Syfy cancels Defiance, game will continue

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Sad news for fans of the Syfy original series Defiance, as the network has decided to pull the plug on the post-apocalyptic Science Fiction show after three seasons. Defiance’s third season finished airing this past August; Variety reports that the finale pulled in a 0.51 rating in the 18-49 demographic, with an estimated 1.925 million viewers in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” ratings.

Syfy commented on the cancellation in a statement: “‘Defiance’ was a truly groundbreaking series, delivering an immersive, cross-platform experience that transcended the television screen in a way that viewers had never seen before. We are incredibly proud of the work of the extraordinary cast, writers, artists and designers — and especially showrunner Kevin Murphy — who together brought the rich world of ‘Defiance’ to life over its three season arc.”

Syfy also passed a comment from showrunner Kevin Murphy (Reaper, Caprica) : “I got to collaborate with a group of stunning artists operating at the top of their game, and together we built a world. Because of that, there is no room for anything other than joy in my heart.”

There is some good news though, and that Trion Worlds will continue the action MMO game that launched along side, and even interacted with the show. So fans will still be able to continue the battle between the various Voltan and Humans for the Terraformed Earth.

“We’ve had a great time working closely with the team of stellar writers, designers, producers, and actors on the Defiance TV show,” said Scott Hartsman, CEO of Trion Worlds. “Like many of you, we’ve all enjoyed the stories they told week in and week out. Let’s treat this as a fond farewell, in celebration of a successful three year run of a show that broke a lot of new ground and brought an incredible quality experience to its viewers.”

“As for the game and its future, Defiance is Trion’s IP and the game will continue exactly as before,” Hartsman continued. “The show has always been a fantastic and interesting partner, but the two were always meant to be able to stand on their own, which is why the show was primarily set in St. Louis and the game in the SF Bay Area.”

Defiance went Free-to-Play in June 2014 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.