A while ago, I posted about how fans have unlocked the game assets for Defiance to be used as mods for other games. Well, I've decided to post a couple of them that are in the works (well, one mod and the other... well, you'll find out). The first is a project by user KNNdefi. He is working on a mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that recreates the game world of Defiance in GTA:SA. The project is called "Defiance [RE]animation: https://www.reddit.com/r/Defiance/comments/pryzdx/defiance_reanimation/
For me, I've experimented with uploading a couple of items into Second Life. Nothing real big, just to test out what I can do. Was able to upload the Dodge Durango roller with the Soleptor Enterprises skin up with it. The most challenging for upload is the Dodge Challenger, because the textures for it, along with all other vehicles, are designed so that it can have multiple colors without having to generator thousands of textures for it (which makes getting a specific color difficult to do in SL). The Durango also has that type of texture, but the Soleptor Enterprises skin was a special one-off texture. But, I did upload another item to SL: one of the paper lanterns that players could light to honor the fallen. I even did a test shot for a Defiance related music video I am considering, and used SL to make it possible. You can check out the test here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJGYGa07814
I have considered on doing a Defiance Tribute on SL, recreating some of the environments from the show and importing some environments from the game to educate and tell users about Defiance, it's creation, it's world and characters, and the cancellation of the show and closure of the game due to greed. It's a bit of a challenge (I have been attempting build the interior of the Gateway Arch (aka Alak Tarr's Raider Radio). But I don't know if I will proceed or not.
Also, I heard a rumor that a game preservationist in Brazil has gotten copies of the server files for both Defiance and Defiance 2050. Not sure how true this is, but I heard this from someone who hasn't lied to me before. This game preservationist was one of the few who got hit by lawsuits from Nintendo not too long ago, but it's reported that he may wait a while before making the files available (mostly due to him preserving a whole list of games from various modern systems, such as the PS4, that do not have physical releases). But, as hopeful as that may sound, it's best to take that bit of news with a grain of salt.
I hope everyone is doing okay. I know times are tough and life can be busy. But don't forget my fellow fans, there is always hope that a better tomorrow will come. Defiance!