Trion Worlds is offering players an all-new way to experience RIFT! Launching this spring, the RIFT Prime service was born of discussions with players about desirable new types of servers, and the gaming community as a whole focusing on business models within MMOs and the games industry, and presents RIFT players with a new model in which to see what the game has to offer.
Rift Prime Offers Alternative Play
The main goal behind the service is to offer players a sought after alternative way to play the game, utilizing an all-new fresh start server featuring a heavily requested subscription model with progressively unlocked content. It will also include a cosmetic-only store with no lockboxes, allowing for current store-based items to be obtained through gameplay.
Players who subscribe to the new service will have access to a huge amount of content, with dozens of existing in-game updates and content available to them for only the cost of their subscription. Explore full continents and expansions that have been created and released over RIFT’s rich history!
In addition to these revisions, RIFT Prime will offer sequential progression through in-game content, including monthly milestones and achievement rewards.
Coming Spring 2018
RIFT Prime will be available this spring, and more details, including subscription pricing and release date, will be revealed soon. Additionally, there will be more announcements and content arriving in RIFT in the coming year, so stay tuned!
As a long time player, and someone who really enjoys the game, I didn’t have a positive reaction to this news so I wanted to see what the community was saying. Reading through the official forums I firstly notice there is quite a bit of confusion and surprise despite Trion claiming “RIFT Prime service was born of discussions with players about desirable new types of servers“. Several valid points are raised regarding this model; Will patrons be required to have two subscriptions in order to participate in the Prime service? Is splitting the already dwindling Rift playerbase through a paywall truly in the game’s best interest?
The devs believe the new Rift Prime service will mainly attract returning players and not pull largely from the existing active player community. They argue the consistent feedback over the years was a desire to return to the old subscription model where all content was included with the price of a sub. However, many players are not warming to the idea of starting over at level 1 and having to pay to do so. Details remain scarce so it may be a bit early to begin preaching doom and gloom, we’ll have to wait and see how things develop.