A strange string of events has just occurred on the Defiance front: Last week we heard about Syfy’s Defiance renewal for a second season and then just yesterday we get the news about Trion laying off a portion of the Defiance team.
Now the real question is what does this mean for Defiance? Well the renewal is great news for the show but the layoffs are very disappointing news for the game. And to me this raises a question I haven’t really thought about since before launch; Do the game and show need each other to be successful? Well I’ve always felt that the show could survive without the game but the game would flounder without the show and this recent news about the Trion layoffs seems to support my opinion. For a game that has been battling bugs since launch and has more or less been unable to focus on improving content, these layoffs have put the game into a even more dire situation. How is a reduced team supposed to both maintain and improve the game while also delivering the 5 promised DLC packs?
It looks like the game has a tough road laid out in front of itself. I really hope Trion is able to both improve and maintain Defiance with a smaller team but what little optimism I have left for the game is quickly disappearing. The Trion layoffs are just another step in the wrong direction in the ongoing Defiance saga.