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.

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  1. TabulaRasaFanR.I.P on May 5, 2014

    IF you liked tabula rasa, you’ll like this game.

  2. Yezeth on May 4, 2014

    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.

  3. minisne on May 3, 2014

    I picked it up for like 5 euro and im still enjoying it it really isnt that bad 😛

  4. worldtraveler on May 2, 2014

    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

  5. DisGameIsPoo on May 2, 2014



  6. Credit where it's due on May 2, 2014

    Atleast it dosn’t lag like a Biach for me like PS2

  7. knew it on May 2, 2014

    i had a feeling about this one from the start. happy about it too

  8. RIOT Best Company 2014 on May 1, 2014

    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.

  9. Me on May 1, 2014

    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.

    • Zombie on May 1, 2014

      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”

  10. 70calories on May 1, 2014

    I actually enjoyed this game quite a bit

  11. Razer on May 1, 2014

    That lasted a lot longer than APB originally did.

  12. vixion on May 1, 2014

    and the show that is tied to the game isn’t even available in europe

    • ZED_pt on May 4, 2014

      It´s avayable in Portugal.As far as i know we are still Europe.

  13. vixion on May 1, 2014

    i spent 30€ on this crap, it’s way too repetitive and and aiming feels weird and unresponsive

  14. nonononononono on May 1, 2014

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

  15. Jooq on May 1, 2014

    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 -.-

  16. Anon on May 1, 2014

    F2P wont save it now.
    Why bother.

  17. ao on May 1, 2014

    why the hell didnt they make it f2p in the first place, why??????????????????????

  18. Dylan on May 1, 2014

    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

  19. LordHikaru on May 1, 2014

    Yay for free stuff. lol. Already own it so gonna enjoy the bonuses.

  20. removalmitt on May 1, 2014

    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

    • removalmitt on May 1, 2014

      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

  21. hovsep on May 1, 2014

    lol based on the mediocre review they had on launch i knew it will f2p sooner or later

  22. Xaenex on May 1, 2014

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

  23. Unmarked on May 1, 2014

    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

    • Nqkoi si tam on May 2, 2014

      Same lol.. i wanted to buy it so much but didn’t and now i’m happy to hear it will be f2p