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Rift

7 years ago

PvPvP: Rift Adding Three-Faction Open World Battles

Goodness. Rift's PvP may not have managed to set the world on fire straight out of the box, but now it seems to be upgrading from a wet match to a full-sized flamethrower. In short, Conquest pits three new cross-dimensional factions against each other in open world battles where "everyone can contribute." Even crafters "play a vital role," apparently. So basically, pick a side, venture…

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Streamy: Rift Introduces Fancy Patch-o-Matic Client

Trion have introduced a taste of a future to their Rift client (at least if you are on a 5mbps+ connection) which streams the client as you play. You can still download patches and apply as normal, but if your connection is fast enough and you don't want to have to wait, the option is now there. They explain: "Streaming Client allows you the option…

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Hacked, Survived: Rift

Here's a 2011 trend I'd hoped had wound down by now: the hacking of games, game services and game websites. Seems Trion Worlds, makers of Rift, suffered an incursion lately, with hackers finding their way into a database containing "user names, encrypted passwords, dates of birth, email addresses, billing addresses, and the first and last four digits and expiration dates of customer credit cards." Aieee!…

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So Fresh: Rift Promises “Instant” Adventure!

"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…

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Feature: Gaze into the Rift, and it gazes back into you

The MMOnitor: Rift

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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8 years ago

Rift: What A Difference 229 Days Make

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…

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Nightlife: Rift Rogue Class Trailer

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.…

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Life Of The Party: Rift’s River of Souls

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.…

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Interview: Will Cook On Rift’s Launch

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

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…

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Pre-order Rift, Get… TF2 Weapons?

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…

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Rift Is Looking Pretty Classy

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…

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Plane Sailing: A Closer Look At Rift

Last Friday, on the way to break in my new copy of Cosmic Encounter, I was able to rendezvous with Trion Worlds to have a quick look at their upcoming massively multiplayer game, Rift, previously Rift: Planes of Telara. No inventive payment plans or mould-busting design to discuss here- RIFT is a straight-up MMORPG that was described to me as the "fully fledged MMO that…

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9 years ago

Rift: A Capital City, Beta Keys

A video introducing Sanctum, one of the capital cities in Rift, can be found below. It is, in case you were wondering, a fantasy MMO, and this is very definitely the seat of power for the good guys. This quick overview of Sanctum and its monumental architecture leaves little doubt about that. More usefully, Trion Worlds have also sent over some beta keys. As usual…

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Rift: Lost Subtitle, Closed Beta

I guess we start a new tag, then. Rift no longer has its generic fantasy subtitle, and has been pruned down to just the one word. Which is interesting, since I was poking fun at that last time we mentioned the game. What is perhaps a little more significant in the life of this dimension-shifting MMO is that the beta sign ups are now open,…

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