Defiance Gets New Hellbug Crossover Missions

by Mike Futter on May 13, 2013 at 04:32 PM

In the time between the launch of Defiance the game and Defiance the SyFy channel show, there were time-limited missions available featuring two of the series' main characters. Since then, Trion Worlds has been patching bugs and making the game significantly more playable

For the first time since the opening days, players will get the chance to participate in the story bridging from television to interactive experience. Rynn, a former spirit rider and recent criminal, will be making her way from the town of Defiance (formerly known as St. Louis) to the Bay area. She'll be bringing along new types of hellbugs and a set of missions.

These missions and random events will take place over the remainder of May. Four new emergencies, three new missions, a number of new hellbug arkfalls, and two new pursuits will be on board during Rynn's stay in the Bay area. 

The "Hellbug Season" events should be starting shortly, so gear up and hunt some hellbugs. Full details on the event are below. Note: This is a separate event from the upcoming Castithan-focused DLC.


Arkfalls and Emergencies

New hellbug arkfalls and events featuring the elemental hellbugs appear across the Bay!



4 new emergencies will be added to the world, but only during this event. In each of the emergencies, the player will be fighting against the new elemental versions of the hellbugs while trying to accomplish a task for Rynn:

  • "Exotic Goods" : Brave a thriving hellbug nest to harvest chrysalis samples for Varus
  • "A New Pair of Genes" : Take on a Monarch in order to collect samples of his DNA for Rosa and Eren.
  • "Smells Like Victory" : Harvest samples straight from pheromone secretors for Von Bach
  • "Thinning the Herd" : Help a group of Echelon Mercs clear out a Hellbug Nest to assist Cass in purging the land of this menace.


Faction contracts

All of the Factions change their contracts to Hellbug themes.


Three Hellbug Season Missions

Mission: The Vagabond

Cooper calls to say that some ER soldiers are pursuing an Irathient woman in the Bay Area.

Mission: Piper Investigation (parts 1-4)

The player tracks Rynn through a handful of locations discovering remnants of combat between ER soldiers and hellbugs.

Mission: Paying the Piper

Rynn contacts the player. She has found where the rogue ER soldiers have set up the new Project Piper location. Players must descend with Rynn into the bunker and stop the soldiers from using Project Piper. In the process, the Project Piper data/device is destroyed and can never be used again.


Data Recorders

4 new Data Recorders appear around the game world describing Project Piper. These will remain available even after the event ends.



Rynn challenges players to hotshot missions competing with Rynn.



"Piper Resurrected": Collect all the data recorders

"Path of Atonement": complete Rynn missions and hotshot