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Syfy has renewed Defiance for a second season, the network announced Friday. Production will begin in August with a planned 2014 premiere.

"Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been in incredible team effort. We couldn't ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds," Mark Stern, Syfy's president of original content, said in a statement. "We can't wait to see where they take us in the second season."

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Before the series even premiered on April 15, Defiance made history by becoming the first cross-platform show. In a convergence of TV and online gaming, players are able to fully immerse themselves in the world of Defiance.

Defiance delivered the second-largest series premiere in Syfy history with 4 million viewers and has since become its highest-rated original series.