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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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What is the best MMORPG on PC?

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What is the best MMORPG on PC?

Ever since I was a tiny child, I've had a love affair with an MMORPG. From Runescape, through to World of Warcraft, to more complicated fare like Eve Online - MMO RPG games remain my preferred way to play. 

And I think that if you choose the right game, they could be yours, too. Here’s my list of the 10 best PC MMO games on the PC. They’re in no particular order, but whichever place you choose to explore, will be stay with you. Here’s to growing old in strange new worlds.

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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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Trion's senior vice president of marketing talks RIFT, Defiance, and business

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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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Source: Massively

Defiance bugs invade RIFT

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Source: Massively

RIFT celebrates the arrival of Moonshade dimensions

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Trion shutting down RIFT in Korea

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RIFT celebrates its second anniversary with a freebie weekend and sale

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Source: Massively

RIFT guild creates Star Wars tableau

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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 to go free-to-play from June 12th thumbmail

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Rift to go free-to-play from June 12th

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

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

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

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

Trion Worlds to publish Korean MMO ArcheAge in the West thumbmail

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Trion Worlds to publish Korean MMO ArcheAge in the West