In an effort to step up the usual MMO game play SyFy and Trion Worlds (Rift) are teaming up with Farscape‘s creator Rockne O’Bannon. What’s the big deal with that? Not much at first glance, it wouldn’t be the first time a well known writer was tapped to help with a gaming world story. The difference is that Rockne OBannon is going to be working on the television show Defiance, while also teaming up with Trion for the MMO world of Defiance. Each will effect the others outcome, gameplay and story lines. Create a great character that does something really cool and it just might end up in the television show! As the show progresses features in the game will update to reflect the change in both worlds.
The Defiance game will debut at E3 2011 in Los Angeles next week.
The HollywoodReporter says:
Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and Syfy viewers to a world ravaged by decades of conflict, where humans and aliens live together in a world the likes of which no one has seen. The game combines the frenetic action of a top-tier console shooter with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. The game’s story will take place in the San Francisco bay area, while the TV series will be set just outside of St. Louis, MO. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence and evolve each other over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.
Now everyone here probably has some serious doubts about SyFy handling any new projects, just look at their track record, but perhaps the participation of O’Bannon might break that cycle. The guy can put on a watchable show that built a great fanbase. It’s reported that O’Bannon worked with both the game developer and creative team behind the TV series for the past two-three years to help develop storylines, mythology, and dialog.
The game will be demonstrated live for the first time next week for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at Trion’s E3 2011 booth, the release dates for the TV series and MMO game have yet to be announced.
What do you think of the concept? Do you think they can pull it off? The two areas of interest already overlap so I don’t think of this as merging two seperate fan bases, just strengthening the bonds between the two.