Syfy has cancelled TV series Defiance after three seasons, but the game will continue to be available for players.
Trion Worlds launched its sci-fi MMO Defiance in April 2013. A transmedia project, events from the game, based on players’ actions, were to affect how events transpired in the show itself. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project cost $100 million.
Despite a great start when the series debuted in 2013, the show’s audience plummeted to an average of 1.12m viewers during its third season. As a result, Syfy took the decision not to renew the show.
"Defiance was a truly groundbreaking series, delivering an immersive, cross-platform experience that transcended the television screen in a way that viewers had never seen before," read a statement from the network.
"We are incredibly proud of the work of the extraordinary cast, writers, artists and designers – and especially showrunner Kevin Murphy – who together brought the rich world of Defiance to life over its three season arc."
A statement from Trion Worlds said development on the game would continue despite the show’s cancellation.
“Defiance is Trion’s IP and the game will continue exactly as before," read a statement. “The show has always been a fantastic and interesting partner, but the two were always meant to be able to stand on their own, which is why the show was primarily set in St. Louis and the game in the SF Bay Area.
“In fact, we’re happy to announce that we’re looking forward to the upcoming public testing of the Aquarium at Monterey, the next big instance coming to Defiance. There we’ll flesh out the Shrill storyline and put the Dark Matter in a whole new light.
“There are plenty of stories that need to be told in this world, and the team’s extremely excited to continue telling them.”