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New Defiance Mount Coming to RIFT?

By on Apr 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 5 comments

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So, Elrar said something pretty interesting during last Friday’s Trion Worlds live stream event. The team was talking about the upcoming launch of Defiance, which is Trion’s MMOTPS that’s a direct crossover with the upcoming SyFy television series by the same name, and Elrar asked about the special red Dodge Challenger mount that’s obtainable when pre-ordering Defiance. A player in-game then asked if we’d see the Dodge Challenger make an appearance in RIFT as well (at around 11 minutes into the live stream). Elrar answered with this: “No, but there is going to be a sweet, pimped-out ride from Defiance making an appearance in RIFT. Ssh!”

Since trucks and pimped-out ATVs don’t make a whole lot of sense in RIFT, our best guess so far is that we may be seeing a Hellbug mount. What’s a Hellbug, you ask? Take a look at the title image. That’s a Hellbug. Hellbugs are some of the main enemies in Defiance and come in all sorts of shapes and sharp-toothed sizes. They also make a super cuddly plushie and mascot of sorts, but don’t tell them that.

A Hellbug would make a pretty fitting RIFT mount, especially considering the wide array of cool-looking beasties we’ve already tamed as Ascended. As rumors would have it, the data for a Hellbug mount, pet, and accompanying mobs have reportedly been found hidden in the PTS files. When will we see them make a live appearance? Hard to say, but soon hopefully, especially considering Defiance launches April 2nd! For more Defiance news and info, check out the official Defiance site as well as our sister site, Defiance Junkies.

Laura Hardgrave

Laura Hardgrave

Laura is the Editor-in-Chief for Junkies Nation. When she's not writing long editorials or fighting apostrophe errors, she enjoys exploring multiple MMORPGs, getting inspiration for more long editorials, distracting big snarly things for her friends, and writing LGBT science fiction/fantasy.
  • Malcolm Swoboda

    2/3 of Rift’s mounts have no integration with Rift game lore/the zones we explore (as opposed to say WoW’s mounts, which tend to relate to what’s happening in the plot), so sure, why not..

  • Nick

    So.. are you telling me that you actually watched the livestream? Or are you just forgetting to give credit to Slipmat @ Riftgame ( for his thread that prompted a small discussion on it?

    Laura, you’re so casual with this game it’s hilarious. Give credit where it’s due instead of acting like you know anything about this game.

    • Laura Hardgrave

      I credited my source, which was the live stream.

  • Varius

    Inc. reskinned Spindrel mount No. 274 with a hellbug’s face copy-pasted onto its face.

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