We've played plenty of sci-fi games, and we've watched plenty of sci-fi TV shows, but we've never played/watched any sci-fi games/TV shows so deeply enmeshed that what happened in one affected the other. But that's about to change, and even better, Farscape's Rockne O'Bannon is going to be a part of it.
Syfy (yeah, they're our cosmic overlords, but that doesn't make this concept any less unique) has teamed up with gaming publisher Trion Worlds to create Defiance, the world's first massively multiplayer online game that's also a scripted live-action television series. (Or should that be vice versa?) The open world shooter game will debut at E3 2011 in Los Angeles next week.
According to the HollywoodReporter:
Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and Syfy viewers to a world ravaged by decades of conflict, where humans and aliens live together in a world the likes of which no one has seen. The game combines the frenetic action of a top-tier console shooter with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. The game's story will take place in the San Francisco bay area, while the TV series will be set just outside of St. Louis, MO. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence and evolve each other over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.
But it's the participation of O'Bannon that has us most excited, because he's been working with both the game developer AND the creative team behind the TV series for the past two-three years to help develop the storyline and mythology of both.
Though the game will be demonstrated live for the first time ever next week on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at Trion's E3 2011 booth, the release date for the TV series and MMO game has yet to be announced. But we're REALLY looking forward to playing an MMO that lets us affect the plot of a TV show.
How about you?