I stumbled upon a German article about which games died in 2021. One of them was Defiance / Defiance 2050. Now, I am not a fan of shooter games. The main reason (other than some games being too realistic and too close to our real world out there) is that I cannot play games with a first person view as I suffer from simulation sickness. Defiance was different. It was set in its own world (and I also liked the TV series, at least the first season – note to self: Finish watching the last few episodes one day…) and it did allow to play with third person view.
The article mentions similar games: Destiny 2 and The Division 2. But they’re either in first person view or don’t have the open world setting. Defiance felt just right with being enough of an MMO, with a nice and unique science fiction setting as well as being a nice “loot shooter”. So these two suggestions don’t work for me… but it got me thinking: Is there a game like Defiance out there?
Also, why did they have to do that really really bad switch to Defiance 2050 which for us PC players meant either staying behind in the “old version” (which apparently a lot more players were still playing than Defiance 2050) or going to the new version but losing so many things already unlocked… All the while without knowing what exactly was the benefit ot switching. I did go to Defiance 2050, because I couldn’t imagine Trion updating both versions and I wanted to work on the newer version and level up my character there in case they ever do close down Defiance. But I was lacking the motivation to log in and play because it just wasn’t “my” Defiance account. I had more stuff in the original version. And well, in hindsight, I should have just sticked with playing in the original one instead, enjoying the game as I had been, as Defiance and Defiance 2050 got shut down at the same time anyway.
When I am now getting the itch to play a game like Defiance… I am a bit at a loss. I know I don’t want to play a regular shooter game. But what else is out there that is like Defiance?