Tomorrow is the launch date for the Defiance massively multiplayer online game (MMO). This is the first step into the very ambitious launch of a new video game and TV series with a shared history and universe. The MMO takes place in San Francisco, while the TV series takes place in a new border town called Defiance (on the site of what used to be St. Louis). To bring the entirety of Defiance together, a very clever tumblrpage was created to flesh out the world of the show’s future Earth.
According to Cinema Blend, the “Defiance News” tumblr serves to let viewers and players know how Earth became inhabited with aliens, and the events that led up to the war and the invasion. The makers of Defiance have done a fine job building a vast and in-depth world full of interesting characters and locations. Whether or not the Defiance universe will translate into a successful TV series or MMO, however, remains to be seen.
The TV series (and game) will be set in the near future, when an alien race has migrated to Earth after their home system was destroyed. Unaware of the planet’s inhabitants, the alien race — known as the Votans, a race made up of seven different species — arrived to find themselves at odds with the human natives. After seven years of war, the planet was scorched by terraforming technology, making things hazardous to both the humans and the aliens. Both groups must now work together to re-build civilization, while learning not to fight amongst themselves.
The Defiance MMO will launch tomorrow, April 2nd, for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam, while the Defiance TV series will premiere on April 15th on Syfy. You can watch the first 14 minutes of the series premiere below: