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Rift’s Nightmare Tide expansion open beta is being opened a little wider

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Rift’s Nightmare Tide expansion open beta is being opened a little wider

Nightmare Tide, the free upcoming expansion for Rift, was due to go live next week and unleash its underwater horrors on the unsuspecting heroes of Telara. For those who have trouble sleeping, events are underway that will hold off your nightmares for just a little longer. The Nightmare Tide open beta is being extended, meaning it won’t invade the main game for a few weeks yet. 

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Bathing suits might be required for Rift 3.0: Nightmare Tide

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Bathing suits might be required for Rift 3.0: Nightmare Tide

Rift is levelling up to 3.0, apparently. That’s with the upcoming major content update: Nightmare Tide. The update serves as an answer to the question of what’s on the other side of the rifts that plague the world? Nightmare Tide will send players into the Plane of Water.

Unfortunately, it’s not all splishing, splashing fun at the beach. It’s a “realm of nightmares, dreams, madness and danger where you’ll encounter new foes, new allies, and confront plots that threaten the entirety of existence," says producer Bill Fisher. 

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Rift is getting into the Halloween spirit

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Rift is getting into the Halloween spirit

The spookiest day of the year is fast approaching, when the dead will rise from their graves and consume vast quantities of sugary treats. Trion Worlds has been celebrating the best not-quite-a-holiday in Rift with the Autumn Harvest event. What's being harvested? Souls! Well, I don't know that for a fact, but it sounds appropriately Halloween-like.  

There are a slew of Halloween gifts, prizes and activities on offer until November 4th, so consider slapping a pumpkin on your noggin and taking a look. It's free-to-play these days, so what's the harm? 

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Rift player numbers "way up" after free-to-play switch; "All early signs are good"

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Rift player numbers "way up" after free-to-play switch; "All early signs are good"

Rift had its cataclysmic event in expansion Storm Legion, when planar gates were opened and Colossi descended on its servers. And then it had another six months later, when it joined the legions of older MMOs abandoning their increasingly dangerous subs-marine for the free-to-play lifeboat.

Turns out the new Rift (“No Trials. No Tricks. No Traps.") has done rather well for Trion Worlds since then.

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Rift designer on going to free to play: "our players aren't frickin' ATM machines"

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Rift designer on going to free to play: "our players aren't frickin' ATM machines"

The Rift that doesn’t have an Oculus attached to it recently went totally free to play, shooing its MMORPG subscription model out the door before activating its paid-for cosmetic items store, which allows players to stock up on bedazzling costumes and other wonderful trinkets. It’s a tumultuous and often confusing time in any growing MMOs young life, the transition into a free to play model, all of these exciting new feelings and impulses, players where there were no players before.

So how’s Rift handling it? Has it been a success? And how will the move affect further updates? How how how. I know all of the answers because I spoke to Simon Ffinch, with two effs, the senior design director on Rift at Trion, and he told me. He also revealed how he plays his own game in disguise in order to spy on players like a reverse Batman.

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Rift is now free-to-play. All content available to free players; cosmetic and convenience items available for purchase

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Rift is now free-to-play. All content available to free players; cosmetic and convenience items available for purchase

Trion have broken from the mould of other free-to-play MMOs by choosing to avoid paygates and pay-to-win items. Instead, all the content is available to free players, with only elements like extra character slots and cosmetic items coming with a price tag attached.

It’s a progressive approach, one outlined in a new free-to-play features trailer.

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Rift free-to-play vs everyone else’s free-to-play

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Rift free-to-play vs everyone else’s free-to-play

Trion today announced that their MMO Rift Online would be joining the great migration from subscription-based gaming to a free-to-play model, walking in the footsteps of Lord of the Rings: Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and DC Universe Online.

Though one key difference between Rift and all those other MMOs... we’ll let the list of restricted features speak for itself.

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Rift users played for 58% longer when bribed with promotional trinkets

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Rift users played for 58% longer when bribed with promotional trinkets

Rift has been the great (read: only) new subscription MMO success story of the decade, launching in 2011 to applause and a flood of direct debit details. But by mid-2012 subscriber numbers had begun to wane. In October Trion Worlds launched a new initiative with gaming social network Raptr to draw in fresh meat. In essence, the initiative saw players bribed with in-game items to keep playing. The result? The planes of Telara ran red with metaphorical new blood, and players began to play for longer too.

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Rift 2.2 patch released beginning the Carnival of the Ascended; full notes detail changes to each class

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Rift 2.2 patch released beginning the Carnival of the Ascended; full notes detail changes to each class

Starting on Thursday, Rift's land of Telara has been taken over by the Carnival of the Ascended, bringing with it pets for your pets, carnival games and class changes.

The full list of changes is copied in below but the biggest alterations which 2.2 brings is the new Planar Attunement Tier 3, Planar Attunement of War Tier 2, and the Planar Attunement level cap lift, increasing it to 1079.

Check out the rest of the changes below.

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Rift 2.2 update brings the Carnival of the Ascended to Tempest Bay

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Rift 2.2 update brings the Carnival of the Ascended to Tempest Bay Rift's Carnival of the Ascended won't just be hitting the Tempest Bay this year but will spread across all of Telara, bringing with it hats that can be worn at a jaunty angle and colourful mounts of all shapes and sizes (that's a lie, we don't know what shape or size they'll be, they could be exceedingly similar shapes and sizes).

There's also a somewhat threatening world event planned, called Steppes of Infinity zone. Ooh-er, more below.

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Rift: Storm Legion is out today, triples the world’s size

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Rift: Storm Legion is out today, triples the world’s size

If you’re a Rift fan, Storm Legion is the biggest of deals. Two ginormous new continents, an island stronghold city for both Guardians and Defiant, ten more levels and an expanded Ascended class system. All today.

And if you’re not a Rift fan? Golly, you ought to just come and see the size of some of these bastards.

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Rift: Storm Legion: Everything we know

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Rift: Storm Legion: Everything we know

Since launching last year, Trion Worlds have been regularly updating RIFT with content patches filled with dynamic changes every couple of months. Now RIFT's first proper expansion, Storm Legion, is ready. And it's huge. The latest update 1.11: Tempest Rising has already set the ball rolling in the lead up to Storm Legion's launch, unleashing a four-staged World Event and some pretty extreme class changes. But what's included in RIFT: Storm Legion? And why should you play it? Here's everything we know.

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Rift: Storm Legion allows players to build their own "piece of Telara" with its housing tools

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Rift: Storm Legion allows players to build their own "piece of Telara" with its housing toolsStorm Legion, Rift’s first expansion, is going to come with player housing. Only it’s not just player housing, but an entire sandbox of tools to build and create the perfect living space: something that’s entirely unique to you. Trion just couldn’t stand to do what everyone else was doing, so they decided to do one better.

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