RIFT delays release of Mystic Archer soul

    
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Bad news, RIFT players: If you were eagerly waiting to play the new Mystic Archer class, you’re going to have to hold on a little bit longer. Trion Worlds announced that it was delaying the rollout of this Mage soul even as Patch 4.3 arrived on the servers.

“Greetings, Ascended,” the studio tweeted yesterday. “The Mystic Archer is still tightening the magical string of its mystical bow, but it will in the store soon!”

The class is an a la carte purchase for 900 gems, but it sounds like it might be worth it: “The Mystic Archer is a new kind of play experience within RIFT. Unlike any other Mage, it uses a mystical bow and shoots magical bolts. Mystic Archers utilizes situational awareness to attack with raw, unrelenting force against their enemies. Their offensive spells must be aimed, either by character movement or placing ground-targeted AoEs strategically for maximum devastation. It’s fast paced, highly survivable, and powerful.”

Fortunately, with the rest of the Crucia’s Claw update and the return of the Autumn Harvest today, there are plenty of alternative activities to keep players busy as they continue the vigil for this magical archer.

Source: Twitter. Thanks, Jake!
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lokoma

lol

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Greaterdivinity

I’m sure the playerbase that’s already pretty salty is thrilled to have yet another piece of content delayed in this expansion.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Well at least they got a Tier 2 raid out. At least a few months after they every should have (Fall instead of Spring/Summer), but hey they’re not SWTOR! And Crucia!! (…)

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Mark Mealman

Looking like 900 credits is less than $6. That actually seems pretty reasonable.

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Reht

Yeah, it’s actually cheaper than the last soul pack – Ascended Souls – on a per soul basis, they were ~$7 a piece (of course you had to buy the whole pack at $35).

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Crowe

For the first sentence, I think you meant “soul” as there is a huge difference in Rift between classes (which are technically “callings” in the game) and souls. MO seems to report on this and almost always makes the same mistake.

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Reht

Very much so!

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Apollymi

They were souls when the game came out. No biggie.

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Reht

Mystic Archer is not a class in and of itself or by itself, it’s a soul within the Mage Class. It’s not a fine distinction, but it is a distinction none the less.

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Ironweakness

I don’t think it’s a mistake, I think it’s an intentional choice, especially since Justin plays Rift. MOP has a diverse readership, only a portion of whom are current or former Rift players familiar with how character customization works. Souls are unique to Rift, even veteran MMO players wouldn’t necessarily know what they were unless they had played the game. However since souls are functionally somewhere between a class and a specialization in other games (terms everyone is familiar with) it’s a way to communicate the general idea to an unfamiliar reader. You or I might disagree with the choice to refer to them as classes (I think they are more like a specialization than a class, though neither is a perfect comparison), but I think it’s fair to assume they use the term “class” on purpose.