On a future Earth ravaged by aliens and 50 years of global war, a civilization emerges that rejects the old ways and attempts to forge a new destiny in a wild frontier.
After the war, both Humans and the aliens, known as Votans, learned to live side by side. Players are enlisted as "Ark Hunters" by Karl Von Bach (CEO of Von Bach Industries) to travel to the Bay Area in search of advanced and expensive alien technology. Players also take part in side missions to earn some cash or challenges where they compete with other Ark Hunters.
The universe of Defiance is a compilation of the world, characters, locations, and stories from both the SyFy television program Defiance and the MMO video game being developed by Trion Worlds. These two forms of media are coming together for the first time ever in a way that has never been attempted before. The events and actions in either the show or the game will directly affect what happens in the other, so players will be able to influence what happens in the world of the show and the writers of the show will have an impact on the events of the game world.