A little over a year after Trion Worlds released it on the PC and consoles, MMO/shooter hybrid Defiance is going free-to-play on June 4th for the PC, according to the studio. For those subscribers who still want to pay into the game each month, there will be a non-recurring “Paradise Patron” subscription offering stat boosts and perks.
Before you start piling on, it was really more of “when” rather than “if” situation, as the market has seemed less and less capable of supporting subscription MMOs (and I’m betting we’ll be writing this same post for The Elder Scrolls Online come next spring).
Trion Worlds is timing the shift to the second season of the Defiance TV series on Syfy, which kicks off on June 19th, with the PS3 version of the game getting the F2P switch July 15th. Trion is currently in consultation with Microsoft about how and when it can go free-to-play on the Xbox 360.
[Source: Trion Worlds]