Highlights for the upcoming Defiance DLC.

Trion released some info on the upcoming Defiance DLC tentatively title “Enter The Castithan“.  Looks like the DLC’s will, consist of three components: paid, free and store.  Trion also released a rough outline of what we can expect in the DLC broken down into their three groups:

ENTER THE CASTITHAN
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You get this when you buy the DLC for $10:
– Access to play the Castithan Species
– Access to a new Story Mission Line with new Battle Arena Game Mode
– Access to the new Castithan Battle Arenas
– Castithan Charge Blade & Ceremonial Mask as a reward from Story Mission Line
– A unique version of the Raptor, a new 4 player truck of doom
– A unique Castithan version of an outfit
– A Charge Weapons Starter Pack
– Access to New Pursuits
– New Xbox and PS3 Trophies and Achievements

You get this in the DLC for free:
– Access to the new Charge Weapons Class and Castithan Blades
– Access to Sieges, a new Open World Game Mode
– Access to the new Monolith Major Arkfall
– Access to a new PvP Map – Military Academy
– Join a friend into the Battle Arenas Game Mode
– Duel your friends and neighbors in the Duels Game Mode
– Enemies, lockboxes, and events can drop Charge Weapons
– Select a new voice for you character
– Multitude of game improvements from UI to content

You can buy these individually from the store:
– New Mods that tint the color of your Castithan Blade
– Lockboxes have a chance to get Charge Weapons
– More versions of the Raptor, the new 4 player truck of doomed compensation
– Character Customization changes: Appearance change, name change, or everything change

 

No date was given for the Enter the Castithan DLC but hopefully the wait won’t be too lengthy.  Still no glimpse of any sort of  end game but lots of new toys to play around with.

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11 comments

  1. Can’t wait! Sounds awesome. Hopefully all the bugs get sorted out and this dlc has a smooth launch. So happy they are making casti playable AND we get the charge swords. Gotta start saving up bits now cause ill be changing my glow sword tint to match the roller/runner I’m using

    • Slade "bwar" Saretsky
      Slade "bwar" Saretsky 10 May, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply Author

      I think the charge weapons are more like the gun used to kill Luke in episode 1. But yes the blades should be lots of fun as well.

      • No the weapon used to kill Luke in episode 1 was a votan ‘cold fire weapon’ which is any votan weapon. They’re all cold fire. Anything that shoots a blue laser is cold fire.

        Also, you mentioned that they didn’t say anything about end-game but that’s wrong. In that article they mention a new game feature called “Sieges” which they say will be the focus of future DLCs. That sounds like end-game to me. They also mention more story missions, and seeing as this is not the typical mmorpg, but more of a borderlands-esque game, then the ‘end-game’ is story content and there are no raids or anything like that. It’s like a single player game, but online. There is no end-game. Just future story missions with DLC.

        • Slade "bwar" Saretsky
          Slade "bwar" Saretsky 11 May, 2013 at 10:56 pm - Reply Author

          Most successful mmo’s have some form of progression based end-game. Adding a new pvp mode or adding some new story content just doesn’t make the cut for me. I have lots of fun when I play Defiance but right now I just don’t feel like my character is heading in any direction. I find it a bit mind boggling that a company with a well established mmo would completely neglect the main component that keeps many players coming back to their game. More content does not equal more end game. This content is going to bring people back for a day or two until they have completed it all and then they will log back out until the next DLC.

          On top of this, the whole transmedia synergy bs has been a complete hoax. We don’t influence the show and from what I’ve seen so far you could make the argument that the show and game don’t even exist in the same universe. Every single player in the game has EGO powers yet no one in the show does? And on top of that if the EGO powers ever do reach Defiance then suddenly we have a town full of immortals with no consequences for death or murder. I just get the feeling that this whole experiment wasn’t thought out past the concept phase. Its a cool premise but kind of point less without any execution.

          My Defiance experience thus far has left me feeling deceived and disappointed.

          • “On top of this, the whole transmedia synergy bs has been a complete hoax. We don’t influence the show and from what I’ve seen so far you could make the argument that the show and game don’t even exist in the same universe.”

            The game and show DO take place in the same universe. If you play the recent episode mission (SPOILER ALERT) Rynn appears and you find out that Nolan released her. You SEE him release her in the May 13th episode. There are crosses between the two. Just like with the first set of episode missions where Nolan and Irisa were in Paradise and steal the blue orb (From Varus) they had in episode 1.

            Play the game and missions slowly and you see the connections.

          • Slade "bwar" Saretsky
            Slade "bwar" Saretsky 14 May, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Author

            There are crossovers between the two but we don’t influence the show. Our actions in San Francisco have no impact on events in St. Louis. Essentially we are getting an extra trailer for some of the episode. I was more expecting that we would have tasks to complete in game that would change the way events flowed in the game. Like maybe we could choose to help or hinder Rynn and then based on our actions as a whole we determine whether or not she makes it to St. Louis. Thats more along the lines of what I was expecting from the weekly content.

          • Oh I completely agree with you. I’m just saying that their version of End-game is just the DLCs. I completely agree with you though that it shouldn’t be like that, because it won’t keep people playing.

            And yeah, there are crossovers, but it just feels like the game is one big advertisement for the tv show.

          • Slade "bwar" Saretsky
            Slade "bwar" Saretsky 17 May, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Author

            Well said, it is unfortunate things panned out this way because at it’s core the mechanics of this game do make it fun to play but without a real end game I no longer have any drive to continue playing the game.

  2. This is going to be awesome!!! I dnt want to reset my EGO level to be a Castathan tho….. O well, this is gunna be fun 🙂

      • If there is I’ll be slightly (just slightly) miffed that they didn’t advise us of this ahead of time.

        I prepurchased aaaaaaages ago but like Kaleb didn’t want to start playing one character only to put them aside to start another when a race I prefer more became available.

        So I’ve just not been playing yet.

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