RIFT datamining uncovers new decorations, items, and damage values for Prime

    
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Datamining: the time-honored practice of digging things out from the client files for a game that hasn’t yet been put into the game. RIFT has some fun stuff to dig out, and the blog over at The Ghar Station has picked out some interesting tidbits including some behind-the-scenes calculation changes for damage on the Prime server. It’s not entirely certain, but the new scaling variables for damage reduction and damage dealt based by level are in there, which should help anyone trying to build up an extensive knowledge of the under-the-hood combat math.

This round of datamining also picks out new LFR dungeon teaser images, new decorations for dimensions, a new set of wardrobe items, and a few more achievements. We’d prefer not to spoil you on what all of these things are beyond the vaguest terms, but if you don’t mind being spoiled (or even look forward to it), hop on over to see what got pulled out of the mix.

Source: The Ghar Station; thanks to anonymous for the tip!
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teppic

I went into Prime knowing this is 2018 Trion, not the Trion of 2013, so didn’t have high expectations. You know that saying about it’s bad when you expect to be disappointed and then get disappointed, well that’s pretty much it. The first couple of weeks were superb, but as soon as people levelled up it became apparent just how *broken* Rift is now, the classes have no balance, they’re absolutely buggy as shit, and the vanilla content had received no tuning let alone no fixes.

At best this is a pre-alpha paid test, and I don’t know what Trion is really doing – I expect the devs themselves have no idea, they just work on what they’re told to, with no direction from management.

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Greaterdivinity

http://forums.riftgame.com/general-discussions/general-discussion/504412-maintenance-mode-rift-live-3.html#post5353125

And I guess live is getting mostly maintenance moded now that Prime ate up a solid chunk of the remaining population and almost all the devs attention : /

I guess it’s a return to the subscription status that a lot of the hardcores wanted…just with content from a half decade ago, a fully featured cash shop sans lockboxes, and no longterm plans on what will even happen to the Prime servers.

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Leiloni

The RIFT Prime cash shop is pretty sparse to be honest, at least a few weeks ago when I last hopped in. That was one of the things that was great about it – the server truly felt like a subscription MMO with a totally ignorable cash shop.

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Greaterdivinity

Really? Haven’t jumped in since I don’t want to support Trions nonsense financially anymore, but the folks I talked to largely just said that the boosts/lockboxes were gone and that a lot of the cosmetic stuff remained.

I guess that’s slightly better, it’s still disappointing to see that the live servers are likely going to be abandoned after a half-assed expansion that Trion tried to sell as a paid expansion. I would be less salty if it appeared that Trion had put any thought, planning, and effort into the Prime servers, but at this point it seems like they know about as much about the servers future as the playerbase does : /

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Malcolm Swoboda

They’re selling previous cashy items, service/cosmetic. But in stages (no shark mount selling ATM), and with other previous cashy items as rare dungeon drops instead.

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teppic

They’re adding more cash shop items gradually while the game remains an absolute broken mess – three months in and still not the content that it originally launched with, nor anything close to working state it was. I think it was launched as an experiment that if failed would just be a cash grab (since no effort was really put it, but they sold tons of packs), but since it’s got more interest than the live servers, it’s become the new focus. When you charge a sub for a game that is literally no new content, no new classes, no new models, story, etc. it’s a bit of a joke for it to be in this state.

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Sorenthaz

RIFT Prime’s cash shop is still stuffed with cosmetics AND they’re trying to re-sell old mounts that players got through promotions or in-game events. Like the Aurora mount you could get from the Carnival of the Ascended event – that’s apparently now in the cash shop for RIFT Prime. :|