After a "rocky start," the sci-fi MMORPG Defiance is marking its one-year anniversary by going free-to-play, developer and publisher Trion Worlds announced today. Coming alongside the premier of the second season of the related SyFy show, the change will go into effect on June 4th on the PC and July 15th on the PS3.

SyFy TV tie-in Defiance is running an in-game contest that'll score the winner a guest spot on the show! Well, a guest shot as a picture of them rendered by the show's artists. All you have to do is play better than everyone else. TV and MMO cross-media experiments are hard.

The makers of Defiance, the MMO based on the Syfy show of the same name, say they're aware of crashes and server problems marring the game's launch week. A patch is planned for April 15, and another is coming two weeks later. "There are so many things we can’t fix, add or improve right away and have to be part of a