Production has begun on the series pilot of Defiance in Toronto. They will "debut simultaneously" next year. It's set in the near future on a "completely transformed" Earth.
Our world is inhabited by "human and alien survivors" of a universal war where we're "forced to co-habitate" and form a new society. The TV and game will "inform one another and evolve".
"An unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and massive multiplayer online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist on both platforms," blurbs the Defiance press release.
The TV show stars actors Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Mia Kirshner (Kenya) and Fionnula Flanagan (Nicky). The transmedia event is expected to launch in Spring 2013.
"Defiance is a visionary enterprise in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion’s multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the human and alien survivors of a universal war."
"Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story."