Hi there Ark Hunters,
As some of you may have noticed, there has been a lack of an orange hoodie on the Defiance live streams in recent weeks. I would like to share with you that I have been assigned a new mission on another project within the Trion Worlds portfolio.
Before going any further, I would like to say thank you to all of you, my fellow Ark Hunters. I have been fortunate to have been with you since the launch of the Arkbreaker DLC in 2013. Together we’ve been through many updates that helped make Defiance better and more unique than any other game out there. The Defiance family is something I will never forget; that includes both the players and the other developers on the Defiance team. Speaking of other developers, with my reassignment, we’ve opened up new opportunities for others on the Defiance team.
Taking over the helm is a very familiar face to the Defiance family: Matt Pettit, aka “Destromathe.” He has been with me since I took over Defiance over a year ago. Alongside him will be Drew Sheetz, aka “Rarnok,” your resident PvP and weapons specialist. Together they will continue to lead the team and Defiance into the future.
Carble “LoCarb” Cheung
This will be an easy introduction, as many of you may already know me. For those who don’t, my name is Matthew “Destromathe” Pettit, and it has been my pleasure to work as Producer on Defiance for the past year and a half. Those of you who follow the forums or livestreams have seen me many times, and I am very proud to keep contributing to this amazing game. When I took over for Phantasie some 15 months ago, I knew that I would be attached to Defiance and its players, and I always imagined great things for this game!
Let me begin this Future of Defiance speech by giving LoCarb the sendoff he deserves. It has been a real honor and a pleasure working with him over the past 15 months. His contributions to this game will be remembered forever, along with that orange hoodie. I plan on setting up a scarecrow with the orange hoodie on it at his desk so that we can always imagine he is here with us. He has been given a fantastic opportunity to serve on Trove, and we know that he will do great things there, just as he has for Defiance.
Now, let’s move on to Defiance. Before we can talk about the future, we should touch on the past. Since launch, we have published 5 DLCs, a major land expansion, several world and holiday events, Expeditions, and numerous story/content updates, all on this short, 3-year road. The team has worked, and will continue to work, hard to bring only the best and most engaging content to you, the players. I am very proud of the content we have created, from our first content patch 3 years ago, to our recent Monterey PvP update, which brought some much needed love to PvP players.
So what’s in store for the future you ask? We definitely have some surprises up our sleeves, but one thing I can say for sure is that we want to keep giving you more of what makes Defiance so fun. No other shooter can give you the big open world fun with ALL of your friends and clan mates like Defiance can, and we are going to bring you MORE of exactly that.
Over the next year, we plan on making more of those amazing events, with tons of enemies and loot. Tired of the month long lulls of no events to play? We are going to fix that, and make sure that you always have something to look forward to, starting with a brand new event called Rolling Blackout. This will be the first event completely based on the Electrical nano – all enemies and loot will be designed with this nano in mind!
And what would Defiance be without weapons, weapons, and more weapons? Rarnok has taken on some new designer duties, and has some amazing things planned for you in the future. On more than one occasion, I have seen him cackling over at his desk at some of the things he has in store for the future. Look forward to seeing more of what you have been craving, and lots of it.
I am very excited about the road that Defiance currently is on, as well as the flexibility that we, as a development team, have to polish and give you the experience that you all desire. I am honored to represent this great game and bring it to its 4th anniversary and beyond! I will see you all on the forums and in the livestream.
On behalf of the whole team, good Ark hunting!
– Matthew “Destromathe” Pettit