Trion Worlds' subscription MMO Rift has finally capitulated and will become free-to-play from 12th June.
5th September 2012
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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.
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.