DefianceHellBug 02 May

Trion Worlds has announced that its Defiance MMO will be shifting to a free-to-play model on June 4th for PC and July 15th for PlayStation 3. The switch for the Xbox 360 version is still being planned.

“By going free-to-play, we’re lowering the barriers to entry and welcoming anyone to come play in our world,” Defiance producer Trick Dempsey told [a]listdaily, in part. “We’ve known this transition was coming for a long time, and we’ve been changing the game drastically to address these issues prior to launch.”

“Defiance was never a subscription game, so many of the issues endemic to free-to-play transitions were simply not an issue for us,” he continued. “Instead, we faced issue with gameplay balance and feelings of significant progress throughout the experience of the game. We’ve been tackling these issues for a year now, and it’s ready to make a good first impression on a much wider audience.”

The SyFy TV series tie-in of Defiance will be premiering its second season on June 19th.

(via GI International)