Defiance trailer is unearthly

Posted by CB Droege

The world of Defiance is one which has been decimated by a short but fierce war with alien conquerers.

Now humans must live in the blasted landscape alongside several alien races, each with their own agendas and roles in the society. Previously, we’ve only seen glimpses of those races, with the exception of the one who’s a main character. This latest trailer shows off a lot more of those aliens, and how they interact with one another.

The big gimmick of Defiance, however, is not the aliens, it’s the video game. The show and the game will perpetually inform one another, with characters moving between them, and the actions of one causing changes to the story in the other. The stories take place in different cities, far from one another, so the consequences won’t be immediate on either side, and most of the interaction is likely scripted, but it’s still an interesting idea, and one I’ll be watching closely, even if I won’t be playing the game - I’m not really one for MMOs, but perhaps this one will surprise me.

The official synopsis is thus:

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden - and tumultuous - arrival of seven unique alien races.  In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.  Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will adventure in the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.

Here's the latest trailer for the video game side. Hopefully, we'll get a new, better look at the game soon, as the beta is about to begin.

Defiance, the game, is slated for April 2, 2013. Defiance, the show, will premiere with a double-length episode on April 15 on Syfy.