Leaderboard: Will you be playing RIFT’s new server?

Last week, Trion Worlds announced a bold move for its MMORPG RIFT: Debuting this spring will be a brand-new server for the game with a business model that differs from the base game’s. The so-called RIFT Prime server will be a fresh start progression server with a subscription model that doesn’t have lockboxes and has only a minimal cash shop “with more of the current store-based items obtained through gameplay (or removed entirely).” The server has a few other perks that borrow from other games with such servers, including scaling content/loot and participation rewards usable back on “home” servers.

Based on our comments from last week, quite a lot of people are intrigued by the game, having been turned off in the past because of its business model, so this is a good chance to put your sub money where your mouth is, so to speak. Other people are done with the game and nothing’s gonna bring them back.

Let’s poll it out: Will you be playing RIFT’s new server?

Will you be playing on the new RIFT Prime?

  • Yep. I play RIFT already, and I can't wait for this. Take my money. (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Yes! I used to play RIFT, but this server will bring me back. (20%, 98 Votes)
  • Yes! I've never played RIFT, but I'll give this server a try. (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Maybe. I want to see how it shakes out before deciding. (26%, 127 Votes)
  • No, I won't play RIFT Prime, but I will still play regular RIFT. (3%, 17 Votes)
  • No. I don't like this particular server ruleset, but I am open to other RIFT rulesets in the future. (3%, 14 Votes)
  • No. I don't like alternative servers in MMOs at all. (2%, 10 Votes)
  • No. There's nothing that would bring me back to RIFT. (28%, 136 Votes)
  • No. I've never played RIFT and won't play this either. (4%, 20 Votes)
  • Elf butts / no vote / just view responses. (9%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 481

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sundial_hakaari
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sundial_hakaari

Although Rift brings back some good good memories, every time I try to return I am reminded how much the game has not aged well… Also, ArcheAge. Twice. Nope.

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Tandor

No, there are doubtless ways I could be brought back to Rift but this isn’t one of them.

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John Mclain

All depends on how they do it. If they scrub the entire garbage cash shop and “ALL” the pay2win. Then yes I would at least give it a shot again. But I am “NOT” going to pay a sub fee on top of pay2win garbage.

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Veldan

I’d never go back to RIFT. It’s my most played game ever and one of my (past) favourites, but my time in it is over. I’ve disliked the direction they took the game since the end of the SL era, and nothing I’ve seen in the past few years has made me want to play it anymore. It is too far down the slippery slope in various ways. To me, RIFT is now history.

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Zen Dadaist

Need more information (EDIT: I see there is now more information in a link lower down). Not a fan of the huge rush of the “seasons” style of game when it comes to MMOs because I like to take my time. The rest of it sounds good, in theory.

Mind you Trion would have to really, truly and spectacularly deliver before I’d even consider putting another penny their way. They’ve screwed up, pissed on and generally burned down my once-immense goodwill and trust.

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Sorenthaz

At this point? No. Trion lost me years ago and this is really a “too little, too late” thing for me. FFXIV is my primary MMO with WoW, ESO, and SWL as my main fallback MMOs. I invested a lot into RIFT back in the day but it’s just not the type of thing I’d bother to go back to. Not when I’ve got friends and communities in other games.

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Celestia

Tell them to hold their breath and wait for me to subscribe.

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OverdriveActive

I’m disappointed there won’t be an EU server on the first go so I’ll have to play on NA with some lag. Thankfully they don’t restrict playing cross-region so hopefully I’ll be able to get in. I’m excited about this as event servers like this have the potential to create great little communities like Path of Exile’s leagues.

I love Rift and Trion’s trial and error with their business model hasn’t made me love it less. I can only imagine how hard it must be from a business perspective to even run an MMO these days. At least for me, this is a welcome event.

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Orenj

I chose the “no, but I’ll still play regular Rift” option, but that doesn’t really fully capture it as I haven’t actually logged in in months.

I applaud this move in general, but the fundamental reason I dropped my sub back in the chocolate Rift days in the first place–that the game places a large emphasis on types of play I have no interest in–has not changed, and certainly wouldn’t be changed starting from scratch. I suspect that doesn’t apply to most of the people who dropped the game back then, but those people did drop the game in the state they’re proposing to bring back–that precipitated the F2P conversion, not vice versa–so it’ll be interesting to see if this venture manages to be more than a niche thing.

I went back to Rift when they went F2P for the stuff I *do* like, and I actually spent some extra cash there over the years, so there was value to that, but the lootbox cowpies are out of control now, as is the Captured Intel grind. If I feel the need to grind, I’ve always got BDO where I have such an incredible *variety* of grinds to choose from (while also ignoring the core PvP gameplay).

(As an aside, I’ll be interested to hear if they’re reinstating two things I miss from the start, though: Fall damage, and pets not going passive automatically when you mount.)

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Cosmic Cleric

but the lootbox cowpies are out of control now

Nice description! +1

as is the Captured Intel grind

Don’t get this reference??

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I will sub just for warfronts if the gear system is there like it was at launch and PVE raid gear is not BiS.