RIFT is Going Free to Play

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Trion Worlds has announced that next month, RIFT will be adding a free to play option that will let players experience the entire world of RIFT, all levels, all content and everything that the subscribers have until this date - though those that continue to subscribe will get some benefits.

“We have been listening to feedback from our players and watching the continuously developing MMO community, and are now ready to launch RIFT as a premium free-to-play experience,” said Bill Fisher, creative director at Trion. (via VG247) “After taking our time and planning a careful transition; we are very excited to bring an enhanced game experience to everyone, without barriers.”

Essentially, while Trion are wording this as adding an alternate way to play the game, RIFT is going free to play. Unless the rewards for subscribers are quite impressive (and since everyone can access every level and every party of the game for free, how good could they be?) then most people will move over to free to play.

RIFT F2P will begin when the next content update, 2.3 is debuted. Named Empyreal Assault, a new zone, world event and chronicle will be introduced. This next content update is expected to go live on June 12th.

Trion have previously offered free to play gameplay in RIFT up until level 20, but this new update will open the free to play up to a much bigger audience.

Any RIFT players out there? What do you think of it essentially going free to play?

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I was a beta tester for this

I was a beta tester for this game, it's basically a wow clone with capturable outposts and invasions by a third, AI faction. I never considered subscribing because all in all its just more of the same old grinding shit. The MMO genre really needs a breath of fresh air and this game isn't it...

I previously had a paid

I previously had a paid account for over a year, but have taken time off from the game due to my financial situation. I wonder if my existing, dormant account will be able to be reactivated upon F2P going live without losing anything stored on my account. Or is F2P going to only be for new accounts only, and existing accounts will be required to continue on only if paying the premium. I'm sure existing accounts will not be required to be paid accounts to keep all that they've acquired...but who knows with game companies these days.

Update

Well, I did some searching and all they say so far about players with existing accounts who actually purchased the game is: "On June 12, new players will start with 2 character slots and 3 bag slots, while veteran players – anyone who has purchased RIFT or Storm Legion – will keep everything they've earned to date!"

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