To celebrate RIFT’s fifth anniversary this year, fan site RiftGrate has put together a retrospective to look at the strange and interesting development history of this title. One of RIFT’s first demonstrations of its dynamic event system came with a scenario called the Siege of Castle Bay. Castle Bay eventually became Port Scion, a city that was later cut from the game, only to be seen at a distance as a besieged town.
The article touches on the changes of the game’s primary focus (from heroes to rifts), the alterations of the world map, and even gives a glimpse of a different Defiant starting zone that happened to be on a moon orbiting Telara. It’s a fascinating read, especially if you weren’t paying attention to the title at the time.