The title, which is a tie-in game for SyFy's TV show of the same name, will offer all of the original content at its shelf price absolutely free of charge. Trion Worlds states:
"Starting June 4 on PC and mid-July on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, players will be able to download the Defiance client and experience the entire Bay Area storyline, original end-game content, and future missions completely for free."
Those players who already purchased a copy of Defiance haven't been forgotten, though:
"Players who purchased a boxed or digital copy of Defiance will receive a one-time grant of 1,000 Arkforge - redeemable for resetting weapon mastery, upgrading your weapon’s power rating, or even bumping an uncommon weapon to epic rarity... Our veteran ark hunters will also enjoy 30 days of Paradise Patron status when Defiance begins its free-to-play service. Paradise Patrons receive:
- Boosts to skill, XP, scrip, salvage, and reputation gain rates that stack with boosts available in the store.
- 10% store-wide discount on boosts, costumes, lock boxes – all of it!
- A daily grab bag of two-hour boosts.
- Arkforge from Daily and Weekly Ark Hunter Bonus Lock Boxes. (Playing on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3? Be sure to link your account to get this bonus!)"