How RIFT changed radically during its pre-launch development

    
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How RIFT changed radically during its pre-launch development

Fun fact: RIFT wasn’t always known as RIFT. Trion Worlds’ fantasy MMO went through many name permutations during its development, including titles such as Heroes of Trion and Heroes of Telara.

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.

Source: RiftGrate

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Ashleygr191
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Ashleygr191

Its not so much the look. You can get a really decent screenshot from the game. But max setting cant hide how dated the models look or the overuse of graphics to hide the animations. It just looks dated now. Great game though if more mmos could aspire to the sheer amoubt of quality content rift had we would have a better market.

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Bluetouchpaper

I log in and mostly play it for its pvp . Few matches each day and I do a few of the easier weeklies as well . Usually start on Wednesday and mostly done by Friday. Then I play something else for the rest of the week but I kind of like it like that . Am still waiting for another mmo to really catch my attention and move on . Unless Black Deserts the one it doesn’t look like there is much else on the horizon for quite a few years to come . 

Maybe EQNext or Star Citizen but it could be another 3-4 years before we see either of them .

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

Ashleygr191 Funny I think it looks pretty good compared to some of the newer mmos . I guess its just a matter of taste .

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Bluetouchpaper

Detton It would have been called a WoW clone at the time in a similar way many years ago all first person shooters were either Doom or Quake clones .

Its not a term you hear as much these days in forums I think partially because people point out how silly it is to describe it as such . 

Having said that I liked the similarities between Rift and WoW and given I have been playing Rift over 4 years now its now my longest time playing an mmo without a break .

Cindy_Adorkly
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Cindy_Adorkly

I remember when it was Heroes of Telara, it seemed super interesting at the time. The I don’t know what happened, but Rift came out and I was considerably underwhelmed. I tried to give it chances again and again. But it just doesn’t resonate with me, it’s clunky and doesn’t have much soul.

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Karl_Hungus Rift is one of those games that didn’t age well & games that came out a decade ago look better.

Bunkheaded
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Bunkheaded

Detton Because that was good marketing strategy. Almost every MMO can be considered a WoW clone (unless it launched before WoW), and it is smart to compare itself to the top dog. It is easy to sell to someone if you have a basis of understanding.

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paragonlostinspace

Darksynapse Do you have an AMD/ATI gpu or cpu? That might be the issue. I run at max settings on my system which actually did around about the price you listed and had double that fps wise in raids and cities. I don’t play the mmorpg for other reasons these days as I’ve listed in previous articles about Rift, but I never had any real issues with optimization and performance.

Detton
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Detton

I was hoping to find out what was going on in their heads when they marketed so aggressively against Blizzard and WoW when they launched; what they thought that would accomplish except to draw attention to how much of a clone it was.  

I like how it is now, even if I don’t play it except rarely.  (Too many games, too little time)

solipsis
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solipsis

Did Trion hire Kevin Van Ord to get back some credibility?