The lights are on
When Defiance was released back in April, publisher Trion Worlds offered up a season pass for $39.99. In addition to in-game goods, the benefit of the pass was a 20 percent savings on DLC. The first of those packs is finally coming next week.
The Castithan Charge pack was first announced back in May, and it's taken quite a long time to see it through to release.
If you purchase the pack for $9.99 or have the season pass, here's what you are getting:
The only thing missing from the original list is the "charge weapons starter pack." Here's what every Defiance player will get when the update goes live:
In May, it seemed that every player would receive the Battle Arenas mode, but it appears to now be restricted to paying members.
Trion is late to the starting line on the season pass content, and to fulfill the promised 20 percent discount, the publisher will need to release four more packs of this size. You'll be able to get your hands on this one on August 20.
Our TakeThe recent closure of Trion's San Diego studio isn't good news for Defiance. The project was extremely ambitious, and the promised transmedia influence between the show and the television show never really materialized. There were parallel events that connected the two properties, but it never felt like actions in the game steered the show at all.
Trion has a lot of ground to make up for season pass holders. The Castithan pack was announced three months ago, and part of the fanfare was the siege mode, intended to strengthen the bonds across media. Whether that interaction is still planned is unknown, and the show is currently on hiatus.
Season passes are a risk. Every time a story like this pops up, I get closer to swearing them off entirely.