RIFT: Patch 2.4 – Beyond Infinity – Goes Live

RIFT has been the poster child for how to successfully switch subscription models from P2P into F2P. They saw an over 300% rise in the amount of players active on a daily basis and continue to launch content, both in the item shop and in the game for all players to enjoy.

Here are the key features added during today’s content update. (Links to the full updated patch notes and the lore for this update are at the end of the article.)

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2.4

The Dendrome’s secrets have been revealed: Inyr’Kta, Hive Queen of the Architects, prepares to unleash titan-forged colossi against the planes! Stopping her requires control of the Infinity Gate, the fateful god engine that first drew the Blood Storm to Telara. Aid Uriel and Kira in their race to open the portal, then leave Telara for the Plane of Earth … and a dire reckoning with the forces that lie beyond.

RIFT 2.4 heralds the first chapter in a new war between the elemental planes. Conflict erupts in two new raids plus a new dungeon and Chronicle, all while the Ascended rise to new heights of power with Rank 90 PvP armor, weapons, and more. Prepare for battle with world-breaking constructs – a Planar War awaits!

PLANEBREAKER BASTION

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Inyr’Kta has fled to Planebreaker Bastion, a war foundry at the heart of the Architect Empire within the Plane of Earth. There, protected by powerful thralls, she directs the construction of a doomsday automaton. Destroy Inyr’Kta and her towering construct before she can conquer the elemental planes … and our own.

Planebreaker Bastion will be unlocked shortly after RIFT 2.4 goes live!

THE INFINITY GATE

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As the Ascended rush to control the Infinity Gate, its ancient magic stirs to life and summons furious enemies from the planes beyond. Defeat Breaker X1, Swarm Lord Twins Mordan and Viktus, and a Karthan juggernaut to secure the gate and pave the way to Planebreaker Bastion.

REALM OF TWISTED DREAMS

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A stroke of cosmic unluck has given rise to a nightmarish Realm of the Fae, a dream world where Atrophinius’ deepest fears take on physical form and threaten Telara itself. Chimeric versions of familiar foes now await the Ascended, grinding axes (and teeth and claws) for the twisted battles to come. Read more here!

INFERNAL DAWN: LAETHYS

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Adventure through an alternate Telara where a victorious Laethys reigns from the depths of her volcanic lair. Sabotage the dragon’s plans for invasion by laying low Maklamos the Scryer, Rusila Dreadblade, and Laethys herself!

PVP PRESTIGE RANK 90

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Ascend to new heights of power with PvP Rank 90 armor and weapons.

CROSS-SHARD INSTANT ADVENTURE

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Unite with Ascended from all realms for adventure on-demand!

NEW HAIRSTYLES

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The Barbershop gets a makeover: Choose from new colors and hairstyles for your character.

To preview all of the RIFT 2.4 features and changes, check out the full update patch notes and read the lore behind the Planar War here.

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RIFT: F2P Model Finds Major Success, Thanks to Raptr (VentureBeat.com)

For folks who continue to think that “going F2P” means a game has completely failed, RIFT is a stellar example of how changing a subscription model can instigate a massive success. RIFT saw an over 300% increase in daily active players after the F2P announcement. I hope they have learned a ton from this and deal with upcoming ArcheAge appropriately!

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A screenshot from the Grim Awakening content in MMORPG Rift

Here’s a fact that will surprise no one: People like getting free stuff.

Video game publisher Trion Worlds and gaming community Raptr recently joined forces to promote the free-to-play (F2P) relaunch of the struggling massively multiplayer online role-playing game Rift. Using the Raptr Rewards loyalty program, Trion gave away free copies of Rift and in-game items to the social network’s more than 18 million players. The two companies then worked together to analyze player data collected since first announcing the F2P transition in mid-May.

Not surprisingly, these numbers are pretty great.

Trion Worlds says the number of daily active players jumped 300 percent after announcing Rift’s free-to-play transition, a 133 percent increase over several other major online titles at the time. Once the F2P transition completed in June, players who had been inactive for more than 14 days came back at a rate of 900 percent. Trion also says the game’s overall revenue increased more than five times.

A MMO finding success after going free-to-play is nothing new. Back in May, Electronic Arts president of labels Frank Gibeau revealed during an earnings call that Star Wars: The Old Republic more than doubled its monthly revenue after making the switch. But what is unusual is a publisher teaming up with a social networking site to promote such a transition. Jim Butler, Trion Worlds’ senior director of global marketing, says the partnership was invaluable.

“I think the one thing that it’s helped is just in visibility,” he said. “You know, instead of Trion going out there and saying, ‘Hey, look at all the cool stuff Rift is doing.’ Now we’ve got Trion and Raptr going out there and saying, ‘Oh, my god, look at all this cool stuff that Rift and Trion are doing.’ It just increases our reach for everything that we’re doing.”

The Senbora Raid Boss in MMORPG Rift.

The promotion was undoubtedly beneficial to Raptr as well. Director of marketing Donnie Wang says the site’s Rift community more than doubled in size after the rewards program launched.

“It was definitely interesting to really try to help Rift not only engage both their existing and lapsed players but also trying to reach out and getting new players to come into their game before they were ultimately going to make that switch to free-to-play,” he said.

Acquiring new players and reacquiring old ones is a constant battle for MMOs. There’s a natural ebb and flow to subscriber numbers, Butler says. Every disruptive event, whether it’s a new console launch or a rival’s content patch, impacts it.

“One of the things about MMO gaming is that a lot of gamers play multiple games,” Butler says. ”What happens is there’s kind of a cycle, a method to their madness, where they’ll come back and they’ll play Rift and then suddenly they’ll go off and play their other MMO, the one that is their deep, dark secret, and they’ll play that because that game had a new content update or whatever else. Then they’re waiting for something else to happen to bring them back to Rift or yet another MMO that they play. So, you know, acquiring and then reacquiring is just part of the natural process by which the MMO business goes.”

A couple show off their vanity Gothic clothing in Rift.

While Butler believes Trion would’ve had great success with Rift’s relaunch with or without Raptr, he says their partnership made everything better, and the publisher plans to keep working with Raptr to expand the rewards program to more of its games.

Wang also believes the partnership is a natural fit. The two companies share a similar philosophy, he says, a player-first approach to community building. “Developers shouldn’t necessarily think first about how to monetize off of their players,” he says. “Think about what’s best for the player first and then the money will come later.”

“That’s the big secret in getting players back,” Butler says. “Listening to the community, giving them what they need, giving them what they want. And starting the cycle all over again.”

ArcheAge: Trion Community Mod Offers Update (ArcheAgeSource.com)

It’s been several weeks since Trion Worlds first posted their ArcheAge website and invited players to sign up for the beta. Yesterday, Community Manager James “Elrar” Nichols posted an article on the ArcheAge Source forums. That article is below. Enjoy!

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Hey everyone,

It’s been a while since I made a post here outside of the Shoutbox so I thought I’d make it one about a topic that I’m sure is on many of your minds. “When will the wait be over?”

I wish I could give you the date and time today – but the ones we have in mind could still change, even if they are the best laid plans of mice & men!

A little bit about those plans

There’re many things we need to accomplish in order to successfully release ArcheAge to players in North America in Europe. Some hurdles are bigger than others and, in some cases, determine our ability to move forward towards launch.

The first really big one, in progress right now, is working with XL to integrate the game itself with our account/billing platform. This is essential to enabling server access for anyone outside of our office – we do not pass GO, we do not collect $200 until this very important phase has been completed. It is the top priority but, as you can imagine, it is extraordinarily complex with many people and moving parts involved.

To a similar end, XL Games is coming over here very soon and is helping us to set up our server architecture to run ArcheAge according to its design.

Of course, we also need to localize the game so you’re not playing in Korean. We’ve got the first large chunk of localization done, and we’re working on the updates and doing edit passes to make sure that the localization is as good as we can possibly make it.

Once these significant milestones have been accomplished closed testing can begin – our plan is to be at this point within the next few months!

Testing & You

No doubt the very mention of testing gets some of you excited! Perhaps you’ve even just clicked my name with plans to send a brief PM explaining why you would be the perfect candidate (it’s easier to sign up at http://www.archeagegame.com, but I do appreciate the letters). We’re just as excited to get to the point where we can invite external testers but expect the closed testing period to last at least a few months.

What’s changing?

I realize that no shortage of your eagerness for more info has to deal with what aspects of ArcheAge we are modifying or changing.

Know this: Any “Westernization” that occurs will likely be very minimal and done to improve usability/understanding of mechanics based on conventions we’ve grown accustomed to that differ from those of Korean gamers.

Don’t expect entirely new features exclusive to the NA/EU release or sweeping changes to mechanics – what you can expect are small tweaks to the way some existing features function. ArcheAge is already an amazing game, that’s why we have always been excited publish it.’

It’s also very important to keep in mind that this game is constantly changing. There have been so many awesome features since ArcheAge launched in Korea and we want to make sure we have as many of them as possible available at release. Changing around mechanics and the fundamental systems that fuel the game would only increase the amount of time it would take to incorporate new and future updates – not a good thing!

While we’re on this topic, I think it’s important that I point out where the most significant change and work is going to take place: The Text.

We’re talking over 1,000,000 words AND climbing!

It’s no small feat to achieve and the biggest challenge here is the fact that there are many distinct differences between Western & Korean cultures that we need to take into account. Everything from value systems to how we greet and interact with people based on our relationship to them is different. This matters a lot to language and the way things are written/expressed which means that localization is not as simple as running everything through Google Translate – at least not if we want an entertaining experience… well, one we can understand that is :)

What’s next?

Expect things to stay quiet for a few more weeks at least – until accounts are able to login to the game through our platform we’ll be busy planning live streams and the future roll out of content, not to mention reading a lot (A LOT) of text. You’ll know when things are really getting going, the noise will be deafening!

Until then, keep the feedback coming & thanks as always for your continued support of ArcheAge – I realize after possibly YEARS of waiting this may not come easily to some but enjoy these early days, cherish them even. They will not last, I guarantee it :D

Cheers,

James “Elrar” Nichols
Community Manager
Trion Worlds, Inc.

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RIFT: Summerfest Starts July 25th

Awwww, yeah! Bahmi in bathing “suits”! With five major features for the festivities, RIFT is hoping to “make a splash” (queue *eye rolls*) with its summer celebration. Given RIFT was the most-played Raptr game of June, this could keep the well-crafted MMORPG continuing along swimmingly. *cough*

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SUMMERFEST

Pack your suits and bait your lines: the season of high-summer adventures returns to Telara on July 25! With the worst of the Architects’ threats yet to be revealed, you can rest and relax – or romp through scavenger hunts, battle the forces of Swarmlord Karhgroth, fish, explore, and catch rare companions – all under a balmy summer sky.

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Key Features

ZONE EVENT: THE EXUVIA OF KHARGROTH

ZONE EVENT: THE EXUVIA OF KHARGROTH

In tune with the cyclical nature of the seasons, Swarmlord Khargroth gathers those loyal to him and unleashes them upon Telara. Thwart his quest for revenge and loot the treasures of the devilish Fae.
SCAVENGER HUNTS

SCAVENGER HUNTS

Join your friends for scavenger hunts throughout Telara – ride a barrel down Scarlet Gorge Falls, risk life and lips to plant a kiss on some of Telara’s greatest villains, and more. You’ll have to follow the clues, though – hunt objectives aren’t marked on your map!

RARE COMPANIONS

RARE COMPANIONS

Unique and adorable critters return to zones across the continent of Mathosia. Catch and befriend up to 11 special companions, from black bunnies to striped prairie dogs and colorful cobras.

 
MAKE A SPLASH

MAKE A SPLASH

Summer fashion’s alive at the RIFT Store! Sport a variety of swimsuits and exclusive items including Sunset, a feisty avian companion.

 
SPOILS OF SUMMER

SPOILS OF SUMMER

Camp out to earn the title “the Counselor” and catch Summer Sunfish from special nodes throughout the event. As you complete Summerfest quests, you’ll earn Friendship Bracelets and Merit Badges you can trade in for seasonal loot.

WIN CREDITS

During Summerfest, Daily Login Gifts have a chance of including 25-75 RIFT Credits. If you’re a Patron, you have an even higher chance of receiving free Credits!

Defiance: “Play the Game. Join the Show.” Contest Underway

During all the pre-launch hype for Defiance, the developers and TV cast made it clear that players would have opportunities to crossover into the the TV show from the game. Unfortunately, they didn’t really mean the “players”, they meant the player’s “characters”. That said, here’s the second push from the Defiance franchise to get players into the actual TV show. There are different ways to register based on using PC, Xbox 360, or PS3, so go to the official page to get specific details.

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PLAY THE GAME. JOIN THE SHOW.

The first Season of Defiance the Show has come to an end but your journey continues. Replay all of the Defiance cross-over content in the game from July 8th through July 30th and enter for a chance to have your character written onto the TV show. Get started now.

CONTEST DETAILS

How will the winner be chosen?
The top 10 ark hunters who complete the most arkfall events during the time period July 8th 10am PT to July 30th 10am PT will qualify to have their character written onto the show. The top 10 players will have their characters submitted to a Facebook voting contest. The top 5 players from this vote will then be submitted to the writers staff at Syfy. The final winner will be selected by Kevin Murphy, the lead creator the TV show.

How do I enter?
Follow the contest registration steps above, then complete the most arkfall events during the time period July 8th 10am PT to July 30th 10am PT will qualify.

What are Major Arkfall events?
Major Arkfalls happen in the game daily and are random events where players can salvage the most loot. When the event occurs the player will be notified on his player map.

What can I win?
The winner will have his/her character appear on the next season of Defiance the TV show. The writing staff will create the characters back story and give the character an appearance on one of the episodes.

When will winners be announced?
Top 10 finalists will be notified by email on August 2nd. The finalists will then be announced via Facebook on August 9th. Final Winner will be selected By September 15th.

How can I get alerts for future crossover contests?
Subscribe to the Defiance newsletter! You’ll get early info on upcoming contests, content, and offers from Defiance. To subscribe, log in to your Trion account, check the Defiance box in your “Newsletters” tab, and click “Save.”

Click here for official Contest Rules.

Defiance: Earn Rewards When You Recruit Friends

Please go to the official page and recruit your friends from there. This is just a friendly post notifying you of the brand new recruitment rewards opportunity. (I’m having bad flashbacks to an earlier giveaway.)

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RECRUIT-A-FRIEND

ARK HUNTER RECRUITMENT
EARN GREAT REWARDS WHEN YOUR FRIENDS JOIN THE FIGHT!
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO SIGN UP
YOU’LL GET REWARDS & THEY’LL GET 30% OFF* DEFIANCE!

Invite your friends via email or post on Facebook and Twitter. As friends use your invite to register for Ark Hunter Rewards, they will be linked to your account and you will unlock the title and Lock Box shown below. When they buy and log into the game for the first time or make their first store purchase, you get more loot! Below are the rewards you could claim.
 

REWARDS

EXCLUSIVE IN-GAME TITLE: VBI HEADHUNTER – send 1st set of 5 invites
0/5EMAILS SENT

BASIC LOCK BOX – 1st invited friend signs up for ark hunter rewards
0/1FRIENDS REGISTERED

+2 INVENTORY SLOTS – 5 total invited friends sign up for ark hunter rewards
0/5FRIENDS REGISTERED

EXCLUSIVE E-REP HEAVY TROOPER OUTFIT – 1st invited friend logs in to the game for the first time
0/1FRIENDS PURCHASED

EXCLUSIVE HELLBLAZER NOMAD TRUCK – 5 invited friends log in to the game for the first time
0/5FRIENDS PURCHASED

TIER 3 LOCK BOX – each time an additional invited friend logs in to the game for the first time
0/6FRIENDS PURCHASED

You’ll be notified each time a new reward has been unlocked, and you can claim them in the Defiance Store under CLAIM ITEMS.
 

FAQ

Who can I recruit to join me in Defiance?

You can invite any of your friends who are not already playing Defiance. If you have a friend who has already signed up and is playing the game, that friend will not be counted towards earning rewards.

Do I have to complete these rewards in order?

No. If, for example, if you invite five friends to sign up for the Ark Hunter Rewards Program and one of them signs up, buys that same day, and starts playing, you will unlock the exclusive outfit before the in-game title.

How does the final reward work?

The final reward is granted to you each time an additional invited friend logs into the game for the first time over and above the first five friends you recruit. So friend 6, 7, 8, 9, etc. all earn you another Tier 3 Lock Box.

Do I ONLY have to sign up five friends to unlock all these rewards?

No. You should invite as many friends as you can. Not all of them will sign up immediately, so the more you invite the more likely you are to quickly accumulate rewards. Big tip: if you invite a friend, make sure you follow up with them and get them to take the first step and sign up for Ark Hunter Rewards. It then helps if you encourage them to buy and jump into the game. Let them know that you’ll get all this cool stuff if they do!

Why should my friends sign up anyway?

They also get rewards! Every one of your invited friends who signs up for the Ark Hunter Rewards Program gets several in-game rewards. Plus they level up automatically when they create their Ark Hunter Rewards account. It’s a win/win relationship.

What is the Ark Hunter Rewards Program?

The Ark Hunter Rewards Program is a loyalty program whereby Ark Hunters gather and input six digit codes that are scattered and hidden across hundreds of Defiance items including trailers, screenshots, and web pages. As these codes are entered they accumulate to unlock 15 different levels of in-game items and rewards for FREE! You can check out the Ark Hunter Rewards page here.

Official Defiance Article

Defiance: New DLC for Game; 2nd Season “Go” for TV Show (DigitalTrends.com)

Originally, I was pretty hyped about Defiance – when I thought it was an MMORPG. Once I played the beta and realized it was really a third-person shooter in a persistent world, my interest waned. However, I have been enjoying very much the TV show and am thrilled the new franchise has been renewed for a second season!Despite some launch issues, the game has been doing very well especially since it’s a cross-platform release (Xbox 360, PS3, and PC). In fact, it was played more than Guild Wars 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic last month according to Raptr’s metrics. As both the TV show and game are doing well, you can expect the DLCs to start rolling in as a way for both version of the franchise to continue moving ahead.
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‘DEFIANCE’ DLC ROLLING OUT AS THE TELEVISION SHOW MOVES ON TO A SECOND SEASON

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Defiance was heralded as a new form of interactive entertainment by Trion Worlds when the game was first announced in conjunction with the television show of the same name from the Syfy Channel. Now that that the television show has been renewed for a second season and Trion is preparing the first DLC installment for the game, we can see more of the crossover happening – at least in one direction. The extremely popular Castithan race from the show is being added as a playable race in the “Castithan Charge Pack,” which includes the iconic charge blade weapon as well. But that’s just part of what’s coming for players. Some of the new content will be free and some you’ll have to get in the paid DLC, but it’s clear that Trion is dedicated to listening to both fans of the show and the game to keep people happy.

Story/Concept

New Race. Here’s where I shamefully admit, and this is as a massive science fiction nerd, that I have yet to watch Defiance. Please don’t mention this to Grant Bowler, lest I feel his wrath. However, I have friends that love the show (including others at DT), and they continue to lambast me for not yet tuning in. Last month it was announced that the show has been renewed for a second season, bringing 13 new episodes next year. That should give me ample time to catch up on some required viewing. Trion also announced last month that the “Castithan Charge Pack” would be the first of fiveannounced DLC packs, giving players a taste of new content that has been influenced by the show itself. This pack includes the Castithan race, a Battle Arena, charge weapons, and a new four-person vehicle so you and your buddies can now ride along together.

Gameplay

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Big. Bad. Boom. While I might not have seen Defiance yet, I have certainly played it, and Trion let us get a brief taste of the DLC during E3. The real punch behind this DLC pack is the Castithans, which have been immensely popular in the television show thanks to their arrogant attitudes and Elvish appearance. Thankfully, Trion has included the feature to convert your existing character to Castithan if you so desire, meaning you won’t lose any experience if you really want to swap races. One of the most immediate indications of the new content are the Sieges, which you will spot randomly on your map. In our demo, these were spots being overrun by the Volge, and you could repair/upgrade turrets and defend these spots to earn experience and new charge weapons as well. The final DLC will involve Plaguers as well in these Siege events, and they increase in difficulty with each approaching wave of baddies.

More and more. There is also an Arena mode coming in the new DLC, which we didn’t see, and this will be an area where players can earn reputation and buy cool new weapons and toys, including the charge blade. There is a new Monolith Arkfall event coming as well, which gives you the ability to fight the Dark Matter, along with the enormous boss who was previously guarding the Golden Gate bridge. This baddie is a gigantic mech, and he has hardpoints on his armor that you will have to break through before taking him down. Luckily you’ll have those new charge weapons with you to help out, and bunch of fellow players as well. This bad guy can be tough to take down, as you have to disable each of his legs first and expose his hardpoints, and then whale on him to take him down. Along the way, Dark Matter will drop down to challenge you, and to try and control some of the points on the map. Don’t let ‘em do that.

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Takeaway

I want my DLC! So what exactly does this new DLC get you? Here’s a breakdown: You get this as part of the DLC for free:

  • Access to the new Charge Weapons Class and Castithan Blades
  • Access to Sieges, a new Open World Game Mode
  • Access to the new Monolith Major Arkfall
  • Access to a new PvP Map – Military Academy
  • Join a friend into the Battle Arenas Game Mode
  • Duel your friends and neighbors in the Duels Game Mode
  • Enemies, lockboxes, and events can drop Charge Weapons
  • Select a new voice for you character
  • Multitude of game improvements from UI to content

You can buy these individually from the store:

  • New Mods that tint the color of your Castithan Blade
  • Lockboxes have a chance to get Charge Weapons
  • More versions of the Raptor, the new 4 player truck of doomed compensation
  • Character Customization changes: Appearance change, name change, or everything change

The Castithan Charge Pack and accompanying update content will be available “soon,” according to Trion Worlds, and more content will continue to come out in the months ahead. Players can purchase the DLC piecemeal, or pick up a season pass for $40 that will give you access to all five pieces of content that will eventually be out.

Original DigitalTrends.com Article
Defiance Game Website

RIFT: Goes F2P – Now!

RIFT is the latest AAA MMORPG to go F2P. In fact, they are F2P as of this very moment. Download the game and play. Like TERA, playing for free doesn’t compromise any of your gameplay experience or access to content (unlike SWTOR’s F2P model). RIFT was the highest played game on Raptr in May 2013! As such, it’s arguably the best MMORPG on the market today.

Original F2P Article

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Free-to-Play

No trials. No tricks. No traps.

The RIFT® Free-to-Play model is built on a simple idea: everyone can download, log in, and play the entire game, free. New players have access to all game content – from dungeons and Warfronts to the latest raids – with no level restrictions.

Important: RIFT is not “Pay-to-Win”. The best items in the game will always have to be earned in Telara!

Subscribers enjoy the ultimate RIFT experience.

While all players get full RIFT access and daily log-in rewards, our optional Patron subscription is the way to make the most of your time in Telara. As a Patron, you’ll enjoy improved log-in rewards and weekly chests, plus a RIFT Store discount, daily summons, and special bonuses to currency, mount speed, and various types of experience – see more!

Watch Bill Fisher and Simon Ffinch talk about RIFT and the philosophy behind free-to-play or jump straight to the FAQ.

The RIFT Store

Our in-game store offers an incredible assortment of items and services in exchange for game currency (Platinum) or RIFT Store Credits. You can buy Credits for real money at the RIFT Store or through the Trion Account Center, or earn them by converting REX in-game. Read more about the RIFT Store here.

Loyalty: Rewards for your time in RIFT

Loyalty is our way of saying thanks for supporting the game. You gain Loyalty by purchasing or spending Credits, subscribing as a Patron, and consuming REX. To preview Loyalty rewards, visit the in-game RIFT Store, where you’ll see dozens of items across numerous Loyalty levels with more to come!

REX: Trade platinum for Credits

REX (short for RIFT Exchange) is a currency that allows free players to earn RIFT Store Credits. Available as items for purchase with real money in the new RIFT Store, REX can be traded, auctioned to another player, or consumed in-game for Credits and Loyalty.

The REX Lifecycle

As with all features we add to RIFT, we’ll be carefully monitoring REX and making adjustments based on your feedback and findings.

Free-to-Play FAQ

Why is RIFT free to play?Because players prefer free games! Trion has always been progressive with the way we’ve let people access RIFT, offering trials and referral offers since shortly after launch, Return to Telara events where we invited players come back for free to see what they missed, partnerships with companies like Raptr, iGames, and others. Over the last two years, we’ve seen the online gaming market evolve and expand, with millions of new players in North America and Europe embracing free-to-play games. This is just the latest evolution of RIFT that will allow us to bring even more players into the world of Telara.

Is there still a subscription option?Yes! Subscribers will be known as Patrons and receive a host of special benefits and abilities:

  • Store Discount: 10% off all purchases made with Credits in the RIFT Store.
  • +15% Currency (always on)
  • +10% Mount Speed (always on)
  • Daily Boost Set: Each day you can activate bonuses to the Experience, Notoriety, Favor, Prestige, and Tokens you earn while playing.
  • Daily Summons: Instant access to your banker, guild banker, and trainer (on a set cooldown).
  • Priority Queue: Move to the front of the line when your shard is full.

What do I get with Patron Pass?Patron Passes give you access to the benefits of a subscription for a set amount of time. They are available for purchase via the in-game RIFT Store.

What do I get for purchasing the original RIFT box and the Storm Legion expansion?Both the RIFT and Storm Legion products grant permanent unlocks to your account. Owning the base game will open extra character and bag slots, while Storm Legion will unlock the expansion Souls (Harbinger, Tempest, Tactician, and Defiler).

How do I access the RIFT Store?Click the cart icon in the lower game UI to open the RIFT Store. Many things will be available for both in-game gold and Credits.

What are Credits?Credits are a game currency purchased with real money via the RIFT Store or through the Trion Worlds account center. Credits can be used to buy many items in RIFT.

What is available at the RIFT Store?Mounts, gear, boosts, companion pets, expansion Souls, services, and more.

Can I gift items to my friends?Yes! When purchasing an item, if it has a gift button next to it, you may choose to gift it to any other player.

How does the Loyalty program work?The Loyalty system unlocks gifts and benefits for you as you fill a new Loyalty meter. You can fill the Loyalty meter via a variety of methods including purchasing and spending Credits, consuming REX, and subscribing as a Patron.

I played RIFT in the past – Do I get any bonus Loyalty?If you’ve subscribed to RIFT in the past, you will receive Loyalty for the duration of your subscription.

What about Veteran Rewards?Never fear, the rewards previously available through the Veteran Rewards program are available in the Loyalty program.

What is REX?REX is an item that can be purchased with real money, which can be traded and sold in-game amongst players, and can be exchanged for Credits and Loyalty.

What does REX stand for?RIFT Exchange.

Is REX the only way to purchase Credits?No! The cheapest and easiest way to purchase Credits is directly from the RIFT Store for real money. REX is just another way to gain Credits by buying or trading REX from with other players that have purchased them from the RIFT Store.

Are you going to change the free-to-play offerings for RIFT in the future?As with all of the features we add to RIFT, we will continue to make changes to the game based on feedback from our players. It’s an ongoing process!

RIFT: Empyreal Assault Update 2.3 Info

If you’ve been following RIFT, you know their move to the F2P model was a big success for them. Couple that with the recent massive Storm Legion expansion and you’ve got plenty of reasons to play.

Here’s what they’re saying about their upcoming 2.3 update.

http://www.riftgame.com/en/game/updates/empyreal-assault.php

Empyreal Assault

RIFT 2.32.3

The age of Free-to-Play dawns in Telara! With Update 2.3, RIFT is free for all players

RIFT 2.3 unleashes a new Sliver and Chronicle plus Strongholds and open-world raid bosses across a massive new zone. Explore the secrets of Greenscale’s Crater and the living Kaaz’Gfuu Hive, join in Atrophinius’s revelries at the wild town of Hailol, and come face-to-face with forces of Earth vying for power after the dragons’ defeat!with no trials or restrictions. An expanded in-game store offers hundreds of items and services – from special mounts to faction changes and weapon wardrobe slots – while optional Patron subscriptions add extra benefits for players of all levels. Gear up, explore, and play your way into Empyreal Assault, but know there’s no time to rest: the earthen Architects hide dire threats in the mysterious wilds and wastes of Dendrome.

Key Features

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Free to Play

No trials. No tricks. No traps. We’ve made all of Telara free while adding exciting new Loyalty rewards and benefits for the most dedicated Ascended. Learn more on our Free to Play page where we cover new free-player and Patron options plus the RIFT Store, Gifting, and REX.

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Dendrome

Home to lush jungles and windswept dunes, Dendrome is the heart of Update 2.3. Explore its vast reaches and battle the Architects and Awakened where new threats rise and burrow. Along the way you’ll find unrivaled artifacts, events, and challenges, meet and drink with old friends in the riotous town of Hailol, and seek the egg of an unhatched dragon god … one whose fate is yours to decide!

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Open-world raid bosses

Energy from the shattered Blood Storm has given rise to terrifying creatures across Dendrome. The greatest of these menaces – Kaaz’Ra, Senbora the Devourer, and Ahkane the Eternal – stalk the open world, battling Ascended in dynamically-scaling raid encounters. Defeat each boss in new weekly quests that offer a chance at raid gear plus guaranteed tokens, infinity stones, and more.

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Chronicle: Queen’s Gambit

Mistress Inyra and her Awakened cult are harvesting the Architects’ ancient knowledge in a misguided bid for Ascension. Brave a merciless new Chronicle to stop their schemes before the Architects turn the tables on the Awakened and summon a far greater danger to Telara.

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Sliver: Grim Awakening

What would have happened to Kingsward had Salvarola prevailed? Find out as you lead the charge into a timeline where the Awakened have formed a demonic pact in return for the secret to Ascension. Battle past the infernal strength of a fallen Prince Kaliban and Salvarola himself before facing Ultane, demon lord patron of the Awakened.

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Strongholds

The war against planar invasions takes to the skies in new player-summoned Strongholds, multi-tiered fortifications manned by a variety of friendly forces. Fight off new threats to Telara while flying between jump pads and platforms. Just remember to bring friends, as the most daunting invasions will lay siege to Strongholds tuned for 10-70+ players!

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