Sci-fi MMO Defiance on PC will be introducing a free-to-play model on June 4, just in time for the game's second season, Trion Worlds has announced.
Free-to-play on PS3 is targeting July 15, with Xbox One still in discussions with Microsoft.
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.
All existing Defiance owners will continue to enjoy more character slots, loadouts, ark keycode capacity, and inventory slots than free-to-play accounts. Additionally, all 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.
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!)
Trion Worlds is clear that the new free-to-play model has been designed in such a way that players need not spend real-world money in order to progress or win.
A complete rundown of what you're entitled to can be found here.