Trion Worlds no longer has a Pay-to-Play MMORPG in its repertoire, or at least they won’t come June 4th when their open world MMOFPS Defiance is set to make the transition over to Free-to-Play on PC, with console versions following shortly after in mid-July.

Released back in 2013, Defiance aimed to set itself apart from other MMOs by tying the MMOFPS to a Syfy original series of the same name. Events which take place in game are said to effect the show, and with Season 2 set to begin on June 19th, Free-to-Play players will get a chance to participate in brand new missions that will continue to unfurl the series storyline. Like Rift, Defiance will follow Trion’s mantra of “No Tricks, No Traps” which is to imply the studio will allow all players to progress through the game’s notable content without the need to pay.

That being said, Trion Worlds does plan on offering those who purchased a copy of Defiance additional character slots, loadouts, ark keycode capacity, inventory slots and a one time allotment of 1000 Arkforge which is said to be “redeemable for resetting weapon mastery, upgrading your weapon’s power rating, or even bumping an uncommon weapon to epic rarity”.

If that wasn’t enough, purchasers will also receive 30 days of “Paradise Patron” status which will grant them the following benefits:

* 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
* A daily grab bag of two-hour boosts.
* Arkforge from Daily and Weekly Ark Hunter Bonus Lock Boxes.

A full side-by-side comparison of benefits for veteran players vs new recruits can be found here.

Interestingly, according to Polygon Trion Worlds had planned for Defiance to go Free-to-Play all along. The studio will hold a special Twitch stream this Friday at 5PM ET to answer questions regarding the transition and lay out the teams development plans moving forward.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. Funny how a bunch of people saw this coming, and how a bunch of people are now raging that they had to spend $50 for this game.

  2. as soon as i saw this game on new yares eve going for 5 euros and unlimited free trial i known it will go f2p soon and i was right to me only intresting part is pve and combat mecanic/ pvp dont try it

  3. Honestly I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner. This game is absolute trash! I still won’t even touch it after it’s free.

  4. To hell with this game, Put money into this game the first week with sale of all updates for life one price , though it was gonna be huge, and after a week its the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over again. Crappy ass game, I want my 140 bucks back.

    • Awww… Poor baby pays money into something before he knows if its worth it or not… Then gets all upset that its not. Get over it. Bet you’re one of those kids who would dump 80$ into an Alpha game… Then get mad when its garbage on release. Learn to stop buying games till you know 100% that its worth buying. Also you should of known this game was going to fail because it was a game purely built around a show that hadn’t even finished its first season… It screams “Big Risk”

  5. not even worth playing at f2p. i bought this game and played for a day. worst MMO ever. free korean garbage mmos are better.

  6. Why I’m not surprised ) Bet I will see same news about ESO and other “big MMOs” out there.
    Besides , game wasn’t interesting at all, it goes repeatable all the way and in my opinion DLC were crap -.-

  7. Slight typo in the sentence

    “Interestingly, according to Polygon Trion Worlds had pallned for Defiance to go Free-to-Play all along. The studio will hold a special Twitch stream this Friday at 5PM ET to answer questions regarding the transition and lay out the teams development plans moving forward.”

    You have pallned instead of planned :p

  8. lasted this long before they had to flip,

    will maybe give it a shot if nothing else decent and new ftp doesn’t pop up before this switch

    • or I guess I could try the free trial now, but as the above I’ll wait maybe see what the pop numbers are like after it goes ftp – nothing worse than a low population online game i.e time to close up shop

  9. Might just buy it within the next few days so that I can get in on those goodies. Definitely will play it in F2P.

  10. Mounted, I had a feeling not to spend money on this game.

    Hearing the news that this game is going free 2 play confirms my instincts were good to follow


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