Defiance is shutting down (yes, that MMO based on the show)

ByJose A. York

Feb 25, 2021
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Challenge and 2050 Challenge will shut down on April 29, Trion Worlds announced on Steam yesterday. Both games will be downloadable and playable until then.

The decision to close both games boiled down to financial viability, with Trion World concluding that “the two games could no longer stand on their own”. Starting today, players will no longer be able to purchase in-game items or resources with real money. And prizes on all in-game items are reduced, so people can spend all of their leftover bits before the world ends. Players who have spent money on either game in the last few months will be able to transfer those bits to any Gamingo game.

the original Challenge was released for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in April 2013, just months before the Xbox One and PS4 were released. It was an MMO shooter and tied to a sci-fi show on SyFy, also called Challenge. The connection wasn’t meant to be a superficial marketing stunt concocted after the game and show’s release. Developers and producers worked together. For example, the show’s writers and producers had planned to have characters ride horses, but that changed when the game developers denied the idea, probably because it would have been too technically demanding. The show and game also planned to have character and storyline crossovers.

Unfortunately, most of these plans never materialized.. The show was not a big hit and the game launched in a rough state. In 2015, after three seasons, SyFy canceled the show, leaving the future of the game uncertain. But Trion Worlds continued to support himsame post a big update after the show was canceled which was considered the show’s fourth season.

In 2018, Trion Worlds released a remastered and reworked version of the game for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 2050 Challenge would be free at launch, unlike the original Challenge, and would include new content set decades after the show’s storyline. In April 2020, the original Challenge on Xbox 360 has been discontinued.

Now, almost a year later, all the other versions of this strange and ambitious MMO are finally coming to an end after eight years of service. For those who want to go back to either game and relive memories or an experience Challenge for the first time, Trion Worlds will allow new players to register and download the game until April 29.

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