RIFT announces ‘prime’ subscription-only server for spring 2018

Challenge servers are so last year. It’s 2018, and RIFT is changing course with its idea for a fresh start by creating a server for this spring called RIFT Prime.

In Trion Worlds’ state of the game post for the MMO, the studio said that discussion and feedback over the challenge server idea led to a slightly different tack, which is to make a fresh start server with a different business model (no lockboxes and a smaller store presence), accelerated progress, monthly milestones, special rewards that carry over to other servers, and an “end” to the server’s run at a designated date.

“We have the opportunity to experiment with this fresh RIFT server using an oft-requested subscription model and progressively unlocked content,” Trion said. “Our goal for RIFT Prime is to provide the experience that many of you have requested: no lockboxes, a significantly reduced store with more of the current store-based items obtained through gameplay (or removed entirely) — plus the excitement of sequential progression through RIFT’s content with monthly milestones and achievements.”

RIFT Prime isn’t the only idea that the devs are working on for this year. A new PvP warfront is in the works, a classic raid is being revamped, and instant adventures in Droughtlands and Moonshade Highlands are upcoming.

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Rottenrotny

By “Fresh” do they mean Vanilla Rift? If so I would be interested.

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Mush V. Peets

So, everyone asks for this to be done for ArcheAge… and then they do it for RIFT. Oh, and they put a defined end date on it. Genius!

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Malcolm Swoboda

The general concept is sound, but instead they’re making this a Prime Gamble. No significant raiding? No news of zones? PvP has something, in a mixed way. World content has something, in a mixed way. But this sure does, so far, look like a year where a lot of siphoned off to make RIFT Prime a thing.

If its a separate sub, it must be $5-10 or else useless. If its included in main sub, that’s intriguing at least.

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Solaris

I like the idea, except for the whole “end” to the server’s run at a designated date’ part. No thanks.

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socontrariwise

Yeah, they lost me there.

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Suikoden

I never spent significant time in RIFT, other than to try it. I did enjoy what I saw. This Subscription-Only Progression Server would have me very interested. I very well might give it a go.
There would be a few other MMORPGs I can think of that I would buy a subscription for if they did this same thing.

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Cosmic Cleric

… and an “end” to the server’s run at a designated date.

They had me until this. Nothing worse than effort wasted.

And moving me away from an environment I want (sub, no cash shop) to one that I don’t want doesn’t make me want to keep playing, hence, wasted time.

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Suikoden

Where did it say that? On the website? I didn’t see that in the MOP article. That would be the stupidest thing ever, yet such a Trion thing to do.

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Malcolm Swoboda

“will eventually come to an end in spectacular fashion” -Trion

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Cosmic Cleric

Where did it say that? On the website? I didn’t see that in the MOP article.

Its from this MOP article.

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April-Rain

I would probably go back for this and give it a go again

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Vorender

This is a move back in the right direction, Trion.

Long live the sub!

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squid

For me, there’s nothing about Rift that makes me want to replay it progression-style with fast leveling and the endgame-racing hardcore shitheads that progression servers attract.

If they did a fresh start, sub-based, non-cash shop server without all that other crap that wouldn’t shut down….I’d consider it.

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Archebius

I haven’t tried RIFT yet, but it’s always looked interesting. I might use this as a good way to give the game a shot.

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squid

I enjoyed it, at least until the Second Coming of the Hartsman.

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Cosmic Cleric

Definitely worth checking out.

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Chosenxeno .

For the longest time it was the only acceptable option to WoW. I used to laugh at the WoW kids begging for things that were found in Rift. They would also threaten to leave WoW for Rift too. It’s still one of the best Traditional MMORPGs in my opinion. Even with all the crap lol