The game half of the game/show hybrid Defiance launches today. If you’re still on the fence about purchasing the game, take a look at the trailer:
To recap in case you missed my post last week about Defiance, it drops us into 2046, 33 years after aliens come to Earth. “Defiance” is the city we call St. Louis and is the setting for the show. The video game is set in the same time in the same world, but it takes place in the San Francisco Bay area.
Defiance‘s aliens are called “Votans,” and there are seven species that collectively left their own solar system in starships known as “arks” 5,000 years ago. Now they’re here on Earth.
- The Castithan are powerful, attractive, and the most humanlike in appearance with a complicated caste system, which they call liros.
- The Irathient are humanoid with a steampunk aesthetic and nature-hippie attitude. They travel in packs known as “spirit riders.” (See the image at the top of this post for an example.)
- The Indogene are the aliens that would start their own GeekMom blog. They’re the pale-skinned cybernetic species that built the arks.
- The Gulanee are very rare, energy-based lifeforms.
- The Sensoth have ape-like faces and live longer than the other races.
- The Liberata are a diminutive, serving-class race with crazy, yellow hair. They’re known for greed.
- The Volge are a violent species that used to fight for the Votans but now don’t get along with much of anybody.
I participated in the third beta of the video game, which means it still had some refining to go. Although it’s hard to see one from the other right now, the idea is that characters from the show will appear in the game and vice-versa. Anything that affects the planet or at least a sizeable chunk of North America will affect both. The game is a basic first-person shooter, but I’m hopeful that when the show starts, the tie-in will make the game more compelling.
Defiance is the first project to tie a video game to a TV show like this, and quite a bit of money has been invested in both. If it doesn’t go well, this might be the last we see of such a interesting cross-media effort again for a while.
By day, Ruth Suehle helps upstream open source software communities and tells people how to build fun things with a Raspberry Pi. By night, she fights crimes against craftiness. No, that's not true. She just makes things, which means her husband and kids know to watch out for stray pins and to ask before eating anything made of fondant. (Follow her on Twitter at @suehle.)