Posts Tagged ‘Rift’

So Fresh: Rift Promises “Instant” Adventure!

By Jim Rossignol on December 8th, 2011.


“NEW: INSTANT ADVENTURE! Just add a handful of players and taste piping hot fantasy action, just like momma used to make.” Something like that. Well, actually Trion Worlds don’t really explain it like that, as you can see in their dev diary, below. They do, however, explain that the new Action On Demand stuff will allow you to drop in and drop out seamlessly, without causing your group any issues in their progress: “The new “Instant Adventure” button teleports players to Stillmoor or Shimmersand where challenges scaled to party size await. One minute you could be purging a nest of cultists with a small group … the next you’re fighting alongside dozens of players in a massive raid against the Blood Storm’s mightiest forces.” Sounds like there’s some clever maths involved! (Don’t forget to read Dan’s huge interview with the Rift team.)

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The MMOnitor: Rift

By Dan Grill on December 3rd, 2011.


In the latest of our series of interviews with MMO creators, big and little, we go back to last year’s best MMO, Rift. We saw it as a mechanically-experimental game that had stuck to a safe fantasy MMO formula. Our three interviewees are Chief Creative Officer Scott Hartsman, design Producer Hal Hanlin and Producer Adam Gershowitz. Let’s see how they see themselves now…
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Rift: What A Difference 229 Days Make

By Alec Meer on October 19th, 2011.

What a lot of antialiasing

When did we last write about Trion’s MMO Rift? Oh, May. Just two months after it launched, then. Whoopsie. Well, fortunately Trion have put out a video showing how the game’s grown over the last seven months. It’s jolly dramatic, and conveys both that Rift is holding its own against the big-boy competition, and that for all the talk of freeform progression in other respects it’s holding fast to genre convention. I.e. “bored of WoW? Come hither, come hither” is the presumed message.
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You Can Play Rift For Free, Now

By Jim Rossignol on May 11th, 2011.


For a week, anyway. There’s a 7-day trial up on the main Rift site, which allows you to play the dimension-bleeding fantasy MMO for no pennies. I’ve still not got around to dabbling, but I understand from Dan’s review, and also from a few of you lot who are playing, that it’s one of the more interesting takes on the MMO business of late (despite some issues with the big public events…)

Anyway, go take a look!

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Nightlife: Rift Rogue Class Trailer

By Quintin Smith on April 13th, 2011.

Looks like four... no, five belts on that outfit. When will this end?

By the sounds of things, fantasy MMORPG Rift is the most competent game to try and encroach on World of Warcraft’s turf in quite some time. Our man Dan Gril was certainly impressed, and the view from the top of Mount Metacritic is impressive enough. The latest trailer, showcasing the Rogue class and the game’s create-your-own-class mechanics in general can be seen after the jump. You know, in case you were thinking about going rogue. Ha! Ah. Ahh.
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Life Of The Party: Rift’s River of Souls

By Jim Rossignol on March 30th, 2011.

It's a bit like the river of thames.
Rift’s updates have begun, and with 1.1 comes the “dynamic event” River Of Souls, which is some kind of invasion by “the plane of death”, aka the undead faction. There’s a video to illustate the goings on (below) it’s all a bit dramatic, with giants, and an skeletal dragon, and some woman talking about weak flesh. Exciting stuff.

Not sure about that voice acting, though. Hmm. Anyone playing Rift? Come on, hands up.
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Wot I Think: Rift

By Dan Grill on March 14th, 2011.

Trion Worlds’ MMO Rift is alive and online, so we sent intrepid, moustachioed reporter Dan Gril into its midsts to tell us all. How does the self-confessed combination of their favourite elements of MMOs come together? Is it fun? Such answers are yours to be had, as Mr Griliopoulos tells us Wot He Thinks.

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Interview: Will Cook On Rift’s Launch

By Dan Grill on March 4th, 2011.

A man, in front of a tower, wearing a silly hat. Yesterday.

Rift is out today, and to mark the occasion we dispatched mad-bearded reporter Dan Griliopoulos to speak to Rift’s Dynamic Content Lead (best job title, ever), Will Cook, to find out what we’re calling “information”. Find out why they’re not opting for free-to-play, how Rift will compete in Blizzard’s playground, and how the game may help John not be a rubbish healer.

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Rifts Gets Six Day Open Beta From Feb 15th

By Jim Rossignol on February 7th, 2011.

You know what they say about men with big swords. Big scabbards.
That is the most short words we have ever had in the headline bar. Thanks, Rift! Also: yes, there’s a 6-day open beta, which you can secure a place for by signing up in advance at this internet web address link. Trion Worlds say of the event: “A tireless and unending horde, invaders from the planes continue their assault on Telara. The final (beta) battle is at hand and the fate of the planet depends on the courage and strength of Telara’s champions. Become one of the Ascended and fight for a world that’s on the brink of losing all hope.” There are also NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 video cards to be won by defeating dungeon bosses. Details here.

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Pre-order Rift, Get… TF2 Weapons?

By Jim Rossignol on February 3rd, 2011.


Unlikely commercial crossover of the month goes to Valve and Trion Worlds, who have set up a deal whereby people who pre-order the forthcoming fantasy MMO Rift will get exclusive melee weapons in Team Fortress 2: a “Sharpened Volcano Fragment” for the pyro and the “Sun-on-a-stick” for the Scout. There’s also a new TF2 achievement being added to the game, called “Riftwalker”, which you can earn to unlock a hat based on a frightening looking head-garment (pictured) that appears in Rift.

Presumably this won’t be the last time we will see creepy hats appear as consumer-incentives in TF2.

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Rift Is Looking Pretty Classy

By Quintin Smith on January 17th, 2011.

Lightning is the best of all lights, and second best of all nings.

How classy? Well, each of the upcoming MMORPG’s four classes, Warrior, Rogue, Cleric and Mage, has eight sub-classes called “Souls”, from which you pick three. So you won’t just be a Warrior, but a Reaver-Beastmaster-Warlord, capable of switching your powers out for that of a Riftblade-Void Knight-Beastmaster (or anything else) at the touch of a button. With hundreds and hundreds of different class combinations, Rift is most definitely a classy creation. Look, there’s a new video proving as much after the jump.
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