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Defiance DLC Adds $77 Gun Kit

Trion has released a new Gunslinger Trials DLC for Defiance, their MMO shooter, saying this adds new co-op arenas and will allow players to "reap rewards from the most powerful weapons manufacturer on Earth" (thanks conal5). A thread on the game's forums has expressions of outrage from players over those weapon rewards, as the DLC adds a Legendary Weapon Kit many some transforms the game into a pay-to-win affair. The kit costs 8,000 bits, which according to the Defiance Wiki, translates to about $77.00 in real cash. There is a response from Trion's community team in this thread justifying the move based on the prices of other items in the game, and noting that purchasable lock-boxes have been offered from the start. They also offer some insight into plans for the next DLC which will increase players' chances of earning top gear:

We continue to evolve each player's ability to play Defiance how they want. With our fifth DLC we're creating a way for players to earn a special currency which will allow them to purchase top-tier gear by facing more challenging content, allowing another way for players to mitigate RNG.

With the Legendary Weapon Kit, we enable players who wish to play with a fully-modded legendary weapon to do so at a premium price. They could acquire similar items through gathering keycodes and faction rep, but this bypasses the significant time and risk involved in that process.

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