RIFT News | PCGamesN

RIFT News | PCGamesN

Rift’s Storm at Sea 3.1 update washes up on shores soon

Comments 1
Rift’s Storm at Sea 3.1 update washes up on shores soon

Trion’s MMO Rift is preparing to send players off to the island of Tyrant’s Throne in its upcoming 3.1 update. Storm at Sea players will witness villain Crucia ready her armes for a new planar war.  

Coming with the update is a new 20-player raid, three new planar combinations, and a fresh collection of new items and minions to add to your inventory. 

Read and Comment

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

Comment
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. 

Read and Comment

Bathing suits might be required for Rift 3.0: Nightmare Tide

Comment
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. 

Read and Comment

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.

Rift is getting into the Halloween spirit

Comment
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? 

Read and Comment

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

Comment
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.

Read and Comment

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

Comment
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.

Read and Comment

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

Comments 1
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.

Read and Comment

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

Comment
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.

Read and Comment

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

Comment
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.

Read and Comment

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

Comment
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.

Read and Comment

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

Comment
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.

Read and Comment

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

Comment
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.

Read and Comment

Rift: Storm Legion: Everything we know

Comment
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.

Read and Comment

Pages

Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
Hands on with Blitzkrieg 3

Blitzkrieg 3

Hands on with Blitzkrieg 3

The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

World of Tanks

The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

H1Z1 Early Access Review

H1Z1

H1Z1 Early Access Review

Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

Alienware

Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge

S.K.I.L.L

Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge

The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

Minecraft

The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

Dying Light first impressions

Dying Light

Dying Light first impressions

Grey Goo PC review

Grey Goo

Grey Goo PC review

Topic of the Week: What do you look for in a remastered game?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What do you look for in a remastered game?

Grim Fandango Remastered PC review

Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango Remastered PC review

Making it in Unreal: flipping through the X-Files with extraterrestrial horror game The Hum

The Hum

Making it in Unreal: flipping through the X-Files with extraterrestrial horror game The Hum

We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Form an orderly queue

Heroes of the Storm

We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Form an orderly queue

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands on - playing 2015's most exciting RPG

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands on - playing 2015's most exciting RPG

In Dead Synchronicity, you mutilate a dead vicar. And then it gets even bleaker

Dead Synchronicity

In Dead Synchronicity, you mutilate a dead vicar. And then it gets even bleaker

Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

Homeworld Remastered

Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

Assassin's Creed Unity

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Guild Wars 2

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Underworld Ascendant

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Hatred

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

Far Cry® 2: Fortune's Edition

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Vampyr

The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Chaos Reborn

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

Windows 10

Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

Company of Heroes 2

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

Here are my impressions of Infinifactory, please trust them

Infinifactory

Here are my impressions of Infinifactory, please trust them

We’ve got 500 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to giveaway to EU players and PLEASE NO TRAMPLING

Heroes of the Storm

We’ve got 500 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to giveaway to EU players and PLEASE NO TRAMPLING

Accusations of StarCraft match-fixing against progamer San from betting site Pinnacle

Starcraft II

Accusations of StarCraft match-fixing against progamer San from betting site Pinnacle

Tomorrow, we start giving away hundreds of Heroes of the Storm beta keys

Heroes of the Storm

Tomorrow, we start giving away hundreds of Heroes of the Storm beta keys

Topic of the Week: What works and doesn't work in survival games?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What works and doesn't work in survival games?

Blackguards 2 review

Blackguards 2

Blackguards 2 review

The Big Interview: William Pugh closes the book on The Stanley Parable

The Stanley Parable

The Big Interview: William Pugh closes the book on The Stanley Parable

The best mods and apps for Elite: Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous

The best mods and apps for Elite: Dangerous

Making it in Unreal: can Elite dock with FTL for Kickstarted space sim Into the Stars?

Into the Stars

Making it in Unreal: can Elite dock with FTL for Kickstarted space sim Into the Stars?

Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

The Sims 4

Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

Weekend Deal Dump: These deals are criminal

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: These deals are criminal

Out There's Michael Peiffert on bringing the brilliant space roguelike to PC

Out There: Omega Edition

Out There's Michael Peiffert on bringing the brilliant space roguelike to PC

Rust Early Access review: one year on

Rust

Rust Early Access review: one year on