RIFT’s newest raid will sport an ‘introduction’ mode

    
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Making the transition into the raiding scene in an MMO can be an incredibly daunting experience, especially if it’s your first time doing so in the game. Concern about gear quality, causing a wipe, and not knowing all of the ins and outs of complex fights may stop otherwise willing players from wading into the deep end of the grouping experience.

RIFT is hoping to cut through those intimidating obstacles by adding an introduction mode to its newest raid. Comet of Ahnket, a tier 3 raid, is currently being tested for release later this spring. New players can explore the raid with character buffs and mob debuffs easing the way for the first run or two.

Comet of Ahnket features four bosses and two mini-bosses. It remains to be seen if the introduction mode will offer much — if any — loot or raid marks considering its reduced difficulty level.

Source: Rift Scene, RIFT. Thanks to Chris for the tip!
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ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

Dreema “You’re not in Azeroth anymore.. until you get past the login screen, then it’s pretty much the same game.”

hardy83
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hardy83

Rehk I get what your saying in regards to games where endgame is raiding, have the leveling content teach and train players to be ready for raids, but I honestly can’t think of any game that has done that, or well at least, not even old games and it DEFINITELY isn’t going to happen now given the almost full casual mode leveling has become in the industry.

It would definitely be interesting if a game maker did this while still including tools to get into raids easily (LFR, quick access to the entrances etc NOT a difficulty change), but I don’t see that happening.

In the industry we are in now, having modes like this is simply the best option. If the leveling won’t trains players to do raids, then these “easier modes” will. People doing this may be compelled to do the regular or harder difficulties, which is better than them never trying at all because of the gear/grind/difficulty barriers.

hardy83
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DugFromTheEarth Probably nothing, but you can probably think of the tertiary effects that may compel people to spend money, such as stat/xp boosters, possibly shop gear, rep token.

Also if this is successful and gets more people raiding, that means more people will be on, and more people means a higher chance at money being spent.

hardy83
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Sorenthaz Minus the easy of use with a LFR tool, though hopefully, it’s only a matter of time.

Which I hope happens. This buff plus a LFR tool and I’d probably try raiding again. The raids don’t even have to drop loot, maybe a reduced amount of tokens, but ANY way to get the whole population to see raids is a good thing.

Though honestly, I thikn FFXIV system is best, where the main raids are fairly easy you can LFG for, and then have “hard” modes that are strictly for more serious raiders.

KaiserPhoenix
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DugFromTheEarth And I think: How much is this gonna cost them? (in terms of lost player revenue to people being fed up and quitting)

Dreema
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Dreema

Well, they pinched most of their ideas from WoW so it was only a matter of time until Looking for Raid showed up.

Coldrun_MN
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Coldrun_MN

Qarran Rehk tobascodagama Definitely!  Well said, Qarran.

DaemonHardrod
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DaemonHardrod

I don’t know how this will work out in practice, but it’s a good idea. Basically, people are expected to watch a video and “study” the fights before they go in for the first time. That’s not really fun for a lot of people, but seems to be necessary. 

I understand why you need to be prepared if you want to raid. It’s also why I don’t raid. I just want to have fun and don’t want to study during my play time. Maybe Trion’s approach will make raiding fun for more people. That’s a good thing if it happens.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

I know its not entirely accurate, but any time i see anything new announced for Rift, I always immediately think “how much is this gonna cost me?”

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

I both like the idea and am impressed that they’re doing another Tier 3 raid (though with ‘Tier 2’ being basically ‘Hammerknell Again’, I kinda consider this tier the real Tier 2).

Too bad that the game is getting increasingly weighted towards Patrons, or else I might have decided to return.