Welcome to Alcatraz, ark hunters. Are you ready to save the world?
As the Earth Republic deals with fallout on the east coast, survivors are turning to a new beacon of salvation in the west: The Rock! This prison-turned-island-base has become a staging point for Expeditions, daring progressive raids against massive threats across (and beyond) the New Frontier.
Battle deep into Expeditions while leveling toward the new 6,000 EGO Rating cap, earning new weapons and rewards including Cyber Rigs: neural implants with unique powers and room for Cyber Chip upgrades that explode the character customization options in Defiance.
Expeditions are evolving co-op matches that pit you against increasingly tough enemies for ever-increasing rewards. Launching a fresh Expedition transports you into the first Round of your adventure, and defeating a Round gives you access to the next while incrementing the rewards you’ll receive. The best gear in Expeditions can only be found on the third Round or higher – happy hunting and good luck!
Note: Difficulty (and potential rewards) scale with the EGO Rating of your party leader. Click here to learn more.
Long a symbol of order and authority, Alcatraz has become a rallying point for teams of ark hunters running Expeditions against the enemies of man and Votan alike. After each Round of an Expedition, you’ll be transported back to Alcatraz to rearm, regroup, and purchase gear from faction vendors. But don’t dawdle! Once you’ve returned to the drop zone, you only have 30 minutes to resume your run and continue your Expedition streak.
Cyber Rigs connect your nervous system directly with your gear, augmenting your natural abilities and improving your performance with weapons, shields, vehicles, and more. You can power and customize your Rigs with up to 16 Cyber Chips – modular upgrades that add special benefits of their own. Both Rigs and Chips have a chance to drop from Expedition bosses, and the more difficult your Expedition (and the more Rounds you’ve completed), the better the Rigs and Chips become.
Cyber gear piling up? You can break items you don’t need into Silicon Shards, then trade your Shards to a special vendor on Alcatraz offering a variety of new Rigs and Chips!
Enjoy a smooth power curve as you level up to the new EGO Rating cap of 6,000 thanks to behind-the-scenes changes to stat gain (hint: you should see weapon and shield stats increase significantly as you climb through the highest EGO range). Take on the boosted Warmaster to earn new Mk II variant Arkbreaker Weapons, earn more scrip and salvage during events, and more.
We’ve also added lots of new items to the Bit Store including new boosts to increase inventory and consumable capacity, three new Alcatraz themed outfits, refills for grenades, spikes, and stims, and a new Alcatraz Starter Pack. Read the full patch notes and enjoy!