RIFT Prime progression server launches March 7, with pack preorders available now

    
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Can you believe RIFT’s been around for almost seven years? Neither can we. Trion is celebrating by releasing the long-awaited progression server, RIFT Prime, on March 7th. The server will be open to players who pay for RIFT’s otherwise optional subscription fee, though you can get a jump on paying with the $29.99 Primogenitor Pack, also announced and preorderable today.

“The Primogenitor Pack contains 30 days of Patron and two additional 15-day Patron vouchers that can be given to friends to prep them prior to the server going live or used on alts. The pack also has a Cloak of the Void, a ‘Primogenitor’ prefix title, an Armored White War Tiger mount, and a Rift Prime portrait frame; these four items are specific to the Prime-created character and can only be used in RIFT Prime!”

While there isn’t a posted schedule of how the server’s content unlocks, Trion did say that it will last for about a year. The good news is that Prime characters will be transferred over to normal servers when the shard comes to an end, which is a change from the studio’s original stance of ending those characters at the conclusion.

RIFT Prime characters can transfer to RIFT live servers at the end of the Prime server’s content schedule,” Trion posted in its FAQ. “We intend this server to run for at least a year of progression, so there’s no rush. There will be absolutely no charge for this service.”

The studio is currently running a #NameRiftPrime contest, asking players to submit proposed names for the server. The winning server name will be announced March 2nd.

Source: Press release, official site. Cheers, Clowd.
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Denice J. Cook

Is there any easy way to see how many souls and expansions I have unlocked on my old account?

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Roger Melly

I thought this progression server was to be a separate subscription based server that would run indefinitely but upon reading the details more closely I see that they plan to close it down at some point and allow players to move characters to the main servers .

I really don’t see the point in that ,why pay a subscription for a few months to play over old content only to have to move your characters to what some people see as ” pay to win ” freemium servers ?

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Reht

Because you get to re-experience all the old content you are nostalgic for or never got to do in era is really the only reason, that and boredom. Also, it’s more than a few months, it’s a year and that’s enough for me. I have suffered through Starfall Prophecy (Prophecy of Anhket ) for well over a year now and have no plans playing past that point like most of my friends. We will play through Storm Legion and maybe even Nightmare Tide.

It will probably end up like EQ1’s progression server, old timers will come back to check it out and they will stop playing when the game hits the expansion they didn’t like when they first quit while Trion enjoys the extra revenue waiting to open the next one. IF we are really lucky, some of that money will funnel back into Rift game development.

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Roger Melly

I understand the desire to go back over old content but I think you totally missed my point that this server is only accessed by having a subscription and if it maintained that status as a permanent server it might entice people back .

If you are a new player why would you want to play on such a server when the you can try the others for free and go through all the content there is in the progression server .

Correct me if I am wrong but the Everquest progression servers are not deleted after a certain time period and are not subscription based ?

With this you have to pay to access it and then at the end 9 months ( I think ) are forced back onto a free to play server . It’s is a completely different thing .

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Linda Carlson

We have a thread going on the RIFT forums for anyone who has questions not answered in the current FAQ (I will update it after Friday’s livestream: 11:30 Pacific, twitch.tv/trionworlds).
http://forums.riftgame.com/general-discussions/news-announcements/501852-official-discussion-thread-rift-prime-coming-march-7th.html

As i don’t get out much (read: folks keep me plenty busy on our official forums and socials), please post any specific questions you have for us there and I will make SURE you get answers… and DO come to the livestream if you can!

Couple of quick notes:
– the presale package is sold at JUST the cost of the Patron time included, so it really just gives folks a free tiger mount, title, cloak and portrait frame. Just a thank you to our players.
– the souls available at launch will actually be quite limited! The souls that were released with Storm Legion and Nightmare Tide will be earned by players through gameplay when that content is unlocked.
– the *current* plan is for the Prime server to run a limited time (currently estimated at over a year), as a progression server, but hey, the Dev team is open to options if it is full of a sustainable population of players who have other ideas!

We’re really looking forward to this. Internal gameplay sessions have been really fun!
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Brasse

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Justin Olivetti

We updated the post with all of the FAQ info with clarification on the character transfer.

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lokoma

sorry i prefer fun games with good communities

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Coolit

This could have been great if it was a proper relaunch based on Chocolate Rift using the original soul trees, unfortunately Trion have taken the easy route and are using the current live game including its souls.

It’s also not appealing to transfer onto the P2W live server after prime concludes as the obnoxious cash shop was the main reason I stopped playing in the first place.

As someone who was originally excited by Prime its direction has turned out to be disappointing, thanks but no thanks.

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Matt Redding

I hate myself for asking but what did they do to the soul trees post Stormblood?

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Reht

They have changed a lot of souls over the last year or so alone, trying to make them more viable, etc. while eliminating a lot of the 1 button macro builds.

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Reht

This could have been great if it was a proper relaunch based on Chocolate Rift using the original soul trees, unfortunately Trion have taken the easy route and are using the current live game including its souls.

You’re assuming that they actually can and decided not to. It may not be that quite that simple. EQ1 progression servers have all sorts of issues because they use the same databases as live and changes to one can have drastic changes to the other – sweeping changes to live over the years (attack tables, pet changes, etc) have had a huge impact on the progression servers because certain classes become super OP compared to in era.

It’s also not appealing to transfer onto the P2W live server after prime concludes as the obnoxious cash shop was the main reason I stopped playing in the first place.

Really don’t understand this. Why does having your character transfer to live server rather than be deleted when the server ends matter if you aren’t planning on playing on the Live servers afterward anyway? Not trying to attack you, just trying to understand this logic.

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clowd

I would like to point out that the announcement does state that your Rift Prime character can be transferred to Live after the Prime server ends.

At the end of the Prime server’s cycle (not yet determined), you will be able to transfer your Prime character to a Live server.

A few notes:
– Prime is the LIVE GAME but progression locked to certain eras that unlock over time
– Prime will start with level 50 and Tier 1 raids unlocked
– If your account has Patron status (no matter the source), you can access Prime
– Prime will attempt to balance enemies and bosses to current level 50 power levels
– Main feature is auto-level adjustments (auto mentoring) for overworld zones and dungeons
– No lockboxes, gear, etc.
– At the end of the Prime server’s lifespan, you can transfer your character to Live

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Nathan Aldana

few details, also heres some chintzy shit you can feed us more money to own!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Few details, with less than a month left? No buy.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I bought.

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Cosmic Cleric

Trion has not offered any additional clarification on the rules of this particular progression server that were still hazy.

They are actually selling a product now, how can they still be hazy?