Trion Worlds' subscription MMO Rift has finally capitulated and will become free-to-play from 12th June.
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Around 40 people - a third - of the Rift development team have reportedly been let go by Trion.
Since Rift launched and we all clapped appreciatively, a little surprised at how accomplished this MMO out of nowhere was, giants like Star Wars: The Old Republic and now Guild Wars 2 have come along.
Rift isn't standing in the limelight any more, but Trion's trying bloody hard to get back in it.
That "bloody hard" equates to Storm Legion, the game's first expansion, which will be released 13th November, Trion today announced.
Rift's first paid expansion Storm Legion includes the entire Rift game, Trion told Eurogamer at E3.
And those of you who already own Rift will be able to buy the expansion at a discounted price.
World of Warcraft - the MMO yardstick - required you buy and own the main game before being able to play its first expansion, The Burning Crusade. There were bundle offers to make this more affordable, but the point is that it's an aggressive and impressive step by Trion.
A gigantic encounter in the game's first expansion.
Plump as a pudding Rift update Conquest arrives next week, Trion's announced.
The glitziest bit of it is Conquest, a three-faction, cross-realm player-versus-player war mode. You'll need to control resources and build war machines to turn the tide of battle. That means, uh oh, working as a team.
There's a kindly Mentoring feature arriving with Conquest as well. This means high-level Rift veterans can better help friends who've just started playing.
The massive first expansion.
The very first expansion for respected and successful MMO Rift will be Storm Legion, Trion has announced.
It's release is pencilled for Q4 2012, but expect to hear more at E3, Eurogamer was told this afternoon.
Storm Legion's based around some batty old woman, dragon lord, whatever, called Crucia. She thinks she's going to invade Telara by using some Infinity Gate. And if she does - well, let's just say she's not nanny material.
It's taken MMO Rift 11 months to introduce an effectively endless free trial.
Rift Lite arrives today with game patch 1.7 and offers anyone with a Trion account 20 levels of free play. And there's no time limit, so you can take as long as you like reaching that level cap.
But World of Warcraft held out for more than six years before introducing an almost identical 20-level free trial - is this an admission that Rift activity is dropping off?
EA has snagged yet more third party support for its Origin digital PC store, the publisher announced today.
Trion Worlds has cut subscription prices on its MMO Rift for a limited time.
A free beta version of a Rift iOS app has just gone on the App Store, developer Trion Worlds has announced.
This week, adept MMO Rift welcomed patch 1.6, the biggest content update so far. But plans for the MMO, now eight months old, stretch beyond that.
To an expansion, Eurogamer asked executive producer Scott Hartsman?
"We do have longer-term - we have a couple of different Tracs [a tracking system for software development projects] of development going on. There's actually seven of them," Hartsman revealed.
Huge Rift patch 1.6, From the Embers, has been released.
This adds an entire new continent called Ember Isle, which offers the largest dungeon in the game, a new 10-player raid, new Warfront mode and opens the 2nd tier of Planar Attunement.
Full patch notes are below.
Trion MMO Rift reviewed well and launched smoothly earlier this year. It was a success. But how much of a success?
Behind the scenes of the new Ember Isle update.
Rift developer Trion Worlds has announced plans to let other companies use its tech to make and publish games through a platform codenamed Red Door.
A beefy update for Trion Worlds' fantasy MMO Rift is on its way, bringing with it a host of new features, quests and upgrades.
As detailed on the game's official site, the Ashes of History 1.5 patch makes a few big changes, chief among them the addition of new solo and duo quests called Chronicles, which let players take on new versions of the Hammerknell and Greenscale's Blight raid dungeons.
There's also a new PvP Warfront set in Hammerknell's Library of the Runemasters, a new Planar Attunement feature that lets players advance beyond lv. 50 and an elite Master Dungeon mode for Darkening Deeps.
Money made by subscriptions to European and American MMOs has, for the very first time, fallen.
In-game and in real life.
Trion has cheekily claimed to "know very well" where World of Warcraft lost 600,000 subscribers to.
Spells! Undead! Rabbit killing!
As of today, anybody can try Eurogamer-recommended MMO Rift for one week without paying a penny.
Developer Trion has announced the full patch notes for Rift update 1.2, which arrives this Tuesday, 10th May.
Most of the content we've heard about, but not Facebook integration. With this you can share screenshots, YouTube video links and Achievements on your Facebook profile directly from the Rift game.
Trion will build up to 1.2's arrival from today with a Spoils of War prelude. Earth and Fire rifts are opening and spewing dragon eggs and monsters into the world. There will be daily quests in Meridian and Sanctum for those who want them.
The upcoming 1.2 patch for MMO Rift has been pushed back from 4th May to 10th May, developer Trion Worlds has revealed.
"While functional and incredibly awesome, the new features in patch 1.2 are still being polished by the crack Rift development team," commented Trion.
"Because Trion is committed to bringing Rift players the best possible game experience, we're rescheduling the patch for a live date of May 10th in order to spend more time tweaking and perfecting."
End of Nations and Syfy - the two other MMOs being made by Trion Worlds - will launch "when they're done". Trion has learnt from Rift that good things come to those who wait.
Rift has put Trion Worlds on the map. Words such as "feature-complete" and "polished" were bandied round when the game launched in early March, with Eurogamer awarding the game 8/10. Better still, Rift sets a tantalising precedent for the two other MMOs Trion Worlds has in development (with all three, plus the studio's tech department, sharing an investment pot of $100 million).
After an authentication security-hole scare, Trion Worlds now considers MMO Rift to be "a water-tight ship".
Wearing a lovely red dress.
Trion Worlds' Rift MMO is getting a substantial chunk of new content next week, less than a month after it first launched.
The patch, which goes live on 30th March, adds a new invasion that sees a lass called Alsbeth the Discordant lead her armies across Telara. With a name like that, it's safe to assume she's not delivering cupcakes.
Over the course of a week, all participating players regardless of what level they're at will get access to "hundreds" of new items while turning back the offensive. Exclusive rewards include a Spectral Horse and a "transmogrifying" disguise that turns Ascended into zombies.
Trion Worlds had to be tipped off by a hacker about a serious security hole that allowed gamers' Rift accounts to be compromised.
Ah, disappointment, shall I count the ways I've known thee?
Warhammer Online, with your action-packed zones that came to feel as claustrophobic as an ill-fitted, testicle-crushing pair of trousers. Age of Conan, how you delighted and enthralled us with your storyline – for the first 20 levels. And how could we forget Aion's psychedelic rush of saccharine colour which descended all too quickly into a bad trip of soul-withering grind?
In many ways, we massively multiplayers are our own worst enemy. We demand that MMO games launch with a level of polish and content that could only ever come from long-term refinement and evolution. Include cherished features from another title and you're building a clone, deliver a revolutionary concept without adhering to expectations and you've dropped the ball.
Firstly, apologies for failing to pick a Game of the Week last week. A dangerous cocktail of jetlag and trade show comedown after last week's Game Developers Conference put paid to it. Fortunately we rewarded two games in one week last month, so if I pick one game from the last two weeks, balance will be restored to the universe (my spreadsheet).
The fiendishly compelling Pokemon series romps back to life this week as Pokemon White and Black finish first and second in the UK all-formats top 40.
More than one million people have made an account to play Rift, the promising new MMO kid on the block.
Forthcoming MMO Rift: Planes of Telara gets an open beta test later this month, developer Trion has announced.
It will run from 6.00pm UK time on 15th February until 6.00pm on 21st February, offering access to two playable factions, the first 42 levels of play, three PvP warfronts, and several zones and dungeons.
Sign-up is open now on the game's official site.
MMO grinding for 4th March launch.
"We're not in Azeroth anymore."
After various bouts of testing, solid and promising MMO Rift has a release date: 4th March 2011 (or 1st March if you're American).
That announcement coincides with start of the pre-order incentives, available both online and off.
Put your money on Rift today and you'll be rewarded with one of three in-game pets as well as early access to the game's servers from 24th February. What's more, you'll automatically be included in all upcoming beta events between now and launch. The next phase of testing begins this Friday, 7th January and ends Monday, 10th January. Character levels one to 27 are accessible, according to the official site.
The second bout of beta testing for MMO RIFT will begin on Friday, 17th December and end on Monday, 20th December.
Testing both starts and ends at 6pm UK time.
As with the first closed beta - completed yesterday - anyone wishing to take part needs to sign up on the RIFT website and await invitation to the testing.
Rift: Planes of Telara, an MMO we called "worthy of attention" recently, is soon to enter closed beta. And you can take part.
Between 3rd and 6th December, gamers who have signed up for the beta will be drafted in.
You'll be able play the first 20 levels of Rift and swan around the starting zones of the Defiant faction. You can also peruse the Plane of Death-invaded land of Freemarch, where you may wallow in the fortress city of Meridian and frolic in the Iron Tomb dungeon.
(Trion Worlds is currently taking applications for the upcoming Rift: Planes of Telara beta. Sign up on the official website.)
Trion Worlds is currently taking applications for the upcoming Rift: Planes of Telara beta. Sign up on the official website.
Scarlet Gorge trailer.
Scarlet Gorge screens.
Latest footage of the MMO.
Trion's fantasy MMO Heroes of Telara has changed name. From here on the game will be known as Rift: Planes of Telara. It's due on PC next year.
The MMO market is a tough one to crack. When Eurogamer launched its MMO channel early last year, it was in a mood of anticipation of a market that was about to be blown wide open, of what looked like a year's worth of stellar big-budget launches that would stampede through the breach made by World of Warcraft, and seize the mainstream.
Trion's pretty MMO.
Trion plans to unveil a brand new MMO called Heroes of Telara at E3 next month.