RIFT surveys players on ‘challenge server’ idea, hosts artifact weekend

You might recall that back in March, the RIFT producer’s letter stated that the team was mulling over the idea of instituting limited-run “challenge servers” that would operate with crazy rules and offer players ways to earn unique rewards for their main characters.

Well, now the team is allegedly surveying players on what they think about these proposed servers. According to a survey email that was sent out to some players, the team said, “In a recent RIFT producer’s letter, we announced our intent to release challenge servers in the future for RIFT. These fresh-start servers would feature the first 50 levels of the classic RIFT game. As a former player, we would appreciate your feedback.”

In other RIFT news, the MMO is throwing a “Shiny Shenanigans Weekend” that will conclude on May 29th. There are new sets to be found, artifact piñatas in every zone, special new rewards, and even a specific that can piñata only be spawned by one of the devs.

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Crowe

Unless they are hiring in additional developers to handle this, I think it’s a horribly bad idea. Their current team is too thin to properly support the version of Rift right now — just take a look at how long it took them to produce raids for their new expansion.

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ceder

Just call the servers Lockbox Gamble, and Snake Oil, and call it a day.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I would try this if only because I nearly know Classic RIFT like the back of my hand (Storm Legion is more normal, Nightmare Tide I’m still pretty unfamilar, and just starting Prophecy of Ahnket).

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Greaterdivinity

So…do they actually mean chocolate Rift servers? Because their initial talks about them definitely did not sound like that.

Either way, please spend less time on this and more time actually making the live client of Rift good again.

Kinda bummed I didn’t get the survey, but I guess this is what I get for opting out of marketing emails. Oh well, I should probably carve out more time to play SFP over the weekend, but hot damn is the stat inflation right out of the gate and the first time you see level 66 mobs frustrating as hell. First zone is gorgeous and it’s got some laughs with NPC’s like “Sir Bearington”, but the design of the expansion so far is pretty awful IMO.

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Crowe

It said “first 50 levels” so that’s the original game not including Storm Legion.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I really like Allitu.

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balte04

Man I hope they actually go through with “Challenge servers”. That sounds amazing. Vanilla Rift is a great game and lots of people have nostalgia for it. It would be pretty well.

It would be even better if they used the vanilla client, or worse for some.

Yes I’m calling original rift “vanilla”. Fite me.

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Shiro Madoushi

I wonder what cash shop shenanigans Trion have up their sleeve to go along with this.

Last week in ArcheAge they had a “regrade” event where they doubled the chances for the lower “easy” grades. The higher grades (celestial plus) that actually mattered? You had to pay $10 per attempt to the cash shop to double those. That’s ten dollars to increase your chances from 5% to 10% and the other 90% is still game over your stuff blows up.

Anyone remember their “No Tricks No Traps” slogan? I had a friend quit rift recently when he realized that he was wasting his time putting effort into the game. Someone else just bought his equipment right out of the cash shop.

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whiskiz

I’m sorry but you’re friend is a noob. The whole buying gear from cash shop means absolutely nothing.

During Storm Legion i played Rift and it had 3 tiers of raids with T3 being the hardest and it’d take a long time to even get to T3 let alone get it done enough for gear. The best gear in the game.

I met a tank in just a normal end-game dungeon – so before even T1 raiding – who was kitted out in obviously bought T3 gear (hundreds of dollars of real money) and he couldn’t even keep aggro on bosses in said dungeon. T3 raid gear, couldn’t keep boss aggro in a normal dungeon. Was useless – gear meant nothing.

Those who took the many months and raid practice/experience to earn that gear – knew how to actually use it and were generally gods. ;)

Also since Rift went free to play – that guy was one of the main financers of the game, one of the people responsible for keeping the game going. So not only did he achieve nothing cutting corners and getting the good gear straight out, he was also financing the rest of the population to be able to play the game. Should be thanking him if anything.

Sounds like your friend was just bad and needed an excuse to rage quit.

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Iridescence

Yeah, I had fun in both Rift and Archeage at launch and recently gave both games a second try and somewhat enjoyed them but the amount of cash shop BS I hear about at the higher levels turns me off putting any significant time into either game or subbing. So sad to see good games ruined by bad monetization schemes.

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