During Ubisoft Massive's latest video tour of The Division's impressive Snowdrop engine at GDC 2014, one developer likened his ease of creating a bleak depiction of urban decay to tinkering with a Lego set. That's definitely not the same kind of Legos I remember growing up with, but the analogy is pretty apt considering the studio's deep drive to portray a massively multiplayer post-apocalyptic city in as much detail as possible.
Defiance has made the trailer rounds here for a number of months, showing a San Francisco Bay Area shuddering beneath an alien invasion as a narrative tie-in to the upcoming SyFy channel TV series. Today, Trion announced that the MMO third-person shooter is out now on Steam—for a steep $60, you'll join the rest of humanity's defenders in recovering alien tech while squashing exploding bugs.
While previous Defiance trailers have focused on the unusual nature of Trion/SyFy's cross-media experiment, here we get something of much more interest to those planning to play it: Weapons! Weird weapons, too. There's a gun that hatches hideous giant tick-like things, one that shoots lightning, and one that grounds your enemies in place with sticky black goop. There's also one that shoots bullets into your opponents. For the traditionalists.