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The Daily Grind: What was the most disappointing MMO expansion of all time?

Best and worst, top and bottom: It’s fun to discuss video game in absolute extremes (at times). And I’ll bet that a lot of us only really remember the most excellent MMORPG expansions and the most disappointing ones.

So let’s grouse today and dredge up past heartaches. What was, to you, the most disappointing MMO expansion of all time? A few come to mind for me. Star Trek Online: Delta Rising was a narrative and structural mess that bogged down and made me desert it. I know that I was really let down with how RIFT: Storm Legion developed, faltering hard after a strong start. But probably for me, Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor took the cake. The publicity for it was atrocious, the actual expansion about as far from “fun” as I’ve ever experienced in an MMO, and the difficulty of moving and progressing was aggravating.

But that’s me. How about you? Which MMO expansion do you want to rag on today?

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Interview: Trion Worlds goes in depth on RIFT Prime

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.

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Forsaken World’s Awakening expansion launches next week

PWE’s Forsaken World is due for another big update this month. Awakening, dubbed the game’s 16th expansion by PWE, launches on January 20th and carries on the story of the war against Storm Legion. It includes a level bump to 100, a new “elemental relics” system, and a new map called the Ever Abyss.

Lore? It’s got that too.

After launching a successful counterattack against the Storm Legion during Vengeance, Eyrda’s military forces push their way up the River Styx and encounter a magic seal that blocks their path. In order to continue their journey, they must help Ayrshi, the Rose Princess, who will grant them special light or dark awakening powers to break the seal. Adventurers must begin their quest at the source of the River Styx – the Ever Abyss.

Forsaken World’s new map, the Ever Abyss, allows players to explore the depths of the underworld, while battling fierce creatures and participating in exciting new quests. Completing these challenges may earn them an Elemental Relic, a shard of ancient light that once contained great power. These relics can be upgraded in a new gear slot to increase character attributes. When infused with a Relic Spirit, the evolved relic will make characters even more powerful. While traversing the darkness of the Ever Abyss, players can also earn rewards by teaming up with others to defeat three new bosses and participate in new gear instances.

We’ve included the new screenies below.

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Exploring RIFT 3.4: Into the Wilds with Trion Worlds

Coming “really, really soon” to RIFT is the MMO’s fourth major update of the year, Into the Wilds. Patch 3.4 is so big, in fact, that Trion Worlds considers it an expansion-worthy update in all but name and for the fact that it won’t be raising the cap past level 65.

RIFT Senior Development Director for Design Simon Ffinch jumped into the test server build for 3.4 with me, fielding all sorts of questions about Into the Wild’s new zone and class while bubbling over with enthusiasm for the massive project that is about to cross the finish line. How will this update change the face of the game while providing an entirely new leveling experience for players? Ffinch had answers and then some (seriously, the guy really likes to talk about his game!).

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An exclusive talk with RIFT’s Chris Junior on the Nightmare Saga and more

RIFT is starting to make more noise as 2015 marches on, particularly with its recent Patch 3.3. This newest update added a major saga to the game and other neat features, and so to catch up on all of these changes, Massively OP sat down with Trion Worlds Game Director Chris Junior to get the full scoop.

Join us as we talk about the Nightmare Saga, instant adventures, a new approach to raiding, and planar crafting!

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RIFT’s 20-person Tyrant’s Forge raid opens

Who’s ready for some good ol’ fashioned raiding in RIFT?

The team announced last week that it has opened the new Tyrant’s Forge raid for business. Players can dive into this 20-person instance to tackle massive bosses and test their endgame mettle against new tactics. The rewards for doing so are tempting: Trion has promised “best in slot” gear for the victors.

Tyrant’s Forge is the locale of a showdown with Storm Legion’s Crucia, who is still up to no good and doesn’t know well enough to stay in her own expansion. Players will fight bosses like a giant shark-construct hybrid and a deep-sea mech named (we kid you not) PUMPKIN.

[Source: Official Site]