The North America servers for Defiance have been shut down due to problems caused by the latest patch, according to Trion Worlds. The 1.013 patch was released today and made some good changes, but also seems to have caused issues with people’s Pursuit progress getting wiped out.
Trion have taken own the servers for emergency repairs. According to Defiance’s official Twitter page there’s no ETA for when they’ll be back up:
All NA Servers are down with no ETA of coming back up. We’re working on fixing some pursuit/progress issues.
— DEFIANCEGame (@DefianceGame) May 2, 2013
This problem was also present before the latest patch was released, albeit to a much lesser degree with players reporting that their Pursuit progress wasn’t being tracked properly. Hopefully whatever Trion are doing will fix this problem once and for all.
Keep an eye on the Twitter page for updates on when you can expect the servers to be operational once again.