paradise Patron, which involves:
•Boosts to skill, XP, scrip, salvage, and reputation gain rates that stack with boosts available in the store.
•10% store-wide discount on boosts, costumes, lock boxes – all of it!
•A daily grab bag of two-hour boosts.
•Arkforge from Daily and Weekly Ark Hunter Bonus Lock Boxes. (Playing on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3? Be sure to link your account to get this bonus!)
These rewards sit on top of the extra character slots, loadouts, ark keycode capacity and inventory slots that free-to-play players will need to pay for.Defiance
will be free-to-play from mid-July on Xbox 360 and will include the core Bay Area storyline, end game content and more planned future content for free.