20 Feb '13, 6pm

Defiance: The First Video-Game Television Show: A new science fiction franchise faces many technical challenges

Defiance: The First Video-Game Television Show: A new science fiction franchise faces many technical challenges

Photo: Trion Worlds Post-Apocalypse Now: In Defiance games groups of players can explore and fight in a San Francisco altered by the arrival of aliens. Click on image to enlarge. It’s not unusual for a science fiction television show to spin off a video game. What is unusual is linking the show and the game together on an ongoing basis, with plot elements and characters from each crossing over to the other. In April, gaming company Trion Worlds and the Syfy cable television channel will unveil Defiance , the first such crossover massively multiplayer online game (MMO) and TV show. The setting of Defiance is a postapocalyptic Earth, where humans and aliens attempt to coexist while struggling for survival. The project has taken nearly five years and US $100 million to develop, because the game and show were created concurrently. Usually, either a game or show simply licenses...

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