I've been skeptical about the extent that SyFy's Defiance television show would be interacting with Trion Worlds' Defiance MMO, but this is pretty cool. This is Tiio Horn as Rynn, a member of the Irathient race that found herself in hot water in the TV series over the past two episodes. She'll be spending a few weeks in the game to cool off.
In the show, Rynn had an issue with summoning Hellbugs, one of the world of Defiance's signature bad things. In this week's episode, Rynn was being transported to a prison following her bug problems, but certain events led to her earning her freedom. By the end of the episode she was riding off into the sunset, directly into the San Francisco of the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 MMO.
In an in-game event called "Hellbug Season", players will meet up with Rynn, whose talent for insect-charming is being abused for devious purposes. Players will work with the fiery character to fix a bad situation and get her ready to head back to the show.
And now I am playing again. As generally unpleasant as I find the show, this event is an incredibly nifty way to get players of the game involved, and I really want to see how the story unfolds. Well-played, Trion Worlds and SyFy.