The best word to describe what was happening on the launch day of RIFT
Prime was “surreal.” It was absolutely surreal to see crowds of players running around in the low-level zones, and more than one person made the observation that it felt like the original launch day all over again.
I had to concur. With guilds forming left and right on the new progression server, players scrambling over each other to try to grab quest objectives, and fishing lines as far as the eye could see, it was a sight not seen in the beginning zones of RIFT since March 2011. And also as in 2011, everyone here on this progression server was paying a subscription to be a part of this new, tailored experience.
It’s a weird bird, too. RIFT Prime isn’t exactly vanilla, but it does offer a way to go back to the core game without some of the “fast lane” features (like instant adventures) to zip up through the levels. It strips all players of their extra starting bonuses, save for the special cash shop packs that kind of ruined this pristine level starting field.
It was a good, strong start, at least as far as my limited observations perceived, but what was playing RIFT Prime really like? After a couple of days on this new server ruleset, I have a few thoughts about both the good and bad of RIFT’s stab at a progression shard.
The day is finally here. RIFT
Prime, the new progression server that is bringing players back to the core game, has gone live following a period of downtime
and patching. Requiring a subscription to access, Prime has stripped out most of the cash shop and all of the newer areas to provide a more level starting ground for new and veteran players.
“This server returns us to the launch of RIFT, when the level cap was 50 and all of the great Dragons awaited,” Trion posted. “Over time, we will unlock new content and levels together! There are no boosts, no supply crates, no equipment, no bags on the RIFT Prime in-game store for credits; they will be offered for in-game currency. This is the world of RIFT before free-to-play, accessible to any and all who are Patrons! It’s going to be a CHALLENGE!”
Have questions about next month’s RIFT
Prime server? You and everyone else, buddy. With the rapid rollout of the progression server ruleset, Trion Worlds is scrambling to catch up in the information delivery department. The studio recently put out a more extensive Q&A video to supplement the skimpy announcement FAQ
that it released.
While the team doesn’t give a fixed schedule or end date for the server, it did reveal several important points. Players can roll up to two characters, will experience a different login calendar, and will have to scramble to grab names when the server launches. Trion said that there is no chance of this server continuing indefinitely.
If you’re looking for a boiled-down transcript, MMORPG has a good rundown of the salient details.
With the opening of RIFT Prime
on March 7th, players are showing an increased interest in this nearly seven-year-old MMO. One thing that everyone might not realize, especially if they are only now contemplating a return to the game, is that Trion has much more in the works than just the new server ruleset.
In fact, dataminers have pulled out a wealth of information for the upcoming Patch 4.4 from the public test server that gives us a much more fleshed-out idea of what’s coming.
Patch 4.4 contains the new Tenebrean Prison warfront for PvP players, two additional armor sets, a pair of instant adventures (one in Moonshade Highlands and one in Droughtlands), and some of the goodies for the seventh anniversary (ever wanted a little pet unicorn?). Blood storm dragon, desert snail, and balloon mounts also look to be in the works.
Can you believe RIFT’s been around for almost seven years? Neither can we. Trion is celebrating by releasing the long-awaited progression server, RIFT Prime, on March 7th. The server will be open to players who pay for RIFT’s otherwise optional subscription fee, though you can get a jump on paying with the $29.99 Primogenitor Pack, also announced and preorderable today.
“The Primogenitor Pack contains 30 days of Patron and two additional 15-day Patron vouchers that can be given to friends to prep them prior to the server going live or used on alts. The pack also has a Cloak of the Void, a ‘Primogenitor’ prefix title, an Armored White War Tiger mount, and a Rift Prime portrait frame; these four items are specific to the Prime-created character and can only be used in RIFT Prime!”
While there isn’t a posted schedule of how the server’s content unlocks, Trion did say that it will last for about a year. The good news is that Prime characters will be transferred over to normal servers when the shard comes to an end, which is a change from the studio’s original stance of ending those characters at the conclusion.
Following the initial announcement
of RIFT Prime
and the ensuing details
that started to come out of Trion Worlds on the progression server, we had many of the same questions, confusion, and concerns that some of you have expressed. So we reached out to Trion Worlds for further clarification on the concept and progress of the Prime server ruleset, and Producer Amanda Fry came back at us with responses to explain just what’s going on behind the scenes.
Trion Worlds’ announcement of a RIFT Prime server
for this spring may have raised more questions than it answered. While the studio is starting to dole out more specifics, it’s not doing so on its main site. You know what that means: World wide web scavenger hunt
for pertinent information!
Probably the most important piece of revealed info is that nothing will carry over from the Prime server to the rest of the game when Prime ends its run. Players will begin at level one and progress through content that will be released piecemeal over the course of nine to 12 months. It also sounds like the classes and content will be the most up-to-date versions, so don’t get your hopes up to see vanilla builds emerge once again. And if you already have a subscription, then don’t worry: It’ll cover Prime as well.
“Prime progression will not carry over to live servers,” said Producer Chris Junior. “What we’re discussing for Prime players who also play on live is to provide a cosmetic trophy/participation reward for their accomplishments on Prime — such as a title, a cape, something like that.”